Grunge Effect 2 (Old Paper Design)

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Grunge Effect is arguably synonymous with being old and torn. The torn part has already been covered in Grunge Effect 1 so, as a follow-up lesson, we will be doing some more sprucing-up techniques to help you achieve an old paper design this time.

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We will start by making a new transparent document. We are using 640 px x 400 px size.

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Let’s add a paper layer, here’s one from Digital Scrapbooking Kit November Romance Part B (PU/S4H) By Digidesignresort.


Add another transparent and name it stain.

Get your Paint Brush Tool and look for a brush with a hardness of 025 making sure that your colour is set to a dark colour like black or brown depending on the colour of your paper.

4Now make a couple of random strokes on the paper.


Add more stains using other bigger brushes.


When you are done with the stains, go to Filters > Render > Cloud > Fog


A pop-up window will appear. You can change the colour of the fog to somewhat near the shade of your paper.


Once you hit OK, your canvass will look like this:


If the fog might seem too much to cover the paper, you can simply adjust the opacity of this layer.


And that’s it!

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Save the paper in JPEG format so you can use it for your next digital scrapbook layout.


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