Step 15

Set the foreground to white and select the “watercolor_7″ brush. Rotate it -80 degrees and click the Geisha’s hair to add a painted hair ornament. Repeat to add the second, adjusting the angle and size slightly for variation.


Step 16

Create a new layer and call it “accents.” Sample an orange or yellow color from the kimono and choose the “Scattered Maple Leaves” default brush. Experiment with rotation, color and size, painting sparingly off both sides of the kimono. The effect you want to achieve is the appearance of leaves blowing off the kimono into the canvas.


Step 17

Set the layer with the leaves to “Hard Light.” With the layer selected, click on “Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All” from the Photoshop menu. Choose a large soft brush and brush over the leaves on the right side just enough to make them look like they are fading into the background.


Step 18

Create a new layer called “threads.” Set the foreground to white and choose the Pen Tool. Ensure the “Paths” and “Add path to area” options are selected in your Pen Tool Option toolbar.


Step 19

Draw several lines extending from the Geisha’s palm towards the edge of the image. Remember to drag between points to crease flowing lines. When you have finished setting one path, right-click and choose “Stroke Path.” Leave “Pencil” and “Simulate Pressure” selected and click “OK.” Hit “Enter” to create the line. Repeat this process to add some threads flowing from the lower right side.


Step 20

Select your first paint layer and add a new layer. Set your foreground to white, choose the “watercolor_15″ brush and set it to a medium size. Right-click the Pen Tool in your left toolbar and choose the Freeform Pen Tool. Draw a curvy outline around the Geisha’s top half. Right-click and choose “Stroke Path” and select “Brush.” Experiment with different brush sizes and angles until you get a look you like.


Step 21

Set this layer to Overlay and reduce the Opacity to about 30%.


Step 22

Select your top-most layer and add a new layer above it called “lines.” Right-click the Rectangle Tool and choose the Line Tool. Set the foreground to black and the line weight to 1 px. Draw a few lines extending from the circular splatter to the upper right edges of the image. This simply adds a modern feel to the art and balances the blank corner. Reduce the layer opacity to about 30%.


Step 23

Truly personalize your design by adding some text. For this demonstration I have added the word “October” over the red platter using Don Quixote, a free font you can download here. Warp the text to add an Arch, and resize to fit inside the red shape to get the effect I have here.


Step 24

Let’s finalize the look by adjusting the color. This process will take some of the edge off the yellow and make the colors more vibrant. First you will need to create a flattened version of your work, but rather than flatten everything and lose your layers, it is best to create a duplicate. Select all of your layers except the text and background by holding Shift and clicking each one, then click “Layers > New > Group From Layers” in the Photoshop menu. Your layers will be collapsed into a group in your Layers panel. Select the group and choose “Duplicate Group.” Right-click the duplicated group and choose “Merge Group.”


Step 25

Select the merged layer and click on “Image > Adjustments > Hue / Saturation.” Set the Hue to 8 and the Saturation to 10 and click “OK.”


Final Results


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Authors Comment

vailI hope you are inspired by this tutorial and have learned a few tricks! If you create something unique using these steps, I would love to see it, so please leave a comment with the link! To learn more about design, or to view my art and photography, please visit, or follow me on Google+. - Vail Joy