In this tutorial we show you the methods used in Photoshop to create the paint/paper effects illustrated here. The features we use most are the Hue/Saturation, Levels and Layers mode options.
In the download you'll find some paint-splattered stock to use. If you'd prefer to make your own, it's quite quick and easy: all you need is some watercolour paint (any colour will do as you can change it in Photoshop later), some paper, and an old paint brush. Simply mix some colour and water together, dab your brush in the paint then flick the brush at your paper for an instant splatter effect.
To create the crumpled paper effects, soak your paper in water for a few seconds, then crumple it into a ball. Then unwrap it and let it dry for a while. Dab your brush in some very watered down paint and lightly brush this over your paper. The paint should soak into the cracks of the paper, darkening the cracks to give you a crumple paper effect.