I’ve had a few requests on how to replicate the look of the incredible artwork by Eiko Ojala and I’m so excited to share my interpretation of it this week. This week’s tutorial is a little more advanced, but I have tutorials for every part I speed through and I’ve linked to all of them under the video if you’d like a more thorough explanation. This technique can be used for so many cool applications – logos, greeting cards, branding, web graphics, etc. We’ll start out in Illustrator creating our organic shapes and finish everything up in Photoshop, adding in shadows and textures to complete the layered letter look. See how it all comes together below!

how to create a paper cut out layered letter

How to Create a Paper Cut Out Layered Letter

Paper texture patterns seen in the video are available here:
12 Recycled Paper Textures (click here for Creative Market)
8 Handmade Paper Patterns (click here for Creative Market)

More in-depth tutorials on:
Photoshop Warping
– Illustrator pencil tool (here, and here)
How I choose color
How to Convert an Illustrator File into a Photoshop File

p.s. If you don’t have Illustrator, you can definitely create the entire piece using just Photoshop! I use Illustrator for the shape part because I can work much faster with organic shape making there 🙂


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  • I really enjoyed your tutorial. Thanks for all the tips.

  • I just found you on youtube just recently and I’m so grateful cause you’ve been teaching almost everything that I’ve wanting to learn. your tutorials come in very handy and I’m constantly on a look out for all your videos. Thank you very much.. You are too good

  • Hey, Teela! I just screen shotted my version, which I’ll try to show you with a tiny url link. Literally took me hours and I had to watch and re-watch to get those tiny little steps for the shadows on each little hill and valley… but was pretty worth it in the end! Thanks for this resource! I’m super happy with mine! I’m trying to learn photoshop um but it is absolutely insane.

    Mine -> [IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/2lnxoxt.png[/IMG]

  • I really enjoyed your tutorial.


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