In this Photoshop tutorial I will be walking you through the making of an interesting grunge photo effect.
To start out find some appropriate image. For this I went to Google Images and found this one image. Fill free to use it or try another one what you want.
So, open the file and press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer. Then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:
Now mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Soft Light with opacity of 60%.
Ok, merge these layers in one again and change the hue and saturation of image using Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation with the next presets:
Now your picture should look as mine:
After that go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and set up similar presets to these:
To get a picture below:
Press Ctrl+J again and change mode of new layer to Lighter Color. Now apply Filter > Distort > Ripple using the next settings:
Then apply Filter > Stylize > Diffuse:
And the last one Filter > Brush strokes > Splatter:
Now we have something like this:
After that get out the Eraser Tool with similar settings to the picture below and delete parts of upper layer that cover up the image.
You should get something close to this:
Merge all layers in one again and duplicate the final layer. Then desaturate image with Image > Adjustments > Desaturate:
Ok, now select the Eraser Tool and a soft round brush (opacity about 25%, size of 100 px) and make clear some parts of image.
After that to give the picture a cold shade create a new layer and fill it with color of #011e36. Then make selection as below using Elliptical Marquee Tool.
Apply Select > Modify > Feather (Radius about 47 px) to feather selected area. Press Delete to clear selected area.
Deselect it wit Ctrl+D and change layer mode to Overlay, then set opacity to 50% up:
If done correctly your image should look great as mine!