Learn How to Create Paper Cut Effect with this Photoshop Tutorial

Lidia Lukianova shared a simple but quite awesome Photoshop tutorial. She shows us how to create a beautiful Paper Cut effect using the Pen Tool and Layer Styles in Photoshop. The result is quite realistic and below you can see a step-by-step. Lidia was also kind to share the source file, just in case you want to check it out.

You can download a practice file here: http://adobe.ly/1I2kW2C

Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Use the Pen tool to create the letter shapes and fill them with color.

Step 2

To add a shadow to the top part of your letter, double-click its layer in the Layer panel and choose Drop Shadow. Adjust the settings to achieve the desired effect. Uncheck the Use Global Light checkbox.

Step 3

Add Inner Shadow to the center part of your letter.

Step 4

Repeat Step 2

Step 5

To edit the shadow separately from the fill layer, go to Layer > Layer Style and choose Create Layer. In the Layer panel you’ll now have two layers: a shape layer and a Drop Shadow layer.

Step 6

Use the Eraser tool to remove parts of the shadow.
Next, let’s create a grainy paper texture. Make a new layer and fill it with grey color. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

Step 7

To add a paper texture feel to your image, choose Soft Light in the Layer panel.


  • Turning sketches into vector shapes with Adobe Capture CC and using them in other Adobe applications: link
  • Working with type in Photoshop and getting fonts from Typekit: link
  • Syncing fonts from Typekit in Photoshop: link

Also make sure to check out Lidia Lukianova work at https://www.behance.net/lidialukianova

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