March 18, 2016

Tutorial: Torn Paper

  1. Create a new project
    ….File > New (Width: 1000; Height: 1000)
  2. Make sure your foreground color is a medium gray (I used 42% brightness) and fill in the project (ALT + DELETE)
  3. Make a new layer and name it Tear
  4. Make sure your background color is white and fill the Tear layer with white (CTRL + DELETE)
  5. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise
    ….Amount: 10
    ….Distribution: Gaussian
    ….Check Monochromatic
  6. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 3
  7. Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance
    ….Midtone Yellow: -52
  8. Choose the Lasso Tool and draw a jagged line from one side of the paper to the other and without releasing your mouse button continue to draw around the outside of the paper until you connect with the starting point of the Lasso Tool
  9. Click on the Layer Mask button
  10. Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Spatter
    ….Spray Radius: 15
    ….Smoothness: 8
  11. Make a copy of the Tear Layer (CTRL + J)
  12. Open the Levels Window (CTRL + L)
    ….Midtone Input: 0.61
    ….Output Highlights: 244
  13. Open the Transform Tool (CTRL + T)
  14. Hold SHIFT + ALT and drag the copy layer out making the layer just slightly larger than the bottom layer
  15. Choose the Move Tool and use the Up Arrow key on the keyboard and move the copy layer up
  16. Click on the copy layer’s Layer Mask thumbnail to make it active
  17. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 1
  18. Make the Tear Layer active
  19. Click on the fx Button and choose Drop Shadow
    ….Opacity: 30
    ….Distance: 9
    ….Size: 8

Final Render: