Welcome  On-line Photoshop Tutorials  About  Home Page  Photoshop PDF Tutorials  Photoshop Sitemap    

1,500+ Adobe Photoshop, GIMP & Paint Shop Pro PDF Tutorials + Extras & Plugins - Here

Tiny Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

700+ Adobe Photoshop PDF Tutorials - Click Here
Free On-line Adobe Photoshop Tutorials - Click Here
by Wendi Elizabeth Martha Scarth

 

Torn Paper
Adobe Photoshop

 

Create Torn Paper Effects - Three Different Approaches
  Suitable for Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 & CC
Skill Level - Intermediate Plus

Lesson One
Lesson One
Lesson Three
Lesson Two
400+ Photoshop  PDF  & 300 Elements PDF Tutorials + Plugins & Extras
1,500+ Individual PDF Tutorials - Click Banner To Read More!

This tutorial demonstrates three different ways of creating torn paper using Photoshop’s
filters. To work along, you are welcome to download my Crystal Start Image
Here
Unzip the file and open the image onto Photoshop’s workspace.

Torn Paper Photoshop Elements Here

Understanding Layers
Understand The Workspace And Palettes

Tutorial 1 - Create Torn Paper Using The Lasso Tool
Open your Start Image onto Photoshop’s workspace. Then extend its grey workspace by left-clicking and dragging out one of its corners.



Tip
Duplicate your image and work on the copy - Window then Duplicate

Note
For a visual guide, tear a piece of A4 paper, and study it; additionally, for a photorealistic tear, scan your torn paper, open it onto Photoshop’s workspace, then convert it into a
Brush.

Tip
For a quick solution, apply Auto FX’s Deckle filter - a trial is available
Here! Install Plugins.

Lesson Two - Create Paper Then Tear It - Here

Lesson Three - Torn Paper From The Ripple Filter - Here

Undo and Navigation Steps
Two ways of undoing steps are from the top menu, Edit then Step Backwards. Alternatively, click a previous snapshot in the History Palette.

Navigate (zoom in and pan) your image using the Navigator Palette, or the Zoom Tool.



Activate The Hand Tool by tapping the Spacebar, keeping the Spacebar pressed, pan your image in the usual way.


1/Torn Paper - Lesson 1 - Using The Lasso Tool
Activate your image, then from the top menu, choose Layer then choose New then choose Layer From Background, there is no need to name this Layer, then click OK. (There’s no need to name the Layer unless you want to). 

Note
Your Background Layer will automatically be renamed Layer 0.





2/
Now, from the Tools Toolbar, activate the Lasso Tool.

And set the following attributes into the Options Bar.



Tip
Try a Feather setting of 1 or 2, and see how it effects your torn paper - depending on your aim, you may prefer the result.

You’re looking to draw a squiggly Lasso Line that represents your tear, or rip; and this must be applied in a full circuit; I am beginning as indicated below.



Therefore, left-click, and draw a “squiggly” Lasso Line in a complete (triangular) circuit, as demonstrated below-left. After you have completed the circuit, pass your cursor over the exact area where you began, and release your mouse button.

The Lasso Line will immediately change to a Selection Marquee, as demonstrated
below-right.

        

Important (How To Retain The Cut-out Area)
If you wish to retain your photograph’s “deleted” area, then omit Chapter 3
(This step is instead of Chapter 3). From the top menu, choose Edit then choose CutThen again choose Edit - and this time choose Paste. The area you have just “Cut” will then be “Pasted” onto your image - and you will now have two separate Layers - representing both sides of your cut photograph. Both halves can now be repositioned using the Move Tool

                



Now, Omit Chapter 3 to 6 and Proceed to Chapter 7.

3/
Press your Keyboard’s Delete KeyAlternatively, from the top menu, choose Edit then choose Clear. This deletes the area inside the Selection Marquee, subsequently revealing the underlying transparent chessboard effect - as illustrated below.



4/ Optional
From the top menu, choose Select then Modify then choose Expand by 4 (pixels).



Note
The number of pixels represent the width of the (white) tear; therefore, for a thinner - or wider tear, alter the pixels accordingly. Additionally, larger images require a higher number of pixels.

My Selection Marquee has been Expanded by 4 pixels.



5/
To complete the torn effect; from the top menu, choose Filter then choose Noise then choose Add Noise.  Enter the following settings into the subsequent Add Noise dialogue box, or experiment, then click OK.  The torn edges will then be speckled with Black and White Noise.



6/
Now, from the top menu, choose Image then choose Adjustments then choose Levels. To whiten the noise, drag the black Output Levels slider over to the right, as indicated below. (Experiment with Levels and find a look you prefer)



The noise should now be very faint, and predominately white.

                    

7/
From the top menu, choose Select then choose Deselect. (Ctrl then D).

8/
To apply a Drop Shadow; left-click the tiny black triangle, next to Apply a layer style
(f - fx) icon - at the bottom of the Layers palette; and choose Drop Shadow from the subsequent drop-down list.  (If you have two “cut” halves, remember to add Drop Shadows to both Layers).



Congratulations, you have created your torn paper effect.



Note
I created the following effect by applying my Lasso Line completely around the image. I then Inverted the Selection Marquee, and pressed Delete - Edit then Clear). Noise and Levels were then applied in the usual manner. I then applied a Drop Shadow to the bottom and left-side of the image, (leaving the top and right-side untouched). I completed my effect by warping the image. To do likewise, from the top menu, choose Edit then choose Transform, then choose either, Perspective or Warp.



