Now, we need to separate each shape into individual layer without removing its original shape. To do this, select the shape using the Path Selection Tool –the black arrow, not the white one– and then hit Ctrl + J. The selected shape will jump into new layer. The original shapes still intact.
Again, give the new layer proper name. Just name it simply 1 for the first shape.
Double click the layer’s thumbnail to add Layer Style to the layer. We need Inner Shadow. Use the following settings to add light stroke at the top and right of the shape, adding impression of thickness of the paper.
We need one more Inner Shadow. Click the plus sign next to its name to add extra Inner Shadow. This time we want it to be a real shadow inside the shape. That’s why we need black for its color. In the previous Inner Shadow we use white.
Add Inner Glow and use the following settings.
To keep the torn photo from appearing flat as a cartoon character, add Gradient Overlay. Select Black to White gradient from the list of available gradients.
Finally, Drop Shadow is a must. Use the settings seen below. We’re done with the Layer Style, click OK button to apply them.
Each piece of the torn photo will be made up of several layers. To keep each piece organized, the best idea is to keep it in a group folder. Hit Ctrl + G to put the active layer into a group folder. Make sure to give the group layer appropriate name too, as simple as 1 for first piece, 2 for second piece, and so on.
We are going to use the same layer style for all pieces of torn photo. We can simply copy the layer style and paste it onto the designated layer. Right click the layer in Layers Panel and select Copy Layer Style.
The next step is making the second piece. Select the second shape, hit Ctrl + J to duplicate it to new layer.
Place it in a separated group layer and give appropriate name.
Right click the layer and select Paste Layer Style to apply layer stye setting we put earlier to the first piece.
Continue this process until we have all the pieces in individual group layer.
Let’s insert the guide file. Click File >Place Linked.
A dialog box will pop up asking us to choose a file. Select the file guide we made earlier. Place it on top of the torn photo. Its size should matched the size of the torn photo.
Duplicate the 6R Photo layer into each group layer by Alt + dragging it.
As usual, give the duplicated layer a decent and recognizable name, something like photo – 1. That should allow us to know which is which. This duplicated layer should be placed right above the shape of the photo piece.