Flight of fantasy with Photoshop

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Today we will learn how to create such a collage:

This tutorial uses Photoshop CS4, the Topaz Adjust plugin, and the Adobe Lightroom program.
Here are the images we need:

Step 1. So let’s get started. Open the “Old Dark Room” image and add more cracks to the walls by applying the “Vintage Grunge Texture” texture in Multiplication (Multiply) and erase some edges with Eraser (Eraser Tool), so that the texture merges with the wall. Dim texture using tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) and bleach the image with Image> Correction> Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate) (Ctrl + Shift + U).

Step 2. Open the “Wooden frame”, cut out the frame from the background using the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and move it to the main document. Select one piece of the frame above and below and duplicate them several times. Then we increase the frame: divide it into two halves, push them apart and insert copies of the pieces between them. After that, we glue all the layers with the pieces of the frame together (Ctrl + E) and mask the joints using Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool).

Step 3. Now we need to slightly change the color range of the frame. Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer with the frame with the left mouse button, it will create a selection around the frame, you need to do this with each layer to which you want to apply the adjustment. Without removing the selection, create a correction layer from the menu above the framed layer. Layer> New Adjustment Layer (Layer> New Adjustment Layer):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Color tone (Hue) -25, Saturation (Saturation) -60, Brightness (Lightness) 0

Levels (Levels): 17, 1.00, 255

Vibrance: Vibrance -26, Saturation (Saturation) -53

Step 4. Now you need to add cracks to the frame. Download the texture “cracked texture”, paste it on a layer above the frame, set the mode Overlap (Overlay) and Opacity (Opacity) 50%. Hold Ctrl, click on the icon of the layer with the frame, select the layer with the texture, Invert the selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) and press Delete. Then, go to the menu Image> Correction (Image> Adjustment) and apply to the texture Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) with values ​​of 0, -40, and Exposition (Exposure) with settings: Exposition (Exposure) -0.80,Shift (Offset) 0.0000, Gamma Correction (Gamma) 1.00

Step 5. Now insert a picture in the frame. Open the “painting by night-fate” image, place it on the layer below the frame, reduce it, rotate it a little and apply to it Image> Correction> Vibrance (Image> Adjustments> Vibrance) with the following settings: Vibrance 26 and Saturation (Saturation) -30.
Then, select all the layers of the picture (frame, texture, layers and picture) and deform it (Edit> Transform> Distort (Edit> Transform> Distort)) as shown in the figure below.

Step 6. We import the image with the sofa “Couch” into the main document. Cut the sofa with Pen (Pen Tool) and delete the background. Now you need to adjust the color of the sofa so that it coincides with the rest of the illustration (apply adjustment layers):

Levels(Levels): 17, 1.00, 255

Vibrance: Vibrance 21, Saturation – 16

Exposition (Exposure): Exposition (Exposure) -0.50, Shift (Offset) 0.0000, Gamma Correction (Gamma) 1.0

Hue / saturation (Hue / Saturation): Saturation (Saturation) -60

Place the sofa under the picture, then hold down Ctrl, click on the icon of the layer with the sofa to select it and create a new layer above. Using a soft brush in black, without removing the selection, darken the edges of the sofa a bit and set Opacity (Opacity) of this layer by 80%

Step 7. Now let’s do the shadows. Create a new layer below the sofa layer and set it. Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%. Then, using the same brush as in the previous step, add shadows behind the sofa.
Again, create a selection of the sofa (Ctrl + click) and create a new layer above the layer with the sofa. Just as before, as well as using the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) add some shadows to the sofa itself. For this layer, set the mode Soft light (Soft Light) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 90%.

At the end select all layers with shadows and a sofa, click Ctrl + T and slightly distort the sofa (raise and slightly increase the right side)

Step 8. Now add water streams. Open the Waterfall image, select the appropriate pieces of water and import them into the working document. You may have to use the transformation tools (Edit> Transform) to deform the imported pieces in order to combine them harmoniously.

After placing the pieces of water, bleach them, set the mode Light replacement (Lighten) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 80% (here you can experiment and find the appropriate settings for your chosen pieces) for these layers. In order to soften the edges of these pieces, use Eraser (Eraser Tool) with soft edges.
At the final stage of adding water, use small pieces, in places closer to the floor and on the sofa itself. At this stage, we need to create a waterfall, and it may take a lot of time and patience.

Step 9. Now let’s do the placement of another image of water. Open the “Water” picture, place it on the layer below the water flows and set the mode for this layer Lightening (Screen) and Opacity (Opacity) 60%.

Apply to this layer Editing> Transforming> Perspective (Edit> Transform> Perspective), stretch the bottom edges of the image, creating a perspective effect, and place it on the floor (you can also use the free transformation (Ctrl + T) to achieve the desired result). Take Eraser (Eraser Tool) and slightly wipe the left and right lower parts so that this picture merges with the floor. You can also darken some parts with the tool. Dimmer (Burn Tool).

