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In this Adobe Photoshop CS3 tutorial, learn how to create crumpled or wrinkled paper in Adobe Photoshop CS3 by applying just ...
a few filters.
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You can create a piece of crumpled paper in Photoshop. Really pretty easy, you can use this as background or for some other object. So how to do this is, basically you’re going to create a new document and you’re going to do this whatever size you want, you want to do it slightly bigger than you want the actual piece of paper to be.
So I'm going to go ahead and just do an eight for eleven and so it’s going to be smaller. And you want to set the background to white unless you want to change the color, the paper, then you can select a different color. I'm going to go ahead and just choose white. Stick with the color mode of RGB for this. Click OK and you have your piece of paper.
So now, you want to create some wrinkles in it. So first thing you’re going to do is create a new layer, so click on the new layer button at the bottom of your layers palette and you’ll get the new layer.
Now, we’re going to add a gradient, so choose your gradient tool from the tool box, and then up at the top, make sure that you choose the one of the black and the white settings, and then go ahead and choose the diamond gradient and for mode, select difference and then leave the opacity at a 100%.
So your gradient is all ready. Now, what you’re going to do is you’re going to just do some random gradients on your piece of paper. You could do as many or as few as you want. The more you do, the more folds or crumples you’re going to get in your paper. Keep on going until you feel you’ve had enough. And now, we’re going to actually create the crumples. So go to filter and then go to stylize and then emboss, and you could see immediately that we get our folds now. Now as far as the angle goes, go ahead and set this to 135 and height. You can do three or you could do two, looks really good. I'm going to go ahead and change it back to three. And the amount, you could do 200%, you could do all the way up to 350. I'm going to go 225 for this and then click OK. Now we have our crumpled piece of paper.
Now to make this look even more realistic, we’re going to make some irregular edges. So how we’re going to do this is, we’re going to select the polygonal lasso tool, and you’re going to go and you’re going to select the shape of the of the rectangle but not a perfect rectangle. So we’re going to go and to create just some different angles. And you can have it be pretty much straight, you can have it really crumpled, whatever look you’re going for. Get all the way to the end until you have your selection made. Then at the bottom of the layer’s palette, we’re going to click on the layer mask button and it’s going to go ahead and cutout the part that we didn’t have selected. So now, we have our crumpled piece of paper.
Now, our last and final touch is to create a drop shot of our piece of paper. So right click on this layer, go to blending options and then click on drop shadow. And you could choose, I like to use the multiply blend mode and make the opacity a little bit higher, say 80%. You could basically choose these to whatever you want for your drop shadow. I'm going to really just kind of leave everything the same and do a very basic drop shadow. Click OK and now you could see your crumpled piece of paper with the shadow and the irregular edges.