In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a mix composition. I will use a tablet for drawing, but if you do not have a tablet, you can achieve the same result with the Pen tool.
Create a new document with a size of 3300×5100 pixels with a resolution of 300 dpi.
Open the texture image, transfer it to a new document and adjust it to its size.
Bleach the texture layer (CTRL + SHIFT + I), change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce the opacity to 15%. To add more white areas to the texture, apply the command to it. Levels (Levels) (CTRL + L) and use the settings shown in the screenshot:
Open the paper texture image and drag it to the main document. Adjust the size of the texture layer to the size of the document.
Bleach the paper texture layer and change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply). Also apply the Levels command to this texture.
On the background you need to add texture. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and tool Fill (Bucket Tool) (G) fill it with black. Apply a filter to this layer. Add noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) (Filter> Noise> Add noise).
Invert the image (CTRL + I), change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and lower the opacity to 70%. Darken the image with the command Brightness / Contrast (Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast) (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast). Set the values you see in the screenshot:
Now add some color to the background. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and fill it with a light blue color (# 96adc8). Change the blending mode of this layer to Chromaticity (Color) and reduce its opacity to 20%.
Open the image of the leopard and transfer it to the main document. Tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) Draw a contour around the leopard. Draw the outline without grabbing the hairs of the wool – we will finish them later.
After the contour is closed, without changing the tool, right-click on the contour and select the item To form a selected area (Make selection). For feathering, set the value to 3 pixels.
Invert selection (CTRL + SHIFT + I) and press delete, to remove unwanted areas around the leopard. Place the leopard layer in the upper right part of the document.
Now let’s start drawing the leopard fur. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) round, small size (about 12 pixels), with 100% opacity and 0% stiffness.
Open the palette Brushes (F5) and adjust the brush as shown in the screenshot. Do not forget to select from the settings Pen pressure (Pen Pressure).
I will draw wool with a tablet, but if you don’t have it, you can use the tool Pen (Pen Tool), drawing hairs, duplicating them and placing them around the leopard.
Press key Alt and take a color swatch from any part of the leopard. First we begin to draw the wool along the edges of the leopard, and then draw the hairs on its central part.
Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) above the layer with the leopard and brush. Draw the wool in the direction of the black arrow in the screenshot. If you use Pen (Pen Tool), draw a curve, right-click on it and select Perform a stroke (Stroke).
Start drawing with darker hairs, and then gradually add hairs of lighter tones. If you draw with a pen, you can copy layers with hairs and move them to the right places.
Continue to paint the fur, but try not to create too many layers.
After the fur is drawn, edit them so that they are softer and do not attract too much attention.
All fur touches should be in the same direction. Do not forget to draw a mustache.
Now you need to draw a few white lines on the leopard. Select a small size brush and choose a white color for the foreground:
Put a few white lines on the leopard:
Also apply white strokes to the eyes to make them more expressive. If necessary, the layer with strokes on the eyes can be transformed (Ctrl + T).
Open the branch image and select it with the tool. Pen (Pen Tool). Try to select a branch carefully to keep as many details as possible. After separating a branch, load its selection again (Alt + click on the layer thumbnail) and apply the command Compress (Selection – Modification – Compress) (Select> Modify> Contract), invert the selection and press delete. Thanks to this technique, the background will be removed.
Apply the command to the branch layer. Hue / Saturation (CTRL + U) to reduce saturation:
Also, you need to darken the dark areas to enhance the contrast compared to the background. To do this, apply the command Levels (CTRL + L) with the following parameters:
Open the image with the second branch and also separate it from the background.
Now place a branch separated from the background around the leopard to begin composing the composition. All layers with branches will be placed under the leopard layer. Use the tool moving (Move Tool) (V) to rotate or shrink these layers. To remove parts that do not fit into the composition, use a layer mask.
Place the layers with the branches diagonally to get an interesting composition.
Open the image of a rose, separate it from the background and transfer it to the main document. With the tool Move (Move Tool) (V) Resize the layer with the rose and rotate a little. Place a layer with a rose over the leopard’s eye.
Change the hue of the rose layer to match the rest of the image. Apply the command Hue / Saturation (CTRL + U) and change the yellow color of the rose to light blue.
Now under the rose you need to draw a shadow so that it is combined with the overall composition of the image. Choose a soft round brush about 100 pixels in size and reduce its opacity to 20%. For foreground color, select black.
Now under the rose create a shadow effect. Circle the area under the rose as many times as necessary to create a clear outline of the shadow. Pay attention to the light source on the rose – focusing on it, you can choose the correct angle of incidence of the shadow (to the lower right side).
Open the second image of the rose and separate it from the background. The added roses will form the basis of the composition – we will duplicate them, resize and place them around the leopard and the branch.
Change the shade of the second rose just as you did with the first:
Duplicate the rose layer (Ctrl + J) and place duplicates around the leopard. Experiment with the composition and try to place duplicates in different places of the image. Place one of the roses above the branch and the others below:
Create a bouquet from duplicate roses and place it on the right side of the leopard.
On top of a rose in the eye of a leopard, add branches to create depth.
Do not forget to draw a shadow under the branch just as you drew a shadow under the rose:
Add more branches and roses to the image so that the image does not look empty and unbalanced.
The main thing – do not overdo it with the details. Otherwise, the image will look heavy.
As final details, add the drawn branches. Download and install the Branches brushes, select the brush shown in the screenshot and set it to be about 60 pixels in size (remember, the pen pressure function must be active).
Above the background layer, create a new layer and draw several branches. Change the layer blending mode with branches to Darkening basics (Color Burn).
For the final correction, enhance the contrast and add some color. Add a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness / Contrast) (Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness / Contrast) and place this layer over all layers.
To enhance the color, create a new layer above all layers (Shift + Ctrl + N) and fill it with a light blue color (# 0a407f). Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the opacity to 15%.