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Use Splash 1 and Splash 2 to make various splash type by scale them, rotate them, erase them.
You should be patient in this step, and some imagination as well...
I make splashes on the ground , all over the text, just like this.
Make sure you have a good layer management with these splashes layers. You could use 2 methods to manage them like I said above.
If I hide all the layer but splashes layers and brushes layers , you will see like this:
We nearly come to an end.
Now for the focal point of the picture: the lotus. Open Flower_stock_2_by_AJK_Original_Stock.jpg file in new window. Ctrl+A > Ctrl+X > Ctrl + V.
The background of this image is quite simple. You can easily delete it by Magic Eraser Tool ; or use Magic Wand Tool to select then press Delete.
After delete all the background, copy and paste the lotus into our file. Name its layer LOTUS.
Drag LOTUS layer below of LEAF SHADOW layer, then CTRL + T to transform it to fit the void of "O" letter.
While selecting LOTUS layer, click Create Adjustment Layer button at the bottom right, then choose Hue/Saturation like this.
The Hue/Saturation setting :
Right click on Hue/Saturation LAYER you've just created then choose Create Clipping Mask; then the adjustment layer will apply to only LOTUS layer
Create another Adjustment Layer, choose Exposure like below:
Create new layer below LOTUS layer and name it LOTUS SHADOW, set blending mode to Multiply.
Pick Brush Tool , change opacity to 6%, black color, and use your imagination and skills again to draw lotus's shadow. Please mind how the shadow casts on the edge of "O" letter.
Create another layer above Lotus shadow layer, set Multiply for blending mode, choose brush with 11% opacity, and the color is picked from the lotus to make a color blending area around the lotus.
The color of the lotus is also influenced by the color of the leaves around it. So create another layer and name it Lotus Blending 2 - Multiply blending mode - opacity 55%. Then pick the color of the leaves and use the brush to draw the blending area on the lotus.
Duplicate your Lotus Layer to have Lotus copy layer. ( Use Ctrl + J on Lotus layer )
Now set Lotus layer to Screen Blending mode , and Lotus copy layer to Multiply Blending Mode. It will help the blending more effective.
Now it's nearly done!
Grab the Crop Tool and Crop your image. Please mind that there are 4 golden points in your image ( I spotted them below ). Try to keep these 4 points in something important.
Create a new layer on the top of all layers. Then press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to make a Stamp Visible to this layer. Name it ALL.
On ALL layer. Choose Filter> Blur> Lens Blur.
On Lens Blur dialogue, have this setting:
While selecting ALL layer, click Add Layer Mask Button at the bottom. Then pick Brush Tool with 11% Opacity and black color to paint on the mask.