Photoshop CS5 – Easy Gritty Grunge Effect with Topaz Adjust 4

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By now, I am sure that you have seen multi-step Photoshop techniques to create a gritty grunge effect.  The problem is all of these effects use Photoshop’s High-Pass Filter which tends to flatten and muddy details.  Well, you can create a similar effect with Topaz Adjust 4 which retains all of the details while expanding the highlights, deepening the shadows and adds the perfect amount of grit.  Just look at the above two photos.


Of course, the Grunge Effect is not built-in.  But, I have you covered.  Just download my Grunge Me by Photoframd (use Save Link As …) and then Import the effect into Topaz Adjust 4.  The file is a simple XML file which contains the setting used to create the effect.  Once imported, you can generate the grunge effect with just one-click.  (NOTE for Mac users, if this file does not work, please try downloading this Zip file.)  You can even tweak the effect to customize it further.  Here are some additional examples.



Check back tomorrow for another downloadable variation on this preset.


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Photoshop CS5 – Easy Gritty Grunge Effect with Topaz Adjust 4

Photoshop CS5 – Grunge Me D with Topaz Adjust 4 (Gritty Grunge Part 2)

Photoshop CS5 – Grunge Me BW with Topaz Adjust 4 (Gritty Grunge Part 3)

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6 Replies to “Photoshop CS5 – Easy Gritty Grunge Effect with Topaz Adjust 4”

  1. Hi Charles

    Thanks for the offer of the free gritty Grunge effect pre-sets for Topaz Adjust.

    I have a Mac computer, Lightoom 3, Photoshop Elements 8. and Topaz products

    Would it be possible to download the presets to import into Topaz Adjust via Lightroom?

    If so, what is the best method?

    thank you


  2. Hi Charles,

    I downloaded the files, but I am having trouble importing them. When I click on import, it looks for .tpp files. How do I convert the XML so the program can see/read it?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer,


  3. The files are “tpp”. Are you on a Mac or PC? The Mac files are compressed and will need to be unzipped. Once unzipped, you will see the tpp file to import.

  4. I’m on a pc, using Windows 7. It’s not seeing them when I try to import. I must be doing something silly. I’ll keep trying. Thanks.

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