Design a Grungy Web Layout (Part 1)

In this two-part Photoshop tutorial we’ll be designing a nice, simple grungy website design. For this tutorial I’m going to assume you have moderate knowledge of Photoshop, considering I don’t explain every single part in exact detail.

Creative Grunge Web Layout

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Resources Used

Stock photos:



1. The Background

Start by creating a new document in Photoshop. We’ll be making our website design in this document. I used a size of 760 x 760 pixels.

Now fill the background with a light yellow-brown color. I used #d7ceaf. Next, create a new layer then fill the canvas with the 16×16 Scan Line.

Canvas Filled With Scanlines

Note: When you filled your canvas with the pattern, you’ll notice they came out black, so press ctrl+I to invert them. After filling your canvas with the scanlines, change the layer mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to around 40-50%.

Layer Mode and Opacity Change

Merge your two background layers together so you’ve only got one layer. Now apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with the following settings:

Add Noise Settings

Now, lastly for the background, grab the Background Texture and apply it over the background.

Background Texture

Change the layer mode for this layer to Overlay and lower the opacity to around 25-40%, depending on what looks best.

Layer Mode and Opacity Changes

Looking alright now.

2. Header Design

Onto the header. Create a new layer then make a large selection near the top of the document (this is the selection for your header). Note that my selection was around 700 x 200 pixels in size. Fill the selection with solid white.

banner filled
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Apply this Outer Glow to your banner layer. Select the main banner layer again (ctrl+click layer thumb) then contract the selection by about 4 pixels (Select > Modify > Contract).

On a new layer, fill this selection with a nice, vibrant Radial Gradient. The colors that I used for my gradient were #f5d57c and #a32c1e.

Gradient Banner

Go back to the white border layer of the banner. If you know about layer masks, add a layer mask to your border layer then add some grunge brushing with some of the brushes I’ve provided with this tutorial.

If you don’t know about layer masks, just get the eraser tool, select a grunge brush then erase some of the corners of the white banner.

Grunge Erased

Next, apply the following layer styles to the gradient banner layer:

  1. Inner Glow
  2. Stroke

After Layer Styles
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Get the Green Abstract Lights stock photo, drag it over the banner, resize it then crop it to the banner’s size.

Stock Photo Cropped

With a large, soft eraser erase away some of the corners, then blend it in by changing the layer mode to either Overlay or Soft Light, then lower the opacity if you think it needs it.

Erased Lowered Opacity

With some of the grunge brushes I’ve given you to download, in the corners of the gradient banner do some grunge brushing. If the grunge brushing looks a bit dull you can change the layer mode to Soft Light or Overlay.

Grunge Brushing


Grunge Brushing 2


Get out the cool speaker stock photo and drag it onto the canvas. Resize it so it just fits over the headers border.

Resized Speaker

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a selection around the entire speaker then delete the outsides. You don’t have to keep the shadow, I edited mine later on anyway.

Speaker Cut Out

I added in a little bit of a different shadow with a brush, then I resized the speaker slightly.

Speaker Resized

Lastly for the header graphic I added in the text. I used the font Standard 07_53, sizes 24pt and 32pt, No Anti-Aliasing.

Text Typed

Lastly I applied the following layer styles to the text layer:

  1. Drop Shadow
  2. Inner Shadow
  3. Gradient Overlay

After Applying The Layer Styles

And at last, we’re finished for this step!

3. Navigation Buttons

Start by creating a group underneath the header group/layers, then make a new layer inside of the group. Now make a selection partially underneath the header for your first button. My selection was 36 x 60 pixels in size.

Button Selection

Fill this selection with a dark brownish gradient. My gradient colors were #6d5e39 and #51462a.

Gradient Colors Drawn

After drawing your gradient apply the following layer styles:

  1. Inner Glow
  2. Pattern Overlay (Bubbles Pattern)

After Applying Layer Styles

Now you’ve done all that, either add a layer mask and do some grunge brushing on the bottom of this button, or just use the eraser tool to erase away some of the bottom. This is how mine turned out:

Grunge Brushing Button

Next thing to do is add in some text. First I added in the text ’01’ in the middle of this button. Font details:

  • Tahoma
  • 12pt
  • Bold
  • Anti-Aliasing: None
  • Color: #ffffff

Text Added

Lower the fill opacity for this text layer to about 40-55%, then apply the following layer styles:

  1. Inner Shadow
  2. Outer Glow
  3. Gradient Overlay

And now my text looks like this:

After Applying Layer Styles

Now the button is finished, let’s add in the actual link text. First, add in some more text to the right of the button. I used all the same details as the last text except the color #ba5e38.

Text Written Out

I applied the following layer styles to this text layer:

  1. Inner Shadow
  2. Outer Glow
  3. Gradient Overlay

And your text should look like this:

After Applying Layer Styles

Duplicate all the button layers, move them along to the right, edit the text, repeat.

Duplicated Buttons

We’re finished for this part of the tutorial. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

Grungy Web Layout Part 2

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