Paint its edge with black.

Step 51

Do the same to the next piece.
Repeat the mask painting process.

Step 52

Keep on doing this to the other pieces.
Continue the process.

Step 53

Here’s the result to the rest of the pieces.
Paint edges of all the pieces.

Step 54: Adding Shadows

We have added shadow to each piece using its own layer style setting in the shape of Drop Shadow. But, it’s not enough. To fix it, we need to paint the shadows manually. Activate the Brush Tool and select brush type with soft edges.
Select soft brush.

Step 55

We also want to paint the shadow in its own layer. The shadow layer should be at the bottom of all the layers and one step above the Background layer. Using the Brush Tool, carefully draw a big shadow at first.
Make new layer for shadows.
Paint a big shadow first.

Step 56

And then delete unneeded shadow using the Eraser Tool. Hit 1 from the keyboard to decrease the Eraser’s Opacity to 10% to help you erase the shadows gradually. Use greater Opacity for faster result.
Then delete some or most of it using the Eraser Tool.

Step 57

Paint smaller and darker shadow right underneath some of the piece’s edge. Use the Brush Tool with smaller brush tip and higher Opacity setting.
Paint smaller and darker shadow.

Step 58

Let’s take a look at the result when an actual photo is added. Double click the Linked Smart Object that we put at the top of all layers.
Double click the original Linked Smart Object layer to edit its content.

Step 59

The guide file will be opened in Photoshop in a separate window. Anything we do to this file will be reflected back to the mockup file. Let’s take an image from and paste it on top, covering the multi-colored rectangles. When this mockup is finished and functional, we no longer need those rectangles and can get rid of it. But for now, we’ll just leave it be.
Paste a photo on top.

Step 60

Save the guide file that we have updated and then close it. Photoshop will automatically update the Linked Smart Object layer. This might take a while depending on your machine and the file size. Be patient. Once everything is clear, you will no longer see pieces of multi-colored rectangles but a torn photo.
Wait for a moment.
Mockup with real photo.

Step 61

To change the paper color, double click thumbnail of the basic shapes layer. A Color Picker dialog box will pop up. Select new color and click OK button to confirm new color.
Select new paper color.
The paper color is changing.

Step 62

Let’s spice up the appearance of the torn photo by adding highlight and shadow on top of it. Add new layer above the photo and set it to Clipping Mask by hitting shortcut Ctrl + Alt + G. Name the layer highlight/shadow.
Add layer to paint highlight and shadow inside the piece.

Step 63

Activate the Brush Tool and then set its Opacity to 10% or lower. Paint with black to add shadow to the piece or use white to add highlight.
Paint with white for highlight and black for shadow.

Step 64

Make sure to keep it subtle. Remember, the Opacity of the Brush Tool –can be found at the Options Bar— should never exceed 10%.
Paint shadow and highlight inside the photo.

Step 65

Let’s review the details. There are some flaws. The screenshot below show one of them. The two pieces is right next to each other and it appears as if it is continuous. The image also don’t cover the whole piece, which is why the paper color is shown through.
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