• Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    Learn how to create a Grunge & Textured mixed media Collage in Adobe Photoshop. We’ll be using Brushes, Photographs, Textures, Patterns and using various methods & techniques to create this mixed media collage artwork.

    Final Result

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

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    1. Open up Photoshop and create a new document with the settings below:

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    2. Double click on the background layer to go into Blending Options and put in this Gradient Overlay.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    3. Using a Paper Textured brush, create a new layer and press on the texture using a light grey colour. Set the Opacity to 50%.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    4. Create a new layer and fill it white, then go into Filter > Texture > Texturizer and put in the settings below.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    5. Set the Blending Mode to Lighten and the Opacity to 60% (or lower if you want) to make a subtle texture.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    6. Using varied brushes -I’m using a soft edged brush & the Grunge Paint Strokes, create a new layer and draw on some colours. Set the layer’s Opacity to 20% if you want subtle colours.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    7. Copy and Paste the bird image onto the canvas, to shrink the image press CTRL+T and drag a top corner down while holding down the Shift Key. Using the Magic Wand Tool select the white background areas and delete.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    8. Next on the bird image go into Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contract and put in the settings below. This will make the bird more vibrant.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    9. Now click on the Add Layer Mask icon to place a mask over the layer. using a black coloured brushes (experiment with the Grunge Paint Strokes & Paint Splatter brushes), click on the mask layer and draw on the bottom part of the bird. Because we’re using a black coloured brush this will erase, if you want to get a part of the image back use a white colour brush.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    10. Copy and paste the Mountain image onto the canvas – placing it below the bird layer. Again using the Magic Wand Tool, click on the blue background and delete until only the mountains are visible.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    11. On the Mountain layer go into Image > Adjustments > Black and White and put in the settings below.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    12. Like step 9, click on Add Layer Mask and erase the bottom of the mountain using various brush styles.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    13. Create a new layer and place it on top. Using the horizontal & vertical Grunge Stroke Brushes, brush on a black border around the canvas. Set the Blending Mode to Overlay for a nice effect.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    14. Create a new document that’s 100×100 pixels and make a small black circle. Go into Edit > Define Pattern and create the new circle pattern.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    15. Go back to the Collage and create a new layer. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, draw a thunder shape and fill it white and set the Blending mode to Multiply so it’s invisible.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    16. Double click on the layer to go into Blending options and put in Pattern overlay using the pattern you just created.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    17. Lastly make the Opacity 12% so the pattern is subtle and doesn’t over power the design.

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

    Final Result

    Create a Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage in Photoshop

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