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In this tutorial l will show you the techniques used to create an ancient grunge scroll. There are several uses for these... banner, backgrounds, etc etc etc. The final product after l'm through will be a template for a blog/artwork website that's got an uncomfortable sense to it.
Now before we begin there are a few things l would like to point out. I tried to write this tutorial for days, without the use of 3rd party brushes, but l simply could not create the desired effect. I know that personally myself, l do not like having to download brushes and other things when doing tutorials and l assume the same goes for most of you. Sadly l digress, it just cannot be done with the standard photoshop brush sets. In this tutorial we are also going to be using the Burn, and Dodge tools which are very advanced tools that not many people are comfortable with. Hopefully after using this tutorial you will better understand the Burn/Dodge tools and utilize them to create truly dramatic artwork in photoshop.
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Now we will tear the edges of the paper up a bit using the erase tool. First you'll want to get out the brush set known as "Faux Finish Brush", which is a brush that should come standard with your photoshop application, as far as l know. So get out the eraser tool, and set it up like so:
Now with your eraser tool, move carefully around the parameter of the image and remove portions to make the paper look jagged. Hold the brush in one space, click once or twice, then move on to another spot. Also try adjusting the Opacity percentage down a little bit in some spots.
Pay a little more attention to the corners than the rest of the edges.
Continue to move around the entire image:
Now for the burn tool . Go ahead and open up the two brush sets you downloaded earlier in the tutorial, use the APPEND button to open them so you have access to both brush sets.
Get this tool out and set it up like so:
Now focus on the corners, place the brush over one area, and click the mouse anywhere from 3 to 15 times in the same spot without moving it, then move on to another corner or section and do the same thing.
Continue to change your brush (keeping the same settings however - the 30% is a good exposer setting to use for this) and work/dance around the edges of the image, slowly creeping inward towards the center. Here's what l have after a couple minutes using the brushes downloaded earlier in this tutorial:
Next create a new layer and press CTRL + G on your keyboard to "group with the previous layer".
Get out the brush tool, and set it up with the 1000 sized scratch brush from the Tioem set:
Set your foreground color to black, place the cursor in the center of the canvas, and click one time.
Drop the opacity of this layer down to 30 percent to fade it out a bit.
Do the following shortcut commands on your keyboard:
Press CTRL + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer.
Press CTRL + I on your keyboard to invert the color to white.
Press CTRL + G to group with previous layer.
Press 'V' on your keyboard to get out the move tool
Tap the DOWN arrow once, and tap the RIGHT arrow once on your keyboard
Next l'll show you how l created the discoloration/stain to the piece. Create a new layer and press CTRL + G on your keyboard to 'group with previous'. Set your foreground color to #C30000
Get out the brush tool, and set it up like so:
Pick one of the smaller brushes around the 150/300 pixel size, place your mouse near one of the corners, and click 3 or 4 times without moving the mouse.
Change the blending mode of this layer to "overlay":
Repeat this process using different brushes, with a deep green color (#134400), as well as an orange color (#8E7500).
To start adding finishing touches to the piece get out the smudge tool () and apply these settings:
Note: I've used a soft round brush here.
Using the smudge tool, go through each of these layers with colors and smudge things around a bit where they are dark and defined to work them in a bit:
Continue to use the same techniques to add details to each of the corners, just don't go overboard with the coloring/stain effect. I find that it looks best if only used on one of the corners.
Here's how mine ended up after toying with it for awhile:
And here is how the final result would look if used as a blog layout:
For the 'photographs' in the final composition l simply used the same techniques on a white square, nothing special or different about it.
Thanks for reading, and l hope you've enjoyed learning this technique!
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