Create a live picture in Photoshop

Final result

Source materials:

STEP 1. Create a new document (800X600px).
Download the sky image with clouds and move it to our document. This image will serve us as a background image:

Now apply an adjustment layer. Color balance (Color Balance). Get in the habit of applying all your adjustment layers as clipping masks, go WithLoi – create a clipping mask (layer> create clipping mask). In this case, your adjustment layers will only affect the underlying layer.

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -19 / -4 / -9
Average tones(Midtones): -36 / +12 / +1
Shadows(Shadows): -26 / -5 / -13

Next, create a new layer, name this layer. background light correction. Use a large, low-opacity soft round brush to paint shadows (in black) and light highlights (in white). Try adding light highlights to the center of the image and create a vignette effect by shading at the edges and corners of the document:

STEP 2. Next, load the image with the lake and move it to our document, placing it at the bottom of the document:

Now apply a layer mask. Using a medium sized soft black brush, hide the top of the image with the lake, so you will create a single landscape of two images:

Next, apply a correction layer to the lake image. Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -19 / +8 / -4
Mid tones (Midtones): -32 / -6 / -9
Shadows (Shadows): -23 / 0 / -2

STEP 3. Next, load the image with the frame for the picture, move the image to our document. Using tool Magic wand (magic wand tool), get rid of the white background:

Next, apply a correction layer to the layer with the image for the picture. Color balance (Color Balance) and Levels (Levels):

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):

20 / 1.03 / 229

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -8 / 0 / -5
Mid tones (Midtones): -8 / -4 / +1
Shadows (Shadows): -5 / -1 / +2

Next, load the image with the jungle, move the image to our document, placing below the layer with the frame. The jungle image will be the basis for the frame:

Next, apply a correction layer to the image of the jungle. Color balance (Color Balance):

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -18 / +5 / +11
Mid tones (Midtones): -18 / +4 / +9
Shadows(Shadows): -19 / +12 / +2

Next, with the tool Line (line shape tool) draw two dark gray (201e1e) 1 px lines that drag up from the frame. We will create the impression as if this is a wire on which our picture hangs:

STEP 4. Next, open the image with a waterfall, a link to the image is given at the beginning of this lesson.

Using tool Lasso (lasso tool), select a part of the waterfall. We use this part of the waterfall to create the illusion that water is pouring out of the picture:

So, copy and paste the selected part of the waterfall onto our image, scaling and positioning where you see fit:

Next, apply a layer mask to the water layer. Choose a medium sized soft black brush to hide the edges of the water:

Next, apply a correction layer to the water layer. Color balance (color balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -16 / 0 / +8
Mid tones (Midtones): -30 / 0 / +8
Shadows (Shadows): -19 / 0 / +8

STEP 5. Now, repeat the last step, create a series of layers with water. In the screenshot below, you can see the effect created:

STEP 6. To create the illusion that water is flowing down from the picture into the lake, we need to apply a gentle effect to the surface of the lake.

Download a ripple image from the link at the beginning of the lesson. Place the ripples at the bottom under each large stream of water:

Next, apply a mask layer and hide the edges of the ripples with a soft black brush:

Next, reduce the ripple opacity to about 12%. Duplicate a layer with ripples; place a duplicate under another stream of water:

STEP 7. Next, download the image of the edge of a cliff by the link at the beginning of this lesson. Cut the edge of the cliff and move the cut edge of the cliff to our document:

Apply a correction layer to the edge edge. Color balance (color balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -28 / +11 / +8
Mid tones (Midtones): -39 / +21 / +2
Shadows (Shadows): -1 / -5 / +2

STEP 8. Next, download the giraffe image from the link at the beginning of the lesson. You can use any selection tool you like, but I used a pen. Copy and paste the image with the giraffe onto our document:

The giraffe is a bit blurred, so we need to add a bit of sharpness to combine with the rest of the image. Let’s go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (filter> sharpen> unsharp mask) and apply the settings shown below:

Effect (Amount): 50%
Radius (Radius): 1.0 px
Threshold (Threshold): 0 levels

Next, apply adjustment layers. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) and Levels (Level) and Color balance (color balance):

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
9 / 1.23 / 216

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): +5 / 0 / -8
Mid tones (Midtones): +13 / -6 / -18
Shadows (Shadows): +2 / 0 / -9

Settings for the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation):

Color tone (Hue): 0
Saturation (Saturation): -40
Brightness (Lightness): 0

STEP 9. Open the image of the fern by reference at the beginning of the lesson. Using tool Magic wand (magic wand tool), highlight the fern. Next, move the image with the fern to our document:

Next, position the fern at the top of the image. Duplicate the image with a fern; place a duplicate just below the original:

STEP 10. Next, open the image of birds by reference at the beginning of the lesson. Move the birds to our document:

The color shades of the birds are slightly distinguishable, so we apply the color balance adjustment layer to the bird layer:

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): -12 / -2 / -8
Mid tones (Midtones): -22 / +1 / +13
Shadows (Shadows): -13 / -9 / -1

STEP 11. Next, using the same technique of selecting objects and applying adjustment layers, add images of the chameleon, placing it in the upper part of the frame of our picture:

STEP 12. Next, select and paste the butterfly image onto our document using the link at the beginning of the lesson.

Next, apply adjustment layers. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) and Levels (Level):

Settings for the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation):

Color tone (Hue): 0
Saturation (Saturation): -35
Brightness(Lightness): 0

Next, apply Blur by Gauss(gaussian blur) to this butterfly layer. (1.8 px radius).

With the help of blur we will give the illusion of depth:

STEP 13. Next, duplicate the butterfly layer several times, changing the size and location of the butterflies each time: Just remember to blur the butterflies that are closest to you:

STEP 14. Next, create a new layer, name this layer. lightening / darkening. Let’s go Editing – Fill (edit> fill) and fill the layer with 50% gray. Then, change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). This mode will hide your fill with 50% gray, but will allow you to make light correction without harming your image.

Use a soft black brush, about 10% opacity to create shadows and a soft white brush to lighten.

In the screenshots below, you can see the layer lightening / darkening under normal blending mode and blending mode Overlap (overlay):

STEP 15. Next, in conclusion, we will apply another adjustment layer. Levels (levels) and Curves (curves).

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
9 / 1.00 / 240

Settings for the adjustment layer Curves (Curves):
(see settings below):

And we finished the lesson!

You can view the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

Author: Tom.

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