11 Free Scaffolding Grunge Vectors & How-To

This set of 11 Free Scaffolding Grunge Vectors was specifically created with large print designs in mind, but they can be used in web projects too. It’s a common technique to slightly destroy large type in ads and other print campaigns. Using vectors for this purpose is ideal as they can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. All vectors were made using images of scaffolding which were then traced in Illustrator. I’ve also included a short tutorial on how to make the most of these excellent freebies to grunge up type.
Don’t stop there though. Let your imagination wander and get creative. As always these freebies are free for use in both personal and commercial projects.


How to Destroy Type with Grunge Scaffolding Vectors:

While this tutorial uses Photoshop the same techniques can be used in Illustrator too. As always we start by opening a new document (white background) and using a bold font write the text “Grunge me up” in solid black.

Next step is to import one of the Scaffolding Grunge Vectors into the document. The easiest way is to simply drag it from Illustrator into Photoshop. Place it as a Smart Object on a layer above the text layer.

Using the layer styles of the Smart Object use a Color Overlay with the background’s colour (white).

Your text should now look similar to the image below. However the text is now too destroyed and barely readable for my taste.

In order to tone down the grunge effect copy the Smart Object and place it above all layers. Change the color overlay to the text’s colour (black).

Select both Smart Object layers, right-click and select “Create Clipping Mask”. This will confine the scaffolding images to only the text.

Select the top layer Smart Object (black colour overlay) and choose Free Transform (Cmd+T). Move, Rotate and Scale the Smart Object until you’re happy with the level of grunge.

This is the finished text. I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial.

Download Scaffolding Grunge Vectors:

contains 1 .eps file inside a .zip archive – 13 Mb

Written by Franz Jeitz

Franz Jeitz is a freelance designer and owner of Fudgegraphics. Originally from Luxembourg he now lives in London. Franz loves design, music and is a tea enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter.

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20 Awesome Responses so far
  1. When I download the scaffolding vectors, it downloads as a PS file and not a EPS. What am I doing incorrectly? If I open the PS file, it gets rasterized. Please send me a private email as I really like your scaffolding vectors.

  2. I really like grunge effect type, and this scaffolding works well, making the text look really grungey. Thanks for this!
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  3. Kay Collins January 15th, 2010

    Thanks so much, can’t wait to use them. Happy New Year!

  4. @Carolyn: That is odd. Have you tried to right-click the download button and then selecting “Save target as”? That way you should be able to download the original file.
    @Mike & @Kay Collins: Thanks for the comments. I’m glad you find the vectors useful.

  5. Mike, it worked!!! Thank you for your tip to “save target as.” I love these vectors!

  6. Thank you much for the vectors and how to. Great effect!

  7. Hi Franz, great set of grunge vectors and the type tutorial was a great addition!

  8. Hi Franz, Love the site and vectors. Have a question what is the font you’re using on the site under subscribe “Get the latest updates sent to you for free.” You also used it in one of your works Beautiful Day.

  9. I know this is an old thread, but really glad I came across it, just what I was after. Thanks!

  10. Great effect! Thanks!

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