Make a Story Book Come to Life in Photoshop

Make a Story Book Come to Life in Photoshop
step2f_black_and_white
step2g_foreground_background
Now to interchange these colors, simply left-click on the canvas and then press X and you’d notice that the two colors are changing positions. i.e. Black becomes the background color and the White color becomes the Foreground color. Now, let’s set the Foreground color to White. Activate the Brush tool (B) and paint white over the region shown on the image below:
step2h_paint_here
step2i_result
Now that the sky is done, let’s add the table texture. Open the stock image: Tileable Wood Texture and activate the Move tool (V) and then drag this image to our canvas.
step2j_moved
We would need to resize that, so activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and increase the size of the image as seen below:
step2k_transform
When you’re done, let’s group these layers by clicking on all the layers that we have clicked and pressing Ctrl/Cmd + G. After doing that, you’d notice that all the layers are now inside the group. Let’s rename this group to Background. To rename a group, simply click on the words “group 1” (etc) and a text box would appear and you may now rename it.
step2k2_group_rename
step2L_group

Step 3 - Create the book

In this step we would be adding the book on our canvas, so to start, let’s open Book 2. Now, on this image, it would be quite difficult in selecting a part of the image, since we can’t use the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) on accurately selecting the book. So what we’re going to use is the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). To activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), follow the instructions on the image below:
step3a_polygonal_lasso_tool
To use the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) you simply have to left-click on a point on the book’s surface and then drag your mouse carefully around the book until you reach the point where you began. When you’re done, a selection area would appear on the places you dragged your mouse onto.
step3b_plt
Now we’re ready to remove the book from its background. Activate the Move tool (V) and drag the selected image to our canvas and then rename the book’s layer to book. To rename a layer, simply click on the words “layer 1” (etc) and the text box would appear and you may now rename it.
step3c_rename
Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) because we would need to resize the image. See further instructions on the image below:
step3_resize_the_book
Now, let’s proceed to making the book’s shadow. Let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name this layer book shadow. Make sure that this layer is under the book’s layer.
step3d_position
Activate the Brush tool (B), set the foreground color to Black and then use the following brush settings:
  • Brush size: 1300 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
Before we begin, click on the book shadow layer to make sure that you are going to brush in the shadow on the right layer. Now, it’s time to apply the brush. See image below:
step3e_brush_in_the_shadow
step3f_result
To add the shadow’s intensity, we will be utilizing the Burn tool (O) on the book to darken the part where little light is hitting it.
step3g_burn_tool
Activate the Burn tool (O) and input the followings settings:
  • Brush size: 400 px
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 25%
step3h_apply_burn_here
step3i_burn_result
Now, we will darken the book to further increase the way it blends with the image. To do that, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it darken the book. Let’s put this layer on top of all the layers that we’ve created since our aim is to darken the book itself. To start, activate the Brush tool (B) and then use the following settings:

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15 comments on “Make a Story Book Come to Life in Photoshop”

  1. Thank you for posting a tutorial that actually works. Not only that, I learned a few things.
    Once again, thank you.

    1. Yes the stock links seem broken. That is the downsides of using free stock photos; they can sometimes disappear without any warning.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I've updated the links including the long road picture. There was one picture that I couldn't find the link for but it's just a cloud picture that's easily found somewhere else.

  2. Great tutorial! I really love it! I only have one problem... It seems the image of the long road is not available anymore :( Any chance you know where to find it or maybe mail it to me? I can't find any other good images to use as replacement. Thx

  3. used this tutorial for my Lotr fan art http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/6009214_700b.jpg

    1. OMG ! , i saw it ... it was amazing , a really great masterpiece ^_^ ..... keep up the great work !

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