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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Create a Cool-looking, Torn Paper Portrait.

October 18, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a cool-looking,
torn paper portrait effect and how to quickly replace it with another photo without having
to redo the effects. I provided this royalty-free, Creative Commons
image of torn paper, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description or project files below. Open a sharp, well-lit, close-up photo of
someone that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. We want our subject to be over a plain white
background as in this example. If your subject isn’t on a white background,
you’ll first need to separate the subject from its existing background. There are many ways to do this and your choice
should depend on the characteristics of your photo. I covered the various methods in many of my
previous tutorials, so to save time, I won’t be going over them here. Once you make a selection over the subject,
to refine it, especially around the hair, go to Select. If you’re using a version of Photoshop earlier
than CC, click Refine Edge. If you’re using CC or later, you can either
click Select and Mask or if you prefer to use Refine Edge, press the Shift key as you
click “Select and Mask”. This will open “Refine Edge”. I did in-depth tutorials on both Select and
Mask and “Refine Edge”, so if you’d like to watch them, I provide their links ,as well. Click “Smart Radius” and drag the Radius to the right a bit. We’ll brush over the edge of the hair, but
first, if you want to adjust the size of your brush, press the right or left Bracket key
on your keyboard. Brush over the edge of the hair to refine it. Output it as a “New Layer with Layer Mask”
and click OK. To place your subject over a white background,
we’ll make a new layer below the active layer by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer with white, but
first, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively, press
“D” on your keyboard. Since white is your background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to fill the empty layer with white. We’ll convert our visible image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively, as well as replace our subject with another
with having to redo the effects. To do this, Shift click your subject to make
it active as well, and click the icon at the upper, right corner of the Layers panel. Click “Convert to Smart Object”. Press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag your subject onto the tab of the torn paper document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down and release. To size and position your subject, first, we’ll reduce its opacity, so we can see the torn paper through it. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. If your Transform Tool’s bounding box goes beyond your canvas, press Ctrl or
Cmd + 0 to see it all. Go to a corner a when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. Size and position it, so your subject’s eyes
are centered inside the hole of the torn paper. Press Enter or Return to accept it and increase
its opacity back to 100%. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Go to the middle layer and drag it below the torn paper. Make your top layer active, go to the paper
layer and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its thumbnail to make a selection of the hole. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the active layer. Make your top layer active and change its
Blend Mode to Multiply. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Black White”. Adjustment layers affect all the layers below them. However, we want it to affect only the one layer below it. To do this, we need to make the adjustment
layer into a clipping mask. Either click the “Clipping Mask” icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Alt + G on a Mac. Click the Adjustment layer icon again and
this time, click, “Levels”. Clip it and drag the Input black level a little to the right and the Input midtones and the Input
Highlights to the left. Double-click the torn paper layer to open
its Layer Style window. Click “Drop Shadow” to create a shadow under
the top of the tear. The color is black, the Blend Mode is Multiply
and the Opacity is 30%. The Angle is 132 degrees, the Distance is
12 pixels, the Spread is 0 and the Size is 10 pixels. Then, click OK. To replace your subject with another, double-click
the Smart Object to open the source image. Go to File and if you’re using version CC
or later, click Place Embedded . If you’re using an earlier version, click “Open”. Click a different photo and click “Place”
or “Open”. “Place Embedded” automatically opens your
image with the Transform Tool, however, if your using an earlier version of Photoshop,
open your Transform Tool. Reduce its opacity and size and position your
image to match your other subject. Then, increase its opacity back to 100%. As before, make a selection around your subject. Use Refine Edge or Select and Mask to refine the edges of your subject. Output it to a “Layer Mask”. Click off the eyeball icon next to your original
subject to hide it and close the tab of the Smart Object. When you see this message, click “Yes” to
save the changes. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


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  • Reply Erhanboy003 AQW July 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    first lol

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  • Reply Rawi alsayed July 3, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Thank you . I sent you a message, I am waiting for your reply

  • Reply MorpTube July 3, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Another belter.

  • Reply Saber Saeed July 3, 2017 at 1:51 am


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  • Reply Pirates Skull July 3, 2017 at 3:09 am

    thanks a lot

  • Reply CivilizedMenKilledMe July 3, 2017 at 5:33 am

    If I want to torn a paper in photoshop?

