• How to Digitally Rip Papers and Photos with Torn Templates in Adobe Photoshop and PSE

    Ripping the edge of a photo, a piece of digital paper or an embellishment (like a pocket card) is a great way to add texture and visual interest to your digital project.

    At DesignerDigitals, Katie Pertiet offers Torn Templates which make digitally tearing papers and photos easy. These templates are simple to use and will help you rip one or more edges of the paper or photo with just a few steps.
    Here's how to use a torn template on your own project:

    Begin by opening a torn template and a piece of digital paper or photo in Photoshop or PSE. I am using the layered PSD version of the template for the tutorial.

    Use the Move tool to select the mask layer of the template (not the tear layer.) It is usually labeled "clip to photo or paper."
    Next, target the open photo or paper and using the Move tool, drag it onto the template document.

    The paper should be one position above the mask layer in the Layers panel. If it is not, drag the layer up or down the layers panel until it is one spot above the mask layer.

    In Photoshop, press Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) to clip the mask to the paper, causing the paper to take the shape of the mask layer.

    In Elements, press Ctrl G (Mac: Cmd G) to clip the paper.

    Move the paper around the template to reposition it.
    You can also resize the paper by dragging the corner handles, if necessary.

    When you are satisfied with the way the ripped paper looks, press Ctrl Alt Shift E (Mac: Cmd Opt Shift E) on the keyboard. This creates a layer at the top of the Layers panel that is a composite. Drag this layer onto your digital project to use your ripped paper/photo.