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How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in GIMP

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How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in GIMP
How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in GIMP
Text and images © Ian Pullen
This tutorial is going to show you how you can add a torn paper edge effect to a graphic in GIMP. This is a very simple technique that is suitable for complete newbies to GIMP, however, because it uses a small size brush, it can take a little time if you're applying this technique to large edges. If you spend a bit of time on this though, you will be rewarded with convincing results.

For this tutorial, I'm going to apply the torn edge to a piece of digital Washi tape that I created in another tutorial. For the purposes of this tutorial, I've given the tape straight edges so I can fully demonstrate how to achieve the appearance of a torn edge.

You'll also need a copy of the free and open source image editor GIMP and if you haven't already got a copy, you can read about it and get a link to the download website in our review of GIMP 2.8.

If you've got a copy of GIMP and have downloaded the tape or have another image that you want to work on, then you can press onto the next page.

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