Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cracked Paper Tutorial and CU Overlay

Wow, I know that nothing I give you today will come close to the popularity of yesterday's freebie! I couldn't believe when I woke up this afternoon I had sooo many comments and downloads of the Metal Bead Alpha. Over 1100 downloads and counting! Thanks gang, I'm so glad you like them!
I'm trying something different tonight and attempting to post a tutorial right here on the blog. I have been playing around trying to come up with an overlay that gives a background paper a folded, aged look. I think it turned out okay so I figured I would share how I came up with it. This tutorial is for Photoshop but you can probably adapt it to work in your program. If you have a hard time reading the screenshots, hopefully if you click on the images you can see them better. I used my overlay from a looong time ago "cracked sticker on electrical box". It was photographed by me at one of my son's little league baseball games. (Original Post)
SC_Cracked
I opened this overlay in CS3 and then used Image > Adjustment > Invert (Ctrl-I):
Shot1
Then I use my magic wand with the tolerance set to 25 and contiguous unchecked and click on a dark part.
Shot2
I then choose Select > Modify > Expand and enter a value of 5.
Shot3
I then delete the dark part.
Shot5
I then go to Image > Adjustments > Brighten/Contrast and move the slider to about +60 to +70.
Shot6
And that's it! Save it as a .png file so you preserve the transparency. Then you can apply it to your background paper or photos. Play with the blend modes until you achieve the look you want. I like to use Screen, Vivid Light, Overlay, and Hard Light. It's going to depend on the paper you are applying the overlay to. You can also lower the opacity if you like.
Example
Here's another example. I added a 2px drop shadow to the overlay but I'm not sure if like it with a drop shadow. Maybe an inner shadow would have been a better idea.:
Example2
If you find there are too many cracks or they are too big you can either increase the number when you expand the selection or you can erase some of them with the eraser tool. If you would like more cracks, don't expand the selection.
I encourage you to play with different "cracked" photos. You will find several different textures through the links on the right side of my blog. And if all this seems like just too much work for you, I have zipped up the overlay so you can use it if you like. In the .zip is the original cracked sticker overlay for you to play with and my finished version. I hope you can use it!
SC_CrackedPreview
Download the Original and finished overlay HERE
or HERE
Added 1/24/09: Maureen aka Makeyesup made the tutorial into a .pdf - Thank YOU so much! You can download the .pdf HERE

45 comments:

Barbara said...

Deb, I love this tutorial and the new cracked paper. I actually just used your cracked sticker overlay in one of my kits. Thank you for your time, talent, and generosity!
~Barbara

amber said...

You're a genius! Thanks a ton! :D

Donna (Tootlebugz) said...

Oh I LOVE this tut!!! I can't wait to try it out. Thanks so much. I have an award for you over on my blog. It's on the Jan 22nd post. Make sure you visit and pick it up :)Thanks for ALL you do for the digital scrapbook community - you are awesome!

Donna (www.tootlebugz.com)

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Girl, you are CRACKING me up over here!!! HA, HA, HA!!! You are MORE than AMAZING! I find myself without excuse. You work a full-time job and come up with such INCREDIBLE goodies and NOW a PHENOMENAL tutorial!!! WOO HOO! GO TO THE TOP OF THE CLASS!!! He, he ...

Thank you SO much for ALL of your GENEROSITY and for keeping us HIGHLY INSPIRED!

MWAH!

Huggins',
Linda *hearts*

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 22 Jan [LA 09:00pm] - 23 Jan [NY 12:00am, UK 05:00am, OZ 04:00pm] ).

Maryse said...

Thank you so much for the gorgeous tutorial :)
Have a nice week-end :)

Van said...

Great tutorial and freebie! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

txbubbles said...

This is soooo cool! You continue to amaze me with the different things you come up with. Thanks so much for sharing!
Hugs,
Vicki in Texas

Lesleylynn said...

Thank you so much again for all you do! Have downloaded the metal alphabet too!

janie in MN said...

thanks for the tutorial!
js

Kristine said...

