Old manuscript

In this lesson, you will learn how to make Photoshop a brush from a plain sheet of crumpled paper, and then how to use this brush to recreate an old manuscript in Photoshop.

1 step.

Creating a brush.

In order to create a crumpled paper brush, take a white A4 sheet, fold it twice and put it in your pocket, let it lie there for a couple of hours, and while you do other things. If you want to get results faster, then just “punch” the folded leaf with your hands.

Now we expand the leaf, put it in the scanner, cover it with some magazine on top (preferably with a dark pattern) and scan it in the Grayscale mode (Grayscale).

We import the scanned image in Photoshop.
Create a new layer under the scanned paper and fill it with white.

(* Although you can choose another way to make a texture, for example, take a picture of the crumpled paper, and then translate it into black and white tones)

If you had a photograph, then to discolor it just go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor)

2 step

Now it is important to catch one moment: when we make a brush from this sheet, all areas of white will become completely transparent, only black and gray areas will be visible.

Choose a tool , create a selection around the area you want to turn into a brush.

3 step

With the active selection, select the menu Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset), give the brush a name and click OK.

That’s how simple it is!

Switch now to the Brush tool, the most recent will be your newly saved one.

4 step

You can now delete and continue working with the scanned paper layer.

Create a new layer, give it a name “background for paper”, set the foreground and background colors as shown in the picture:

Take , and set the preset proportions for a sheet of paper to 8.5 x 11 in the tool.

5 step

All settings are ready, you can create a selection. Fill the selection with the foreground color, for this you can press Alt-Backspace.

6 step

With the active selection go to menu Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). This filter will give a nice effect of blending the foreground and foreground colors.

Now you can deselect Ctrl + D.

7 step

Apply the Inner Glow layer style to darken the corners of the paper.

To find layer styles, click on the button with the letter “f” at the bottom of the layers palette.

Set the same settings and click OK.

8 step

Create a new layer and name it “Texture.”

9 step

The finest hour has come for our brush!

Press the D button to set the colors in the palette to black and white. Take the tool and select the brush that we created.

If you notice, we have a horizontal brush, but the sheet we are working on stands vertically. This needs to be fixed!

Press F5 to open the brush editing window.

Select an option Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape) and change the angle / Angle to 90 °.

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Adjust the size of the brush on the paper to do this quickly, click on [- left square bracket to reduce,] – right square bracket to increase.

Then click just once on the paper.

11 step

Right-click on the texture layer in the Layers palette, select the command Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask).

This action will texture the paper and hide the rest.

A clipping mask will allow the style of the Inner Glow layer to also go to the texture layer.

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Change the blending mode of the “Texture” layer to Darkening basics (Color Burn) and Fill (Fill) reduce to 40%.

13 step

As is known, time gradually destroys paper, it is torn, erased …

Let’s go to the paper layer. Click on the icon Add a layer mask. A white rectangle appears next to the layer.

This will allow us to destroy the corners of the paper without erasing or removing them.

14 step

Take , select a brush called Chalk 60 (Chalk 60).
This brush will give the effect of dangling edges.

15 step

As a foreground, set black. Start painting with black brush on the corners and folds.

16 step

With the paper layer active, create a new layer. . Notice that the new layer immediately falls into a clipping mask.

Press the letter X to change the color to white, then the same brush, just set the transparency to thirty%, once again go around the corners of the paper to give them an even shabby look.

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With the help of various Photoshop brushes that our website abounds in, you can add some drawings, signs or words to this vintage paper. To do this, create a new layer already in clipping, apply brushes, set the mode to Fade the base, Fill transparency is 22%.

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Go back to the paper layer, add a layer style “Shadow” with these settings:

19 step

What a manuscript without a handwritten text!

Take the text tool, click on the document and drag a rectangular selection. Find a beautiful handwritten font and paste the text.

The text layer should be the topmost one.

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Naturally, the text should well “lie down” on the paper. To do this, change the mode to Dimming basis and transparency 50%.

With the active layer with the text hold Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the “Texture” layer to load the selection.

Now just click on the button. Add a layer mask to make the selection a layer mask. This action instantly transforms the text, taking into account folds and torn edges.

21 step

Due to blending modes and transparency, the text looks very pale, so just press Ctrl + J to duplicate the text layer.

22 step

That’s it! Cool effect using your own Photoshop brush!

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