Create a bright collage in Photoshop

Today we present another great lesson to our readers. If you want to learn how to combine various vector images, brushes and stock image in Adobe Photoshop CS5 in one design, then this lesson is for you. Let’s get down to the lesson!

Final result

Materials for the lesson:

First, create a new document Ctrl + N in Adobe Photoshop CS5, 800 px by 1024 px, color mode(color mode) RGB, with resolution (resolution) 72 px / inch. Choose a tool Fill(Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with the color shade # 05A4B9 new layer, which will be the background layer.

Open the image with the model, I used this photo. I would like to thank the author of this photo, or, if you want, you can use any other stock image to your taste.

Remove the background with your favorite tool like Pen (Pen Tool (P), Magicwand (Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso (L) or easier via Filter – Extract (Filter> Extract) and paste into our main document on a new layer.

Click the icon Add layer style (Add a layer style) at the bottom of the toolbar and select the option Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

We get the following result:

Create a new layer and select Soft round brush (Soft round brush).

Paint over the brush as shown in the screenshot below. Set the color tint # 143648, in the brush settings, set Opacity (Opacity) brush by 20%. Layer must be located below the layer with the girl.

Create another new layer and also apply a Soft Round Brush on it, the same as in the previous step and continue to brush over it. Set the brush color to # 143648, brush opacity 10%. This layer must also be located below the girl layer.

Create a new layer, fill the new layer with black using the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G). Next, apply a filter to the layer, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). This layer must be placed below the layer with the girl.

Apply levels to the created layer by pressing CTRL + L to display the dialog box Levels (Levels). Install Output values (Output Levels): 0/85:

We get the following result:

Next, we need a tool. Free Transformation (Free Transform) Ctrl + T, we scale the layer, creating a semblance of a plane.

Add a layer mask to the layer by clicking the button on the bottom toolbar. Add layer mask (Add layer mask), next, select a soft round brush of black color, set the brush opacity to 15%.

Using a black brush, start drawing on the mask layer to hide some part of the layer, as shown in the screenshot below.

Once again create a new layer and to this layer, we will apply the same soft round brush that we used in the previous step.

Apply the brush on a new layer, as shown in the screenshot below. Brush color select # 006BA3, brush opacity – 20%. Place this layer below the girl layer.

On the next new layer, we will apply the same soft round brush in white, the opacity of the brush is 20% to paint the white area behind the model.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Hard mix (Hard Mix).

Duplicate the model layer (remove the layer styles Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and apply to the duplicate layer Color overlay (Color Overlay):

We get the following result:

Place the layer lower than the base layer with the model. Next, select the tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), select the option Distortion (Warp) and tilt the image to create the shadow of the girl. Place the layer below the base layer with the model.

Apply a layer mask to the shadow layer by clicking the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) in the lower palette of tools, further, select a soft round brush of black color, set the opacity of the brush to 15%.

Use the brush on the layer mask to hide part of the shadow, as shown in the screenshot below.

Select the “Star 33 px” brush and go to the bookmark. Brushes (Brushes) to customize the brush. Select an option Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape). Change the angle, size, spacing, as shown in the screenshot below. In the preview window, you can see the customized brush.

Next, go to the option Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics):

Next, go to the option Scattering (Scattering):

Create a new layer and paint with a white brush a lot of small dots located behind the model.

Duplicate the last layer you created:

Create a new layer and paint even more points with a brush, this time smaller ones.

Let’s create rays that will be directed upwards. Create a new document. File – New (File> New) with dimensions of 500 px to 500 px, color mode (color mode) RGB at 72 px / inch. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G) and open Gradient editor (Gradient Editor) by clicking on the gradient in the top toolbar. Choose a black and white gradient and apply a gradient to our new document we created from bottom to top.

To the layer that we created, apply the following filter Filter – Distortion – Wave (Filter> Distort> Wave):

We get the following result:

Next, move this layer to our main document and apply the tool Free Transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), select the option Distortion (Warp) to change the shape as in the screenshot below.

Decrease Fill (Fill) for this layer to 42% and change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge).

Add a layer mask to the layer by clicking the button on the bottom toolbar. Add layer mask (Add layer mask), next, select a soft round brush of black color, set the brush opacity to 20%.

Use a brush on the layer mask to hide the top of the rays.

Duplicate the rays layer and reduce Fill (Fill) up to 9%.

Create another copy of the layer with rays and select the free transformation tool Ctrl + T to slightly raise the rays to the left part of the image and slightly reduce them. We also need to reduce the fill of the layer to 29%. The layer will be lower than the model layer.

