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Quick Tip: Create an “Awesome” Wrinkled Sticker

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Burn and Dodge are very powerful tools that you can use in Photoshop to create a great number of things. In today’s quick tip tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a wrinkled sticker in Photoshop using these fantastic tools. Let’s get started!


Step 1

Create a new document. Make it 600px by 400px.


Step 2

Fill the background with #282828. Then, place a stone texture onto a new layer and place it above. Set the blending mode to Overlay. You can download "stonetexture5.jpg" from the Stone Texture Pack. Choose File > Place.


Step 3

Now, let’s create the sticker. Create a round edged rectangle using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Set the corner radius to about 12px and set the color to #ebebeb.


Step 4

Next, you need to transform the shape, but you need to rasterize it first. Select Layer > Rasterize > Shape. Once this is done, select a part of the sticker using the marquee tool (M) and rotate it a bit using Cmd/Ctrl + T. You might need to adjust the position a bit using the arrow keys to fill any gaps that may have been created.


Step 5

Use the Smudge Tool in various sizes and strengths to create some irregularities in the sticker. Tip: Try to use some hard brushes and high values of strength for best results. Otherwise, it could become too blurry. A similar result can be achieved using the Liquify Filter, but smudge is a bit faster. What we are trying to do here is create a major fold in the center as shown in the example below.


Step 6

We are now ready to add some shadows and highlights to add some realism. Using the Burn Tool, draw some lines on the right side of the bump. It doesn’t have to be perfect; imperfections will only make it look more realistic. Feel free to adjust the size of the brush to create varied results.

Now, do the same with the Dodge Tool.

Use the same technique to create some more wrinkles as shown.


Step 7

To add a bit of depth, add a slight Drop Shadow and a subtle Bevel as shown.


Step 8

To make the sticker a bit more crisp, make a copy of it and clear the layer styles. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Clear Layer Style. Then, select Filter > Other > High Pass. For those who don't know much about High Pass filter, it's a filter that accentuates the dark/bright edges.

Set it to about 2%. Place the layer above the sticker and set the blending mode to Overlay.


Step 9

What's great about this technique, is that the text is quite easily customizable. For this quick tip, I used Trade Gothic Lt Std Bold, it's a well proportioned gothic font that's great for titles. Make it about as big as the sticker, depending on the word you choose, it should be around 75pt. Set the color to #393939.


Step 10

When placing your text layer, try to place a letter right in the middle so that it will bump with the folded area. You should rasterize your text before transforming.


Step 11

Using the same method as the sticker, dodge and burn some areas and smudge the letters around the bumps to make them look displaced.


Step 12

To add some texture, you can paint on some grunge with a grunge brush. There are plenty available on the web.


Step 13

Now let’s add a vignette effect. To do this, create a new layer, fill it black and draw an elliptical shape with 150 px as feather value.

Then, press Delete a few times to get rid of the center, 2-3 times should be enough.


Final Image

That’s it! We’re finished! I hope you enjoyed it!

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