Creating an Old Paper Effect with AKVIS ArtSuite

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite

Old Paper Effect: Lost Dog Notice


In this tutorial, we will show you how to make paper look old using AKVIS ArtSuite's effects and frames. We will create a lost dog notice.

    Original Image Result: Lost Dog Notice
    Original Image Result

We used the ArtSuite plugin in Adobe Photoshop.


  • Step 1. Open a photo in Photoshop.

    Photo of a Dog
    Photo of a Dog
  • Step 2. It's a large photo, so we will reduce it to 400 px in width.

    Then call the AKVIS ArtSuite plugin: Filter -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite.

    Select Halftone in the Effects list and process the image with the settings as shown below.

    Halftone Effect
    Halftone Effect

    Click on to apply the result and return to the image editor.

  • Step 3. Create a new 600x800 px image (File -> New) in Photoshop. Paste the halftone picture to the bottom part of the new image.
    Alternatively, you can enlarge the Canvas Size for the picture.

    Add text to the top part. Select the Text tool and adjust its settings. Write: "MISSING".

    Adding Text
    Adding Text
  • Step 4. Create a torn edge effect. To do this, add a new layer (Layer -> New -> Layer) and restart the ArtSuite plugin.

    Select the Classic Frame in the Frames list. We used this custom pattern:


    Adjust the parameters as shown below:

    Torn Edge Effect
    Torn Edge Effect

    Apply the result clicking on .

  • Step 5. With the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop select the frame color (from the torned edges). Using the Paint Bucket, fill the transparent area (within the image) with this color.

    In the Layers palette select the Blend Mode = Multiply.

    Torn Yellowed Paper
    Torn Yellowed Paper

    Unlock the background layer (Layer -> New -> Layer from Background) and merge all layers (Ctrl+Shift+E). You will get one unlocked layer (Layer 0).

    Using the Magic Wand tool (the Contiguous check-box must be inactive) select white areas around the yellowed paper. Use Del-key to remove these parts, then Ctrl+D to deselect.

  • Step 6. Make a page curl effect. Call the ArtSuite plugin.

    Select the Page Curl in the Frames list. Use these settings:

    Page Curl Effect
    Page Curl Effect
  • Step 7. Create a crumpled paper effect. Again, call the ArtSuite plugin.

    Select the Texture effect. You can use the texture from the Library or load your own pattern.

    Crumpled Paper Texture
    Crumpled Paper Texture
  • Step 8. Now you can "stick" the paper to a wall and add a shadow. Use the command Layer -> Layer Style -> Drop Shadow.

    Drop Shadow
    Drop Shadow

    You can make some photo correction and add small details (for example, pins for "attaching" paper to the wall).


As a result, we get a yellowed by time and battered by winds old notice.

    Old Paper
    Lost Dog Notice
    (Click on the image to view a larger version in a separate window)
How It Works How It Works
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   — Shift Colors — Shift Colors
   — Channel Mixer — Channel Mixer
   — Texture — Texture
   — Glamour — Glamour
   — Two Keys — Two Keys
   — Halftone Effect — Halftone Effect
Frames Frames
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   — Pattern — Pattern
   — Strokes — Strokes
   — Scratches — Scratches
   — Page Curl — Page Curl
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   — Ragged — Ragged
   — Spray — Spray
   — Artistic Frame — Artistic Frame
   — Frost — Frost
   — Artistic Crop — Artistic Crop
   — Passe-Partout — Passe-Partout
   — Hand Painted Frame — Hand Painted Frame
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