Creating Rough Old Paper Backgrounds In Photoshop
2. Now, let us first choose a foreground color. Usually, old type paper is a bit yellow and brown. For this example we are choosing a color with the hex code# f7941d.
3. Next, from the blank canvass, use the Paint Bucket tool and splash in your base color.
4. It is not much, but we have a good base.
5. Next, create a new layer by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+N again. We will use this to create some textures unto our base.
6. Before we apply our first texture effect, change the colour of your foreground and background. Go for a white foreground, and a background dark brown color #241302.
7. Then go to Filter -> Render -> Clouds
8. Now we have some details in our canvass.
9. Blend this layer though with our background base by reducing the Opacity to 50% and the layer blending to “Overlay”.
10. Now, we will create a clipping mask so that these clouds only appear on to our base picture. Simply right mouse click on the layer and select “create clipping mask”.
11. Good. Now, let us reduce the size of the main base layer a bit. Press CTRL+T for free transform and reduce the size of the canvass so that you see the real white background.
12. Now, go to Filter -> Texture -> Texturizer
13. In the texturizer options, make sure that you choose “Canvas” as the texture. Set the scaling to around 60%, though try to adjust for yourself as necessary.
14. Next, go to the blending options of the layer.
15. Tick the drop shadow effect. Then press ok.
16. Now, we will extract that drop shadow. Simply right click on the drop shadow effect in your layers view and click on “create layer.”
17. Then, select the shadow layer that was created and then press CTRL+T to enable free transform.
18. Warp the layer slightly inward. Press enter once done.
19. Next, we will add some folds. Turn the visibility of the main layer off for now by clicking on the eye icon next to it.
20. Now, select the Gradient tool.
21. Also, select Linear gradient, and Difference as the Mode on the top properties bar.
22. Now drag the gradient tool in small distances across your shadow layer.
23. Just have fun with it. Keep on applying the gradient tool in short bursts.
24. Next, Push this layer up above your main base layer. Don’t forget to enable the visibility of the base layer again. If you place it in between the base layer and the clouds layer, it should automatically be included in the clipping mask.
25. Finally, set the mode of this layer to Color burn, and set a low opacity at around 20%.
26. Now we have a pretty old looking paper with discoloured streaks. Let us add some roughness around the edges. Using the eraser tool, simply add cracks in the edges of the paper. MAKE SURE you select the base colour layer.
27. Also, try to use a more rugged brush when erasing. Simply right mouse click on the canvass and use something like “Chalk 17 pixels”.
28. Now we have some rough edges around our paper.
29. Lastly, add an inner glow blending option. Just right click on your base layer, click on blending options and then tick the inner glow effect.
30. Use Color Burn as the blend mode. And change the colour to black. Adjust the size to taste. We used 7 here.
31. The result is a nice looking old looking paper texture perfect for many uses.
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