Grunge in 8 Simple Steps (Photoshop Tutorial)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 28, 2010

Category: Videos

Following an earlier post where I mentioned about a recent ‘mini’ Photo Walk down on the coast at Brighton with my buddy Neal Hibbert, I’ve been asked a few times about the photograph of the ‘Bearded Guy’ that I took; in particular regarding what editing was done.

So, I thought I’d put together this short video which breaks down each of the 8 simple steps in Photoshop that I went through to achieve the final look; those 8 steps being:

  1. Levels Adjustment
  2. Adding Contrast to the subject’s eyes by using Quick Mask and a Levels Adjustment
  3. Adding overall contrast with a Curves Adjustment Layer
  4. Greyscale Conversion followed by reduced opacity to bring back some colour
  5. Restoring colour in the eyes (following the greyscale conversion)
  6. Adding detail to hair using the High Pass Filter
  7. Darkening the background using the Multiply Blend Mode and Burn Tool
  8. Reducing Saturation overall

To change things up a bit, and because each of the steps are very simple and brief, rather than do a ‘voice over’ I’ve split the video into sections so you can clearly see each of the 8 steps as I work through them.

As always, if you have any questions or would just like to leave a comment then please feel free to make use of the ‘comments’ section’ below; it’s always great to ‘hear’ what you have to say.

Enjoy 🙂

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18 Comments

  1. Tim Dobbs

    Great little Tutorial, I`m gonna try these steps on a few portraits I took on the photowalk last weekend……Thanks

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Tim…Cheers Buddy; would be great to hear how you get on with the techniques.

      All the best to you,
      Glyn

      Reply
  2. Neal

    Nice work and nice tut 🙂

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  3. Neal

    Do I like that banjo music or not, it’s funny can’t make up my mind!

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Neal…Cheers mate.
      Re the music…just thought it was fitting considering the subject matter…lol 🙂

      Reply
  4. kelley

    K, what the heck just happened? My head is still spinning. Emma is behind me still dancing! I will need to watch that one in segments. I never use some of those tools but I’m going to try. It actually answered some questions I’ve had about editing for a long time now.

    Thanks a million for making this tutorial!

    Kelley

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    • Glyn

      @Kelley…You’re welcome; just hope the head has stopped spinning now…lol 🙂

      Reply
  5. Steve Porter

    Hi Glyn, did you have that kind of post work in mind when you took the shot. The banjo music is good i kept expecting billy connolly to jump out and talk us through your techniques lol!

    Steve

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    • Glyn

      Hi Steve,

      Knowing this technique, I was actually on the hunt all day for somebody such as the guy you see in the tutorial because it just fits him so well; thankfully Neal’s ‘Eagle Eye’ spotted him so we zeroed in 🙂

      Cheers,
      Glyn

      ps> I’m kind of getting into this Banjo music; but keep that to yourself ok? 🙂

      Reply
  6. Neil Holmes

    Hi Glyn, thanks for sharing this technique it’s a very dramatic effect! Could I ask a question on your workflow, do you stick to one camera profile or do you choose one that bests suits a particular image at the start of your processing?

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    • Glyn

      @Neil…Cheers for taking the time to comment mate.
      Re camera profiles…am I right in thinking you’re talking about camera profiles in say Lightroom? If you are then I must admit I rarely play around with those however what I have done is make a preset where I have reduced the reds slightly as Nikon tend to be a bit hot in that channel so every image that comes in gets that preset and I move on from there. Does that make sense?

      One thing I really must do, and I was reminded of this after Allen Ross Thomas’ Guest Post, and that was to set up a profile ‘in camera’ where I’ve reduced the reds so I don’t have to correct it later in post.

      Hope that answers your question,
      Glyn 🙂

      Reply
  7. Sean Gannon

    Great post – all I need to do is slow it down to my level and it’ll be great

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Sean…Funny you should say that…I’ve written a ‘walk through’ which I’ll be posting up tomorrow (Friday) mate.
      Cheers,
      Glyn

      Reply
  8. Matt Palmer

    Another splendid tutorial Glyn!

    If a tutorial has ever needed to be done in real-time with your dulcet Midlands tones it’s this one. This is a look a lot of people want to achieve so I think a real-time version will be very popular.

    I like to work through your tuts with the video playing in the background whilst I work in Photoshop. I’ll watch the complete tutorial first so I can see what you’re doing, then replay it whilst I work on my image. I’ll use the spoken parts to remind me what to do next.

    Digging the banjo music though!

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Matt…Cheers for commenting mate.
      A few people have mentioned about slowing it down so what I’ve done is write a ‘walk through’ which will go well with the video so each of the 8 Stages is explained in full; hope that helps.

      Cheers,
      Glyn

      Reply
  9. Mohit Sharma

    Very nice and effective tutorial. 🙂

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Mohit…Thanks, glad you like it 🙂

      Cheers,
      Glyn

      Reply
  10. Wuschel

    I started with Pinterest a couple of years ago – because my daughters had account – now I found a set of very interesting sides here. Especially photographs. But I never saw a change like the pictures above! That’s great! Many thanks for the idea.

    Reply

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