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Today, I'm going to teach you a technique that I used recently to solve a problem I was faced with. I had to create what looked like a clippings from magazines that have been taped up to a wall. Well, I did had the magazines and you could see on the screen right now. I scan the upper corner of one of them. The thing is I didn't want to tear them up. These were old magazines and in some cases some of them are valuable. I didn't want to rip them. So what I did is I scanned the magazine article, and then I took a regular piece of paper and I tore it.
I tore it the way I wanted the tear in the magazine to look. I put that against a black piece of paper and I scanned that. Now when I scanned it, the texture of the black paper kind of came through. So I'm going to go in there and make a quick adjustment to this with levels by pushing my black all the way in, you can see that now I have a very solid black on the outside areas. So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to select this, I'll do a little Select>All. And I'm going to Copy it. And I go back over to my little clipping file, right there.
And I'm not going to paste it right there. What I'm going to do first is I'm going to double-click on, on the background here to turn it into a layer, and we're going to call it Clipping. Okay. And there I'm going to give it a mask. I gave it a mask. I hold down my Option key to go into the mask. You notice I'm in the mask and I'm seeing the mask. That's where I'm going to Paste. There's the little sheet of paper. So I'm going to just deselect it for now. And now we can go and look at the page. And there you can see that it's being clipped.
Now it's a little off in size there, so no problem because what I'm going to do is I'm going to. Enlarge, or reshape the mask, so I have exactly the area that I want to be exposed. Now, anything that I do here is going to happen to the image, so I'm going to unlink the mask from the image. So anything I do to the mask is not going to affect the image at all. So, now that I have that, I'm going to hit my Cmd+T to bring up my controls, and I'm going to go in there and. Bring this up. Twirl it a little bit like that.
Bring it up a little more. Bring this one down and over. About like that. And you can see that now I got this nice little tear all around and maybe we could just lift this up a little bit and twirl it just a tad more. There we go. Click OK. And there we can see now we have this little article, looks like it's been torn out. So what I'm going to do now, is I'm going to take that mask, throw it away. I'm going to say apply it, so there we see that now we have this little torn piece of paper. So I'm going to do a little Select>All and copy that.
And I have over here a file for a wall and I'm going to go in there and paste it there. So there is my little page, I also have another. Little thing I did here. I took a little piece of tape. I tore it, put it on a piece of paper, and I scanned that. So what I'm going to do is, with my magic wand, I'm going to select the white area. And do a inverse, so that the tape itself is selected. And I'm going to Copy that. I go over to my little wall file, and I paste.
Alright? So let's name these. This is the tape. And this is the clipping. So now we're ready to make these things look like they are in fact taped to that wall, so I'm going to take my tape, and I'm going to move it up into this little area right up here. I'll take the clipping itself, and I'm going to give it a little rotation. Just a little rotation like that. And maybe move it over. There we go. So now, the tape looks fine, I might want to give it a little drop shadow. So we'll just go in there say, Drop Shadow and we'll make it like distance of two.
And a size of two. And we have the light coming from that side. So actually, let's make the distance a little more. We'll make it three. And the size will make it one. There's just a little hint of a little shadow in there like that. Okay now, the clipping. The clipping's also going to get a drop shadow. So I double-click on that to bring up Drop Shadow, put it in place. And click OK. Now I'm going to a further a manipulation, manipulation to this sheet of paper so it starts to look like what we have. So, I'm going to go in there and take that drop shadow out.
Of this file. I'm going to go up here, go to Layer styles and down to Create Layer. This little window pops up. It's just a little disclaimer just in case somethings don't work. Sometimes you have so many different layer styles that they're going to conflict with each other when you. Go ahead and separate them. Then, I'll click OK. And there, we see that the drop shadow is now a separate layer. So what I'm going to do with the clipping. And I'll go in there and do something to it now. I'm going to go in and say Warp. So what I'm going to to do now is I'm going to take this corner.
And I'll kind of twirl it like that. Bring it right in there like this. And twirl this just like that. So we got a little twirl and a little twirl like that. I'm going to twirl this one up, and you can kind of bring that one down a little bit. And there we go, now we have this nice little, bent piece of paper. We'll just twirl that one just a little bit. Click OK. And I hit the Return key and made that happen. So now I'm going to in here and create a layer on top of this, and we're going to call it shadows. And in there, with black and a nice big paintbrush, I'm going to go in here and just kind of I have to re, the opacity reduce for the brush.
And I kind of throw some shadows right into this area here. Maybe make it a little bigger. And kind of throw in a big shadow there. And a slight shadow right in that area there. And then a little one, right in here. Which I'm going to make my brush really small and kind of darken that a little more. Just a little bit, right into there, like that. I'm going to clip this by holding down my Option key and clicking between the two layers. There you can see that the shadows are now. Confined to the area of the paper. Which I'm going to go in there and reduce the opacity just a little, so it's just a hint of little shadows.
Just a little tiny hint of shadow. And right here, we might want to throw a little highlight. So I'm going to create another layer. Which I'll call hightlight, and clip it. With the clip. And then I'll throw a little white. A little white right into this area here. Just throw some white, right into there like that. And there, you can see, now we got the little highlight. So now comes the shadow. The shadow's going to have to be manipulated. So I'm going to go in there and warp it. So I go in Transform>Warp. And we'll bring this way in. We don't need a shadow up there.
And this guy can go way down here and kind of pull it out a little bit like that. This can be pulled out and this is going to go right in, right in like that. Let's just bring this down just a tad like that. Click OK, and now what's going to happen is, I'm going to go in there and just blow it a little bit. Little, little gauzy and blur, just to soften that shadow just a little. I'm going to reduce the opacity a bit, so it's not so strong. And then these outside areas, they get softer as they go further away.
So what I'm going to do is I'm going to give it a mask. And I'm going to take my paint brush, still lower the opacity, and with black, I'm just going to very lightly hit that corner and hit this corner. And you make it a little bigger, make the brush a little bigger, and just kind of lightly hit that. And there you can see that now we have this little. Torn piece of paper taped up to a wall with the shadows and everything looking very realistic.
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