At the end apply to this layer Image> Correction (Image> Adjustments)
Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Saturation (Saturation) -40
Exposition (Exposure): Exposure (Exposure) -0.40

Step 10. Let’s add some extra items. Open the “Vintage Mandolin”, cut out the mandolin and place it over the sofa, but so that it does not touch it, but as it soars over it.

Make a shadow of the mandolin. Duplicate the mandolin layer, select a copy, place it below the original and click on it twice to get into the layer style settings (Blending Options). Go to setting Color overlay (Color Overlay) and choose there black color. Shift the copy below and change its shape with Editing> Transformation> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp) so that it fits into the shape of the sofa. Then apply to the layer with the shadow Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 3px, set the mode for it Overlap (Overlay) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 60%.

In the end, we will “age out” the mandolin a bit by adjusting the color scheme of the original layer:

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast): -26 / -8

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Saturation (Saturation) -44

Vibrance: Vibrance +26, Saturation (Saturation) -8

Step 11. Now add a column. Open the picture “Pedestal”, cut out the column with Pen (Pen Tool) and place it on the layer below the sofa.
Move the column behind the sofa and dim a little with the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) with the Opacity parameter set to a low value. You can also darken it in another way: duplicate the layer, discolor the copy and set it to Multiplication (Multiply).

Add to the column of cracks in the same way as on the wall in the 1st step. Then we add the shadow of the column to the floor: create a new layer below the column layer, set the Multiply mode and Multiply and Opacity 70% for it, draw a shadow with a black soft brush and blur a little with Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur)

Step 12. From the same image as in the previous step, we cut the second column and move it to the main document. We change its size, rotate it a little and place it on the left side of the image so that it slightly goes beyond the limits of the document.
Change the color of this column so that it coincides with the color of the previous one:

Vibrance: Vibrance +17, Saturation (Saturation) -35

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Color tone (Hue) 0, Saturation (Saturation) -8, Brightness (Lightness) 0

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast): Brightness (Brightness) -8, Contrast (Contrast) -17

Add to the column the cracks and the shadow of it on the floor in the same way as in the previous step.

Step 13. Add a birdcage (later we will add a bird to the illustration, as if trying to fly to the picture to get into the real world).

Cut out the cage from “Bird Cage”, import it into the illustration, transform, rotate it a little and place it in the upper right corner.

Duplicate the cell layer, go to the style settings of the original layer (or the layer below) and in the Color Overlay setting select the black color. Finally, set the opacity of the original layer to 60%.

Step 14. Let’s slightly adjust the color range of the cell:

Vibrance: Vibrance +26, Saturation (Saturation) -8

Levels (Levels): 8, 1.00, 255

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Color tone (Hue) 0, Saturation (Saturation) -30, Brightness (Lightness) 0

Now let’s make the cage door. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool), select the part of the cell, copy it to a new layer, transform it and arrange it as shown in the last figure:

Step 15. Cut and move to the main document the image of a golf ball from the “Golf Ball” file. We change its size and place it slightly above the first column. We lighten by playing with the settings Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast).

Step 16. It’s time to add the last element – the bird. Open the picture “Harris Halk”, cut out and place the bird between the picture and the cage, to achieve the impression described in the 13th step.

Duplicate the bird layer and place the copy above the sofa. Then turn this copy into a shadow just like in the 10th step.

Step 17. Apply the following parameters to the bird layer:

Vibrance:Vibrance +20 , Saturation (Saturation) -30

Levels (Levels): 20, 1.00, 255

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation): Colortone (Hue) 0, Saturation (Saturation) -40, Brightness (Lightness) 0

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast): Brightness (Brightness) 0, Contrast (Contrast) -30

Step 18. Now add to the objects splitting effect. In this step, add an effect to the picture. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) choose small pieces of the picture and shift them slightly to the sides (use the picture below as a sample). Also, in order to achieve a better effect, you can remove small parts or paint with brushes.

Step 19. Add a splitting effect to all other items (see pictures below).

Step 20. In this step, add more details using the Topaz Adjust plugin. Apply to image Filter> Topaz Labs (Filter> Topaz Labs), with effect Portrait Drama.

Step 21 Using Adobe Lightroom, adjust the illustration as shown below:

Step 22 Save the document in JPG format and reopen it in Photoshop. Duplicate the layer and apply to copy Filter> Blur> Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur) with settings: Power (Amount) – 5, Method (Blur Method) – Linear (Zoom), Quality (Quality) –The best (Best). We put a mask on the copy and, using a black soft brush, hide important parts of the image on the blurred layer, such as the center and objects.

Step 23 If you want, you can stop at this step, or continue with the lesson, adding some more interesting color effects.
Darken the image a bit by changing the setting. Levels (Levels).

Step 24 Go to the palette Channels (Channels), select the green channel (Green), click Ctrl + A, to select everything and apply Editing> Copy (Edit> Copy). We select the blue channel (Blue) and apply Editing> Paste (Edit> Paste). Select the composite channel RGB and return to layer palette.

Step 25. Finally, create the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and customizable as shown:

That’s what happened with us:

Flight of fantasy with Photoshop

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