  • Reply Julio Esteban Perez Escudero July 3, 2017 at 6:06 am

    You must be a very good person and excellent teacher. Thank you for sharing !!!!

  • Reply Ahmed Al Faisl July 3, 2017 at 6:17 am


  • Reply fOOt Rydn tV July 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

    very good

  • Reply myanmar life July 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

    How To Remove This Name= Shutter Stock ……on image /

  • Reply Morgan Field July 3, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Thanks. Always impressed that you set us up completely: with the picture to use and past tutorials that are relevant to the skills you teach in this tutorial.

  • Reply Ahmed Elminiawi July 3, 2017 at 9:23 am


  • Reply Binty McFrazzles July 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Thanks, Marty, nice & simple.

  • Reply Brumart July 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Excellent… Merci Marty, tuto toujours trรจs bien expliquรฉ, ce qui permet de reproduire mรชme quand on est dรฉbutant.

  • Reply MG56 July 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Cool ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply BluePalet July 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Can you make a tutorial how to make a retro extrusion effect on a text ?

  • Reply Steven Brener July 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Another interesting and creative tutorial

  • Reply Rudra Srivastava July 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    how coud download imeges from shutterstock

  • Reply Choice July 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Very, very good!!! Keep giving us reasons for thanking you !!!!

  • Reply USA MILITARY AIRCRAFT July 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

    very nice

  • Reply Rick Lane July 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Very nice work. Easy to follow and I liked that you explained for earlier versions of PS.

  • Reply Oscar Labrada July 5, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Sorry I cannot find the ripped paper image. Great video by the way.

  • Reply Yashmeet Singh July 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Awesome as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Just Go July 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Marty, I am wondering how to create simple bubbles and transparent-ish glass objects in photoshop from scratch? Long time follower+fan+subscriber of your superb channel here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Ruth Pasquier July 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    que maestro me encantan todos tus tutoriales. Genio. muy claro como siempre. I'm your fan

  • Reply Solo Solo July 7, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Nice Video ๐Ÿ™‚ can you do a video of how to make a digital painting

  • Reply Dahr July 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

    nic video u need to watch my videos its also about photo

  • Reply EYAD HAJ ALI July 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you teacher .

  • Reply Bhaka July 8, 2017 at 4:08 am

    hi Marty can you show me hot to make people looks more old (60-75 years) on photoshop just like FaceApp on android

  • Reply M Gal July 8, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Thanks very much, Marty! Great tutorial as always.

  • Reply Aula de Bolso July 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Great as always!

  • Reply Qudama Rafiq July 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Amazing tutorials

  • Reply Scarlet July 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    always clear, concise and perfect, Marty.

  • Reply David Walker July 10, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Thank you sir.

  • Reply Olga Vareli July 10, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I love your tutorials.Clear and short.

  • Reply M Aalivand July 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hi, can you show me how to write text on a photo and then put (text and photo ) on a T.shirt . please

  • Reply Fab Aeb July 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Awesome !!! I have lot of fun with you, Thank you ;))

  • Reply cazper avenido July 12, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Hi BLTV can i ask a question? i have a photoshop cs6 extended on my laptop windows xp,my question is why i dont have an adobe media encoder on my cs6 extended? what should i do to enable the adobe media encoder on my cs6 extended??? i really appreciated if you can help me on this thing…THANKS!

  • Reply gino onate July 12, 2017 at 6:34 am

    is cs6 your using?

  • Reply RAJEEV KOOLOTH July 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    always clear, concise and perfect, sir

  • Reply whangway July 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Thanks Marty for another wonderful tutorial. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bally July 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    i love this affect

  • Reply jrfischferguson July 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Is this possible to do with 2 different photos? For example- have a person in B&W but then have the color eyes section be from a tiger?

