Rainbow Paper Cut-out Wallpaper

Introduction: Rainbow Paper Cut-out Wallpaper

In honour of Pride month we are creating a realistic paper cut-out effect for a wallpaper.

Step 1: Open a New Photoshop File

My file was 1080x1920 because this is the size of my computer monitor.

Feel free to change it to fit your own size.

Step 2: Creating the Background (THE "PAPER")

To add the "paper" layer, I simply added a new shape layer (rectangle) big enough to fit the whole art board. I then created a new layer and used watercolour brushes that i downloaded from SpoonGraphics. when adding the watercolour frame i made sure to leave out a section to ensure that i have enough space to add my text layer later. I then merged the two layers together by right clicking and selecting "Merge layers".

METHOD FOR STEP 2:

  • Add a new rectangle shape over the background and change the fill to whatever colour you want to use.
  • Create new layer and use whatever brush you want to create the rainbow frame.
  • Merge the two layers.

Step 3: Adding the "Pride." Text Layer

METHOD FOR STEP 3:
  • Create a new text layer. Type your word in. (I chose to write the word "PRIDE.)
  • Converted that layer to a SMART OBJECT
  • Add effects: BEVEL & EMBOSS, INNER SHADOW, DROP SHADOW.

BEVEL & EMBOSS SETTINGS:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Size: 250 px
  • Soften: 16 px
  • Angle: -145
  • UNCHECK "Use Global Light"
  • Altitude: 30
  • Highlight Mode: Overlay (WHITE [15% Opacity])
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn (DARKER COLOUR OF YOUR CHOSEN PAPER COLOR [10% Opacity]

INNER SHADOW SETTINGS:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity 20%
  • Angle: -145
  • Distance: 1
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 1
  • Noise: 5

DROP SHADOW SETTINGS:

  • Blend Mode: Screen (WHITE)
  • Opacity: 75
  • Angle: -145
  • Distance: 1
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 1
  • Noise: 5

Step 4: Adding Effects to Your Text Layer

Duplicate the text layer and apply these effects

BEVEL & EMBOSS SETTINGS:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Size: 50 px
  • Soften: 6 px
  • Angle: 55
  • UNCHECK "Use Global Light"
  • Altitude: 0
  • Highlight Mode: Overlay (WHITE [45% Opacity])
  • Shadow Mode: 0% Opacity

INNER SHADOW SETTINGS:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity 27%
  • Angle: -145
  • Distance: 1
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 1
  • Noise: 5

DROP SHADOW SETTINGS:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay (WHITE)
  • Opacity: 25
  • Angle: -145
  • Distance: 100
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 100
  • Noise: 5

Step 5: Adding More Effects to the Text

METHOD TO STEP 4:

  • DUPLICATE the layer you just created and REMOVE all existing effects by dragging the effects to the bin.
  • Set the fill to 0%
  • Click the Bevel and Emboss
  • ADD GAUSSIAN BLUR (1 PIXEL)

BEVEL AND EMBOSS SETTINGS:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Size: 39 px
  • Soften: 10 px
  • Angle: -145
  • UNCHECK "Use Global Light"
  • Altitude: 37
  • Highlight Mode: 0% Opacity
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply (BLACK [25% Opacity]
  • MOVE IT DOWN AND LEFT until you achieve a "shadow" look

To achieve a better, more natural look, duplicate the layer and apply the new layer to the previous one by holding ALT and CLICKING the line between the two layers .

  • Add a Gaussian blur filter again and increase the pixel a little bit to your liking.
  • Keep DUPLICATING, APPLYING (ALT + CLICK), ADDING and EDITING Gaussian blur until you achieve your desired look.

Step 6: Creating the Final Shadow

METHOD TO STEP 6:

  • Create a new layer BELOW the ORIGINAL TEXT LAYER
  • Hold CTRL and CLICK on the small preview of the ORIGINAL TEXT LAYER
  • Click back to the new empty layer then press SHIFT+F5 and select colour fill and use a darker colour or your "paper"
  • Deselect the shape and move it down and left to create the shadow
  • Convert that layer to smart object
  • Add GAUSSIAN BLUR and adjust it to 10 pixels
  • Change the layer opacity to 25%
  • Change the layer from normal to multiply

That's it! just export the image as you'd like.

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    Nice design. Good luck in the Colors of the Rainbow contest.