How to Create Parchment Paper Backgrounds

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How to Create Parchment Paper Backgrounds
Use the sepia filter in your graphics program to produce the colour of parchment. (Parchment image by Allyson Ricketts from

Photo editing software is used for more than getting the red out of a subject's eyes. Software packages like "Photoshop," "Corel Painter," and "Gimp" are powerful enough to make elaborate posters and stunning business cards. Complex graphic design often consists of many elements tied together by masked layers. Foreground images over stylish background images create a professional look. Parchment paper backgrounds give the look of an old text or a weathered scroll. Techniques for creating parchment backgrounds can also be used for creating other types of backgrounds.

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Things you need

  • Graphics software

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  1. 1

    Open a new file. In the "Open" dialogue box, change the dimension of your file. Make the dimensions of your file large enough for your intended use.

  2. 2

    Click "Clouds" from the "Render" menu. If your graphics program does not have a cloud rendering option, download a picture of clouds from the Internet to use as a base.

  3. 3

    Choose "Blur" from the "Filter" menu. Adjust the blur amount to 10 per cent.

  4. 4

    Choose "Brightness and Contrast" from the "Image" menu. Decrease the contrast by 50 per cent.

  5. 5

    Choose "Acrylic" from the "Filter" menu. If your graphics program does not have "Acrylic," then choose "Add Noise."

  6. 6

    Choose "Hue and Saturation" from the "Image" menu. Decrease the saturation until there is no colour in the image.

  7. 7

    Choose "Tint" from the "Filter" menu. Adjust the tint until the image is a golden brown or a similar colour that is to your liking.

Tips and warnings

  • Some graphics programs have a "Sepia" setting in the "Filter" menu which can be used to produce a colour like parchment.
  • Do not download copyrighted images to use as your background.

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