50 Free Vector Grunge Borders and Frames


I’ve been all grungy these past few days. I just can’t keep myself vectorizing all these grunge stock images that I have. Armed with a few good grunge vector brushes, I was able to come up with some nice grungy borders and frames.

Let’s face it, grunge is always hot these days, but as always nothing beats a good grunge vector file. Sure there are tons of grunge Photoshop brushes around. But most of the time when you download these brushes, you opened them only to find out that they’re just 100 pixels wide. Not good enough if you’re designing larger than 100 pixels. Well it’s not a problem with vector graphics, scale isn’t a factor. You can scale vectors to as much as you can without compromising quality. To further illustrate my point and to keep you busy, enjoy some of these nice vector grunge borders and frames in EPS format.


Download link:
50 Free Vector Grunge Borders and Frames – 9.8MB


  1. Eben 5 August, 2009 at 05:36

    Hi. I am a total newbie to photoshop and tried using your Vector grunge borders and frames by following your tutorial. However, I think I am missing a step or two or my mind here… I followed the following steps as I do not have Illustrator.
    1) Opened my photo in photoshop CS4 and created a duplicate layer. (layer 1)
    2) Opened the grunge border in CS4, copied it and pasted it onto my duplicate layer of the photo in “1” above (layer 2)
    3)I dragged layer 1 (the photo) above the grunge border layer (layer2) in the layers palate.
    4) I then placed my mouse button between the layers and pressed ALt as per the tutorial.

    However, if I flatten the image, the only part of the original photo that I can see, is the part of the border which is originally black. The rest of the photo is pure white and does not look at all like your example in your tutorial. In fact, it is just the oposite. In your example the centre of your photo is visible with the edges now turned white (masked). My edges are visible with the centre turned white.

    WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??? It is driving me nuts!

  2. Eben 5 August, 2009 at 05:47

    Sorry, just a follow up on my previous comment… I was using borders from GDRF-vector-grunge-border-frames. The other frames (type 2) seem to work fine

  3. Graphire 5 August, 2009 at 09:58

    @Eben: Wow, you figured it out before I was able to reply. Great!
    Remember, in method #2, the transparent area of your layer mask will mask or hide the portion of your image, while the painted area shows.
    Now you’re on the right track of becoming a Photoshop expert yourself. Keep it up!

  4. Meliezza 21 August, 2009 at 12:00

    thanks for the free borders and frames. i’d love to use them, but i can’t seem to open them up in cs4. i don’t have illustrator but when i try to open them up in cs4, i get an error message “could not complete your request because of a program error.”

  5. Graphire 21 August, 2009 at 13:52

    did you mean Photoshop CS4? The eps files should open in Photoshop. It could be something with your own program. Were you able to open other eps with your Photoshop before?

  6. Amanda 29 October, 2009 at 04:22

    If I wanted to incorporate some of these borders into some art for a magazine, is this okay and who should I give credit to?

  7. Todd 26 February, 2010 at 05:51

    OK, I guess I am having the same problem as Eben above. I have worked with Photoshop before but not a lot with masks. I am currently using Photoshop & Illustrator CS3.

    Here is my issue. I am getting the same results Eben was and I guess I can’t figure out what to do. I have tried both methods from the tutorial… 1. opening in Illustrator and copying as a path, selecting it and then creating a layer mask, and 2. bringing the vector into Photoshop and doing a clipping mask.

    Both are showing the pic through the black portion of the frame. It looks like when you brought your frame in (per the screenshots in the tutorial) that the frame colors looked inverted. Mine still shows the frame itself in black. Am I missing something, can I invert the black and white of the frame either in Photoshop or Illustrator?

    Thanks for the help.

  8. Connie 6 December, 2010 at 22:03

    I am having trouble loading the program. I have downloaded the files, but it will not open them for me. I am using Cs4 but it keeps saying it is not the right kind of document and failed to open, and messages like that. I do not usually download things, so I don’t know what to do to get them loaded to be able to open then and use them and I would love to begin using them today:) Please help me.

  9. Connie 6 December, 2010 at 22:19

    I am continuing from my previous comment, I have downloaded the 4SHare Desktop, then downloaded the Vector Grunge Border Frames, but when I try to open the file, it says it is not supported to open them. Every program I have tried to open them with it says it does not support. Help please:)

  10. Graphire 7 December, 2010 at 07:09

    Hi Connie. Are you sure you extracted the .RAR file? After extracting you’ll have several EPS files. These EPS files are the vector files that you will open with Adobe Illustrator.

  11. Konstantin 9 January, 2011 at 20:20

    Thanks for the borders. I am on the search for a new web-project. Helpfull, that the files are in .eps format. Most other sources I have looked for where just .jpg or .gif. > and it is very hard to clean this files from the white background. – Sorry for my bad english – Kind regards from Germany.

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