Create a summertime compilation poster

Create a summertime compilation poster

In this tutorial is explained how to create a nice compilation poster: cutting and selecting objects from pictures, placing and combining them in beautiful artwork.

Create a new file (File>New) of 1920×1200px/72dpi. Then apply the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to give to the new background layer the color #FE939B

Create a summertime compilation poster

Set the next shown styles for the made layer by clicking on this layer on the layers’ panel: Blending Options>Inner Shadow

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Create a new layer, applying here the same Paint Bucket Tool (G) to color the file with #FA9B41

Create a summertime compilation poster

Click on the same layer from the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask selection and choose also Filter>Render>Clouds

Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Vivid Light


Create a summertime compilation poster

Create another new layer, using here again the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and the color #FF7B89

Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a mouse click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option the way we did before and apply Filter>Render>Clouds

Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Fill 79%, Blending mode-Color Burn

Create a summertime compilation poster

On the next new layer we’ll apply the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and white color. Then we’ll apply the mask option for the last made layer (the same way we did earlier), then we’ll choose Filter>Render>Clouds and finally the selection Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Fill 57%, Blending mode-Soft Light

Create a summertime compilation poster

For the next new elements on the picture we need to represent a layout. Select the Ellipse Tool (U), press SHIFT button and draw two circles of different colors on your choice.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Find a stock photos with flowers on it, I used this photos: Flower and vibrant yellow from SXC. I would like to thank the authors: mzacha and yogeshnaru.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Now we need to situate the yellow flowers along the edge of the outside circle. Make so many copies of the layer containing the flowers as we need and then choose Free Transform option to change the sizes of the copies.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Each layer containing the flowers has the same parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Make copies of the layer containing the yellow flowers as many as we need and then apply Free Transform option to make smaller the copies’ sizes, placing their layers under the layers with the previous flowers (on the layers’ panel).

Create a summertime compilation poster

Represent several more copies of the flowers and change their sizes. The Free Transform option will be helpful in placing the copies on our picture.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Now we’ll place the red flowers along the circle. Their sizes also need to be changed with Free Transform option. Then we’ll place them on the picture the same way demonstrated below. Finally we’ll apply copying process of the flowers’ layer.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Each layer with the red flower has the parameters from below: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Create a summertime compilation poster

Blending Options>Inner Glow

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Make copies of the layers containing the red flowers, change their sizes with Free Transform option and situate them under the previous layers containing the red flowers.

Create a summertime compilation poster

The rest of the empty space needs to be filled with the copies of the red flowers.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Find a stock photo with a bee represented on it, I used this photo from SXC. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

Create a summertime compilation poster

Insert the bee on our picture.

Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Drop Shadow

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a right mouse click on Drop Shadow effect, choosing Create layer. This way we’ll get the bee’s shadow under the bee’s basic layer.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a mouse click on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on the layer containing the bee’s shadow on Add a Mask option and select a standard brush of black color to erase the shadow on the area with the bee’s wings and head.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Select the parameters form below for the layer with the bee’s shadow Fill - 75%, Blending mode-Multiply

Create a summertime compilation poster

Create a new layer and select a standard brush to represent the shadow of the flowers’ bouquet. The brush is of the color #AF630D (Opacity 20%). Place this layer under the layers containing the flowers’ bouquet and the bee.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, entitled: blood_brush__by_anaRasha and Blood_Brush_by_kabocha.
Create a new layer and choose the brushes out of the above mentioned sets on your choice. The brushes have the color #632CD6. This layer needs to be situated under the layers containing the flowers’ bouquet.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Select the next indicated parameters for the layer with the brushes. Blending mode-Color Burn

Create a summertime compilation poster

On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply a standard brush of white color (Opacity 30%) to represent a lot of scratches. This layer will be placed under the layers containing the flowers’ bouquet, but above the previous layer containing the brushes.

Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a mouse click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and choose a standard brush of black color (Opacity 15%) to remove several scratches.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Fill 65%

Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a copy of the layer having the scratches on it and choose Free Transform option to turn over the copy, selecting the next parameters: Fill 61%

Create a summertime compilation poster

On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply a standard brush with the color #F24EC2 (Opacity 50%). It’ll be helpful for representing a lot of dots and short lines.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Blending mode-Vivid Light

Create a summertime compilation poster

Download a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: Star Brushes and AJ_floral-swirl-brushes.
Create a new layer and select the brushes out of the set Star Brushes to draw a shining effect on the bee. The brushes are of white color.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Outer Glow

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply the brushes out of the next set: AJ_floral-swirl-brushes, having the color #FE6244.

Create a summertime compilation poster
Create a summertime compilation poster

Make a mouse click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask option and select a standard brush of black color (Opacity 20%) to erase very smoothly the ornament.

Create a summertime compilation poster

The layer’s parameters: Fill - 39%, Blending mode-Color Burn

Create a summertime compilation poster

The final result!

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