Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Tearing the wallpaper, part of Creating a Hallway Scene with Photoshop.
The stains make the wallpaper look old. Let's now make it look tatty, by tearing some holes in it. Rather than actually ripping the wallpaper, lets make a layer mask for it, by using Layer, Layer Mask, and Reveal All. Now with the layer mask, anywhere we paint in black will hide the layer when we paint in white, it reveals the layer again. So we want to make some vertical selections first to mark the drawings between the pieces of wallpaper. Let's zoom in a little, it can be quite hard to make a vertical selection of just one pixel wide with the Marquee tool, it keeps on wanting to go wider. So instead, we can use a Single Column Marquee tool, and that's nested below the regular Marquee.
Let's mark a column here. I'll hide the edges, and on the layer mask, we can press Option Delete on a Mac, Alt Delete on a PC, to fill with a foreground color. And that makes our first slide. Let's zoom out again. We can put another one in here and another one in here. And let's pan across, and put a final one over on the side, and we can deselect. And what that does is it makes drawings between the separate pieces of wallpaper. And that's really all it takes to make the effect of this wallpaper having been put up in proper wallpaper rolls.
Okay, let's now make this a little bit tattier. We'll go up to 100%, and let's make a bit of a tear. And then pen tool is the best way to do this. I'm going to click some way up that hold we made, click again at the top. And then pull out and make a very small curve. We can turn that into a selection by pressing Command Enter on a Mac control and to a PC. And now we can fill that black with our layer mask. And that makes a nice little gap in our wallpaper.
Let's make a bigger gap down here. We can do this with Lasso tool. We can simply drag and start to wiggle our way across. I'll pull it right over where it meets the skirting board. Let's bring that back to the bottom of our original wallpaper gap, and now we can fill that with black, and that's also now hidden, on the layer mask. There's our first chunk, lets do another small one, at the top here, and that's quite good. For the next step, we need to provide an edge to this piece of paper. So let's make a new layer, and we can call this wallpaper edge. And once again, we've got used previous layer to create clipping mask checked, and that means anything we do on this layer will only be visible where it overlaps our wallpaper beneath.
Here we're going to change the Brush tool and use a Hard Edged Brush, and I'm going to paint on here in a pale brown. And as I paint, I'm roughly but deliberately, inaccurately following the line of this wallpaper. And that gives the sense of the backing of the paper where the front has been torn off. And let's do the same thing for this tear at the top. And you can see I've gone over the edge, well that's easy to fix. We can use the Eraser tool to simply take that out, and we'll do the same down here.
To make the affect a little stronger, we can switch to the Burn tool, let's set this to 100%. And let's just darken up directly beneath the wallpaper face. And that makes this just a little bit more convincing and gives a more 3-dimensional feel to it, and we'll do the same thing on this side. Now, this looks a little artificial and that's because it just needs some flat tones in here and the easiest way to make this look more realistic is to add a little noise.
Let's go to Filter, Noise and Add Noise. We'll add a very small amount of Gaussian Noise here, maybe as small as 3%, just enough to put a little bit of texture into this paper. And we can click Okay. Adding the stains and tears certainly helps to make the wallpaper look old and tatty. Much more in keeping with the seedy nature of our privatized hallway.
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