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Quick Tip: Create a Realistic Paper Texture in 5 Minutes

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In this quick tip tutorial, we will learn how to create a realistic paper texture from scratch in just 5 minutes. To do this we will use some simple filters and effects. Let's get started!


Step 1

Create new file 1280 x 1024 px. Create a rectangular selection in the center of the image, hit Q to enter quick mask mode. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, use small cell size and click OK. Hit Q again to return to normal mode. Hit Cmd+shift+alt+N to create a new layer. Press D then Cmd+Delete to fill selection with white. To remove selection press Cmd+D.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 2

Activate the burn tool with exposure 20%. Paint the paper until it looks dark and dirty. Go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer, use Texture: Canvas and click OK.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 3

Double click the paper layer to open the Layer Styles dialog and activate the Drop Shadow effect. Don't worry with the settings, just click OK. This shadow is very flat and unrealistic, but we'll fix it.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 4

From the Layers panel, right click Drop Shadow and choose Create Layer. This step will separate the Drop Shadow from the paper.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 5

Select the shadow layer, hit Cmd+T to transform it. Right click it and choose Warp. Move the handles until the shadow looks irregular, just like a real one.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 6

Activate the Gradient Tool, in the option bar and choose Linear and Mode: Difference. Create a random gradient, from top to bottom, bottom to top, left right, and right to left. Just go crazy!

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 7

Go to Filter > Stylize > Emboss. Hit Cmd+L and move the white and black sliders to the middle.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes
tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Step 8

Hit Cmd+alt+G. Change blending mode to Overlay.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

Conclusion

That's it! You can turn this into a thin paper by lowering its opacity. Below is the final paper on a wood texture. Click here or click on the image to see it in full size.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes

The best thing about this technique is that the result is always different. Below are some alternative examples.

tutorial quicktip draw paper texture in 5 minutes
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