Press Ctrl + J to separate the bird into a new layer. Now we can drag this into the main composition! But first convert it into a Smart Object.
Finally bring it into the composition. Adjust the rotation and size. Place it above all other layers.
Adjust the brightness of the bird by applying a Curves adjustment layer.
Open up the splatter from the pack you downloaded (drips and spray paint, 1.png). Place it below the shape layers. Then scale it down.
Here we have some unwanted data. Block them using a Layer Mask.
Add a sphere from the patterned spheres pack.
Create the shapes using the Rectangle Tool.
Open up the brush stroke image (Design Resources Pack, 028.png). Convert the image mode from Index to RGB (Image > Mode > RGB). Now drag it into the composition. Flip the brush stroke vertically and then horizontally.
Apply Color Overlay using the Layer Style dialog box. There are different ways to achieve the same result. You can use the Hue/Saturation command to take off the lighting from the image. Or lock down the transparent pixels of the layer and fill the layer with a color. It’s really a matter of choice at a given time. You can see me using some of those methods in this tutorial.
Open up the feather stock image. Select the white background using the Color Range command.
Below is the job color range command did for us. Not perfect but we can use it. Invert the selection and press Ctrl + J to separate the feather.
Now take off the lightness from it by using the Hue/Saturation command. Set the lightness value to -100 and it will creates the silhouette of our feather.
You can still see some holes i.e., transparent areas in the feather. Select the using the Lasso Tool. Fill the area with black.
Bring the feather into the main file. Place it below the model layers.
Here I am going to create something from scratch in Photoshop. To do it, create a new document. Take the Pen Tool, Select the Paths mode on the options bar. Draw a curvy shape. Hit Ctrl + Enter to convert it into a selection. Fill the selection with a solid color. You may like to create a shape layer instead of creating a path and turning it into a selection. Anyway, get the shape created.
We are going to rotate this shape several times. To do that, duplicate the layer and press Ctrl + T, set the registration point to the bottom left corner and rotate it. Press enter to confirm the transformation.
Duplicate the second layer and go to Edit > Transform > Again. This will rotate the current layer with the previous transformation settings.
Repeat the process until you have something like this.
Once you done, select all the layers and press Ctrl + E to merge down all the layers together.
Now convert it into a smart object.
Finally make the way into Photoshop.
Apply Color Overlay using the Layer Styles box.
Add a balloon from the pack.
Now switch back to Illustrator. Well don’t get turned off! Photoshop and Illustrator are really meant to work together. You can get more productive incorporating Illustrator into your design flow. We can use Illustrator to produce custom graphic elements like line drawings, shapes, blends and many different vector elements for our designs. Then we can combine them with our Photoshop compositions. It doesn’t take much time once get used to it.
Here we are trying to create a cloud using the Illustrator’s Ellipse Tool. Draw some ovals and circles. Select them all and combine them using the Pathfinder palette (Window > Pathfinder)