Labyrinths of Mind

This lesson has little practical value. Rather, it impresses with its impressionistic touch.
I apologize for perhaps not entirely clear screenshots.

What we use:
Let’s start !!!

Step 1. This step is intended for those who downloaded the tif version of the first image. Open it in Photoshop. Open up channel palette. You see, besides the standard RGB channels there is a channel below. Mask. Pinch Ctrl and left-click on the picture of this channel. You will have a selection of the whole person without background. Go to the Layers menu (F7) and with the “Background” layer active, click Ctrl+J. We got a layer exclusively with a person. Create a layer between the copy and the “Background”. And fill it with white by selecting the primary white primary color and pressing Ctrl+Backspace.

Step 2. Open the image with the labyrinth and move it to our file with a person. We put Opacity (Opacity) by 40% – this will facilitate our work. Push Ctrl+Tto go to Free Transformation. The labyrinth must “fit” to the head at certain points marked on the screen below. Check it out.

Step 3. This is a difficult and important step on our way to a masterpiece. Using tool Pen (Pen Tool) select the part of the maze that will be “in my head.” Take your time, the more points, the better the contour – you know it perfectly! When we close the contour, click the RMB on it and select Form Selected Area (Set feathering to 0 and press OK). Go to the labyrinth layer (do not forget that its opacity is 40%) and click on the icon Layer Masks (Layer Mask). Now we have a labyrinth left only on the head. Right-click on the mask icon to the right of the layer and select Apply Layer Mask. There is a second option – using the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) make the necessary oval, and then adjust it using the Free Transform. But it is more convenient to work with Pen, and knowledge of this tool is always useful to you, trust me.

Step 4. So, we got that part of the head on top of the maze. Let’s shoot the scalp! Pinching Ctrl, LMB on the layer with the person to get the selection, and then Invert it with the buttons Ctrl+Shift+I. And now with the tool Eraser (Eraser) let’s go over the part of the head that is above the labyrinth. Why do we need it? Now we can safely put Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) layer on Hard Light (Hard Light).

Step 5. Now you know the method known scroll maze. Now using the tool Oval Area (Elliptical Marquee Tool) with the “Subtract from selection” settings, create a selection inside the maze, as shown in the screenshot. You get a selection ring.

Perhaps, it is rather difficult to select an oval area, so you can do this: copy the layer with the labyrinth and make that selection of the labyrinth itself already mentioned in this step. Click Delete, and then select this copy layer using the Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail. Here you have a selection ring.

We continue! With this selection, we can make the thickness of the extreme walls of the maze the same. The tool works very well here. Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool). Pay special attention to the wall, the furthest from us, near which we filmed the scalp. I had to copy part of the wall there, since after the operation I did not have this wall.

Step 6. Now we need to work with the extreme wall. The screen shows where to look and which flaws to remove. Remember the lines at the corners. For this step, fit and Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool), and Finger (Smudge Tool), and Blur (Blur Tool). Everything must be worked out.

Step 7. Now all the hardest is over. We will make out the background! Open the copper texture and paste it into our document above the white layer. If necessary, adjust the texture to the size using Free Transformation (Free Transform) by clicking Ctrl+T. Create a new layer above the texture and select the tool. Gradient (Gradient Tool). Go to the color settings and create a gradient from black to transparent. Apply it, stretching from the bottom edge of the image, approximately to the human ear, as shown in the screenshot. It will be a certain shadow on our image. Put the Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 8. Open the image with the Coordinate Lines and paste it into our document above the gradient layer. Move it as you like and put Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overplay). You can experiment with other modes.

Download the first image of the sky in the document. You do not need to stretch it over the entire canvas, just hold it down with Free Transformation until the end of the black gradient. Go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation). The author proposes to reduce Saturation to -60%, and I think that is enough from -20 to -30%. Anyway, further reduce the Opacity to 80% and change Blend Mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overplay).

Open the second picture with the heavenly landscape, set Mode on Replacing Dark (in other translations Darker) and Opacity by 60%. I did without the second picture of the sky, because I could not figure out where to put it.
Remember, you can place them as you wish, or without them.

Step 9. Open the image with the cover of the book. Place it above all layers. We go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation). Set both Hue and Saturation to 55-60, and Lightness to 7. Next, go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustment> Levels) and move the right slider to the left to 236. Click OK and change Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) Soft light (Soft Light). The image now has a yellowish tint.

Now we will work with the map from the textbook. I advise you to open it separately from our document, and only then after our manipulations transfer to the collage. Open the image of the Earth from the textbook and go to Image> Mode> Rgb (Image> Mode> RGB color). In the Color Palette, select a yellow color. Choose a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) and make the selection of the most black part (enough once; no matter what, not all the black color in the figure will stand out). Without removing the selection, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), and then go to Highlighting> Similar Shades (Select> Similar), and immediately click Edit> Run Fill (Edit> Fill), you can click instead Ctrl+Backspace, and you can Shift+Ffive.

Knowing the hotkeys will always come in handy for you, remember! So, we got a layer with a yellow map and no background. We transfer our astronomy to a collage with a labyrinth and by clicking Ctrl+T, via Free Transformation (Free Transform) change its location and shape as you like. See how the author has arranged the map, for me – not bad. Do not forget to put Overlay Mode (Blend Mode) on Overlap (Overplay) for greater effect. Erase some parts of the map if necessary.

Step 10. The final step will be to give a small glow to the collage. We go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustment> Hue / Saturation). The tone is set to 12, the Saturation is reduced to -28, and the Brightness by -2 and change the Blend Mode (Blend Mode) to Hard Light.

Final result:

Author: Jakub Luniewski

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