Let’s add some shading and volume to our book. Create a new layer ad change the blending mode to Overlay. Select the standard soft round brush and lower the opacity to 10%. Paint with white and black over the areas indicated below (painting with white will make that region bump up and painting with black will make that region bump down).
Now that we’re done with the book it’s time to add the actors to our little scene. Let’s start with the king of the animals – the lion. Open the file “Lion” and use the Magic Wand Tool or the Pen Tool to make a selection of the lion. Copy/paste the lion in our scene and place him as shown below. I am placing the lion near the edges of the book and not in the middle because by doing so I will increase the 3d effect – it will look like the lion pops out of the book.
Add a layer mask to the lion layer. Select a grass brush and paint with black on the bottom edges of the lion to make it look like it’s sitting in the grass. Do this for every other object or character that we are going to place on the book. This is a very useful trick that you can use when you place an object on a grass photo – simply use a grass brush to paint with black in the layer mask and you will achieve a nice blending effect.
Create a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer and change the blending mode to Soft Light. Clip this layer to the lion layer. By doing this we will increase the contrast of the lion and darken it a little.
Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below to further increase the contrast and increase the intensity. Clip this layer to the lion layer. Group the lion and the clipped layers (hold the Ctrl key and click on each layer to select them – once you’re done press Ctrl + G to group) to keep the layer palette tidy.
Open the image “Small Deer”. Use the Pen Tool to make a selection of the deer. Copy/paste the deer into our scene and position it like shown below. Use the trick you learned from step 23 to blend the deer with the grass.
Create a Curves Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below and clip it to the small deer layer. This will change the hue of the deer to one more closely to our scene.
Now create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer with the settings shown below and clip it to the small deer layer.
The small deer looks fake without a shadow. Let’ create one. First make a new layer and place it below the small deer layer. Change the blending mode of this layer to Multiply and lower the opacity to 48%. With the round soft brush paint with black a shadow like shown below.
Now let’s add a bigger deer (or elk, not really sure what it is). Open the file “Deer” and copy/paste the deer into our scene. Place it as shown below and use the trick from step 23 to blend the deer’s hooves with the grass. Paint some shadow on a layer set to Multiply and place the layer below the deer layer.
Create a Curves Adjustment Layer and a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and clip them to the deer layer. Use the settings shown below to both color correct the deer and increase the color intensity.