Scrapbook – Part II

Final image

In the first part of the “Notebook” lesson, we stopped at this stage:

We continue.
Step 12. Button and light
Now attach our sheet to the board.
Tip: hold SHIFT while using the tool Rectangular area (Marquee Tool) to make the selection proportional.
Create a new layer, select the tool. oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool), draw a circle and fill with any color. The author chose black, as shown below:

AT Blending options (Blending Options) on a layer with a circle impose Gradient (First Gradient: # 9a9600, Second Gradient: # e2dc00). The figure below is the result.

Add highlights to the Button. Internal glow (Inner Glow) (Mode: Lighten, Opacity: 40%, Glow Color: # ffffc8, Size: 7px).
Create a new layer, CTRL + CLICK on the layer thumbnail with the button and using the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (Size: 20px soft), draw a white spot on the button surface, this will be our highlight.

Step 13. Button and shadows
Now, add a shadow to the button. Shadow layer style (Opacity: 14%, Angle: 90, offset: 1px, Width: 0%, Size: 2px). Adding one shadow, we will not stop and add the second.
Create a new layer below the “button” layer and rename it as the “button shadow”. Highlight the button and fill it with black. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Blur Gassian) (Radius: 5.1 pixels).
Duplicate the “button shadow” layer and use Free transformation (Free Transform Tool) (CTRL + T) to resize the shadow, it will be more elongated and narrower, reduce the transparency until it looks realistic.
The picture below shows the result you should get.

Step 14. Photography
The methods used to create highlights in a photograph of the Sydney Opera are similar to those used in Step 8 – Paper.

Step 15. “Ice Cream Sticks”
Using the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), create a wand (radius: 10px), right-click, select To form a selected area (Make Selection) and fill the selection with the color # b9752a.
Go to Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) (Quantity: 28.33%). CTRL + CLICK on the layer thumbnail, go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) (Angle: 90 and Offset: 21). Navigate in Filter> Filter Gallery> Film grain (grain: 3 Area of ​​highlights: 6, Intensity: 2).
Apply Layer Style – Shadow on this layer (Opacity: 32%, Angle: 90, offset: 2px, span: 0%, Size: 1px).
Then apply Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) on the same layer (Color: # 784206, Opacity: 100%, angle: 90 degrees, offset: 1px, pull: 0%, Size: 5px).
Duplicate this layer, lower the opacity of the new layer by 10%. Create a group where the sticks will be placed.
Make another “stick” in this group and place these two layers so that you would get the letter ‘A’, use Loose Transformation> Rotate.
The figure below is the result.

Step 16. “Ice Cream Sticks” – Clay
Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (: 9px hard). Make the base color white and paint the glue marks on the stick.
Next, apply Gradient overlay on the glue layer (First Gradient: # b9b9b9 and second Gradient: # FFFFFF),
Shadow (Opacity: 48%, Angle: 90 degrees, offset: 1px, span: 0%, Size: 1px) and reduce the opacity of this layer by 40%.
You can even draw more glue, it all depends on your imagination and desire.

Step 17. “Ice cream sticks” – break them
Now create a jumper letter ‘A’, duplicating the stick and turning it.
After that, select all the layers with sticks, right-click and select “Merge Layers”. Choose a tool Pen and make some zigzag lines to make it seem like a stick was cracked. Right-click, select Make Selection, and click Backspace to remove everything inside the selection on this layer.
The figure below is the result.

Step 18. “Ice Cream Sticks – Inscription
Create a new layer using the tool Brush (radius: 2px hard), enlarge the image and write the text on a stick, the Author wrote “I (heart) Mom”. Apply to text Internal glow (Inner Glow) (Mode: Normal, Opacity: 44%, noise: 100%, light color: # ed57ff, size: 5px).
The figure below is the result.

Step 19. “Ice Cream Sticks” – Lace
Create a new layer using Pen, draw a small lace at the top of the sticks, right-click and select To form a selected area. Select Rectangular area, right-click and select Run Stroke (Width: 2, Color: black, Position relative to the border: inside). Deselect.
Use the tool Free transformation, to turn the lace to your liking.
Now, using Eraser (Size: 20px hard) and remove the bottom of the lace, as shown below:

Overlay Gradient on this lace (first gradient: # b5b4b4, second gradient: # ededed), Shadow (Opacity: 70%, Angle: 90, offset: 1px, Width: 0%, Size: 1px). Duplicate this layer, right-click on the new layer and select Clear layer style.
Select a new layer, go to Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) (Quantity: 37.74%, Distribution: Gaussian and Monochrome) and reduce the transparency to 10%.
This lace couldn’t just get stuck on the sticks, add some glue using the same method that was used in step 16.
The figure below is the result.

And if you want, you can duplicate the layer with the button, change its color and move it to the string, so that it looks as if the button is holding the sticks.
The figure below is the result.

Step 20. Background
Create a new layer under all the other layers, rename it “background” and fill it with color, # 8e4917. You can add some textures and effects to the background.
Take another layer on top of the “background” layer, select Brush (Brush Tool) (radius: 600px soft), make the foreground color # ffc000 and make a few strokes at the top of the layer.
Group these two layers together
The figure below is the result.

Step 21. Shadow Board
In this last step, we will create the shadow of the board.
Create a new layer above the background, but below all the others, make the rectangular selection about 20 pixels smaller than the size of the board and fill it with black. Then go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Radius: 8.8 pixels), place the shadow just below the board.
The figure below is the result.

Conclusion
Add some more objects to the board.

Congratulations, everything is ready! As you can see, creating realistic shadows and light effects in Photoshop is easy. Details are key.

Author: Alexis Brille
Translator: Luksha Yuri
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