Step 1. To begin, let me say that in this lesson we will not learn to create a label, so you must have your original drawing (there is an archive for the lesson).
Material for the lesson:
Ok, so I start by creating a new document of 540 × 300pixels at 72ppi, and then fill the background color with light gray, so we can see the difference between the background and the edge of our white label. Select the color # e4e4e4 and click OK to set it as your new foreground color.
Press Ctrl-Backspace to fill the background layer with the foreground color, then open your label file and drag it onto our document.
Step 2. Add a Cast a shadow (drop shadow) to the Label layer by double-clicking to the right of the layer name in the layers palette to bring up the Layer Styles dialog box. In settings Cast a shadow keep the default, change only Distance to 1 and Size to 4 and click OK. This gives us only a slight shadow cast, but since the Distance is smaller than the Size, we get a small outer shadow around the entire label.
Step 3. After we cast the shadow, we’ll do something really cool, we’re going to separate the drop shadow from the layer and place it on our own layer below the label layer.
Right-click on the layer style icon to the right of the layer name Label in the layers palette and select Create Layer (Create Layer). A small warning pops up, telling you that not all layer styles can be created as layers, but this one can, so click OK.
Step 4. In the layers palette, you will now see a new layer below the label layer, name it The shadow of the label.
Step 5. You still have the Label layer selected, it’s time to go ahead and lift the edge of the label.
Tool rectangular selection (Rectangular Marquee), holding down the M key, I’m going to make a square selection on the right side of the label. I do this because if I start to bend a corner with a fully highlighted label, the corner will be bigger than I want. (* note: Make a selection close to the edges of the label to make the conversion easier.)
Step 6. Without removing the selection, select Edit> Transformation> Curvature (Edit> Transform> Warp) from the main menu. The Curvature tool gives you the opportunity to bend the drawing in any way. Pinch, pull, push, pull with this tool to deform certain areas of the image. You can play with the image, if you make a mistake, just press the ESC key to exit the tool without saving the transformation. (* note: If you did the next transformation and you don’t like it, just press Ctrl-Z to undo your last action.)
Now we are going to grab the lower right corner and pull it towards the center so that it looks bent enough.
Step 7. When you are happy with the result, simply press the Enter key to apply the transformation and Ctrl-D to deselect.
Step 8. Create a new layer above the Label layer by clicking on the icon for creating a new layer at the bottom of the layers palette, double-click on the layer name and name it Highlight. Since this layer will contain the main point that we want to apply only to the Label layer, right-click at the junction of the Highlight and Label layers and create Clipping mask (Clipping Mask). You will know that the Highlight layer is clipped around the Label layer, as you will be indicated by a small arrow pointing down.
Step 9. Now you can add an effect by selecting the tool. Gradient (Gradient tool) from tools, or by pressing G. To change the foreground / background color to black and white press the key D, to change them among themselves – key X. Now white should be foreground color and black background color.
Having defined the colors, select the color of the gradient from the foreground to the background; this is the first icon in the selection of the gradient (see picture below). Set the gradient style to Reflected Gradient (Reflected Gradient) (again, see the picture below).
Step 10. Draw a gradient from the start to the end point and place it where it should be. You should have something like the image below. If you need to try again just press Ctrl-Z to undo the last action.
Step 11. Change blend mode to Lightening (Screen) at the top of the layers palette and lower the opacity to approximately 80%.
(* note: blend mode (blend mode) Brightening (Screen) is used for highlighting. You can lower the illumination, reducing its opacity. Dark colors are not illuminated as sharply as bright ones.)
Step 12. The label looks good, but you need to slightly change the Shadow layer using the tool again. Deformation (Warp). Just like in step 5, select the Rectangular Selection tool, press the M key, make a square selection on the right side of the Shadow layer, select, Edit> Transformation> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp) from the main menu, and drag the corner a little to the side and down until the shadow looks more realistic. Play with levers in different directions to give more realism.
Step 13. When the Shadow takes the shape you want, just press the Enter key to apply the transformation and Ctrl-D to deselect. Make the opacity of the layer around 75%, since the shadow should be slightly transparent. Lower Fill to 50%.
Step 14. For the final effect, I added a bit of gradient.
With this technique, you can lift not only the edges of paper, sticker, photos. You can use it anywhere!