Burning pagesIvan | Thu, 2004-09-09 08:12
This tutorial may require a little bit of experimenting to create a realistic burn pattern, but don't get too scared. :)
Start by drawing a pale yellow rectangular on separate layer. Cut out little triangles of different size and shape from it on the sides. Use the Lasso tool and press Alt (Option) to draw straight lines for selection and just press backspace to delete the chips off from your rectangular. You can also make other irregularities to your page to make it more used.
Apply the Filter/Distort/Wave with small wave length and small amplitude and than the Filter/Distort/Ripple with small settings at 50% to distort your perfect page. Experiment until you're satisfied with what you see in the preview window. Apply Filter/Noise/Add Noise with 1px to add some texture to the page with any settings. Alternatively you can also apply Filter/Render/Clouds to have a much stronger texturizing effect, but if you use clouds you'll have to select the right combintion of colors for the light and dark areas and also, you'll have to clean the middle part of the page to get rid of excess clouds.
Now comes the hard part. You need to make a loose selection around the cut triangles, select a medium size Feather, invert the selection (Apple-Shift-I) and at last intersect your selection with the shape of the page by clicking the layer of your page while pressing Apple-Alt-Shift. Now you can create a new layer (Apple-Shift-N) and fill (Alt-Backspace) your selection with a medium brown color. This will give you a general burn effect.
Now you gonna have to go closer to your edges of the page and your triangles and select a smaller Feather and repeat the above described method to fill a new layer with a dark brown color to accentuate on the burned edges. You may want to experiment with different selections, colors and several layers to achieve the desired effect.
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