Optional
To darken the edges, activate the Burn Tool.

And set the following attributes into its Options Bar.



Then move your cursor over the edges, to darken them.



Learn how to fill the Transparent Background with your choice of Solid Colour, Gradient or Pattern.

Your work is now
ready to save.

1/ Create Torn Paper From Scratch - Lesson Two
Open a New document, with the dimensions of your choice - I am choosing 400 Pixels X 400 Pixels.





2/
Now, expand your image’s grey workspace by left-clicking and dragging out one of its corners - as illustrated above. Then from the Toolbar, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
 
The Rectangular Marquee Tool


And enter the following attributes into its Options Bar.



Now, left-click and draw a Rectangular Selection Marquee over your Transparent
Canvas. Then activate the Paint Bucket Tool.
 


And enter the following Foreground attributes into its Options Bar.



Then left-click inside the Rectangular Selection Marquee, to Fill it with your choice of colour - ensuring your choice of Fill Colour is active in the Foreground Swatch
 
(Press Ctrl then D to remove the Selection Marquee - Select then Deselect).



3/
From the top menu, choose Filter then choose Noise then choose Add Noise.
From the subsequent Add Noise dialogue box, ensure Monochromatic is ticked, and set a Uniform Amount (Noise) of approximately 3%. Then from the top menu’s Filter menu, choose Blur - then choose Gaussian Blur and enter a Radius of approximately 1.1 - sufficient enough to slightly blur the grain. (Apply a Texturiser filter, if you prefer).

Tip
To change the paper’s colour; press Ctrl then U - and from the subsequent Hue/Saturation dialogue box, move the Hue and Saturation sliders, and find a hue you like. 



4/
Now, from the Toolbar, activate the Lasso Tool.

And set the following attributes into its Options Bar.



Tip
For future reference, try a Feather setting of 1 or 2, and see how it effects your torn paper - depending on your aim, you may prefer the result.

Now, left-click - then draw a Lasso Line around your paper, in a complete circuit, as demonstrated below. 



After you have completed the circuit; pass your cursor over the exact area where you began, and release your mouse button. The Lasso Line will immediately change to a Selection Marquee, as demonstrated below.



Now, press your keyboard’s Delete key, (Edit then Clear), and the area within the Selection Marquee, will be removed - as demonstrated below.



(Press Ctrl then D to remove the Selection Marquee).

5/
Now, from the top menu, choose Layer then New Fill Layer, and choose a Solid Colour, Gradient or Pattern of your choice - I am choosing Solid White. After the fill is complete, drag the Fill Layer below the torn paper Layer (Layer 1), as illustrated below.

                 

6/
Zoom into your torn edges, and from the Toolbar, activate the Smudge Tool.



Then enter the following attributes into its Options bar. Note: Individual images may need different Strength and Size settings; however, ensure you are utilising a Basic Brush, with a small, hard tip.



Now, left-click, and in a zigzag and erratic movement, smudge the outer areas of the torn paper - creating tear-like streaks in varying sizes. If you make an error, retrace your steps using either the History Palette or the Step Backwards command.

Note
Take your time with this step, and remember, practise will quickly improve your technique.      


7/
When you are happy with the torn paper effect; click the Add a layer style (f -fx) icon, at the foot of the Layers palette - and apply a Drop Shadow of your choice -
Drop Shadow Settings Screen Capture. To finish, apply Type - or a Brush Tip, then save your work.

1/ Torn Paper Using The Ripple Filter - Lesson Three!
Open an image onto Photoshop’s workspace, or create your own paper, as described back in
lesson two of my torn paper tutorials. To work along, you are welcome to download Sacha HereUnzip the file and open the Start Image onto Photoshop’s workspace.



2/
Then unlock the Background Layer by double-left-clicking it - (its name will automatically change to Layer 0).



3/
Now, from the Tools Toolbar, activate the Rectangular Marquee Tool - and with a Feather of 0, drag out a Rectangular Selection Marquee, slightly smaller than your image. Then from the top menu, choose Select then choose Inverse.



4/
Then tap your Delete key, (Edit then Clear); and the border will be removed.



5/
From the top menu, choose Select then choose Inverse. The Selection Marquee will now isolate just your image.



6/
From the top menu, choose Select then choose Modify then choose Contract. From the subsequent Contract Selection dialogue box, enter a suitable value into Contract By - then click OK. I have chosen 15 (Pixels) - however, the value depends upon the size of your image, and the border width you are looking for.



7/
Now, Inverse the Selection Marquee once again. (Select then Inverse).



8/
Then from the top menu, choose Filter then choose Distort then choose Ripple. Experiment with the settings and find a torn paper effect you like, then click OK. I chose the following Ripple (Amount and Size) settings.



Note
The Ripple settings depend upon your aim, and the size of your image. 

(Press Ctrl then D to remove the Selection Marquee).



Tip
The ripple effect is very uniform; to create randomness, erase parts of the ripple’s edges using a small round, hard, Eraser Brush -
Tutorial. Additionally, you can smudge areas using the Smudge Tool. Finally, if you wish, you can cut-out extra tears using the Lasso Tool.

                

9/
When you are happy with your result, click the Add a layer style (f - fx) icon at the foot of the Layers palette, and apply a Drop Shadow of your choice -
Drop Shadow Settings Screen Capture. To finish, fill the Transparent Background with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or Gradient of your choice - then save your work


Wendi E M Scarth. 
Top of Page.




  Paint Shop Pro Tutorials   GIMP (GNU) Tutorials   Photoshop Elements Tutorials   Personal Site