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How to Create an Amazing Mixed Media Poster in Photoshop


Step 7

Load the stag ( img035 ) into Photoshop. You need to change the image mode to RGB from Index. Choose Image > Mode > RGB. Then drag it into the design. Invert the image ( Ctrl+I )

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Place it behind the model. Change blend mode to Lighten.

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Step 8

Open up the male head stock. Desaturate the image. Adjust brightness and contrast using the Curves command.

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Drop the image into composition. Resize and flip horizontally.

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Change the blend mode to Multiply.

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Duplicate the head layer and invert it.

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Load selection from the circle in the middle and use it to mask out the head negative thus showing the portion inside the circle.

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Apply gradient to the outer circle.

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Step 9

Load the flames stock image. Copy the below one and paste above the outer circle.

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Incorporate the flames into the ring. Mask out the flames using the selection from the ring.

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Change blend mode to Screen. Increase flames saturation using Hue/Saturation dialog box ( Ctrl+U ).

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Shrink down the flames mask to get rid of any edge artifacts caused by semi transparent pixels. Click on the flames layer mask and load Levels dialog box (Ctrl+L). Enter highest value in the mid tones field.

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Step 10

We now going to clip different graphic elements to the shape layers. First Load the petals stock into Photoshop. Select a petal using any selection tool. Copy and paste into main document.

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Place the petal above the shape layer that we want to clip to.

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Copy the splash using Lasso Tool. Paste it above another shape. Scale it down and flip horizontally.

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Apply Unsharp Mask to sharpen the detail. Then clip it to the layer below.

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Load the grunge brushes into the brushes palette. Pick a grunge brush and apply a stroke.

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Clip the paint stroke to the shape layer.

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Step 11

Add more elements. Add a sphere from the pack.

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Pick a balloon from the balloon pack.

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Add butterflies from auto shapes. Or you can create your own butterfly from stock image.

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Create a nice blend in Illustrator. Select the lines and press Ctrl+Alt+B.

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Apply color overlay

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Step 12

Drop in the splatter stock image into the composition to give organic feel. Place it below the shape layers. Size down the splatter to fit the document.

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Step 13

Add some more enhancements. Load the star brushes into the brushes palette. Pick a brush and adjust the parameters.

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Apply the brush.

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Now create light streak. Make a new layer. Select a round soft brush. Set the brush size to 500px. Apply the stroke on the bottom edge of the canvas and stretch it vertically.

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Place it above the star and invert it.

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Rotate the streak by -45 degrees.

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Add tiny highlights with the star brushes and a soft brush. Choose white as brush color.

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Add some more highlights varying in size using soft brush.

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Add some color.

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Change the layer blend mode to Screen.

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Give the model some additional treatment.

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Create a new document 350 X 350 pixels. Fill the background with black. Apply Lens Flare effect (Filter > Render > Lens Flare.)

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Drag and drop the lens flare into the design. Place it above the butterfly, change the blend mode to Screen.

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I added a couple of color spots with the brush tool.

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Add the below pattern from auto shapes palette. Modify it.

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Add some lines using the Line Tool. Maintain the 45 degree angle.

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Finally add Title. That’s pretty much it. Press Ctrl+0 and take a sight at the design. Should you feel anything needs a change or to be added feel free to do it, and try to be creative.

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