The Suicide Note!

Now before we start this tutorial you are going to need a few things,
Concrete texture,
Picture of a knife,
Grunge brushes,
Blood brushes,
Coffee stains brushes.

All these items are available to download aswell as the original PSD.

Create a new document 750 x 970 pixels, load up your concrete texture and apply it to the canvas. Some resizing may be required.

Create a new layer above concrete texture, select the “rectangular marquee tool” and draw out a rectangle label this layer “paper” fill with the color white. Select the lasso tool and start to create the jagged edges on your paper.

Once you the selection has been made goto “select > inverse” then hit the “delete key” on the keyboard. Now press “ctrl + T” and rotate the paper slightly. You will then be left with this.

Now control click your paper layer to make a selection, press “ctrl + c” to copy, now goto file new and press ok. The reason why we copied the selection was to get the same dimensions as the paper, photoshop has a neat trick where it auto inputs the size of what ever has been copied to the clipboard. Now select the color black & a light grey, select the gradient tool, change gradient options to.

Now just keep draging the gradient over the canvas, time and time again untill you get something like this.

Now goto “filter > stylize > emboss” you should have something like this.

Now duplicate your background layer, then control click your duplicated layer and press “ctrl + c” to copy. Close this window and go back to your suicide not document. Your paper should still be selected so go straight to the top a goto “edit > paste into”.

You will notice a new layer has been created, set the blending mode to hard light. Now the outcome on everyones work shall be different depending on angle of gradients and how many you did. The effect we are achieving is to add wrinkles to our paper. Heres mine. (althou hardly noticable).

Double click your paper layer and add the following layer styles.

Your paper should now look like this.

Hopefully you’ve installed your grunges brushes and no how to load them. Select a few random brushes and on a new layer add some grunge, set layer opacity to around 52%, i used a grey color for my grunge. Also set your papers layer opacity to about 95% the concrete texture underneath will aslo add to the effect. Heres mine.

Select the color #ccbd8f or a darker version of it, select your coffee stain brushes and add some coffee stains to your paper.

Now add your suicide text, i used a suicide note generator i found on google. Feel free to have a read. (font is SF Scribbled Sans)

On a new layer, using the color red add some blood splatts onto your page, only do one or two depending how grusome you want it too look. Set layer blending mode to overlay. Also on another new layer add some more blood around the page, set this layer mode to “multiply” and adjust opacity to suite.

Now open up your knife (included in zip file) if you dont want to use a knife feel free to use something eles, infact it would be nice to see what you guys and come up with 😉 maybe some pills or a gun or maybe a chainsaw lol. Remove the background from your knife and add it to the canvas, rotate and resize using the free transform tool to suit.

Add a drop shadow to your knife.

And finally add some blood to your knife for that extra touch. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for reading.

19 thoughts on “The Suicide Note!”

  1. Thats cool, a bit disturbing, but cool. I dont like the blood, I think it looks a bit unrealistic but I really like the methods you used to make the piece of paper look more life-like.

  2. I agree with the first post, very nice tutorial, but the blood looks abit unrealistic, specially the one on the paper, the one on top of the knife and in the bottom-right corner… the color is right but it needs more volume…
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial!!!

  3. Wow! Besides the fact that it is a note to be written in case of suicide, this is pretty cool! I agree with the bit unrealistic look of the blood, but the composition is great! Also love the font in this, handwritten fonts rule!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very innovative idea implemented..nice..but one who decides to suicide after designing this not may think ” Why I have to, after having all these skills ?”lol..

  5. hey really nice job im impressed i just didnt get the blood color right mine was far to light yours looks so much better and what is the best way to position the knife?

  6. To Jen.
    Your note looks cool:). And tutorials are great. I just wonder. Who in the right mind would like to kill themselves after putting so much effort in that note? But greate book cover.

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