? Create a magic book in Photoshop?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a beautiful scene with a magic book in Photoshop. I will show you some techniques for working with masks, including compositional techniques. Let’s get started!

Stages of the lesson

We will create a vibrant magic scene. You will need Photoshop CS3 or higher to complete this tutorial.

Final result

Step 1

Open the original image with the background. This will be our foundation on which we will create our scene. Double click on the background layer and in the window that appears, click OK to unlock it. Next, right-click on the layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert To Smart Object).

Step 2

Download all the brushes that are listed at the beginning of this lesson (you can load the brushes either by clicking on the .abr file or go Editing – Sets – Set Management (Edit> Preset> Preset Manager) and then click load brushes (load brush). Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and using the Clouds brush, draw a cloud in the center of our scene.

Step 3

Create a new layer, select a standard soft round brush, set the brush size to 400px, the brush color is white. Brush once on top of the cloud to create a glow effect. Decrease opacity (opacity) of this layer to 76%.

Step 4

Create a new layer, select the Sun brush. Draw a little white sun above the cloud. Decrease opacity (opacity) of this layer with the sun up to 43%.

Step 5

Select a bokeh brush from the light effects brush set. Create two new layers. On new layers, create a bokeh / romantic effect around the edges of our scene. Change the blending mode for layers to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), and also reduce the opacity of the layer if the effect is too saturated.

Step 6

Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), in the settings window, increase the value Color tone (hue) to +38. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer to fill the mask with black color (press the ‘D’ key to set the default colors and then press the keys (Ctrl + Backspace) to fill the mask with black color). Choose a standard soft round brush, brush size 300px., Brush color is white. While on the mask (in the layers palette, the mask is located next to the layer thumbnail, the mask will be black), using a soft brush, click once in the center of the scene over the cloud to restore the effect of the correction layer.

Step 7

Open the original “Island” image. Select the entire image (Ctrl + A), copy it (Ctrl + C). We return to our working paper and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected image of the island. Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), apply scaling, and then position the island, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

To the layer with the island, add a layer mask, go Layer- Layer Mask- Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Now, using a standard brush a piece of chalk (chalk), hide the lower part of the island (using a black brush, you can hide the image on the layer mask, and with a white brush, restore the latent image).

Step 9

Open the original “Chain” image. Select the chains you like, then copy / paste the selected chains onto our working document (click on the layer with the chain you like, press the keys (Ctrl + A) to select the image, then press (Ctrl + C) to copy and ( Ctrl + V) to paste on our working paper). Right-click on the layer with chains and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert To Smart Object). Convert to a smart object with all the added layers with images (smart objects will help you save information about pixels after an infinite number of scaling and transformations). Using layer masks, hide the upper sections of the chains.

Step 10

Open the original “Book” image. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), create an outline around the image of the book. Once you have created the outline, press the keys (Ctrl + Enter) to convert the outline into an active selection. Copy / paste the selected image of the book on our working paper, placing the book on the island. Don’t forget to convert the book layer to a smart object.

Step 11

Create a new layer, place this layer below the book layer. Using a standard soft black brush, paint the shadows. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 12

Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to darken and enhance contrast. Next, hold down the (Alt) key + click between the adjustment layer Curves (curves) and book layer – to transform adjustment layer Curves (curves) in clipping mask to the layer with the book. Creating a clipping mask means that the top layer will only be visible through the pixels of the bottom layer — in this case, the adjustment layer will affect only the bottom layer, i.e. layer with a book.

Step 13

Next, add an adjustment layer. Color tone / Saturation(Hue / Saturation), let’s go Layer– New corrective layer – Color tone / Saturation(Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation) and in the settings window, decrease the value Saturation(saturation) to -68. Now, convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask to the adjustment layer. Curves (curves), which we created in Step 12. In this case, the correction of the correction layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) will only affect the book layer (because the book layer is the bottommost layer).

Step 14

Create another adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask for the book layer. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to lighten the book and further enhance the contrast.

Step 15

Create another adjustment layer Curves(Curves). Pull the curve up a little to lighten the book a little. As you can see, I create many adjustment layers with curves instead of a single adjustment layer, and the reason is that it will give me free rein when it comes to effects. If in the next steps I decide that I don’t like some effect that was applied to the book layer, I can remove the corresponding adjustment layer that was used as a clipping mask to the book layer.

Step 16

Open the original “Grass” image. Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), highlight the grass. Copy / paste the selected grass image onto our working paper. Convert the grass layer to a smart object. Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform (Ctrl + T), apply scaling, and then place the grass on top of the right page of the book.

