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How to Create Scotch Tape in Photoshop

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Are you interested in learning how to make realistic Scotch tape by using Photoshop tools? If yes, then I will teach you how. I got this effect by experimenting.


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How to Create Scotch Tape in Photoshop

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Step 1

First of all create a new document sized 600 x 400 pixels. Select some appropriate color, for example #7ca213 and fill your canvas with it.

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Step 2

Open a photo and copy it to your canvas. After that use Ctrl+T to reduce it and then rotate it a little bit.

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Apply Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options to this layer.

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Step 3

Now we are going to create the Scotch tape. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to make a selection which you can see on the picture below. Create a new layer and fill the selected area with #c1cccd.

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Remove the selection with Ctrl+D. Now, we need to process the Scotch tape borders. Start by selecting the Eraser Tool and use one of the standard Photoshop brushes.

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Gently erase the edges to achieve a similar result to that shown below.

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Set the opacity to 22% for the current layer.

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Time to add some defects to make our Scotch tape look realistic. Use the Dodge Tool (Brush: 7px, Range: Highlights, Exposure: 50%) to add a few light lines.

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Looks better now, doesn’t it? Then use the Burn Tool (Brush: 30px, Range: Shadows, Exposure: 100%) to darken some areas.

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Step 4

To finish off creating this Scotch tape effect, duplicate the layer using Ctrl+J and change layer mode to Overlay for the copied layer. Don’t be surprised that the layer becomes a bit brighter. It is normal. Then apply Filter > Stylize > Emboss with similar settings to these:

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Final Image

That is it – your Scotch tape is complete. You can add more tape if you want. Feel free to experiment to get the best results! Good luck!

How to Create Scotch Tape in Photoshop
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  • K3R4N

    good tut :D

  • http://ursotopia.tumblr.com/ Gabriela Mattar

    Nice and easy :)

  • Chris Stephens

    Awesome tutorial. Thanks.