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Turn heads with a realistic page curl

Added on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 09:23 am EST

 


Adding a page curl is an easy way to grab your viewer's attention. It can serve as a placeholder for a marketing message, like the image shown in FIGURE A, or simply to make the image appear to jump off the page. In either case, it's a simple technique with multiple possibilities.


NOTE: CS2 features a new Transform option that makes creating page curls even easier. To fi nd out how, read the accompanying article, "Create instant page curls using CS2."


Create the foundation
To get started with this technique, you'll need a fl attened RGB image to work with. If you prefer to follow along with our example, download CURL.ZIP from the URL at the beginning of this article, and extract the fi le GRAPES .PSD. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modifi ed for educational purposes.) Once you open your image, you'll need to add a path to defi ne the borders of the page curl.

To create the path:
1. Determine where you want to put your page curl.
2. Select the Pen tool from the Toolbox.
3. Click the Shape Layers button on the tool options bar.
4. Draw a triangular shaped page curl, similar to ours shown in FIGURE B. This creates...