Photoshop Tutorial: Torn Paper

Image © Richard D. LeCour

Here’s a quick-and-easy Photoshop tutorial that, if nothing else, reminds me how to create the look of torn paper.

  1. Create a layer of your paper.
  2. Select the entire layer with the rectangular marquee.
  3. Use the lasso tool to deselect the area to be torn off.
  4. Add a layer mask.
  5. Smudge the mask edges with a one-pixel brush.
  6. When the edges look sufficiently rough, apply the mask to the layer by trashing the mask.
  7. Apply a drop shadow to the layer to add depth.


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