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In this Adobe Photoshop CS3 tutorial, learn how to create a piece of decorative paper and then make it look torn or ripped.
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In this tutorial I’m going to create a piece of torn or ripped paper for you. So first thing we need to do is to create our paper and I’m going to do a little decorative paper so the torn looks a little cooler.
So let’s go to file and then new and then go ahead and do the width and the height to whatever you would like for your piece of paper. And we have our background now. I’m going to go ahead and create a new layer and then I’m going to fill the color so I can create the color of paper that I’d like. Click on okay. And then use your paint bucket tool and then fill the background with the color you’d like to use then go up to filter and then noise and add noise. And we’re going to choose the amount of noise to be—let’s do 9%. Make sure that it’s Gaussian still and that it’s monochromatic. Click on okay.
So now we’re going to actually blur this. So go to filter, blur, Gaussian blur—that would be filter blur, Gaussian blur, although any of the other blur is look good too. This is really just a decorative paper. And we’re going to set this radius to 2%, actually let’s go up and set it to four. We’re just trying to get a smooth look to our paper. Click okay. So we have a nice decorative paper now.
Now we’re going to get to the good part. We’re going to create the rip or the tear. So first of all we’re going to select a big rectangle from our piece of paper. And now, what I’m going to do is I’m going to subtract from the selection to create my tear. So I’m going to select to my lasso tool, I’m going to hold down the ALT on my keyboard and I’m going to start all the way down here and when I get up here I’m going to start creating tear marks. And then go all the way down here, release it and you see I have a nice tear.
Now, over on your layers palette click on the quick mask, the layer mask and it will go ahead and take that part away. So I have a nice tear here now. So let’s have a little bit more interest to it. we’re going to use the smudge tool and you want to choose a brush, the smallest brush to pick one, keep on normal mode and the strength we’re going to change to 30% and I’m going to zoom up a little bit so I can get a closer look and basically what you’re doing now is on the very edge you’re just going to go in and out to create your torn edges and basically when you tear a piece of paper you know you get those little pieces of paper that are torn that stick a little bit out. And that’s what we’re going for. This is a no dramatic enough look for you then you could definitely increase the strength of the smudge and it’s going to allow you to smudge more. You can also increase the brush size and that’s going to give you bigger tears.
So I'm going to keep on going like this and then I'm going to zoom out, you could see I have a more realistic tear now. I have some tear marks going here and I'm going to right click on my layer, go to blending options. And I'm going to create just simple drop shadow and I'm going to change that opacity to about 55%, make it a little bit lighter. You could change any of the other options that you want, click on OK, and we’re brought back to our torn or ripped sheet of paper.