How To Create A Ripping And Tearing Poster Effect

Posted on 05. Jun, 2009 by in Photo Effects

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bomb-funkIn this tutorial we are going to turn a flat, artificial poster into something that looks as if it’s been hanging around on the wall for a long time.The initial poster was created using techniques that we have covered in previews tutorials. As you can see, it’s a brash image that looks nothing like a real poster.
This tutorial is written by Cheng Tao a Graphic designer from Indonesia, he was inspired by Steve Caplin the author of How To Cheat In Photoshop. He covers this technique in his cool book, I personally jut got a copy of How To Cheat In Photoshop and i must say is a must have for every photoshop and graphic design user. For more info visit:www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com

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1The first step is to create a new doc and load the poster image + a background, a brick wall will do the job in our case. After you have opened your images and moved them in the new doc select the poster layer.
2Make a layer mask for the poster layer by clicking Add a Layer Mask icon.

3Select the Lasso Tool.

4Start making ragged selection using the Lasso tool. Note don’t be too precise.

5Next we need to invert the selection by hitting SHIFT+CTRL+I.

6Make sure you select the mask set the background color to black, we’ll be able to remove chunks of poster simply by pressing Backspace. Because we’re working on a mask, we can always undo any deletions that seem inappropriate later.

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orangeSimply removing pieces of poster isn’t enough. We need to show the torn paper around each rip. Make a new layer and paint on it using a small, hard-edged brush to trace roughly around each tear. It’s important not to try to be too precise here: the rougher the painting, the more convincing the effect.

7Click on the create new layer icon.

8Select the Brush Tool and choose a hard-edged brush form the options.

9Now start to trace roughly around each tear.

10Next we are going to create the folded corner, select the Pen Tool.

11Now, on a new layer, draw the outline of the fold.

12Click on the Paths Tab.

13Select the Work Path and click load path as a selection.

14Fill the new layer with a neutral color.

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15Select the Brush Tool and choose a soft edge brush also make sure the foreground color is set to black.

16Make sure that the layer mask is selected.

17Start erasing the background around the folded corner.

18Select the Dodge Tool.

19Select the folded corner layer and start to add a little shading with Dodge and Burn tools.

20Select the poster layer and also add a little shading with Dodge and Burn.

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21We need to apply the Plastic Wrap filter to the folded corner to give the impression of sticky glue. So choose Filter-Artistics-Plastic Warp play with the setting until you come up with something you like and click OK.

orangeThe folds and creases are added using Dodge and Burn, first we are going to add a dark shadow using the Burn tool, then hold the ALT key (to temporarily access the Dodge tool) and paint above it to add the highlight. The lettering, which previously appeared flat, now looks rippled.

22Choose the Burn Tool.

23Choose a medium sized, soft-edged brush. Lower the opacity to between 20% and 40% so the effect isn’t too strong. and

24Now start painting a shallow curve running from corner to corner.

25Switch to the Doge Tool and start painting the highlight. Continue adding ripples until you are satisfied.

26Select the poster, the brush and corner layer by clicking on the first layer and holding down the Shift Key when all layers are selected click CTRL+E to merge the layers.

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27Select the newly created layer and double click on the layer thumbnail, when the Blending Options dialog box appears choose a simple drop shadow.

28From the Adjustment Panel add a Photo Filter and a Bright/Contrast filter play with the setting until you add a nice mood.

29Create 2 new layers one fill it with black and the other one with white.

30Select the Eraser Tool and choose a big soft brush.

31Now start erasing the black and white layers until you are satisfied with the feel of the image, also make sure you lower the layers opacity.

And the effect is now complete.

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bomb-funkSo guys I’m letting you know a little secret, in the next couple of days i will be publishing the making of Red Bull Manny Mania Poster Design, actually i should have posted that tutorial first but i wanted to do it backwards so stay tuned.
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10 Responses to “How To Create A Ripping And Tearing Poster Effect”

  1. tonnet

    06. Jun, 2009

    Thanks for sharing! practicing right now

  2. tom

    06. Jun, 2009

    nice and easy tutorial

  3. Nathan

    06. Jun, 2009

    Great Tut, i will try this in my own..Thanks for sharing.!

  4. Novak

    06. Jun, 2009

    thanks for introducing and sharing this tut!

  5. Arik

    06. Jun, 2009

    great tutorial. this site has had some of the most useful and best illustrated PS tutorials I’ve seen. Thanks!

  6. DIGITALSHY

    06. Jun, 2009

    Great tutorial.
    How do I get a printed copy of your tutorials?

  7. Genti

    06. Jun, 2009

    Wow very good tutorial, i agree with you Arik, it really has the most easy to follow tutorials

  8. Dee

    20. Aug, 2009

    WooooooooooooooooooW! thats some tutorial u got here and its the one, please help me with some inspiration and ideas.

  9. bd

    10. Mar, 2010

    Cool tut. HOWEVER, it’s hard to learn the technique without providing the chance to do the work ourselves.

    PLEASE, WILL YOU START GIVING US DOWNLOADABLE IMAGE FILES?????

  10. toppickbrand

    16. Jul, 2011

    Cool,It’s nice.keep on going.

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