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How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator

In today’s tutorial, we will create Torn/Ripped Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator with the help of Type Tool, Pen Tool, Wrinkle Tool and few other tools and effects.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Launch Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. Now follow the below steps:

Step 1

Select the Type Tool and click on the artboard to type a word. Increase the font size and place the word in the center of the artboard.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Now select the text and press Shift + Ctrl + O to make it an editable text.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 2

Now select the Pen Tool and draw a zig zag line over the text and then make it a closed path. (See the image below)

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Select the closed path and press Ctrl + C to copy the path and then press Shift + Ctrl + V to paste it in place. Now lock the layer, which was pasted, by selecting the layer and pressing Ctrl + 2.

Step 3

Select the text layer and original layer of the closed path. Now open the Path Finder Panel (Shift + Ctrl + F9) and select Divide.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?


Then press Shift + Ctrl + G to Ungroup. After ungrouping the selection, select the paths which are below the zig zag line and bring them to the front.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 4

Now select the Rectangle Tool and draw a rectangle same as the size of the artboard. Then press Shift + Ctrl + [ to arrange the layer and send it to the back.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Now select the original closed path layer and fill it with white color.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Now go to Layers Panel and unlock the duplicate closed path layer which we had locked in Step 2. Fill the shape with the same color as that of the background and shift it little downwards.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Step 5

Select the duplicate closed path layer and the divided paths of the text which we had brought to front. Now open the Pathfinder Panel and click on Divide.

Then Ungroup the whole selection and remove the paths which are on the white background.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Now select the white color path and then select the Wrinkle Tool from the Tool Panel.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

If you want to increase or decrease the size of the cursor then double click on the Wrinkle Tool in the Tool Panel and set its size.

Now move the Wrinkle Tool curser on the edges of the white path to create the torn edges.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

Now apply the Drop Shadow Effect to the torn edges path.

Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow

You can also change the color of the closed paths to make the effect more attractive.

How to create Torn Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator?

This is how you can create Torn/Ripped Paper Effect in Adobe Illustrator.

Now practice this tutorial and share your views in the comment section. Also share this tutorial with others.


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