Step 17

Using tool Pen (pen tool), create an outline around the top pages of the book. Press the keys (Ctrl + Enter) to convert the outline to the active selection. Add a layer mask to the grass layer, go Layer- Layer Mask- Hide All (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide All) and press the ‘D’ key to set the default colors – you will notice that the grass has disappeared. Click once on the layer mask so that it becomes active, and then press the (Alt + Backspace) keys to fill the selected area with white color, so the grass will be visible only through the top pages of the book.

Step 18

Press the keys (Ctrl + D) to cancel the active selection. Next, select the Grass brush that you downloaded. Click on the layer mask to make sure that it is active, then paint the grass with the white brush along the edges of the pages. Thus, we will hide the hard lines on the layer mask and create the feeling that the grass is sprouting from the page.

Step 19

Repeat Steps 16 through 18 for the left page of the book.

Step 20

Create a new layer (or two new layers). Draw a black vertical line along the middle of the book using a standard round soft brush. Reduce the opacity of the layer (s) to 60-70%, and also reduce the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 21

Now, let’s add volume and a little shading to our book. Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Choose a standard round soft brush with a low opacity of 10%. Paint over white and black over the areas that are shown in the screenshot below (with a white brush select the area and with a black brush, on the contrary, mute the area of ​​the book).

Step 22

So, we finished the work with the book, it’s time to add actors to our little stage. Let’s start with the king of all animals – the lion. Open the original Lion image. Using tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) or Pen (Pen Tool), create a selection around the image of a lion. Copy / paste the selected image of the lion on our working paper, placing the lion, as shown in the screenshot below. I placed the lion near the edge of the book, and not in the center, because, thus, I will enhance the effect of 3d – the picture will look as if the lion appeared from the book.

Translator’s Note: 1. You can group all layers related to a book into one group. Name the new group “Book” 2. You can do the same with all the objects or characters that you add to our scene.

Step 23

To the lion layer, add a layer mask. Select the Grass brush. Paint over the lower part of the lion image with a black brush on the layer mask to create the feeling that the lion is lying on the grass. Do the same action with each object or character that we will add to our scene by placing it on the grass. This is a very useful technique that you can use when positioning an object on the grass – just use the Grass brush to paint in black on the layer mask, so you will create a graceful blending effect.

Step 24

Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map), change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask for a layer with a lion. With the help of a gradient map, we will enhance the contrast of the image of the lion, and also slightly darken it.

Step 25

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) to enhance the contrast and saturation of the image. Set the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below. Convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask for a layer with a lion. Group all the layers related to the lion, as well as the clipping layers (hold down (Ctrl) + click on each layer to select them – once you have selected the layers, press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group the selected layers), thus , the layers palette will look neat and easier to navigate.

Step 26

Open the original image “Fawn”. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), create a contour around the image of the fawn. Transform the contour into an active selection, copy / paste the selected image of the fawn on our working paper, arranging it as shown in the screenshot below. Using the trick I described in Step 23, align the fawn with grass.

Step 27

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to the layer with the deer. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below. Using the curve, we will change the color tone of the image of the fawn to combine it with the whole scene.

Step 28

Now, add an adjustment layer. Brightness \ Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask to the layer with the fawn. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 29

A baby calf looks fake without a shadow. Let’s add shadows. First, create a new layer, place a new layer below the layer with the fawn. Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply), and lower the layer opacity to 48%. Using a soft black brush, draw the shadows as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 30

Now, let’s add a big deer. Open the original image with the deer, copy / paste the image of the deer onto our working paper. Position the deer as shown in the screenshot below. Use the technique from Step 23 to align the deer’s hooves with the grass. Add shadows on the new layer, blending mode for the layer with the shadow Multiplication (Multiply). Place the shadow layer below the deer layer.

Step 31

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask for a layer with a deer. Apply the settings that are shown in the screenshot below for the color correction of the deer and enhance the color saturation.

Step 32

Open the original image with birds. Copy / paste the birds onto our working paper. Place the birds above the book. Remember to convert the bird layer to a smart object.

Step 33

Open the original “Tree” image. Copy / paste the tree onto our working paper, position the tree in front of the lion. Use the technique from Step 23 to combine the tree with the grass. Add shadows on the new layer by placing the shadow layer below the tree layer.

Step 34

Next, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to the tree layer. Increase the value Color tone (hue) to +21, to make the color tone of the tree more green.

Step 35

Open the original “Model” image. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), create an outline around the model image. Create an active selection. Copy / paste the selected model image onto our working paper. Place the model on the edge of the book. Draw shadows on a new layer. Place the shadow layer below the model layer.

