Design a grunge car wallpaper

In this tutorial I`ll show you how to design a grunge car wallpaper in Photoshop using some grunge textures and brushes.

We`ll use different techniques such as image adjustments, transformation techniques,layer blending options and filter effects.

Have a look!

What are we making:


Black and white version:


Let`s begin…!

I`ve found on the internet this grunge texture.

Load the image into Photoshop.

Duplicate the image layer two times and set the blending mode for the second layer to Soft light and for the third layer to Multiply.


It looks a little bit darker.Let`s make it brighter.

Select the layer with the blending mode set to Multiply and make it a layer mask(Layer->Layer Mask->Reveal all).Select the Eraser tool(E),set for it the Airbrush soft Round and start to erase from right-top to left-bottom of the image.



Our image should looks like this:


Let`s change the color of the image.

Go to Layer->New Adjustments Layer->Color balance and apply the next settings :


Now our image has a nice brick-red-color.


Download this car image and load it into Photoshop.

Using the Pen tool(P) make the selection of the car and paste it into our project.


Then add the next settings to the layer style(Layer->Layer Style->Blending options):

Outer glow:


Inner glow:


Our image should looks like this:


Next step is downloading those vector brushes,make a new layer,put it under the car layer and use the brushes into the project like in the image.My advice is to use your imagination as much as you can!


Now download those grunge brushes and those floral brushes and use them into the picture.

My picture looks like this:


Now select the Airbrush soft Round then go to Window->Brushes(F5) and apply the next settings:


Make a new layer under the Car layer and paint a road under the car,with the Airbrush Soft round just created,like in the image


Now change the blending mode for the Car layer to Hard light.


Change the brightness of the image to make it a little bit darker.

For these go to layer->New Adjustments layer->Brightness/Contrast and set those settings:


The image looks a little bit darker:


Finally add a gradient over the image.

Go to Layer->New Fill Layer->Gradient and apply the next gradient settings:


Our final image should looks like this one:


We`re done here!

Hope you enjoy this tutorial, drop me a comment if you have any question and I`ll try my best to help you out.

See you next time!

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Madalin Tudose

A web developer with a crush on SEO. Having my skin in the game of website development and digital marketing for more than 10 years already, you might consider me an expert. At least this is what people call me. Honestly, I HATE that term. I prefer to describe myself as a person who takes action and risks. I test every hypothesis, document every step of the process, and implement what works.

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  1. Alex on April 7, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Impressive work!
    Nice idea and development!
    I have bookmarked your site

    Keep it up

    1. Pseudonymus on April 8, 2009 at 12:19 am

      Thank you,Alex.Means a lot and gives me courage to create more great designs.

  2. sum on April 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    thanks a lot

    1. Pseudonymus on April 8, 2009 at 12:20 am

      You welcome!

  3. Kowen on April 8, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Love It 😉

    Nice work!!

  4. Car Part on April 9, 2009 at 3:01 am

    i think i will have to give this a go, I learned a lot reading this. Added you to my RSS feed.

    1. Pseudonymus on April 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm


  5. name on April 13, 2009 at 6:49 am

    goood work man!! thanks!!

  6. Brochure Printing on April 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Amazing work! Even the black and white version looks cool! I love the texture and the different brushes that you used for this project. Thanks for posting this wonderful tutorial, will definitely give it a go.

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:09 am

      Thank you…means a lot for me

  7. Trippy on April 14, 2009 at 7:09 am

    This is really basic but the end result looks really nice! Good tut for newbs!

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  10. Rat-Man on April 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Great tutorial, good for all levels from beginner to pro.

  11. Sridharaya on April 26, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for first aid for a heart attack and your post looks very interesting for me.

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:07 am

      Thank you!

  12. Chadhurbhujaya on April 26, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Great articles & Nice a site

  13. retoque fotografico on May 3, 2009 at 3:42 am

    gracias! Una retoque fotografico muy logrado

  14. photo retouching on May 3, 2009 at 3:44 am

    A really nice site and a beautiful result!. I am bookmarking your site for my photo retouching students.

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 am

      thank you very much…means a lot for me!

  15. sean potter on May 9, 2009 at 6:05 am

    They have done really wonderful work here

  16. Wallpapers on May 10, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Very well written post however, I would recommend that you turn the No Follow off in your comment section.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

      Thanks for the advice…I`ll keep it in mind…:)

  17. Mike Lewek on June 10, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Very nice!
    The brushes make all the difference.

    1. Madalin Tudose on June 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      Yes indeed 🙂

  18. new car lemon laws on June 11, 2009 at 4:34 am

    thats something greaT!

  19. K-Nine on June 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Awesome tut! I’m gona use this technique real soon. Thanx

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