Grow bonsai on hand in Photoshop

Today I will show you how, combining several images, to create an interesting natural composition.



Step 1. Start by creating a new document. Use the parameters as in the screenshot below.

Step 2. Now that we have created a new document, let’s proceed to the background. We will use grunge texture Grunge 06 from the texture set. Open it in Photoshop and place it on the working paper. We use Transformation (CTRL + T) to adjust the size, position. Move on Image – Adjustments – Curves (Image – Correction – Curves). Name the editable layer “Grunge”, create a new group “Background” Layer – New – Group (Layer – New – Group) and move this layer to it.

Step 3. Now open the hand image. We use Magic wand Tool (Magic Wand) (W) to remove the white background. Click anywhere in the background, then go Select – Invert (Selection – Invert) to invert the selection on hand.

Step 4. We use Move Tool (Move) (V) to move the hand to the working paper. Then from the layer with the hand create a group “Hand” Layer – Group from Layers (Layer – New – Group of layers). Via Transformations (CTRL + T) adjusts the size and position so that the hand is in the center of the canvas. Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer and change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap). Next, go Image – Adjustments – Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast). Install Brightness (Brightness) at 95 and Contrast (Contrast) at 25. Merge (CTRL + E) the two layers together and using Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) remove the plant. Here is what you should get:

Step 5. Now we need to position the tree so that it grows as if from the ground on the arm. Open the photo of the tree and place it on the working paper. We use Transformation (CTRL + T) to fit the size.

Add this layer to the “Tree” group. Make sure the group blend mode Pass through (Through). Set the tree blending mode to Multiply.

Step 6. Now we have to work a little tool. Eraser tool (Eraser) (E).

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the layer “Tree” and set the copy copy mode to Color dodge (Lightening the basics). I hope you notice a slight white glow around the tree. It is because of him that we did not work with an eraser close to the crown.

Step 7. Next we add some light. Create a new group “Light”. Then we add a new layer “Tree Light” to it. We use large brush (B) from Hardness (Hardness) 0%. Make sure the color is white and draw two spots (or as many as you need), as shown below.

Set the blending mode of this layer to Overlay (Overlap).

Step 8. Let’s add clouds to make the composition more interesting. Open the image with the clouds and reduce their size. Make sure that the place behind the clouds, where the sun shines, is in the left upper part of the tree crown.

Set the layer blending mode to Screen (Lightening). This layer should be in the group “Sky”. Thanks to this, all the layers on the panel will be neatly arranged.

Step 9. Open the image with the owl, cut it with quick masks (Q) and transfer to the working paper.

Step 10. Activate Brush tool (Brush) (B). Install Hardness (Stiffness) at 50% and draw along the outline of the owl.

After that we create a fill inside the contour. Or use a large brush (B) and sketching.

Via Magic wand tool (Magic wand) (W) select the red area. This will create a selection around the owl.
To hide the mask in the layers panel, go to the panel Channels (Channels). The last channel in the list is the created mask. Just click on the little eye and it will hide it.

Step 11. Next, click on the layer with the owl and go Select – Refine Edge (Selection – Advanced Edge). Remember that all parameters are individual and depend on your mask. Play with the settings until you get a result that satisfies you.

Step 12. Move the owl to the working paper and use Transformation (CTRL + T) to adjust the size. Place it in the upper left part of the canvas on the light sky. Create a new group “Owls” and move the layer with the owl there.

After that we will make a small color correction. Move on Image – Adjustments – Levels (Image – Correction – Levels) and apply the following parameters.

Step 13. Duplicate (CTRL + J) the owl layer. We reflect it horizontally Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontally). Use TRanformation (CTRL + T) to reduce its size. Make sure that the duplicate layer is under the original, and place one owl over the other.

For the copy we apply the filter Image – Adjustments – Photo Filter (Image – Correction – Photo filter).

Step 14. Go to the group “Tree” and activate the first layer. We use Burn tool (Dimmer) (O) to add some shadows on the ground.

Step 15. Let’s add more light. Create a new layer and place it under the group “Light”. Take a big brush (B) from Hardness (Hardness) 0%. Use colors # 9921b3 and # f8fb25. We draw in necessary places.

Set the layer blending mode to Linear light (Linear light).

Step 16. Let’s go back to the layer with the hand and make a small correction. Take the tool Dodge tool (Brightener) (O) with Opacity (Opacity) 85% and Range (Range) – Shadows (Shadows).

Several times we spend on the lower part of the arm so that it becomes lighter.

Step 17. Now let’s adjust the clouds. Select a layer with clouds and activate the tool. Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) Large Size with Hardness (Hardness) 0%. We erase around the clouds.

I also raised a little higher owls. Transformations (CTRL + T).
This is what should happen.

Step 18. Now add the text. I used the font Century Gothic, but you can take any other. Make sure that black is selected, the size is 100px and we write the text “the greenhouse effect”. Set the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft light).

Step 19. And the last thing we need to do is add a roof outline above the text. We use Rectangle tool(Rectangle) (U) to create a rectangle, then duplicate it (CTRL + J). Via Transformations adjust the position and angle of the rectangles by about 45 degrees. Then we merge (CTRL + E) them in one layer.

Use again Transformation, to fit the roof to fit the text. Then change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) 25%.

Final image:

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