Type: Grunge It Up...Sand It Down!

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Ever need a nice grungy typeface for one of your layouts, but couldn’t find just the right combination of font and grunge?

It’s easy to make your own grunged-up, sanded-down text from any font. All you need is the right brush and the Eraser tool. I’ve created a high resolution sanding brush that will allow you to add a little wear and tear to your word art.

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Download the brush here, and let’s start grunging!

Step 1: Choose a Good Font for Your Project.

For my layout, I wanted the word ‘mud’ to look like… well, like dirt! So I chose a slightly heavier typeface than my journaling font, so that the sanding would really show up.

Step 2: Load the Sanding Brush.

  • Open the Brush Picker menu and click on the right-facing arrows. In the drop-down box, click on Load Brushes.
  • Browse to the sanding brush you just downloaded, highlight it, and click the Load button. The brush will replace your current set of brushes in Brush Picker menu.

Step 3: Get Your Grunge On!

  • Before you can grunge up your type layer, you’ll need to simplify it. Go up to the Menu Bar and choose Layer > Simplify Layer.

Note: Once you simplify a type layer, you can’t edit or change the type again. So before you simplify it, you might want to duplicate the type layer, turn off the visibility of original type layer by clicking on the eye to the left of the thumbnail, and then simplify the copy and work on that one. If you mess up, or decide you want to try another font, you’ll still have an editable type layer to use.

  • Once you’ve simplified your type layer, get the Eraser tool and select the sanding brush from the Brush Picker menu.
  • Position the brush over your type (use the right and left bracket keys to make the brush as large or as small as you want) and then stamp (by clicking your mouse) once on the type to see if you like the result. You may want to adjust the opacity or the size of your brush before stamping again.
  • You can make your type as grungy and worn looking as you like… a little or a lot, depending upon the effect you want to achieve. I chose to make mine really dirty looking. You choose the look that’s right for your page.

It’s as simple as that! You can use the sanding brush with either the Eraser tool or the Brush tool to add texture and grunge to shapes, papers, and elements as well!

Credits
Tutorial: Jan Walker
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
Kit: Nature by Eva Kipler for March 2010 Digital Scrapper Premier
Photos: Morguefile

Download a PDF version of this "Type: Grunge It Up... Sand It Down!" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.

Download the brush here, and let’s start grunging!

Step 1: Choose a Good Font for Your Project.

For my layout, I wanted the word ‘mud’ to look like… well, like dirt! So I chose a slightly heavier typeface than my journaling font, so that the sanding would really show up.

Step 2: Load the Sanding Brush.

  • Open the Brush Picker menu and click on the right-facing arrow. In the drop-down box, click on Load Brushes.
  • Browse to the sanding brush you just downloaded, highlight it, and click the Load button. The brush will now appear at the bottom of your Brush Picker menu.

Step 3: Get Your Grunge On!

  • Before you can grunge up your type layer, you’ll need to rasterize it. Go up to the Menu Bar and choose Layer > Rasterize > Type.

Note: Once you rasterize a type layer, you can’t edit or change the type again. So before you rasterize it, you might want to duplicate the type layer, turn off the visibility of the original type layer by clicking on the eye next to the thumbnail, then simplify the copy and work on that one. If you mess up, or decide you want to try another font, you’ll still have an editable type layer to use.

  • Once you’ve rasterized your type layer, get the Eraser tool and select the sanding brush from the Brush Picker menu.
  • Position the brush over your type (use the right and left bracket keys to make the brush as large or as small as you want) and then stamp (click with your mouse) once on the type to see if you like the result. You may want to adjust the opacity or the size of your brush before stamping again.
  • You can make your type as grungy and worn looking as you like… a little or a lot, depending upon the effect you want to achieve. I chose to make mine really dirty looking. You choose the look that’s right for your page.

It’s as simple as that! You can use the sanding brush with either the Eraser tool or the Brush tool to add texture and grunge to shapes, papers, and elements as well!

Credits
Tutorial: Jan Walker
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Kit: Nature by Eva Kipler for March 2010 Digital Scrapper Premier
Photos: Morguefile

Download a PDF version of this "Type: Grunge It Up... Sand It Down!" tutorial.

Windows: Right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or a similar command.
Mac: Click on the link to download the file.