How to Create a Sketch vs. Camera Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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2. Add the Torn Paper

Step 1

I have attached a Torn Paper PNG image that you can use. But, if you want to create your own texture of a torn paper, it’s very easy to do. You can find a piece of thick paper or cardboard and tear it roughly in the shape that you want. Then place it on a flat surface, preferably of a contrasting color (e.g. black if the paper is white).

Take a photo using a camera or a mobile phone. Make sure that you take the picture from directly above the piece of paper so that the perspective matches what we need.

Step 2

Upload the photo to your computer and open it in Photoshop. Using the Magic Wand Tool, make a selection and remove the background.

Step 3

Download the Torn Paper PNG image and add it in a new layer.

Step 4

Press Control-T to rotate the Torn Paper and position it over the area that you want to turn into a sketch.

Step 5

Press Control-J twice, to make two copies of the Torn Paper layer, and call them Torn Paper 1 layer and Torn Paper 2 layer.

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow layer style to the Torn Paper layer, using the color #000000.

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