Grunge Effect 1 (Torn Paper Edge)

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Trying to learn a new design or two in GIMP will not only force you to get of your rump and spend hours tinkering with your computer, they also motivate, inspire and boost your creativity. If you ever find yourself slowing down on GIMP, why not try following this awesome tutorial on making a Grunge Effect? We’re pretty sure that with this trick, you’ll never need to tire yourself out just to achieve a winning design.

Follow the step by step tutorial below for a quick and easy Torn Paper edge.

You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.

Grunge Effect

First, create a new file with 640 px x 400 px.

Grunge Effect

Open any old looking paper image that you have. What we are using here is a paper from Digital Scrapbooking Kit Hawaiian Party Luau Part A + B (PU/S4H) by Digidesignresort.


Let’s start tearing the sides of the paper layer. Use your Free Select Tool to draw the edges of the paper. Try to make it a little bit edged. Start on the upper left corner and work your way around until you have reached back to where you started.


Add a new transparent layer on top of all the layers.


Go to Edit > Cut.


Then Paste it on the new transparent layer. Your layers panel will have something similar to this:


You can hide or throw away in the trash the paper image.

For the finishing touch, we’ll add a drop shadow to make the edges look better. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Change the values of the vertical and horizontal radius to 2 pixels.


Finally, hide the background layer and export the paper as PNG or JPEG.




Oh, how simple it is to achieve a realistic torn paper edge!

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