Create a floral poster in Photoshop

In the age of globalization and in the world of online, we have access to different artistic styles and trends. In this lesson we will focus on the traditional Chinese technique of creating compositions, where this style is combined with modern Western elements.

Chinese art is valued for its skillful selection of elements of compositions such as mountains, clouds, and flowers, including the mastery of watercolor.

Today, the author of the lesson, Peter Lin, will show you how to create a piece that successfully combines the Chinese and Western artistic styles in Photoshop.

In this lesson you will learn how to create soft clouds in the Chinese style using the brush tool, as well as how to master the texture painting technique that is typical of Chinese art. We will also look at working with masks and gradients to create an elegant and gentle final result.

The rose, which the author Lin used in this lesson, you can download on a paid resource Shutterstock; or you can use your original images.

Final result

Translator’s Note: The author in his lesson did not indicate most of the references to the materials he used. In this archive you will find alternative materials.

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. Install the following sizes 3,750-x-4,961 px. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 1’. Fill the background layer with the following color tint # 000222.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool), set a soft round brush, brush color # 131b53, brush opacity 30%. Using a brush, paint over the center of the image.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the ‘Background 1’ layer. Add a layer mask to the created layer, fill the layer mask # 020317.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool), set a very large diameter soft brush, brush opacity 30%, brush color # 1cif3c. Paint over the center of the image. Next, process the central part of the layer mask.

Step 3

Next, we will create the sky. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 3’. Select Rough Bristle Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush), brush color # 003cff, brush opacity 8%. Paint over the soft center of the image. Do not worry if the effect you created is not visible, this effect will appear later.

Step 4

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 4’, using the same brush, the same brush color, paint over the upper left part of the image. Next, add a layer mask to soften the layer, this time use a soft round brush.

Step 5

Open the original texture. Discolor this texture, let’s go Image – Correction – Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate). Move this texture to our working paper. Create a duplicate texture. Name the original texture layer ‘Background 5’, and duplicate the texture layer ‘Background 6’. Arrange the textures as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

For layers with a texture, add a layer mask and using Coarse Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush), brush opacity 80%, process the textures as shown in the screenshot below. Next, change the blending mode for the texture layers to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 7

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 7’. Set black for Coarse Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush) and with this brush, paint over the bottom left of the image. Reduce the layer opacity to 7%.

Create a new layer and using Coarse Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush) white, paint over the top right part of the image. Next, add a layer mask to soften the edges with a soft round brush with an opacity of 60%. Reduce the layer opacity to 60%.

Step 8

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 8’. Via Coarse Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush) black, paint over the top left and center of the image, the opacity of the brush is 100%. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the layer opacity to 7%.

Step 9

Open the texture again. Move the texture of our working paper. Textured layer name ‘Background 9’. To the layer with the texture, add a layer mask. Select Rough Bristle Round Brush (Rough Round Bristle brush) 50% opacity ,. Change the blending mode for the texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Draw large blots as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Create a new layer, name this layer ‘Background 10’. Select Round Brush with Rough Bristles (Rough Round Bristle brush) opacity 70%, brush color is black. Paint over the top of the image as shown in the screenshot below. So, we created the background in the style of Chinese painting.

Step 11

Now we use the tool Pen (Pen tool) to create a white moon shape. Next, add a layer style. External glow (Outer Glow) to the image of the moon, for this we go Layer – Layer Styles – External Glow (Layer> Layer Styles> Outer Glow) and apply the following settings: blending mode (blending mode) – Lightening (Screen); Opacity (opacity) – 75%; Method (technique) – Soft (Softer); The size (size) – 163 px; Range (range) – 50%.

Open the ‘Element 1’ image. Move this image to our working paper, placing it on top of the image of the moon. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication(Multiply). Next, add a layer mask and with a brush, soften the edges along the contour of the image of the Moon.

Step 12

Open the image of the rose you downloaded. Separate the image of the rose from the background. Move the highlighted rose image to our working paper. Play with color shades with correction Color balance (Color Balance (Ctrl + B), position the roses as shown in the screenshot below. To the layer with the rose, add a layer mask and use a round brush with stiff bristles to process the edges of the rose image.

Step 13

Open the image ‘Element 2’. Separate the image from the background, and then move it to our working paper. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Place this layer below the rose layer. Soften the image with a layer mask. Create a new layer and using a round brush with stiff bristles with opacity of 40%, brush color is white, paint it next to the Moon, as shown in the screenshot below.

Open the images ‘Element 3 and 4’. Remove the background. Move the selected image to our working paper, placing it behind the roses to balance our composition.

Step 14

Open the images ‘Element 5 and 6’ – these are images with bubbles – and also ‘element 7’, separate from the background. Add to our composition by placing them around the roses and the moon.

You can use filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to make the design more spectacular, let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).

Step 15

Create a waterfall that trickles from a rose with the tool Pen (Pen tool), tracing the edges of the rose and creating streaks, then add a layer style External glow (Outer Glow) with the same settings as in Step 11. Using a soft round brush, add light highlights, vary the color and opacity of the brush.

Step 16

Finally, we apply the filter Noise (Noise filter) to create a paper texture effect. Select the layers, then go Layer – Merge visible (Layer> Merge Visible), then, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Set the amount of noise to 6%, Distribution (distribution) Uniform (Uniform), and also put a tick in the box Monochrome (Monochromatic).

Final result

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