How to Create the Paper Cut Effect in Adobe Photoshop CC
Hi there. This video is all about this paper cut effect. Super cool. Super fun. The text is still editable. Okay, so we can type in anything that we like here? You can move the paper cut effect around as well. It's all still kind of editable in there. Along with the colors if you hate my color choices like I do Okay, you can go through and pick other more horrible ones. Let's jump in now and figure out how to do it. All right, this is one of the few tones were not actually opening a file, Photoshop is such the file open and then start working on an image. But we're going to start from a file. New document. Okay. And I'm going to switch mine two inches. I am going to use 10 by 10 centimeters. It's about that much. Dentures will use a resolution of 300 and make sure it's set to RGB. Let's click OK, create even. Okay, so we need some colors to start with. You can just make them up as you go along. I'm going to go to window extensions, adobe color themes. Once it eventually loads, I'm goi...
ng to click on explore And I'm gonna pick this one if you want to follow exactly like mine you can type copia a V. Cool one into search but it's one of the most popular this month And I'm going to click on this. I'm going to click add two switches libraries gonna pop in. Go away, pop that back in there. And now they're on the bottom here of my swatches panel which you might not be able to see yet. Go to window, turn on switches on the bottom are those five colors? They're okay. First up we need to create a new layer. Okay, I'm gonna put this little tender page here, double click it. I'm gonna call this one color one. Just make sure you double click the actual word layer one to rename it and we're gonna, I want the blob that runs around the outside. There's a couple of ways of doing it. If you already know how to use the pen tool, go ahead and use that. If you have no idea what any of these tools to use. Use the curvature tool, even if you are a hardcore pen tool user curved a tool might be the new best thing for you. I'm totally converted over to it. So I'm going to select on it. You need to make sure at the top here you are set to path. I'm on this color layer here and the courage to works like this. This is just a basic rundown. If you want to go through some more high court pencil and curvature tool. It's really the home of adobe illustrator and I've got a course on that. Go check that one out, both an advanced and intro. But the curvature tool works like this click once, nothing happens again, nothing really happens. The third time though it tries to join all three out with a nice curve and it just draws really pretty curves. So I'm going to click lots of times to draw a random shape. You have to play around with us a couple of times to get the I guess the feeling of how this thing works and I'm gonna keep clicking, you can see clearly, that's what I'm doing. Uh at least it's curved, it's not great wigo, wigo, wigo. Alright, so once you get around and you've done your first wiggle, you can go through and click on these dots and just kind of move them around a little bit to kind of like it wasn't looking good. I'm not going to do that because you would be here forever watching me jiggle this around. But I like it. It's working for me. And what we need to do now is we need to do this option up here that says make a selection click Ok, okay. And it turns that path we made into a selection. We're done with the curvature tool. It's going to go back to the move tool for no reason. Just to finish using the curvature tool for the moment. At the moment, if I fill this right, it's going to fill the center case, it's not what I want. So I want to go back and before I fill it I want to invert the selection. So go to select inverse. Now I have this outside bit selected Conor one layer, I'm going to make sure over here I pick um my first color that I'm gonna use. Nothing really happens. I clicked on it all it's done is it's loaded over here in my foreground color so that when I go to edit and I go to fill and yours is going to default content aware. Just switch it up to foreground color clicking and there you go. Cool. Huh? It's gotta select de select and I'm gonna turn the background layer on and off so you can see there's a big hole in the middle here and once we add some drop shadows and a bunch of other layers it's gonna look quite cool. So there is a lot of kind of just going through now I'll do the next one with you and then I'll speed it up. Okay? You can totally speed it up. All these videos here down in the bottom, right? You can either speed me up or because I talk real fast, you can slow me down. Look for the little cog in the bottom of the window that you're watching right now speed or slow me down. Alright, so a new layer, this one is going to be called color grab back to my curvature tool and now I'm going to go through and just kind of make a curve that's just on the inside of this. So you I'm gonna kind of follow it but kind of duck in and out. Looks kind of cool doing it that way. Sometimes you lob a few of these off make their own little gang. I'll try and do it faster. You're not watching this forever and you should go around and adjust it now by just clicking and drag on these but I'm not going to lose this election click OK? I invert that selection. Pick my new color, which is the second one and from the end. And then I go to edit and I go to fill with foreground color cocaine. And that's the next one. The only trouble is it's on the top. So I'm gonna go to select these things. I want color one to be at the top and color to we're going to keep building this up. So we're going to do now is get the editor speed this up a bit because it's the same thing again and we'll jump in