Happy Tuesday! This week’s tutorial comes to you courtesy of Lauren, who emailed me last week asking how to create a realistic paper cut out effect. With winter well on its way (my family in upstate NY has already had their first snowfall!), I thought a winter theme would work well with the effect. Do you remember these free hand drawn vector snowflakes from wayyy back? I thought it would be a good time to bring them back for this week’s tutorial and pair them with a more intricate snowflake to really show off the handmade look of this effect. I also happen to have a digital recycled paper pack and handmade paper pack which I thought would bring some nice authenticity to finish off the whole piece (pick up some free ones here). Read on to create your own!

How to Create a Paper Cut Out Effect in Photoshop

Here are all the resources bulleted out together:
free hand drawn snowflakes
12 recycled paper textures
8 handmade paper textures
3 free recycled paper textures


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  • Wow, this looks so cool!

    Thanks for the tutorial. I can’t wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a unique look/tutorial. Thanks, Teela.

  • Hi! Awesome tutorial. I was just curious, is the big snowflake you made also available or do we have to just make our own? Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Teela,
    Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial! I love the way you explain everything you are doing. I always come away with a shortcut I never knew ! I really appreciate that! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Every time, lol. I go in thinking “I might know this” and come out like, I knew non of that! lol I always learn so much from your tutorials! Ps. Are you on creative market?

  • do you offer the LARGE snowflake and word Winter as a download? if so I can’t find it.. the tutorial dont help if I dont have all the elements that I need to do the tut ๐Ÿ™

  • Love this! By far the easiest cut out tutorial I have come across so far with great results!!


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