I had a comment from a very frustrated Petra who could not figure out how to get the look I did for the previews using the Worn/Sanded Overlays. I thought I would write up a quick tutorial with some screen shots showing how I did it. I used Photoshop but you can do the same thing in PSE and probably PSP (don’t quote me! lol). All the pictures below are clickable and you can enlarge them for detail.
First load an overlay and then create a new layer above the overlay layer and fill it with your chosen color:
Then create a clipping mask (Alt+Ctrl+G or hover between the two layers with your cursor while holding the Alt key until you get the double circles and left click your mouse)
Then change the blend mode on the color fill layer to Overlay or Soft Light.
You can do the same thing with a background paper instead of a color layer.
But as you can see, the pattern from the paper shows through on the “torn” part.
Just use a soft eraser and erase the pattern from the white part.
And there you have your torn/battered/sanded paper! I hope this helps Petra and anyone else who had problems with this!