Torn Photo Effect

Being in love is a magical thing but when a break up happens, it usually happens hard. So, in honor of all the ending relationships out there, we put together a tutorial on how to create the popular torn photo effect that will make your break up a little easier which is something that almost anyone will appreciate greatly.

So, with that being said, we invite you to scroll down and take a look at the torn photo effect tutorial below. Not only is it 100% free but it’ll teach you everything that you need to know in order to create the perfect torn photo effect with minimal effort. Much like what we teach in all of our tutorials, you can tweak this in order to achieve the perfect effect and the methods that we show you here for this torn photo effect are sure to come in handy during other design efforts with Adobe Photoshop. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down and take a look!

  • Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 1 – 1:30 hrs


Wrinkled Paper

Before and After

torn photograph

torn photograph

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Step 1

Open Photo in Photoshop.


Step 2

Name the base layer coupleDuplicate (Ctrl + J) the image .


Step 3

Increase the canvas size by using the Crop tool (C)Add a new layer below all the layers (Ctrl + Shift + N).


Step 4

Fill the newly created layer with black color.


Step 5

Select the couple layerNow select your Lasso tool (L) and make a selection just like the one I had created.


Step 6

Copy the layer (Ctrl + J)Note that only the portion under the selected area has been copied.Name this layer male.


Step 7

Now select the male layer (Ctrl + click on the layer) and delete this area from the couple copy layer (created in the step 2) Name this layer female.I had hidden my male layer just to show you the effect.


Step 8

Go back to your male layer and reselect the layerGo to select> modify> expand and expand your selection by 7 pixels.


Step 9

Create a new layerSelect your Brush tool with size 30 and hardness 65%And paint with white colour on the new layer around the margins of your imageYou will note that only the area under the mask is being painted.Make sure not to keep the thickness of the painted area equalName this layer tearing.


Step 10

Duplicate the tearing layer (Ctrl +J).


Step 11

Open your smudge tool with brush size 8, hardness 0% and strength 40%And paint on the edge of the tearing layerThe trick is to blend and soften the edge.


Step 12

Select the male and tearing layers and merge (Alt + Ctrl + E), this will keep your original layers intact and make a new merged layer.


Step 13

Open the layer style properties and check on the ‘drop shadow’, ‘inner glow’ and ‘bevel and emboss’Make the following changesDrop Shadow:Angle: 130 degreesInner GlowMode: screenOpacity: 75%Color: blackBevel and EmbossMode outer bevelDepth: 50Size: 2Soften: 1Angle: 130 degrees.


Step 14

Unhide the female layer and Move the layer (we created in the last step) to separate from the female layer..


Step 15

Now unhide the tearing layer(created in step 10) and alter its thickness with brush and eraser tools.


Step 16

Repeat step 11 to step 13 on the female portion too.


Step 17

Place the two layers effectively with the help of transform tool (Ctrl + T).


Step 18

Add an adjustment layer hue saturation on top of all the layers and color correct the image..


Step 19

To give a crushed feelingImport the crushed paper file into the Photoshop and place it just below your adjustment layer.


Step 20

Change the blending mode to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 85%.


Final Image

torn photograph

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