Create a poster with a geisha in Photoshop

This lesson will introduce you to the technique of creating a modern Japanese artistic illustration of a geisha, using a set of textures, brushes and photos in Photoshop CS5.

You will learn the selection technique and how to work with masks, adjustment layers, how to customize brushes to turn your photo into a piece of art. You will also learn how to use the stroke and shapes to make the geisha’s kimono come alive.

Final result

Source materials:

STEP 1. Download the Photoshop program and create a new document. In line Set (preset) I set the option A photo (Photo), the dimensions are set to Portrait, 4 x 6 for printing on postcards, but you can choose any format and size at your discretion.

STEP 2. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place) and select the vintage texture. Scale the texture to fit the document, stretching the black small squares. Stretch the texture to the right side a little further, so that the shadow disappears, because in the center, we need a light area to hold the composition object.

STEP 3. Create a new layer and repeat Step 2 to place the grunge texture. Activate the tool Transformation (Transform Tool). Right-click on the document and select the option. Rotate clockwise (Rotate 90 ° CW) ​​to rotate the texture.

STEP 4. Scale the grunge texture to fit the document, and then change the blending mode to Darkening basics (Color Burn). Reduce the opacity of the layer to about 30% to create a beautiful gentle glow.

This is how the background should look like:

STEP 5. Let’s go File – Post (File> Place) and select the image with Geisha. Scale the image with Geisha, which is located on the left side of the image, until Geisha fills 2/3 of the document. Put Geisha on the left side of the document, as I did:

STEP 6. Next, we need to get rid of the background. There are several techniques for selecting objects, and if you are already familiar with the one that is most convenient for you, you can use it, otherwise, you can try my technique for selecting objects. This method is best suited for images with large areas filled with color.

Choose a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) by right-clicking on the tool icon Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool) in the toolbar, which is located on the left. Do not forget to select the option New selected area (New Selection) in the top settings panel, and set Tolerance (Tolerance) on 15. Left-click on the orange area while holding down the Shift key to add selected areas to one common area.

STEP 7. Next, go Layer- Layer Mask – Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection). This option will add a layer mask to the Geisha layer, and will remove the selected background. You could also delete the selection using Delete, or using the tool Eraser(eraser tool). Using a layer mask is the best way, because you can easily return to the original image if you decide to fix something.

STEP 8. Set the foreground color to white and use the brush to hide the visible areas of the background on the layer mask until there is only one Geisha left. If at some point you did not succeed, and you want to fix it, then switch the foreground color to black and paint over the areas that you would like to restore.

When working with layer masks, always remember, before you start working with a brush, you need to click on the thumbnail of the layer mask.

Tips:
Reduce the stiffness of the brush, when treating hair and when finalizing the edges on the face. Use a small diameter brush for a more detailed selection.
You can quickly change the size of the brush using the hot keys [and].

STEP 9. Right-click on the processed Geisha layer and select the option Createduplicatelayer(Duplicate Layer). Change the blending mode of the duplicated layer to Overlap (Overlay) to give the image of a Geisha bright shades and contrast.

STEP 10. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) and bookmark Brushes (Brush). Press the button Settings Manager (Preset Manager) at the bottom of the window to load brushes Watercolor.

STEP 11. Using tool Pipette (Eye Dropper Tool) Select samples of bright red with Geisha kimono. Create a new layer, name this layer “Paint”. Move this layer under the Geisha layers.

Go back to the brush tool and select the watercolor_11 watercolor brush. To see the name of the brush, simply hold the cursor for a while over the thumbnail of the brush until the name of the brush pops up. Change the size to about 1500 and click once over Geisha to create an effect, as if I were drawing a sketch of the drawing:

STEP 12. Use the brushes around the object, experimenting with other brushes, choose different shades on the kimono: yellow, red-lilac. To rotate the brush, go to the bookmark Brushes (Brush) and pull the compass direction of the brush to change the angle of the brush. For easier setup, uncheck the box Interval (Spacing), so it was easy to see on view.

hint: To combine the dark part of the kimono with the colors, use a Watercolor_5 brush, approximately 600 in size.

