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Scrap Of Paper: Full tutorial

#1 User is offline   purplegreendave 

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 04:11 PM

Ok well this is my first tutorial for The Gimp.
In it i will show you how to make something like this:
Outcome:
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Note: Some basic knowledge of The Gimp is required to utilise this tutorial.

Required
The Gimp 2 for Windows (you can use other versions but this is what I used)
Brushes (You can use the stock ones or any other ones if you want)
A Font (I reccomend getting a handwriting style font but you can use the stock ones or any other ones if you want)

Method
Ok we're ready to go!

1)
Create a new document with options like so:
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2)
Make a new layer like this:
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3)
Using the rectangular selection tool, make a selection the size of your piece of paper, but a bit longer to allow room for the tear:
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4)
Using the fill tool, fill the rectangle with white:
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5)
Time to start ripping!
Take the free selection tool and make a selection and delete it (ctrl + K), then go to select>grow and select a value of 10pixels for something like this:
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6)
Zoom into about 300% and select the Smudge tool.
Set opacity to 77 and rate to 50.
Go crazy with the smudging, starting always from a transparent area. The selection area makes sure you wont overshoot with the tears.
Do the entire bottom edge something like this:
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Zoom out and admire your work so far!

7)
Select>None then Script Fu>Shadow>Drop shadow, set it up like this:
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And Click Ok

7b)
I would advise you to save at this point, duplicate the layer and make the original invisible (by clicking the "eye" beside the layer), as it is very possible to destroy your work every step from now on. In fact, I reccomend doing this after every step!

7c) Repeat 7a with opacity at 30.

8)
Merge the top layer with the two drop shadow layers and add your text. I used a font from Dafont.com
Merge it with your top layer.

9)
This step is the hardest to get right in my opinion, so take your time!
Filters>Distorts>IWarp
Play around with this untill you are satisfied; using move on the edges to make a bent/ruffled illusion and using move/swirl on the text for the same effect. Start with all low values untill you figure out where you're going/what you are doing. I came up with this:
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10)
This is the last step.
Select the layer you are working on, right click>alpha to selection.
This ensures you only crease the paper and not the area around it.
grab a brush, set the opacity low (about 4) and brush around for "creases." Increase the opacity for more "creased" paper.
Have your top and second from the top layers visible, along with the original. Delete/make the rest invisible ("eye" icon).
I like to lower the opacity of the top layer to about 75, but depending on how much you brushed and your desired effect you may want it higher/lower.

And that's about it!
Try experimenting, I'm sure if you tried you could make a "post-it" instead of just normal paper, or any other number of ideas.
Feel free to post any improvements you may come accross and any attempts you have made!
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Posted 27 March 2007 - 05:30 PM

ooooh yay you tuted it :D
text is better too now...I will be trying this out XD
in a bit....
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Posted 27 March 2007 - 06:11 PM

oh man that's so hot! love the tut!
[b]Techno Revolution[b]

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:15 PM

67 hits and 2 comments :(
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:26 PM

Very cool. I added a few personal touches as you will undoubtedly notice. I also used it as a greeting for a website. Check it out!

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 03:26 PM

wow, quick and easy-to-learn tut.......good job!
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 04:02 PM

pandamaja; looking good; you might want to make the shadow darker?
thanks for the other comments :l:
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 08:36 AM

sigh...
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:01 AM

Great tut. The crease part made mine look crap... Heres my outcome: Posted Image
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:34 AM

you should try using either dusty or grunge brushes
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