Torn Paper Technique for
Digital Image Pro
good torn edge really makes a digital layout appear hand-made, and the
following tutorial shows just one possible version. You can have fun
experimenting to come up with one that suits your style best.
step-by-step instructions using Microsoft® Digital Image Pro 7 (DIP)
for this lesson. Adobe® Photoshop® and
Elements®, Jasc® Paint Shop™ Pro® 7 and higher, and Ulead® PhotoImpact 7
would follow similar steps, but with
Once you have your background
complete with a torn edge, you can complete your custom layout. See our
tutorial on using Background Papers with DIP to help with the remaining
the Papers in DIP
Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image Pro 7
2. Insert Simply Elegant CD in CD drive.
3. Choose File > Open and browse to your CD drive.
4. Select 8.5 x 11 Backgrounds folder. Press the Ctrl
key and choose Canvas Sage.jpg and Elegant Stripes.jpg
files. Click OPEN. Both papers will appear in
window as thumbnails at bottom of screen. Elegant Stripes is the active
5. Click the Canvas Sage thumbnail to make it the active paper, as
that will be the bottom paper layer in this example.
6. Click the Elegant Stripes thumbnail and drag to active window to
layer on top of Sage paper. Drag the Striped paper until it completely
covers the Sage paper. The layer palette will show both papers, even
though you’ll only see the Striped paper (the Sage is beneath it):
7. Choose File >
Save as and enter file name, choosing Save as type: Picture It! PNG
Plus in order to retain all the individual layers. From this point
on, save often in the design process by choosing File > Save.
8. Choose Format >
Trim. In first option Choose ‘Trace it on my own’ and follow
directions in second window by drawing an outline for the area to “Trim”
away from the Striped paper from the lower third portion. Enclose the
area completely by ending at the yellow diamond. You can adjust it as
explained, and click Done when satisfied.
9. Now the fun part
comes in to make this edge look really torn. One fun technique is to
paint an edge with a textured paint brush. Choose Effects > PaintBrush
> Freehand. For this example we used the following settings:
Tool: Paint Brush
Size: Third Largest
10. Draw a messy
stroke across the page that overlaps the torn edge. Don’t worry that it
is on top of the paper, as we’ll move it below.
11. In the layer
palette, move the paint stroke layer below the Striped paper layer by
clicking and dragging (See before and after below). Adjust it so it
appears like a small torn edge and is appealing to you.
Add a Drop Shadow
to the Torn Edge
12. Click the White
layer in the layer palette (paint brush layer as shown above) to make it
the active layer to apply the shadow to.
Effects>Shadow. In this sample, we used Drop Down Right,
clicked Customize the shadow and used the settings below. We then
dragged the shadow to be just barely exposed, which mimics a small,
realistic shadow effect.
there is to it! But, again, there are so many options that you can play
with to see which you like best! Try different paint colors, textures,
brush types and widths, and you’ll be amazed at the variations you can
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