I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to use a torn paper texture over the years. Getting just the right paper, and then carefully tearing it is difficult at best. Thankfully, artbees has made it easier with three free torn paper vectors for Adobe Illustrator, and matching Photoshop brushes.
The files are flat black vectors you can use as is, or use as a mask in Photoshop as I did in the image above. I got the paper texture itself from one of the BittBox Free Texture Tuesday collections.