Lukianova used the Lasso (L) tool to draw the jagged edge of the ripped paper across the model’s face. She then traced along the right, bottom, and left sides of the image to close the selection.
Step 2: Show What’s Left
She then applied a layer mask to hide the area not included in the selection.
Step 3: Go to the Edge
Lukianova added and renamed a new layer to serve as the simulated paper edge.
Step 4: Fill with Color
With the Paper edge layer selected, she command-clicked (Control-click on Windows) on the mask of the Model layer to make a selection. Then she used the Paint Bucket (G) to fill the new layer with white.
Step 5: Get Edgy
Lukianova deselected the Paper edge layer by holding command-D (Control-D on Windows) and dragged it below the Model layer. Then she used the Move tool to bring the paper edge up so it would peek out just above the model.
Step 6: Make It Real
Still on the Paper edge layer, Lukianova selected the Warp tool (Edit > Transform > Warp). She dragged the top handles to customize the shape of the ripped edge so it looked less uniform and more natural. She pressed enter (or return) when she was done.
Step 7: Add Some Depth
To add the appearance of dimension to the torn paper, Lukianova double-clicked the Paper edge layer to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Then she applied the Drop Shadow setting and adjusted the other settings to get the look she wanted.
Step 8: Give It Texture
Lukianova dragged the paper texture image from her desktop to her open document and dragged the new layer so it was just above the Paper edge layer. Then she held the option (Alt) key as she clicked between the layers to clip the paper texture to the paper edge.
Step 9: Send Flowers
Finally, Lukianova dragged flowers into the image and moved the layer to the bottom to complete the composition.
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