  • Reply Stephen Bray July 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    hi there just watched your torn paper portrait video, it was fab, I am not able to get the free torn paper template. is there a reason for this or have I missed the free offer. regards steve

  • Reply Lakmal Gunawardana July 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Thank You Very Much

  • Reply IrFuSiOn HuB July 29, 2017 at 7:42 am

    nice editing brother keep it up broo

  • Reply Confused Unlimited August 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    i dont know why but i just watch these because its cool to see everything come together and just the tone of his voice is so soothing and calm

  • Reply sahil xaifi August 26, 2017 at 5:14 am

    there is some wrong show .
    if u want u give me torn paper image

  • Reply Lai Mino Hlu August 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Nice tutorial..

  • Reply ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽฅLet me see it๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŽฅ August 29, 2017 at 12:29 am

    You have the best tutorials i have ever watched. I stumbled upon you by accident one day and just began watching many of your videos. They were so good i went out and bought a camera and photoshop. Thank you for the experience. Love and respect my good sir.

  • Reply Zadran Creation August 31, 2017 at 6:28 am

    U Can Give Me The Every Work PSD files

  • Reply ฮšฯ‰ฯƒฯ„ฮฎฯ‚ ฮ”ฯฯŒฯƒฮฟฯ‚ September 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Hi! new to your channel ! Nice video ! Do you have videos for rookies ? I don't even know how to zoom in and out

  • Reply buge's trip September 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    the picture is moving when i drag it. plss help me ty what im gonna do?

  • Reply ฮšฯ‰ฯƒฯ„ฮฎฯ‚ ฮ”ฯฯŒฯƒฮฟฯ‚ September 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    well the good thing is that i learned how to do it … the bad thing is that i'm ugly and the result can't even hide how ugly i am ๐Ÿ˜› … Thanks photoshop XD

  • Reply Sajid Ch September 11, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Woooo soooo cute and beautiful ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฟ…Thank Marty!

  • Reply Risi Kesh September 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I tried it… mind-boggling…

  • Reply Jancok_ ipun November 8, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Nice marty

  • Reply Thirumaran Subramaniam November 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I'm always check your tutorial.. You r a very good teacher.. Very crystal clear explanation. Thanks bro

  • Reply Jindra Aston November 15, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Big thanks for all your tutorials Marty

  • Reply wildan khamarul A November 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

    nice.. i like your tutorial…

  • Reply Doreen Dostie December 8, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Very Appreciated ๐ŸŒž

  • Reply Abdullah Al Mamun December 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Nice video.but I have a problem. my photoshop cc 2017. how to auto layer create.please let me know.

  • Reply Peter Lewis December 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Outstanding, as usual!

  • Reply Aryan K December 31, 2017 at 10:52 am

    are you marty from Blue Lightning TV ? OMG

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  • Reply SHAUN January 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Really enjoywd doing this project…Keep up the good work :^)

  • Reply Hasny Ameen February 2, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply ๅœฐ็ƒๆ˜ฏไธ€้ก†ๅญคๅ–ฎ็š„่กŒๆ˜Ÿ February 23, 2018 at 7:07 am

    clear turorial, thank bro~

  • Reply Anurag Singh March 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    thank nice hai video

  • Reply THE S March 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    The explanation so clear and detail.

  • Reply lori v April 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Hi there everyone. I try this ripped effect, but im blocked at 2:52 minute. I musing Photoshop elements 12 and can:t find the Convert to Smart object ๐Ÿ™ Wil someone HelP me please?. Thank you a lot.

  • Reply Jennifer Johnson May 22, 2018 at 12:52 am

    my torn paper download is too small??

  • Reply Shabnum Yousuf July 4, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I am not able to select the middle part of the torn paper upon control clicking the thumbnail…
    Please help me out there

  • Reply juan camilo losada arias August 24, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I've seen a lot of video tutorial, but this is by far the most clear.

  • Reply Louis Martin January 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I really like this effect. It is simple but the result is impressive. Added the poster effect and colored pencil to the BW layer with a bit of vignetting. Thank you.

  • Reply Patrick Boulanger February 21, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    merci pour ce tuto

  • Reply Ziko Isaac March 23, 2019 at 7:52 am

    thnx so much! great video

  • Reply Maciek Adamczak May 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for the video! Can you recommend any sites I could get the images like the torn paper from?

  • Reply MRzayzay August 18, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    AMAZING TUTORIAL THIS WORKS AND IT IS AWESOME IT IS REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COMPLICATED!! i went back over 10 times

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