Next, select the tool Polygon (Polygon Tool (U), in the top toolbar in the window Parties (Sides), set the value to – 5 and draw several white polygons. Place the layers with the polygons lower than the model layer.

Decrease Fill (Fill) for these layers up to 24%.

Merge the layers with the polygons into two rasterized layers (merge the polygons to the left of the model into one layer and merge the polygons to the right of the model into the second layer). To do this, you can select the layers by holding down the CTRL key + with the mouse button to select the layers, then press the CTRL + E keys to merge the layers together. For rasterized layers, select the following filter. Filter – (Blur – Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur).

Select the free transformation tool Ctrl + T to arrange the layers in the same way as shown in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Next, go to the Adobe Illustrator program and select the tool Spiral (Spiral Tool) to draw a black spiral.

Left-click the document and in the Spiral tool dialog box that appears, apply the following values.

In the settings panel set Step (Stroke) – 0.5pt, brush style can be selected in the option Style(Style), Library brushes – Borders – Dotted(Brush Library> Borders> Borders_Dashed).

We will have a spiral, as in the screenshot below:

Select the spiral and press CTRL + C to copy the spiral. We return back to the program Adobe Photoshop on our document. Press CTRL + V to paste as Smart object (Smart Object). Select the free transform tool Ctrl + T and rotate the helix as shown in the screenshot below. Place the spiral layer below the model layer.

Press CTRL + I to invert the color. Decrease Fill (Fill) up to 64% for this layer and change the blending mode to Glow (Luminosity).

Duplicate the spiral layer, select the free transform tool Ctrl + T to expand the spiral and reduce its size. Reduce the fill of this layer to 59%. Layer with a copy of the spiral position lower than the layer with the model.

Now we are using previously created polygons, duplicate the layers with polygons. Merge them into one rasterized layer, and then apply the free transformation tool Ctrl + T to arrange the polygons, as shown in the screenshot below. Also on this layer, apply a filter. Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian blur).

We have the following result.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Create a new layer and select a soft round brush of white color; set the opacity of the brush to – 20%.

Use this brush to paint over the polygon layer. This layer must be placed under the layer with the model.

Click the button on the bottom toolbar. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select the option Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown in the screenshot below, in order to make a small color correction.

Place the adjustment layer under the model layer.

Create a new layer and select the Star 33 px brush that you previously used, set the color shade for brush # F069F4 to create a set of dots in the center of the document. Place this layer below the model layer.

To the layer that you created in the previous step, add layer styles, in the bottom toolbar, click Add layer styles (Add a layer style) and select the option External glow (Outer Glow).

Change the blending mode to Hard mix (Hard Mix).

Create a new layer and select a soft round brush, set the brush color to # FF00CB, brush opacity – 20%.

Use the brush to paint a smudge in the middle of the document. Place the layer below the model layer.

In the next step we will use the following vector images – WG Funny Swirls. Open vector images and place on our document. Place the vector image layer below the model layer.

For a layer with a vector image, apply layer styles, select the option Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

We get the following result:

Click the button on the bottom toolbar. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select the option Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Pull the slider to the left to muffle the color range. Color tone (Hue).

Hold the Alt + key and move the cursor between the adjustment layer and the vector image layer in the layers palette and left-click to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

We get the following result:

Now we will try to rasterize the layer with the model. In this case, create a new layer on top of the model layer, select the two layers using the CTRL + keys and click on each layer, then press the CTRL + E keys to merge the two layers. Also add a layer mask to our merged layer by pressing the button in the lower tool palette. Add layer mask (Add layer mask). Next, choose a hard round black brush.

Use the brush on the layer mask to hide the next zones on the girl, we will create the effect as if she is inside the ornament.

Click the button on the bottom toolbar. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select the option Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Pull the slider to the left to reduce Saturation (Saturation).

Hold the Alt + key and move the cursor between the adjustment layer and the model layer in the layers palette and left-click to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

We get the following result:

Click the button on the bottom toolbar. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select the option Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown in the screenshot below, in order to make a small color correction.

We get the following result:

Create a new layer and select a soft round brush of a different size, set the brush color to white, brush opacity – 20% to paint a glow on the specified areas.

We get the following result:

Click the button on the bottom toolbar. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select the option Curves (Curves) to adjust the shape of the curve, as shown in the screenshot below, in order to make a small color correction.

We get the following result:

Create a new layer, select the tool. Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill a layer with a color tint # 397688.

Decrease Fill (Fill) of this layer to 24% and change the blending mode to Hard mix (Hard Mix).

Final result

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