In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a paper cut-out effect in Lunacy. We will be mainly using the vector tool and shadows.

Watch this video or follow the step-by-step guide below.

Ready? Let’s go!

Launch Lunacy and create a new document.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Launch Lunacy and create a new document.

In the app window, select the Objects tab. This will let you see and manage all the objects in the left panel.

Then add an artboard. I selected the HD option from the list of presets in the right panel. Adjust the zoom so that the artboard fits the canvas.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy; Adjust the zoom so that the artboard fits the canvas.

Now add a rectangle that is half the size of the artboard.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Now add a rectangle that is half the size of the artboard.

Switch to the vector editing mode. For this, select the rectangle and click the Edit button on the top bar or double-click the rectangle. The cursor will turn into a pen.

Add some random points to the left side of the rectangle. Just click over it.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy

Change the type of all points to mirrored. For this:

Double-click a point OR select a point and click the button in the right panel (see the figure below).

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Change the type of all points to mirrored.

Change the color of the shape. I used a linear gradient with the following colors: #D6D0FF > #BCB5EB.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Change the color of the shape.

Select the resulting shape and press Ctrl (Cmd)+D to duplicate it.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Select the resulting shape

Move the duplicate below the original shape. For this:

In the left panel, drag the Rectangle Copy object below the Rectangle object OR right-click the duplicate and select Send to back on the menu.

The color of the new shape should be slightly darker than the first shape. I used a linear gradient with the following colors: #BAB3E9 > #877EC6.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: linear gradient

Switch to the vector editing mode and slightly change the location of the points on the second shape.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Switch to the vector editing mode

Similarly, create 2-3 more duplicates. Adjust the colors and location of the points. Place the shapes one under another so that the color evolves from lighter to darker.

I created two more shapes with the following gradients: #9C94D4 > #584F94 (3rd) and #7167B7> #3E3481 (4th).

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: two more shapes

Create one more rectangle that will cover the rest of the artboard. And send it to the very back.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Create one more rectangle

Adjust the color of the rectangle to match the color scheme of your project. I used the following gradient: #887AE6 > #382F78.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Adjust the color of the rectangle

Now, let’s add some volume to our shapes. Add shadows to all the curvy shapes. I used the color of the bottom rectangle: #322978. I picked it up using the Eyedropper tool. Also, I set the shadow blur to 20.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy

Add a bright illustration from our gallery.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Add a bright illustration

Create the page header using text blocks.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Create the page header using text blocks

Add a heading and subheading and adjust them to match the color scheme of the project.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: Add a heading and subheading

As a final stroke, let’s add a button with text and an icon.

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: add a button with text and an icon

Here is the result:

How to Create a Paper Cut-Out Effect in Lunacy: result

Use this tutorial to create your own paper cut-out designs, and don’t forget to share your art with us on social media!

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About the author: Julia G, a wonderful creature responsible for QA and SMM at the Lunacy team.




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