Grungy Border

December 17th, 2014

Not exactly grunge, but a nifty border you can make without brushes.


Grungy Border - original
Finished result
Grungy Border - final


  1. Copy and paste the image of your choice onto a new canvas.
  2. Make a New Layer above your image.

    Grungy Border - #2

  3. On this new layer, make a thin uneven border on the right and left sides using the Paint Brush tool

    Grungy Border - #3

  4. Set the Blending Option of the layer to Dissolve.

    Grungy Border - #4

    This will make the edges a little grainy.

    Grungy Border - #4

  5. Now let’s make it more grainy! Go to Filter >> Blur >> Motion Blur. Set the Angle to 45 degrees and the Distance around 45 pixels.

    Grungy Border - #5

    That gives us this:

    Grungy Border - #5

  6. Do the Motion Blur again, except this time use -45 degrees as the Angle. This will blur the opposite way and spread it out more.

    Grungy Border - #6

  7. Make a New Layer between the top layer and the original image. (In my case, Layer 3 is my new layer.)

    Grungy Border - #7

  8. Select the very top layer (Layer 2 in my case), and Merge Down (Ctrl + E) onto the new layer we just created.

    Grungy Border - #8

    The reason why we did this is because now we still have this grainy look, but the Blending Option is now Normal instead of Dissolve.

  9. This lets us make edits to the grainy parts. Go to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur. Set it to 1px.

    Grungy Border - #9

  10. To define the blurry parts, go to Filter >> Sharpen >> Unsharp Mask. Make sure the Amount is on 500% and the Radius is somewhere around 7-10 pixels.

    Grungy Border - #10

    That will give us this look:

    Grungy Border - #10

  11. The last step! Take the Paint Brush tool again and fill in some holes to make it more solid in some places.

    Grungy Border - final

    And we’re finished!

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