Create a handmade collage in Photoshop

Through a combination of drawn and scanned elements, we will create a Halloween theme that looks like it was embroidered and knitted from appliqué elements, without using digital images, although they were actually used. Download the application with the original materials at the link at the beginning of this lesson and let’s get down to embroidery in Photoshop!

The final result:

1. Create a Scene

Step 1

First open the original image “stock-crochet-01.jpg“by downloading the app from the link at the beginning of this lesson. Next, select one of the crocheted white flowers.

  1. Create a new document with the following dimensions 8 inches x 10 inches with a resolution of 300 ppi. This will be our working paper, which we use to create our picture with hand embroidery, as well as to edit scanned items. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L)), select a part of the image, and then Copy (Ctrl + C) and Stick it in (Ctrl + V) highlighted knitted flower on our working paper.
  2. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool (P)), carefully draw a contour around the image of a crocheted flower. In the bookmark Contours (Paths), click the button on the bottom toolbar Load outline as selection (Load Path as a Selection).
  3. Spend Inversion (Shift + Ctrl + I), select the area, and then press Delete, to remove the background. Process the edges of the contour with the tool. Eraser (Eraser Tool (E)) by adjusting it to the brush.

As a small digression, I tied the laces myself, which were then scanned. I peeped on lacy patterns on Pinterest, and also studied the patterns of lace patterns on the books of my great-grandmother and grandmother.

Step 2

Open the stock image with the texture of the felt material.stock-felt-01.jpg“. Create a new layer in the layers palette.

  1. Using tool Pen ( Pen Tool), draw the left half of the tree image. I improvised when I drew a tree, but you can keep a picture of a tree in front of you and copy from it or look out the window to look at the shapes of the trees (or draw the trees you saw when you went out into nature).
  2. Fill the painted tree shape with any color shade of your choice.
  3. Copy / Paste (Copy / Paste) half of the drawn tree, creating a mirror image using a duplicate layer. Being on a duplicate layer with the second half of the tree, go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally). Using tool Move (Move Tool (V)), align the two halves of the tree to make one solid wood, and then merge the layers (Ctrl +E), when you are satisfied with the result. If you want, draw additional branches with the tool Pen (Pen Tool), do not forget to fill in the drawn figures. Merge all the layers with the elements of the tree to make a tree silhouette.

Select a tree silhouette with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W) and then Copy (Copy) selected area. Further, Stick it in (Paste) a copied image of the felt tree on our working paper that we created in Step 1.

Step 3

Create a new layer below all the other layers. Fill this layer with a yellowish-brown, gray-brown or brown color. Next, go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set the amount of noise to 15.19%, put a tick in the box Monochrome (Monochromatic), and select Distribution (Distribution) according to Gauss (Gaussian) to make the background look like texture material.

Step 4

Next, we convert the knitted flower from Step 1 into a pattern. For this, Copy / Paste (Copy / Paste) knitted flower on the new document (document size should be determined by the size of the copied knitted flower). Next, go Image – Canvas Size (Image> Canvas Size) and apply a width and height value larger than the size of the selected element with an aspect ratio like a square.

Twice glue (Paste) knitted flower. Being on a duplicate layer with a knitted flower, we go Filter – Other – Shift (Filter> Other> Offset) and in line horizontally (Horizontal) apply the value 452, and in the line vertically (Vertical) use the value 421, so your second knitted flower will appear in all four corners of your document.

To create a pattern, go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), save your pattern by giving it a name. Also, you can resize your image for the pattern through the menu PictureImage size (Image> Image Size) if you want to use the smaller elements of crocheted colors in your design. We use the created pattern in this lesson later.

2. Make a Composition

Step 1

So, we have created the basis for our picture, we have scanned elements, and we have already begun to add elements to our working paper, now let’s focus on the composition itself.

On a layer with a felt tree, right-click on this layer and select the option in the menu that appears. Overlay options (Blending Options). Next, select a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow). Apply the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 75%
  • Angle (Angle): 139 °
  • Bias (Distance): 17 px
  • Swipe (Spread): 5%
  • The size (Size): 24 px

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the layer with the background. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), draw the shape of the rolling hills in the background. Fill the shape of the hills with any color of your choice. Since I decided to use the grain of the background, I filled the painted figure of the hills in a dark blue color. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), so the hills will get a shade of green. The effect of blending modes on a selected layer also depends on the color shades and settings that were used in the underlying layers.

Step 3

Open the original image “stock-crochet-01.jpg“. Select / Copy and then paste a few knitted leaves from the wool onto our working paper. Apply scaling, rotation, offset to the knitted leaves that you added to your scene, at your discretion. Try to keep the leaves on separate layers.

Open stock image “stock-drawing-01.jpg“, repeat the previous steps only with painted leaves. With the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), select the image of the leaf on the original image. Copy / Paste (Copy / Paste) selected leaflet on our working paper. Next, with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool), select and then remove the white background, which shows a leaf of the tree (make sure that in the settings of this tool, in the window Adjacent pixels (Contiguous) ticked).

Add more painted leaves to your composition. Apply scaling, rotation, offset if necessary. Additionally, you can draw the leaves of the tree or other elements of nature on a separate document or scan the leaves after you draw them with a black pen on white paper.

