How to Make a Ripped Paper Edge in Photoshop | Adobe Creative Cloud

Create the appearance of torn paper using custom selections, layer styles, and clipping masks.

Start from scratch, or download practice files [] for a head start. Steps below.

Tear it up:

1. Open the model photo in Photoshop (File – Open).
2. Use the Lasso (L) tool to draw a jagged edge across the model’s face.
3. Trace along the right, bottom, and left side of the image to close the selection.

Mask a selection:

1. Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel (Window – Layers).
2. Click the Create a new layer icon in the Layers panel to create a layer for the paper edge.
3. With the new layer selected, Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (macOS) on the mask of the Model layer to make a selection.
4. Use the Paint Bucket (G) to fill the new layer with white.
5. Hold Control+D (Windows) or Command+D (macOS) to deselect the new layer.
6. Drag the new layer below the Model layer.

Make a paper edge:

1. Use the Move (V) tool to drag the paper edge up so it peeks out just above the model.
2. Still on the paper edge layer, select the Warp tool (Edit – Transform – Warp).
3. Drag the top handles to customize the shape of the ripped edge so it looks less uniform and more natural. Press Enter or Return to commit the changes.
4. Double-click the paper edge layer to bring up the Layer Style dialog.
5. Click the Drop Shadow label and adjust the settings to get the look you want. Click OK.

Tip: We set Opacity to 27%, Angle to -63, Distance to 13, and Size to 24.

6. Drag the paper texture image from the exercise files to the open document.

Tip: Use the corner handles to resize the paper texture if needed.

7. Drag the paper texture layer so it is just above the paper edge layer.
8. Hold Alt (or Option) as you click between the layers to clip the paper texture to the paper edge.

Add to the composition:

1. Drag the flowers image from the practice files into the open document.
2. Move the flowers layer to the bottom to complete the composition.

That’s it!

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