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corrigated cardboard - two versions - easy and medium dif

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two versions each teaches different method

When I first wrote this we were between version switches and the multi color gradiant was not avial (it was in process of revision). I did leave the old version further down just so you see there is always two or more ways to do things.


THE NEW VERSION very easy revisedupdatedtut.png

800 x 600

use multi color gradiant

color 0 BCAB85 color 1 A18F6A

check the alternating colors box and set the count as high as possible (20) angle is 90


on same layer now tile image set horizontal to 5 and vertical to 1 and make sure you check the box join edges.


time to make a duplicate layer.


and smooth just a bit the top layer using motion blur


uncheck the bottom layer (so you do not see it) and work on the top layer. see the top on is the blue highlighted one that way you know you are working on that one.

you will be using the selection lasso tool and taking out part of the side for the cut portion. so lasso your edge on top layer and hit the little sissor icon. you should see a checkered portion. This way you know you have transparency on that area of this the second layer.

at this point it is a good idea to feather the edge of that cut.


When you rip cardboard there is generally a bit of lighter portion this next gives those highlights. I'm sure you noticed that in the above picture the lighter edges in bit and places. here is what I did ..........

use the selection lasso and just catch in a few edges (we are still on the top layer)

I use under adjustments brightness and contrast.



we will give it a bit more depth now a bit of drop shadow (you should still be on the top layer !)


now is the time to just go in and check the bottom layer


flatten image

ta da easy version done.


THE OLD VERSION medium difficulty

This is not a difficult tut but you do have to pay close attention about when to duplicate a layer, when to merge layers and which layers you will be working on. I will type all caps where its important. Not shouting at you just want your full attention at that spot.

quick notes for beginners


this example was done on 800x600

colors primary BCAE88 secondary D3C39A



on this same layer

effects>blur>motion blur 2.05 centre checked 116 distance




effects>stylize>emboss at 90 degrees



set blend mode to reflect at opacity 141




so you have two layers again


use height to field plug in. viewtopic.php?t=2973


this you will see changes the color to blue don't worry. next step will fix that.

you are still working on the bottom layer the height to field layer

effects>color>colortint at default ""BOTTOM LAYER"



set your blend modes to darken and opacity to 156



tricky bit for beginners

change the window size to 33% use the move pixels tool and clik anywhere within the paper

pull the nubs out to the edge of your screen. NOTE: the paper doesn't move to the edges just the nubs beleive me the pattern its stretched out .


after you have stretched the paper

effects>blur>motion blur o angle 90 distance




we are now making the smooth outer portion

effects>blur>gausian blur 11


still on the TOP LAYER

use the lasso tool and do your selection for cutting away either sissors or delet button will get rid of that portion.


As suggested by LFC4EVER below

at this point after cutting, you can use feather or aa on this layer if you want a smoother edge. This is totally up to you. I didn't as I liked the ragged edge, but if you feel you want smoother now is the time to do so.

highlights still on TOP LAYER

Note: I unclik the bottom layer at this point so I can see the torn edge better.

use lasso tool again and just catch portions of the to cut/torn edge. Try to leave some areas not in the lasso portion.


Use adjustments>brightness and contrast

anywhere between 7 and about 30


still on TOP LAYER

drop shadow


go back and re check that bottom box so you see both layers again


you should now have shallow thin cardboard


this ends the basic tut.


at this stage to get thicker darker cardboard

duplicate your finished cardboard and set top layer to multiply play with the opacity adjustment down wards until you get the color you want.

some of you may wish to add frosted glass along the torn edge prior to doing the brightness/contrast edges step.

play with it

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Good job Oma! You finally posted it, theres just one mistake where you say Duplicate the blur layer, but the arrow points to the Add a new layer icon. :D

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you are welcome did you get the note in your PM about what to do with this cardboard for the top layer of your project we were working on?

should make a nice addition to that first project of yours.


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Nice tut oma, but on the layer with the rip, i suggest using feather or anti-alias so that it looks much smoother and not very sharp.

Excellent tut though! :)

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I supose you could use feather but this is ripped paper should be little bits of rough along the edge I'm thinking. If you want to use feather you go right ahead. It is just the basics and you can modify in any manner you want.

I made a notation in the tut of your suggestion



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thanks took me awhile to scoot down the number of steps to begginers level. I'd personally add quite a bit more on this but wanted to do simple, and easy to follow this time round. I'm more than pleased with how it turned out. It was more to answer those pesky questions about how to merge layers, duplicate layers, and set blend modes.

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Thanks Oma, great work! It was well explained and this is my attempt (I know the tag needs to be feathered more and - lol - that's my poor attempt at putting a ribbon inside the hole, as for knotting a tie on it I wish I had the power to do it :lol: )


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nice ribbon good job on the cardboard.

I've been looking at how that rope was done in the one tut and looking at how those knots were tied.

Its going to take me a bit to figure that linking and overlapping out.

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Now that gradiant mapping is working again for me. There is an easier way of doing this and I've a few more screen shots to take and a bit of typing and tweeking on revised version.

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REVISED have left both versions in the first post.

ciao OMA

PS that is nice cardboard you have there Ryan.

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