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.