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 Tooland then set its Opacityto 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 Opacityof 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.

Something’s wrong. Let’s fix that.

Step 66

To fix this, add a new layer underneath the second piece or on top of the third piece. In the layer, draw shadow separating both pieces.

Paint shadow separating both pieces.

Step 67

To fix the paper color that coming through behind the photo, we just need to simply reapply transformation process. Select the photo, hit Ctrl + T, use Warpif needed, and modify it until the color is covered.

Readjust the photo transformation.

Step 68

Let’s take a look at the result. Our current result is using solid color as its background.

Using simple solid color as background.

Step 69

We can also add background by adding texture behind the torn photo.

Texture added ehing the photo.

Final Results

As seen from the tutorial above, there are many ways to modify the final result. You can change the content of the torn photo, its photo paper color, and the background. The result below is using a portrait photoand I think it suits better because the photo subject is more recognizable.

Portrait photo fits better in this mockup.

Download the PSD

Torn Paper.zip

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