Create a Skeuomorphic Wedding CD Cover Using Only Nondestructive Layers

Create a Skeuomorphic Wedding CD Cover Using Only Nondestructive Layers
Note: When you use the File > Place command (instead of copying/pasting), Photoshop will automatically place your photo as a Smart Object. This lets you resize/transform the layer as much as you like without losing image quality. See this image for an example.

Step 8

With the Move tool selected (V), hold Alt+Shift then drag the picture frame towards the right. Holding the Alt key while using the Move tool will duplicate it in a new layer. Holding the Shift key constrains your movement horizontally, vertically, or diagonally (45°). Once you’ve copied a picture frame to the right-side, do the same thing to create another picture frame on the left side.

Step 9

Rename your layers to Left/Right/Middle Picture Frame then group them into a Picture Frames group. To group the layers, hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key and select the three layers then press Ctrl/Cmd+G to group them.
Create a new group (Layer > New > Layer Group) and rename it to Photos. Position this group below Picture frames.

Step 10

Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to create a selection near the picture frame like shown in the image below. The selection doesn’t have to be precise; it just needs to be a little extended from the middle.

Step 11

With the Photos group selected, click on the Add Layer Mask button. This will create a layer mask from the selection you made in the previous step.

Step 12

Now it’s time to place your photos! Go to File > Place, browse for the photo you want to add, then click OK. Scale the image to the size you like. Just like before, if you hold the Shift key while scaling, Photoshop will preserve the aspect ratio of your image so that it doesn’t get distorted. You can scale the image larger than the size the frame.

Step 13

Drag the layer with your photo into the Photos group.
Your photo will now appear inside the frame.

Step 14

Repeat the previous two steps with two more photos for the left and right frame. You should now have 3 layers like shown in the image below.

Step 15

Create a new group called “Hanging Strings” and position it above the Background layer.

Step 16

Select the Polygon tool.
In the option bar (located at the top), set the fill to none, stroke to 3 pt, and sides to 3. These options are only available in Photoshop CS6.
Holding the Shift key, draw a triangle like shown in the image below. With the shift key held down, Photoshop will constrain your triangle so that one side is 100% vertical/horizontal.

Step 17

Go to Edit > Free Transform. Hold Shift and rotate the triangle so that the bottom side is horizontal. Next,  scale and position the triangle like shown below. Don’t apply this transformation yet.
Drag the top-center point downwards to compress the height of your triangle. It should look like the image below. Press Enter to apply the transformation.

Step 18

The string is done and now we’re going to create a metallic pin. Select the Ellipse tool.
Before we draw, create a new layer above your string layer. This will tell Photoshop to add the next shape we draw on the new layer instead of adding it to the existing shape layer. Create a circle like shown below. The best way to create a circle that’s perfectly centered is to click on the corner of the triangle, hold Alt+Shift, then drag outwards. This will give you a perfect circle that expands from the center.

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8 comments on “Create a Skeuomorphic Wedding CD Cover Using Only Nondestructive Layers”

  1. I've the C6 but could not find the poly option for 3 sides...also I couldn't find the steps for text. Thanks i advance for help it is appreciated.

  2. I have a problem man when I tried to save it as picture A window came and reporting that the operation couldn't be completed!
    What I do :(?

  3. Thanks brother for good work and perfect design I just made changes that I just made metallic with LAB  instead of HSB
    and thanks again finished like you exactly . :) ^^ Yours:Alaa

  4. Oh goodness!!Simple tutorial and nice :DBut i wanna ask how could you do the 10 step above?I mean, i just got one selection rectangular tool ( middle only)
    How to make the selection as above?

    1. @ZakiiAydia  hey man to make many selections just press shift when you are making new selection will make it with the previous selection and press again shift and will again make the third selection :D .
      Hope it works ^-^.

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