Gives an aged feel with realistic shading to
paper, or add these effects to
any virtual surface, even text, to antique it.
In this tutorial we'll learn to use Quick Mask
Mode and Layer Masks.
1. Open a new document, at least 200 dpi for good
printing, and make a new
2. Use rectangular marquee to create paper shape.
a. Optional Steps: use the lasso to remove parts of the selection
torn, jagged edges
b. Use Transform>Skew (Ctrl-T, right click Skew) to make the
3. Fill with color; tans and earth tones make
the most believable antique
4. With selection still active, type Q to enter
Quick Mask Mode, or click
the Edit in Quick Mask Mode icon at the bottom of the tools palette.
a. Quick Mask Mode allows you to change the shape of a selection
filters or other effects on it. It doesn't change the actual object,
the selection shape!
b. You will see a pink overlay so you know you are in Quick Mask
5. Apply Filters>Pixellate>Crystalize. Lower
the magnification and use the
hand to find the edge of you selection. Choose a cell size: the
size you use, the larger the bites from your paper edges will
be. Click OK.
6. If needed, Ctrl-T to resize your Quick Mask,
or click Selection>Contract
and choose several pixels smaller. Do this if too much of the
shape is hanging off the paper edges. Especially if you're using
cell size and it's hanging off the paper edges, there won't be
The more it's hanging off, the less the effect will be.
7. Exit Quick Mask Mode by typing Q or clicking
on the Edit in Standard Mode
icon next the Edit in Quick Mask Mode.
8. With your Paper layer selected in the Layers
Palette, click the Add Layer
Mask icon or Layers>Add Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. This
will mask off the
edges of the paper.
9. If you don't like the effect, go back in the
History Palette and repeat
step 5 or 6, changing the cell size or changing the size of the
differently. Remember, you can always change the shape and size
of the mask
at any point by clicking the link icon next to it to unlink it
layer and using Ctrl-T to change it.
10. Optional: use the Smudge tool to gently smudge
the edges of the paper to
look slightly torn. See Simple Torn Paper PS tutorial for instructions.
11. Double click on the Paper icon in the layers
palette to bring up the
Layer Styles Dialog box. Make a very large, dark, soft drop shadow.
12. In the Layers Palette, right click on the
drop shadow layer style name,
and click Create New Layer. This will put the drop shadow on its
so you can customize it to be more realistic.
13. Add a Layer Mask to the Drop Shadow layer.
14. Choose the Brush tool with a large, soft airbrush
300, color black, make
sure the Drop Shadow layer mask is active in the Layers Palette,
brushing over the shadow to cover parts of it.
15. Remember that shadows for the paper closest
to the desk will be dark,
defined, and close to the paper. For parts of the paper higher
shadow will fade to lighter, softer, and farther from the paper.
16. In the Brushes menu, increase the Hardness
of the brush to get more
defined edges, or lower it to get softer edges. In the tool bar
at the top
of the page lower the opacity to get softer shadows, raise it
to get darker
shadows. Use a white color brush to put back any parts where you've
17. To make more shadows, click the layer thumbnail
for the Drop Shadow
layer and use a dark, soft brush to add shadows. Remember to go
back to the
layer mask to remove more shadows! To make shadows vary in texture,
some dark browns with a textured brush. Here, I use a large fresco
from www.truly-sarah.com, but you can use whatever suits you.
Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur if needed, and lower layer opacity
18. This takes practice! You choose which parts
of the paper are farther
from the desk and make the shadows match. The best way to do this
look at something for reference: a slightly crumpled piece of
similar, so you can see how real shadows look. Don't worry if
it's not very
good, the layer mask lets you put back whatever you removed by
brush with a white color.
19. Once the shadow is customized, we need to
add shading and highlights to
the paper itself. Highlights go where the paper is higher and
with the larger, soft shadows. Shading goes where the paper is
correspond with the small, defined shadows.
20. Right click on the Paper layer mask and click
Set Selection to Mask.
This will make sure the painting for the highlights stays just
on the paper
21. Create a new layer above Paper layer and name
22. Use a 300 soft airbrush, black, with very
low opacity and flow to brush
on shadows crossing the paper from starting from one small shadow
underneath, across to another small shadow. Do the same for the
with a white color on the brush.
23. Click on the opacity slider in the Layer Palette
to lower the layer
opacity to suit you. How much depends on how excessively dark
24. Apply Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur if needed.
Also brush on more shading
or highlights and blur again if needed.
25. Add optional texture effects like Filter>Texture>Texturizer
or a light
pattern overlay in Layer Styles. Here I've added a Canvas Texturizer
and a Hard Charcoal Light pattern overlay on low opacity.
26. You're done! Keep practicing making custom
shading and soon your
elements will start jumping off the page!
For a printable version of this
quick class, click here