Hiya Deb!

Something for ya on my blog today!!:D
Have a great weekend!

Amanda said...

I loved your tutorial and have already tried it! It was a huge success. I loved how they turned out. Thanks so much for being an inspiration to go and play! :)

vettep said...

I am always looking for tutorials to show me how to make things in photoshop. This one is great. You did a good job writing it up. I would love to see more. Thank you so much for showing how you did it and were you got the pic to do it with. Love you blog.

Katie said...

Well this is awfully nice of you to share that metal bead alpha with us.

I think that the cracked tutorial is great also. I was wondering how it was done. I tried once woowee too much effort. Your way is much simpler. This is great.

Shel said...

I've been trying to figure out for quite some time how to do this and have had no luck figuring it out. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!

Adele said...

wow this tuts rocks and i HOPE you have more of these !!!
thank you so mcuh

Ephémère, Qc. said...

C'est super!!! merci beaucoup, thanks so much.

xashee's corner said...

GREAT tut and thank you so very much for sharing! Your creative talents just AMAZE me! and so does your generosity!! HUGS! Hope you have a FANTASTIC Friday! :D

makeyesup said...

Super editorial, already made it into a .pdf file so that I could save it. It will surely come in handy, thanks. Have a super weekend.

Sandy said...

Thanks for this wonderful tutorial, Deb! I've been wondering how to do this!

Janine said...

I love this tutorial. You are sooo talented. It is awesome that you are so generous and share so many beautiful designs. Thank you - thank you.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I can't wait to play with it.

MaryE said...

Thank you so much for the tut and the paper!

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thank you for the paper and the tutorial!

Sue said...

Super tutorial and overlay! Thank you very much! :)

Rachel said...

This rocks! Thanks a bunch -- you are my new fave blog!

Tammy aka bunchie said...

WOW! I love the overlay! I love to do overlays and textures. That tutorials rocks!

witchypoo said...

You are fast becoming my favorite designer, what a well written tut !! Thank you !!

Bobbie said...

great tut, thanks so much for the freebie too :)

TerriK said...

You are too COOL for words. Thanks for the tutorial and the overlay!!! I am going to try it . . .

Anonymous said...

WOW I am in total amazement! I have so much to learn!! I can't wait to find out how to do this!
Thanks for sharing!
Suzi

maiylah said...

wow ... thanks so much! :)

VJ's Scrap Room said...

Thank you sooo much for all you share.How sweet of you to do all the work for us.:)It is much appreciated.:)

Lisajo said...

Fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much for it and the overlay!!!

Amberpony Creates said...

Thanks for this Overlay and teh Tut!
It is fun to see how everyone plays!

Pam said...

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! For the 3 things I got from your site today!! The Cracked paper is awesome!! The metal alpha beads are so cool!! And the charm bracelet is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing your work so generously!! You make my scrappin' lots more fun!

LivE said...

ooh you are so awesome! thank you so much for all that you share! love your tutorial too! THANK YOU, you rock big-time! :D

beulahmom said...

I really appreciate this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing!

thescrappywife said...

Wow! What an excellent tutorial! I can really use this, I've been working with cracked textures. Thanks a bunch!

SandyPie said...

Thank you for the extra tutorial. It's nice to keep everything together when I need to use it. And love the textures - they make me feel like I can design my own things, gives me that little extra pride in the things I make. Thank you! Thank you!

Valerian70 said...

I love this overlay and I can't wait to play with a little dodge and burn on it to see how much I can alter it.

Thank You!

Deanna said...

Thanks so much for both the overlay and the tutorial. Your mind must simply never stop! You amaze me what you continue to come up with day to day!!!

Opal Scraps said...

wow
this is awesome!
thanks for sharing it. not many designers do it.
you have a really nice and big heart :-).

melliel said...

This paper is great! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the overlay, and your generosity, great as I don't have PS.Much appreciated Pauline