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Old-Paper-Look Tutorial by princendymion Old-Paper-Look Tutorial by princendymion
This is one of the ´Cheap Tricks´ that I use that people have most commented on. What are cheap tricks? They are some simple techniques that, while they won't draw or paint for you, help embellish a picture in very few steps.
Many times people have asked me about that ´darn old paper look´, and I feel a little embarrassed because it's really easy to do. So I decided to do a tutorial about it!
This is my first tutorial ever, so I hope you find it useful and easy to follow, all feedback is encouraged. If you already know photoshop, and found nothing new in this tutorial, don't comment on that.
I might do a second, more complex tutorial on how to fully texturize a picture, if this one gets a good response :)

*Here are some pictures where I have used this trick:
[link] - [link] - [link] - [link] - [link] - [link] - [link] (woah... so many o_O)

* If you did find it useful, and you tried on one of your pictures, please send me a link! I would love to see it.

* Many thanks to the lovely *SheZoom for helping me with the English.
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:iconriorlyne:
Riorlyne Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   Writer
Thank you for this! I am going to try it right away. :D
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lvl99tonberry Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for making this. You asked to see links to pics we embellished with this technique, so I humbly offer one: [link]
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WudangPai Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Thanks!
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WudangPai Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Call me dumb, but I tried downloading this and it just opens another window exactly like this one. No tutorial that I can see.
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MonotonousG Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks -- i needed this
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:iconadrising:
ADrising Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just what I needed.Thank you very much! :D
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:iconlartovio:
Lartovio Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
This is bloody brilliant. Thank you. :worship:
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youmademedothis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
how do i watch/see the tutorial??
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:iconyoshuya:
Yoshuya Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"download" it
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THesla Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
time for me to torture an innocent piece of paper!
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marcjames07 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for that brilliant tutorial sir!
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:iconhibiscusredcadian:
HibiscusRedCadian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Magnificent tutorial :D

I enjoyed it a lot ;)
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:icondiannehh:
Diannehh Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I really like the first part of this tut :angered: :hooray: :lmao:
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:iconfukoo-san:
Fukoo-San Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the funniest tutorial I have read xD So brilliant :heart:
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:iconcrunchy-toast:
crunchy-toast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it supposed to be animated or something?....doesn't work for me...
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chill13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Um...I'd really like to see this tutorial because it sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. But all I see is a cover-like thing that says "That Darn Old Paper Look" ect... And when I clikc on it nothing happens. Maybe I'm dumb but where's the instruction?
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CaitlinMaryMargarett Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Download it :)
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MsAiry Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
errr...I'm really sorry for a stupid question and I feel like a complete noob, but I can't get how to read your tutorial:(((( all I see is the cover image but not how actually to make such an effect:(((
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Fuzzy-Fluffy Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Click Download Image. c: That's just a preview, downloading will open the long tutorial image.

Don't feel like a noob; dA didn't make it obvious. xD
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:iconmsairy:
MsAiry Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
thank you so much!!!!
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d1nd1n Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   Interface Designer
thx u for the tutorial =)
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dunklekaiserin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Thanks for the tutorial!
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xTechnologiic Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't really get it. Either it's my comp, or something's wrong?
All it shows is a JPG picture?

I'm not used to doing this...stuff... sorry ^^;
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sweet-osmanthus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
wow
i :heart::heart::heart: you and your tutorial
OMG
like, i'm laughing my eyes out
*hug hug hug*
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youngandwild Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahaha thanx for the tut : D i had such a great time reading it, and of course doing it [especially the part of taking out my rage on the paper]

ps.: and yeah i'm also argentinian and write in english... that universal language !
saludos, boludo ;)
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stop-here Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
i like it, thanks
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Swiftfire13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
dame you mistser paper for copying over buffy!!!!!
:iconkillitwithfireplz: :iconpaperplz:
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:iconlorna-rosefox:
Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant very vintage chic
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:iconzkiuruse:
zkiuruse Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I've just gotta say, hilarious. Great tut.
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:iconmiztliyuma:
Miztliyuma Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
one of the best tutorials on dA!
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:iconnavare:
Navare Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this tutorial! it's marvelously simple ^^

I used it here- [link]
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ladybug-designs Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Love the paper effect, love the way you presented it, loved how it turned out =3
thank you ^^
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Ayoebex Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome trick....
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md427 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
SO IT WAS THE PAPER THAT TAPED OVER THAT EPISODE OF BUFFY. THAT'S IT, I'VE HAD ENOUGH. >8C

...But seriously, great tutorial. :D Thanks!
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:iconwolkodaw:
Wolkodaw Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
nice tutorial with a sense of humor :)
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:iconnikly:
NIkly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
nice tutorial, thx! :)
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:iconorientqueen:
OrientQueen Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Funny and useful :) Thank you for this tutorial :)
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RenegadeHeated Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
ppthahahahha I love your humor! Your funny, now ya made me want to check out ur art work:P
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Deviant-KB Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
This is wonderful! I know you made it ages ago, but still wanted to say thanks for providing dA with such a great resource!
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:iconshaheerus:
ShaheerUS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
yeah man share the complex method too!
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:iconbelarin:
belarin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Oh god, that poor piece of paper!

Thanks for this tutorial, it really helped :)
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CannibalisticVampire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wheres the tutorial?
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:iconmariuxv:
MariuxV Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Cool, thanks!
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DeToverbal Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
This was a very helpful tutorial, thanks a lot! I tried it out on this piece if you'd like to see it: [link]
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MZPenArt Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Thanks! :)
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DaHockeyWall Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
so i'm sitting in my visual design class (Graphic design major =p) and i'm trying to help the girl next to me. I start to read this tutorial and litterally burst out laughing in the middle of class because of ur illustrations with mr. piece of paper and the way u worded it. (I like to read things as people would say them) the girl next to me thinks i'm weird now... thanks
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princendymion Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha! that's awesome! Thank you and I'm sorry ;p
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Tigerstarwolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Geez the way you put this whole evil Mr. Paper thing made me laugh out load!
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:iconfparis:
fparis Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Excelente, pana.
Por ahí un gringo dijo que estaba bueno, pero que no cree tener que usarlo nunca. A ese amigo le recuerdo: "Never say never" Dice el dicho en ingles.
Yo por ejemplo estoy haciendo un libro animado y las paginas tienen que tener el aspecto antiguo, así que el tutorial me viene al dedillo. Mil Gracias.
También vi sus enlaces a otros trabajos. Muy buenos todos y excelente su sentido del humor. Me gustaría dibujar así de bien.
Tal vez para calmar a los críticos del idioma ingles, podridas postear tus tutoriales en los dos idiomas (¿entiendo que tu amiga SheZoom los traduce al ingles?)
Anyway, keep on with the great work!!!
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Winged-Seahorse Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool i just dont think i will ever useit o.O
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