Make a collage with watercolor elements in Photoshop

Hello friends! Are you ready for the next lesson? This is a really interesting lesson, and I hope that you will cope with it! In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a watercolor photo manipulation with a deer in Photoshop. You will learn how to combine different source images with Splatter brushes and textures. We will perform color correction and add light effects. So let’s get started!

The final result:

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

Step 1

Create a new working document 1000? 800 px in Photoshop. Fill it with white. Press the keys (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)), in the control panel of this tool. set gradient type Radial (Radial). Set the gradient colors to # bcafa4 and # f5eedd.

Decrease Opacity (opacity) layer with gradient fill up to 60%:

Step 2

Open the original texture. Watercolors 1. Move this texture to our working paper and use the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), apply distortion to the texture, as shown in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode for the watercolor texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%. To this layer with a texture, add a layer mask and use a soft black brush to hide the bottom part of the texture, and also reduce the opacity of the texture in the areas that are highlighted in the screenshot below:

Step 3

Duplicate the texture layer, and then flip horizontally the duplicate layer, for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal). Using a layer mask, reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer at the corners of the texture:

Step 4

Add the original watercolor texture 3 to our working paper. Change the blending mode for this texture layer. Watercolors to Multiplication (Multiply) and also reduce opacity (Opacity) layer up to 70%:

To this layer with the watercolor texture, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, hide the hard edges to combine the texture with the background.

Step 5

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation), convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask. Set the value Saturation (Saturation) at -89 to align the texture with the entire image:

Step 6

Open the original image with a deer. Separate the image of the deer from the background, and then move the selected image of the deer to our working paper. Place the image of the deer in the center of the working scene:

Step 7

To the deer layer, add a layer mask. Select Splatter Brush. Using the Spray brush, add a splash effect to the bottom of the deer image, creating an abstract look:

Note translator: 1. Color brushes the black 2. In the upper screenshot you can see which brush the author used, as well as where the author applied the Spray brush 3. Remember to switch to the mask before applying the Spray brush.

Step 8

To the deer layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the deer image:

Step 9

Next, add a correction layer to the deer layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to increase the brightness. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush hide the effect of the curves on the areas that you think are quite light.

Step 10

Open the original image with flowers. Separate the flowers from the background, and then move the selected image of lilies to our working paper. Place the flowers on the deer’s head:

Step 11

Create a new layer below the color layer. Using a soft black brush with an opacity of about 30%, add shadows to the colors:

Step 12

Add a correction layer to the color layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. Reduce the saturation of the image colors to -82.

Step 13

Next, add a adjustment layer to the color layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to reduce the brightness of the color image. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the curves effect over the top half of the color image:

Step 14

Open the original image with a dead tree. First, separate the tree from the background, and then select the various fragments of the branches to add them to our scene. Place the fragments of the branches around the head and antlers of the deer:

Place all the layers with branches below the layer with flowers.

Step 15

Select the layers with the branches, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) that group them into one group. To the layer created by the group, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, hide the extra areas of the branches:

Step 16

Open the original texture of Watercolor 2. Move this texture to our working paper, placing it over the head of a deer. Using transformation (Ctrl + T), transform the texture as shown in the screenshot below:

Change the blending mode for the watercolor texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%. Next, using the layer mask, hide the hard edges of the texture to combine it with the background:

Step 17

Duplicate the watercolor effect layer. Move the duplicate layer to the right. Using a layer mask, combine the watercolor effect with the whole scene, and also make the effect more subtle:

Step 18

Group both watercolor layers in one group, and then change the blending mode for the group with a layer to Multiplication (Multiply), layer opacity is 100%. Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) inside the created group to discolor the effect of watercolor textures:

Step 19

Open the original image with a bird. Separate the image of the bird from the background. Move the selected bird image to our working paper. Place the bird on deer horns:

To the layer with the bird, add a layer mask and using a soft black brush, remove the fragment of the branch under the claws of the bird:

Step 20

Add a correction layer to the bird layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask. Reduce the saturation of the bird image to -74:

Step 21

Create a new layer, set the foreground color to # 1f1d1d. Select Splatter Brush. Paint the areas on the horns / branches:

Step 22

Select another brush similar to the Spray brush that we have already applied. Add a splatter effect around the head of a deer. Using a layer mask, hide the extra fragments of the created effect or weaken the opacity of the effect.

Step 23

Using brush # 682 and # 478, add an effect on the horns, as well as on the body of the deer:

Step 24

Select a halftone image. Place this pattern over the deer’s head between the lily and the horns:

Change the blending mode for the layer with the halftone texture to Soft light (Soft Light), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Step 25

Add another halftone image. Place it at the bottom of the deer image:

Change the blending mode for this layer with a halftone texture to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity is 100%. Using a layer mask, loosen the effect as well as the opacity:

Step 26

To make the deer stand out, create a new layer and, using a soft brush, brush color # 6e0808, paint over the right eye of the deer. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), 100% layer opacity:

Step 27

Create another layer. Change the brush color to # 2d0303. Paint over the same area of ​​the image. Change the blending mode for this layer to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), 100% layer opacity:

Step 28

We have completed work on the creation of a composition, and now it is time for color correction. Create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of all other layers:

Step 29

Next, add an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set the gradient colors to # a78484 and # 82afad. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity 100%:

Step 30

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter). Set the color to # cfb47f:

Step 31

Finally, add an adjustment layer. Vibration (vibrance).

And that is all! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!

The final result:

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