STEP 13. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), install a large soft brush and lightly rub the eraser along the edges of the watercolor paint near the Geisha’s face and above the top surface of the watercolor stain. This technique helps to highlight the brightness of the face of a geisha and kimono sleeves, and also gives our work a light source. Depending on your bookmark settings Story (history) and experience level, instead you can use layer masks.

Here is my processing:

STEP 14. Create a new layer on top of the Geisha layers, name this layer “Paint 2.” Using tool Pipette (Eye Dropper) select a bright red swatch, then select the watercolor_2 watercolor brush. Set the brush size to 1100 and paint below the Geisha under your feet.

STEP 15. Set the foreground color to white, then select the “watercolor_7” watercolor brush. rotate the brush to -80 degrees and apply the brush on the Geisha’s hair, creating a hair ornament. Once again, apply the brush, slightly changing the angle and size of the brush for a change.

STEP 16. Create a new layer, name this layer “accents”. Using a pipette, select samples of shades: orange and yellow on kimono, then choose a brush from the standard set of brushes “Sprawled Maple Leaves”.

Experiment with a brush angle, color and size, and carefully draw maple leaves on both sides of the kimono. The effect we want to achieve is to create the impression that the leaves from the kimono are scattered on the canvas.

STEP 17. Change the blending mode for the maple leaf layer to Hard light (Hard Light). Standing on a layer with leaves, let’s go Layer – Mask Layer – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Choose a large soft brush and paint over the leaves on the right side just enough to make them look as if they are fading into the background.

STEP 18. Create a new layer, name this layer “threads”. Set the foreground color to white and select the tool. Pen(Pen Tool). Make sure the options Contours (Paths) and Add to contour area (Add path to area) in the top settings panel are included.

STEP 19. Draw several lines extending from the Geisha’s palm towards the edge of the image. Do not forget to draw smooth lines between points. When you finish drawing the outline, right-click the outline and select the option Runstrokecontour(Stroke Path). Leave the option Pencil (Pencil) and tick the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure) and click “OK.” Press “Enter” to create a line.

Repeat this process to add a few more threads stretching in the lower right area.

STEP 20. Select the very first layer with watercolor by clicking on it and add a new layer. Set the foreground color to white, select the watercolor_15 watercolor brush and set the average brush size. Right-click on the tool window. Pen (Pen Tool) in the left toolbar and select the tool Free feather (Freeform Pen Tool).

Draw a curve around the top of the Geisha. Right-click on the contour and select the option. Outline the contour (Stroke Path) and in the window that appears, select the tool Brush (Brush). Experiment with different sizes and tilts of the brush until you like the final result.

STEP 21. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and lower the layer opacity to about 30%.

STEP 22. Select the topmost layer, click on it, then create a new layer, name this layer “Lines”. Right click on the tool window Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool) in the left toolbar and select the tool Line (Line Tool). Foreground color set to black, Thickness (weight) lines set to 1 px.

Draw several lines stretching from the watercolor stain in the upper right part of the image. This touch simply adds a sense of modern art to the canvas and balances an empty corner. Reduce the layer opacity to about 30%.

STEP 23. To emphasize the individuality of your design, add your text. To demonstrate this lesson, I added the word “October” on top of a red watercolor stain using Don Quixote font, which you can download here. Using the deformation tool, deform the text in the form of an arch. Next, scale the text so that it fits inside the watercolor stain to get the effect here.

STEP 24. Let’s complete the overall look with color correction. We will reduce the shades of yellow at the edges, making the hues brighter. First, we need to perform the reduction of all layers, but before we perform the reduction of something, it is necessary to create a duplicate so as not to lose the layers when merged.

Select all layers except text layer and back layer, while selecting layers, hold down the Shift key, click on each layer, then go Layers – New – Group of Layers (Layers> New> Group From Layers). Your layers will be merged into one group in the layers palette.

Highlight the group and select the option Duplicate group (Duplicate Group). Right-click on the duplicated group and select the option Merge group (Merge Group).

STEP 25. Select the merged layer and then go, Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation). Set the value Color tone (Hue) at 8, but Saturation (Saturation) at 10 and click OK.

Finalresult

Link to the PSD file of the lesson

Author: Vail joy

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