Step 36

Create a new layer on top of the model layer, change the mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Convert this layer to a clipping mask to a layer by model. Next, using a soft round brush with a low opacity of 20%, the color of the brush is white, carefully paint over the areas that are indicated in the screenshot below to add a bit of volume to the model.

Step 37

Red hair distracts a little attention, so, in my opinion, it would be better if we change the hair color to black. Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask for the model layer. Fill the mask of this adjustment layer with black color (first click on the mask, then press the ‘D’ key and then press the keys (Ctrl + Backspace). Reduce the value Saturation (saturation) to -78 and using a soft round brush, paint over the hair of the model to restore the effect of the correction layer.

Step 38

Our picture should resemble the biblical scene and the man sitting on the book should resemble Adam. Let’s add a climbing plant that resembles a famous leaf. Open the original “Climbing Plant” image. Copy / paste the plant into our working paper. Place the climbing plant as shown in the screenshot below. To the climber layer, add a layer mask to remove excess leaves.

Step 39

To the climbing layer, add a layer style. Shadow (drop shadow) for this, right-click on the layer with climbing plant and in the window that appears, select the option Overlay options (Blending Options).

Step 40

Duplicate the climbing plant layer (Ctrl + J), slightly rotate the duplicate layer. Duplicate effect on duplicate layer Shadow (drop shadow), for this, click on the eye next to the inscription Effects (Effects). Place this duplicate layer over the original climbing plant layer to add a little variety.

Step 41

So, we have completed the placement of the main elements, now let’s add effects and additional elements.

Create a new layer, add a white cloud above the book with the Cloud brush.

Step 42

Open the original “Rainbow” image. Copy / paste a rainbow image onto our working paper. Change the blending mode for the rainbow layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and using a layer mask, hide hard edges. Reduce the layer opacity to 44%.

Step 43

Create a new layer, fill it with black color (Shift + F5). Next, go Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare), select the type of lens (105 mm Prime). Change the blending mode for the layer with the glare on Lightening (screen) and using the layer mask, loosen the effect if it turned out too bright.

Step 44

Open the texture of “Snow”. Select the entire image, and then copy (Ctrl + A), (Ctrl + C). Paste the texture to our working paper, change the blending mode for the Snow Texture layer to Lightening (Screen). Reduce the layer opacity to 17% and using a layer mask, hide the central part of the texture with snowflakes.

Step 45

Open the “bokeh” texture. Select texture, copy / paste texture on our working paper. Change the blending mode for the Bokeh texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and then lower the layer’s opacity to 47%. Using a layer mask, also hide the center of the texture.

Step 46

Next, with the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), create a fairly narrow and elongated rectangle. Fill the selected area with white color by turning the rectangle, as shown in the screenshot below. Cancel the active selection (Ctrl + D) and then apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), let’s go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius 2px.

Step 47

Change the blending mode for the layer with the white rectangle to Soft light (Soft Light), and then lower the layer’s opacity to 11%. Duplicate the rectangle layer a couple of times (Ctrl + J), slightly duplicate the layers to the right or left.

Step 48

Create a new layer, select a standard soft round brush, brush size 2px, brush opacity 30%, brush color is white. Using a brush, paint the outlines by adding light highlights to the areas shown in the screenshot below. Double click on a layer to apply a layer style. External glow (outer glow).

Step 49

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Using a soft round brush with an opacity of 30%, brush size 400px, click the brush once or twice in the center of our scene. Thus, we will focus the attention of the observer in the center of our picture.

Step 50

Once again, select a soft round brush, reduce the opacity of the brush to 20%, set the dirty yellow color of the brush (# a7b01d). Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Paint over the areas that are shown in the screenshot below to add a variety of shades to our scene.

Step 51

Open the original image with nebula. Select the entire image, copy / paste the selected nebula texture onto our working paper. Change the blending mode for the nebula layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), and also reduce the layer opacity to 60%. Using a layer mask, hide the nebula in the center of the image.

Step 52

Next, using the moon brush, draw the moon next to the tree. Change the blending mode to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Step 53

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves). Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below. With the help of this adjustment layer, we will increase the contrast and also darken our scene.

Step 54

Next, add an adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Increase the value The contrast (contrast) to 24.

Step 55

Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E). To merged layer, apply filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask), let’s go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask).

Step 56

Once again create a merged layer from all visible layers, only this time, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 15px. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 53%. Using a layer mask, hide the blur effect at the bottom of the scene.

As you can see, blur and change the blend mode to Soft light (Soft Light) or Overlap (Overlay) creates a very soft glow effect, which is ideal for this heavenly scene.

And we have completed the lesson!

You can see the final result in the screenshot below. I hope you had a great time and learned something useful today.

Final result

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