Here's a Quick Way to Roughen the Edges of Your Work

by Dustin Lee June 29, 2016

Here's a Quick Way to Roughen the Edges of Your Work

You've probably noticed that in real life print work is imperfect. Everything from that tag on your new jeans to the Grayhound bus ticket you saved from that summer trip.

Nothing remains perfect.

In this tutorial I'll show you how to roughen the edges of your work in Photoshop. Plus, I'm hooking you up with the RetroSupply Edge & Fold Distressor Brush Pack for FREE (big download button below).

Just like quality leather gets more beautiful with age – some printed work becomes more beautiful as time passes.

This is the result of things like (about to get nerdy here):

  • Yellowing as the result of oxidation of cellulose content in paper
  • Ink smear and distress as a result of humidity on carbon based inks
  • How much bending paper can take before breaking (folding endurance)

Each of these elements can result in great looking work. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the time to sit around and get these results naturally. So I've created a simple tutorial that will help you achieve the effect. 

Plus, as a special bonus I've included a 12 brush pack you can download for FREE. It's called The Edge & Fold Distressor Brush Pack and I think you'll like it!

Okay, now that you're hooked up with the brushes be sure to watch the video below to learn how you can use them!





Dustin Lee
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13 Responses

Steve
Steve

January 21, 2017

Great brushes and the video is very helpful. Thanks!

Elmas
Elmas

October 10, 2016

Great video! Any tips on roughening the ages around the bigger “Postal Service” text? Thanks.

Alicia
Alicia

July 01, 2016

Thank you Dustin for taking the time to present yet another awesome video tutorial! You’re a gifted teacher I must say. Roughened edges is now my new obsession, and so are these new brushes. Much appreciated! ;)

Mikael
Mikael

July 01, 2016

Thank You Dustin for the great tutorial and freebies. The best quality ; )

neisha
neisha

June 30, 2016

THANK YOU! Great tutorial! Simple and direct but so powerful for a novice like me. You’re help is priceless and so appreciated. Rock On!

Valerie
Valerie

June 30, 2016

Thanks, Dustin! Great tutorial and brushes!

Mario
Mario

June 30, 2016

Thank unfortunately Brushs not work in CS5

Stuart Holmes
Stuart Holmes

June 29, 2016

Thanks Dustin – very useful tutorial. I’m an Adobe illustrator purist and rarely use Photoshop for my illustration work, but can certainly see the merits here for adding that texture in PS.

Kristiina
Kristiina

June 29, 2016

Thanks for the brushes! I like the effect. The tutorial is very helpful.

Su Hall
Su Hall

June 29, 2016

Looks good! I like the effect! Thank you for the brushes!
Su

Matt
Matt

June 29, 2016

On way to make an stamp-like edging brush like that angle more easily is to set the angle in “shape dynamics” to pen tilt. This allows you to rotate the brush around to get the desired angles. You need a stylus that has tilt capability tho. It’s a great way to rotate “stamp-like” brushes.

Josué Menjivar
Josué Menjivar

June 29, 2016

A successful business is built by having a relationship with their clients. RetroSupply Co. does just that. With a steady stream of tips, everyday conversations on Facebook and their awesome tutorials. These excellent forms of communication are genuine gestures and not to hard sell you anything, simply to let you know they care about their clients. This tutorial is an example of that. No hard sell, just teaching and inspiring creativity. Dustin even gives you a free set of quality brushes so you can play along. This is why I’m a loyal customer.

Kimara Winters
Kimara Winters

June 29, 2016

Thanks for the clear and concise tute (not to mention the freebie pack). Black conceals, white reveals — I like it~

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