In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to draw an envelope with a stamp, crumpled corners, following from a stamp and an inscription.
Create a new document size 1600 x 1200 pix. and resolution 150 dots per inch.
In the background layer, create radial gradient . Move the center of the gradient closer to the corner of the document.
In the gradient settings, set the initial color – # 4a1c00, final color – # 311300
Open the paper texture in Photoshop.
This tutorial uses this texture.
Click Ctrl+A Ctrl +C, make the gradient document active and click Ctrl +V (so, you paste the texture into the main document). Click Ctrl +Shift + U, to discolor the texture. Change the layer blending mode (blend mode) on lighten and lower the opacity to 70%.
Using tool “Freetransform“(Free transformation, Ctrl + T) adjust the size of the texture to the size of our document.
Now you need a canvas texture, transfer it to the main document on top of all layers, discolor and, using “Freetransform “, change the size of the texture to the size of our document, set the opacity ten%, blend mode on Blackout Basics(Color Burn).
Duplicate your background layer (with a radial gradient). Drag it in the panel on top of all layers and change blend mode on Overlaya) with opacity 70%. Now create a group, name it “Background ”, select all the layers and transfer them to the group (do not forget to unlock the background layer so that it also falls into the group.)
Create a new group, name it “Letter”. In the group create a new layer on which using the tool “Rectangle” draw a rectangle that will later become our envelope. Before this, install Foreground (foreground color) – # f2d27d.
Duplicate the paper texture layer, move it on top of all layers. Blend mode on HardLight (Hard Light), opacity level – 75%.
Create a layer binding. Press the key combination Ctrl – Alt –G.
Clamping Shift, select both layers (make them active) and, using FreeTransform, Give a more interesting position to the envelope. Merge these layers and rename the resulting layer to “Envelope / envelope”.
Apply the styles listed below to this layer:
LayerStyle – Bevel/Emboss (Layer Style – Emboss): style – Inner bevel, method – smooth, size – 9 pixels., softening – 5 pixels., Darkness – default settings.
LayerStyle – PatternOverlay (Overlapping pattern): mode – Lighter, opacity – 33% group pattern Patternswith the nameWood
On the layer “Envelope“ use the tool PolygonalLasso(Polygonal Lasso), to highlight one of the corners. Copy the selection to a new layer. Make sure the new layer has the same layer styles as on “Envelope“.
Ctrl + cry on the thumbnail of the new layer to get the selection. Without removing the selection, make the envelope layer active and, while holding Alt, click on the icon “LayerMask“(Layer Mask).
Select a layer with a corner on the layers palette and apply to it Edit–Transform–Distort (Editing – Transformation – Distortion). Stretch the layer a bit and move it slightly down and to the right relative to the envelope.
Make active the layer with the area and repeat steps 10 – 12 for it. See the result below. The layer mask, of course, needs to be applied to the layer with the corner, and when you use distortion, move the new layer down and to the left. Steps 10-12 repeat as many times as you see fit.
Make all the layers with the corners active, merge them. Now select the tool “Smudge“(Finger) and spread the connection line between the corner and envelope. Rename the corner layer to “Corner / Corner”.
Well. Now it looks much better. Now create a new layer, apply to it Edit-Fill (Edit-Fill) Choose a fill Gray (Gray) – 50%. Blending Mode change to Overlay. On this layer we will create the effect of some darkening and lightening in different places.
Name this layer “depth”. Now select the tool Brush , set a large brush size and a low degree of rigidity. Color for the brush, use black. You can also reduce “Opacity (transparency) and “Flow” (push) brush up 25%. Go through this brush on the upper edges of the envelope and the upper edges of the Photoshop document. If in your opinion the result was too gloomy, then you can always lower the “Opacity” level of the layer itself.
Now let’s take a layer with a corner. Choose a small, soft brush with an even lower level of Opacity and Flow. Create a new layer, select the black color and use the brush in those places where you should have a shadow. Change the color to white and draw a “flare” on the envelope break. If the result seems rough to you, lower the layer’s opacity or lightly blur it. Merge the “Envelope” and “Corner” layers
Create a duplicate document Edit-Dublicate (Editing – Duplicate). Now merge all the layers. Discolor Ctrl + Shift + U. Save the duplicate document in PSD format, name it letter_map.psd We still need this document.
Now we need to transfer the bleached layer to the main document. Choose a tool “Move” (move) and holding the key Shift transfer the layer from one document to the main one (the new layer will be centered). Hide the duplicate document.
In the main document, on the layers palette, move the imported layer under the “depth” layer. Change Blending mode on Multiply (multiplication) and change the layer opacity to your liking.
Using the tool Rectangle (Rectangle), draw a long and narrow rectangle. Duplicate layer (Ctrl + J) twice.