Step 4

Open the second source image with the drawn elements “stock-drawing-02.jpg“, this time select the pumpkins in the same way as you selected the leaf in the previous step, by copying / pasting (Copy / Paste) on our working paper. Add pumpkins to our scene, arranging them at your discretion.

Open up once again the original image “stockdrawing-02jpg, to add more elements to our composition: mugs, various scribbles, etc. If you wish, you can paint your own pumpkins, ghosts, etc., to add a touch of individuality to your work.

3. Coloring the Scanned Elements

Step 1

Next, we will color all the scanned crocheted leaves. Create a new layer on top of each layer with a knitted leaflet. Using tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)), paint over the leaves using different shades of red, orange and yellow (think up your harvest colors).

Change the blending mode for coloring layers to Darkening basics (Color Burn), and then adjust the selected color shades as needed. Once you are satisfied with the color correction, select the colored layer and the corresponding layer with a knitted leaf to merge them. (Ctrl +E). Repeat the process with each knitted piece of paper and an element of your composition.

Step 2

I decided to add the lace pattern that we created in Point 1, Step 4 within the circle drawn, this circle will represent the full Moon in my picture design.

  1. Using tool Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)), draw a circular selection on a new layer on top of the layer with the background. Next, with the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G)), fill the active selection with the pattern that was created earlier (the dimensions of my pattern were reduced by 50%).
  2. Select a pattern for the fill, create a New layer, fill the selected area with an orange or yellow shade.
  3. Change the blending mode for the orange fill layer to Linear dimmer (Linear Burn). As soon as you are satisfied with the result, combine the layer with the color fill and the layer with the lace pattern.

Step 3

Let’s create a lace frame for our composition.

  1. Open source image ‘stock-crochet-01.jpg ’. Cut a small lace flower. Glue the selected knitted pattern to our working paper.
  2. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)), select the lower third of the lace flower, and then press Delete.
  3. Rotate the fragment by 180 °, and then several times duplicate the half of the knitted flower. Place the received lace elements in one row at the top of our composition. In total, I used 5 lace frames. Combine all the layers with elements of lace frames, so you get a solid pattern that can be easily moved.

Step 4

Let’s take a short break in the lesson to see what my composition looks like at the moment of the lesson. So, we created a composition of scanned and drawn elements, including fragments created, to which we applied blending modes. I added a layer style to the layer with a knitted Moon, as well as to the layer with lace framing. Shadow (Drop Shadow), using the same settings that we used in Step 2, Step 1, the only thing I did was change the angle of the shadow a little.

Step 5

In order to colorize the design elements, create a new layer on top of all layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Next, using a hard round brush, paint over the painted elements of the composition, using the color shades of orange, yellow, brown and gray.

Step 6

In the screenshot below, my picture at the moment with painted painted elements (almost completed work). Note that the painted leaves are colored brown and gray, while the knitted leaves are colored yellow, orange and red. These color shades do not allow the leaves to get lost among themselves, and also highlight the blue and green shades of the background of the main composition.

4. Create a Stitch / Seam

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Apply a layer style to this layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) with the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Gradient (Gradient): from transparent to light brown, Opacity (Opacity) 100%.
  • Style (Style): Linear (Linear)
  • Angle (Angle): 90 °
  • Scale (Scale): 100%

Optionally apply a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow) to the same layer. Set the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 75%
  • Angle (Angle): 146 °
  • Bias (Distance): 5 px
  • Swipe (Spread): 0%
  • The size (Size): 5 px

Step 2

Create a new layer. Draw a line along the outline of the felt tree within the image. Set the stroke color to light brown or white. In the stroke settings, set Stroke Thickness (Weight) 1 pt, stroke type Dotted line (Dashed Line). If you press the button Additional options (More Options) in the stroke settings, you can create your own dotted line or a line of points by changing the length of the dotted lines and the distance between them.

Step 3

Using the dotted lines, as well as the layer styles that you created in Steps 1-2 of this item, draw a line along the outline of the felt tree image. The easiest way for me to use the tool Pen (Pen Tool) to make a stroke, but you can skip the previous step and just draw small dotted lines with a standard brush, if that makes it easier for you.

Step 4

Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (U)), draw the outline of a large circle on top of an image with an orange moon. Stroke the outline with the dashed line in the same way as you did in Step 2 of this paragraph. Set the stroke color to white, and then change the blending mode for the layer with the stroke to Overlap (Overlay). Also, I added a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow), adding a subtle shadow effect to this layer.

Step 5

Outline the hills, leaves, and the knitted elements of the Moon either with a dotted line, or draw small lines yourself along the contour of the scanned elements. Make sure the dashes are white and the blend mode for layers with lines is set to Overlap (Overlay), (rasterize the layers with the outlines, and then merge them into one layer to apply the layer style). Also, to the merged layer with a stroke, add a barely noticeable shadow, for this, apply the layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow), (I used the same settings as in Step 2, Step 1).

So, we have completed the lesson!

Another Halloween lesson has come to an end. I hope you enjoyed using the drawn and scanned elements to create a beautiful picture from embroidery. Share your work on this lesson. Or create and create your own picture from hand-made embroidery using knitted elements.

The final result:

Posted by: Mary Winkler

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