when we start adding the drop shadows. All right, you're back. You're like, okay, so he's ended in four colors. Why hasn't he done five colors because the background will actually see this last color would just fill this hole. So we don't need to do a drawing for this. You can have 20 colors. You can just have to I'm using five. So background here. I'm going to pick my the last color. I'm gonna go to edit fill and I fill my background with that green. So it's looking okay. You might like it just here. It's not the paper cut effect, but it's still kind of cool right now we need to do two last things. We need to add the drop shadows and we need to get it inside a bit of text. Okay, so we'll work on this color one first. Okay, so with color one selected, let's go down to a fix. I'm going to drop shadow. Cool. And I mean I like using to drop shadows were getting bit hardcore, but one drop shadow is going to fill in this kind of first bit. So I'm using capacity quite a bit distance is how far out it is. I'm going to have a nice small one here, the size, how fuzzy That is going to be quite thin for the first one. And then what you can do is can you see this little plus button here? I can make a second one, so there's two on top of each other that are exactly the same. So one of these don't mind which one I'm gonna use the bottom one I'm going to instead of being quite shallow, I'm going to make the distance a bit bigger but mainly the size a lot broader. Okay, and maybe I need to lower down the opacity of the other one, it's going to kind of, I guess fill it out. I wanted to be a bit darker. So this top one here is maybe a bit too dark so I'm gonna lower it down. So let's have a little look. This one here is the kind of hard shadow And then this one here is the kind of filling it out one. Okay, and you do not want to do that for every layer I know. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna right click the word color one and we're gonna go copy layer style and let's just see this little area here, just kind of tucks it, it's still there, Just a nice tidy way of keeping it and then I can click on colour too. I can hold shift, grab color four and you're like, yep, it's that easy. Right click any one of them and say paste layer style. Here's my cool little effect. Am I happy with the colors? I'm not anymore. Okay, next thing up, I'm just going to click all these little tidy and then click off and I now I need to put them inside a bit of text. So there's two things I need to do is one, I need to group all of these together because it's easier to put them all together if they were all kind of smushed together. So With them all selected, I've clicked on the Top one held down, shift and grab the last one. I can right click them and be bad and say merge layers, but we're going to be super nondestructive and go convert to smart object, it's gonna take a little bit of time. Now, they're all in one layer and if you've watched the smart objects video earlier in the tutorial, you can double click on this to open them up in their own tab, to mess around with them later on again, so they're still in there, hiding away what I want to do now is grab my type tool and click once and I'm gonna type an X. Now, I'm using museo slab, you might find roboto slab. It's an easy one to find online. Google fonts have them, whereas a museo slab, you can go to google dot com slash fonts and you'll find museo slab in there. I lie, it's not thick enough for me. So I'm going to go the super museo slab 1000, boom, you can use any font, I'm using my command T and holding shift, okay to make it bigger, get into position. And we did this earlier on, we had an image and we clipped it inside of an X. So do you remember how we did it? I bet you you don't belong into the tutorial if you do, you get a big high five from me, I've taught this class loads and by the end of this stage people like vaguely. So the rules are okay to recap the X needs to be underneath the image, you need to have the top image selected and you go to layer and you go to create clipping mask and they all get jammed inside. I'm liking the colors more now. Now they're all kind of clipped. What you can do is you can individually move these two layers so color layer selected my move tool. I can just move around and kind of get it how I want. That's kind of cool. You can also move the X around with selecting the X layer. Okay. And what you'll notice is that we don't have a background anymore so I'm gonna create a new layer, put it all the way to the back, even call it background even though we spent the whole class removing that name and we're going to go to get it, we're gonna go to fill and you my friend are going to be black. White, black. Let's go black, it looks better in black and that my friends is the paper cut effect. We've done it with blobs, you can do it with spikes, we use the curvature tool, you could use the pen tool, you could use the lasso tool to get your selection with real pointy edges like that. Start with that kind of selection. I'll show the colors. I promised to show you the colors that I did before. I liked this one better. You might not a little bit carried away with the blobs here and the colors just aren't sitting right for me before we go. I know this is a long video already. I might just do just show you what I do if I don't like the colors because I don't got color selected, got adjustments. I'm going to go to hue and saturation and I'm going to drag this left and right until I find a group of colors that I donate, wow. Yeah, I might have to go back. There's color combinations are aren't sitting well with me. Alright. I'm giving up. You shouldn't pick good colors to start with. Don't end up here with pinks and greens and peaches. Let's get on to the next video.