Align the layers one after the other on the same line. The color of the left rectangle # ff0000, medium – #dbdbdb, right – # 000e61.
Make these three layers active and, Edit – Free Transform (editing – free transform) on the transformation parameters panel, set the degree of rotation – 22.
Holding the key Alt Click and drag selected layers around the envelope. It is advisable that you have steps. And do not be afraid that most of the envelope has disappeared. We will fix the image in the next step. Just make sure that the corners of the envelope are hidden quite well.
Now merge all layers with colored rectangles. Rename the resulting layer to “border”. Make sure that this layer is above the layer with the envelope, create a layer binding: on the layers palette, hold Alt click on the border between the layers “rectangles” and “envelope” (Alt + Ctrl + G)
blend mode change to Multiply.
Holding Ctrl, Click on the thumbnail of the envelope layer. Select – TransformSelection (selection – transform the selected area), move the cursor to the top selection node while holding Alt + Shift, drag the cursor down a bit (to evenly reduce the size of the selection). Make the “border” layer active add a layer mask (set the standard colors – D) click Delete. Now you really have a frame.
Now we will make our frame more real. Make active the frame layer. Apply to it Filter > Distort > Displace (Filter-Distortion-Offset). The default settings, click OK. A dialog box appears in which you will be prompted to select a document. This is where we need the duplicate created. letter_map.psd. Select it and click OK.
The same effect can be obtained in a simpler way. Make active the envelope layer, go to LayerStyle (Layer style), check the box Bevel / Emboss (Emboss), default settings.
Create a new layer. Using the tool Rectangle (Rectangle), draw a square, fill color for it # e9e8e8.
Add a layer mask to the new layer. Choose a tool Brush. Go to brush palette (Brush Engine) select BrushTipShape(Brush imprint form), check the box Spacing (Intervals), installation see below:
We will make a brand. Ctrl+cry on a miniature layer with a square to get a selection layer. Choose a tool RectangularMarquee(Rectangular selection). Right click on the layer, select Makeworkpass (create a work path). Add a layer mask. Click D, to restore colors. Click X, to swap colors. Choose a tool Pen, right click on the layer select StrokePass (contour rim). In the dialog box that appears among the stroke tools, select Brush/Brush.
If you did everything right, then you should have a relief mark.
Duplicate the square layer, remove the layer mask from the duplicate. Change the color of the new square to green to see the result. Click Ctrl+T, to apply free transform. Clamping Shift+Alt, evenly scale down the green square.
Select the image that you would like to place on the stamp, place it in the main document. If necessary, zoom out for the mark.
Apply Filter– Artistic -Dry Brush (Filter – imitation – dry brush). See settings below.
Make sure the image is active and is on the layers palette above the green square. Create a layer binding.
Select all the layers that make up the mark, merge them and duplicate them twice. With the help of Free Transformation, place each mark as if it were casually glued.
Group layers with marks and place them below the “depth” layer. Optionally, you can reduce the opacity for stamps.
Create a new layer, select the tool. EllipticalMarquee (elliptical selection) and get a circle selection. Right-click and select “Stroke“(Stroke), in the window that appears, put the number of pixels at your discretion. (If the outline is too thick, cancel the action through the History palette and try again.
Duplicate the circle layer several times, zoom out for each duplicate, focusing on the image below. (Edit–Transform–Scale)
When done with scaling, select the tool CustomShapes (Arbitrary shape). Select the shape from the standard set shown below and place it in the center of the circle.
Now we need a tool Line (Line). Draw a long line that will go to the largest circle. Do not forget to hold Shift, if you want to get a strictly horizontal line. Click Ctrl+T, to enter the free transformation mode. Move the line down using a combination of Shift+arrow to down (press at least three times), now OK.
Now, I hope your fingers are well developed, click Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T 6-9 times. You have received duplicate lines on one layer. The distance between the lines depends on how many times you clicked in the previous step. Shift+arrow to down.
Take advantage of Filter – Distort – Wave (Filter-Distortion-Wave).
Let’s try to get rid of the tips of the lines that went to our stamp and spoil it. Ctrl+cry on the thumbnail layer with the largest circle. Without removing the selection, make sure that the layer with lines is active. Now press Delete. Already better.
Group the layers: circles, lines, arbitrary shape. Zoom out on our stamp and place it in the upper right corner of the envelope.
Yes, by the way, on the envelope you need to write something: to whom or from whom the letter. Use the font that you like.
Well, the envelope is almost ready. But for the best view it is worth giving the envelope a shabby look. To do this, make the active layer with a frame. Ctrl+cry on the layer thumbnail, we’ll get a selection. Without removing the selection, create a new layer (click D, to restore colors) go Filter – Render – Clouds, Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Rendering – Clouds, Filter – Noise – Add Noise). Blending mode on Lighten. Lower the opacity for the layer.
And look what happened with us: