A peeled sticker effect is a great effect to add to any design, and here’s how to do a basic peeled sticker effect in Photoshop.
First we will start off will a sticker looking object (obviously), just create some text (I’m using the Anja Eliane font).
Next add a stroke to it for the border of the sticker.
You will have to rasterize the text then create a new layer and merge the text layer down so you can get a flat version of the graphic.
Now that you have the merged layer you will need to pick what part you want to appear folded over (just do this by using the polygonal lasso).
After you have the part of the sticker selected that you want to flip you will need to right click it and select “layer via cut“. Once you have the cut in a new layer select it again and free transform it to change the height and width to -100% of what they are now, which flips them vertically and horizantally. Once it’s flipped place it where you deleted it so it appears as if it’s folded over.
Next you will need to remove the original black text part, by selecting the layer (ctrl+click on layer thumbnail) and fill the layer with any color you want (I used an off white for mine). I had to do this step a couple of times to fully get the original color of the text out.
Add a quick shadow to the fold and select the layer, once selected go to Layer>Layer Style>Creat Layers, this will make the shadow a layer itself where you can delete the area not on the sticker.
After the shadow looks nice go back to the layer of the fold and select the burn tool, make the range “Highlights” and put the exposure down (to about 4%). Draw a faint line on the fold so it appears to have some lighting effects, and that’s it! you have a nice simple peeling sticker effect.
There are plenty of different things you can try with this, including text, rounded “stickers”, and plenty more. Note that my rounded sticker was textured with this paper texture.
Here’s some inspiration, including Brad Sucks website and the Little Big Planet box.