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This lesson will show to you as by means of simple actions to create a beautiful and interesting collage. Resourses: Background: http://buddhabear.deviantart.com/ Sky: http://minetje.deviantart.com/ Planet: http://Kjaer.deviantart.com/ Step 1. We begin with a basis of our collage – the background. I have found a photo of the cloudless sky of emerald color. It ideally suits: we [...]

This lesson will show to you as by means of simple actions to create a beautiful and interesting collage.

Resourses:

Background: http://buddhabear.deviantart.com/

how from a simple photo to make beautiful collage in Photoshop CS2

Sky: http://minetje.deviantart.com/

how from a simple photo to make beautiful collage in Photoshop CS2

how from a simple photo to make beautiful collage in Photoshop CS2

Planet: http://Kjaer.deviantart.com/

how from a simple photo to make beautiful collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 1. We begin with a basis of our collage – the background. I have found a photo of the cloudless sky of emerald color. It ideally suits: we only have to cut out a superfluous bottom part. We do it, using Crop Tool.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 2. We will do a reflection; therefore we need to increase the size of the canvas. We open menu Image – Canvas Size, and we increase the factor “height” twice. When the sheet will increase in height, we will transfer a background upward.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 3. We do the duplicate of a layer and reflect it across. We have to get a symmetric reflection of a picture.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 4. In menu Image – Adjustments – Color Balance we will change adjustments, as it is shown on pictures. Reflection will get bright orange color.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 5. We Merge Down the layers. Then we choose Burn Tool, and we black out the area where pictures incorporate.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 6. In menu Image – Adjustments – Brightness/Contrasts we put adjustments as on the picture.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 7. Let’s improve quality of the sky which was impaired a little after correction of color and contrast. We do a copy of a layer with the background, and we work with filter Blur – Gaussian Blur.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 8. Let’s lower Opacity of the layer up to 50 %.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 9. Using Eraser tool, we will erase the layer in the places which cover trees, to return to them clearness. As a result we should receive the same picture, only with the better sky.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 10. Now we will work with a planet. We will copy a picture and insert it on a new layer. We will change the size on necessary and after this place it above trees, at the left.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 11. In adjustments of a layer we have to put Screen that the background of this planet became transparent.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 12. We use Dodge Tool (Range – Highlights, Exposure – 90-100 %) to clarify that part of the planet on which light falls. It will make its brighter and attractive.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 13. We choose a usual Brush and, changing the size from 3 up to 1 pixel, we draw stars. Do not overdo. Too many stars will be looked not so.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 14. Let’s make the duplicate of a layer, we will low Opacity up to 50 % and we will apply to it filter Gaussian Blur. It will create an effect of an easy luminescence of stars and planet.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 15. Now, when the top part is ready, it is time to work with clouds. For this purpose we’ll take a suitable texture of clouds also we will insert it on a new layer. We change the size and an arrangement so, that it exactly would cover the bottom part of the collage.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 16. We change layer style on Overlay.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 17. We make the same actions with the top part. But this time we take other texture, less cloudy. It will create an interesting effect.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 18. Mode of this layer we’ll change to Overlay too.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 19. Let’s change Fill of both layers to 50 %. So textures will be entered more gently.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 20. Now we change Adjustments of Brightness (-10) and Contrast (+10).

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 21. It will be quite good to make highlights of the planet on the bottom reflection, as if it will be on water. For this purpose we will copy our heavenly body and we will reflect it on a vertical.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 22. By means of Smudge Tool we will spread it, as on picture

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 23. After spreading it became much dimmer. We will correct it by means of Dodge Tool (Highlights, 100 %).

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 24. By means of a simple brush with Opacity of 70 %, we will add some patches of reflected light.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 25. Well, if the planet is reflected, so and stars should be reflected. We will copy them and reflect on a vertical.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 26. Last touch. We choose Dodge tool (Highlights, 50 %), and we clarify background in areas where the planet and its reflection is located.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

Step 27. By means of Burn Tool (Midtones, 50 %) we black out the edges of our canvas.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

The collage is ready! Use your imagination, I have shown to you technical details.

create a beautiful and interesting collage in Photoshop CS2

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47 Responses

05.28.08

nice design

05.28.08

Awesome.. Excellent Tutor I’ve ever Seen..

Sergio.. Keep Rocking..

05.28.08

that’s a beautiful result!
i’ve gone through many tutorials; many teach you something technical or others are about some cool trick you can do to achieve something.
but this tutorial just uses basic tools to create something that looks incredible!
keep up the work

05.28.08

wow……..Excellent !

05.28.08

Nice but … usually reflections are … uhu … reflecting, but the clouds reflected are different from the visible one and there is not the moon/planet reflected on the water …
This is disturbing …

Keep up the good work!

05.28.08

Sorry! I didn’t saw the third page of the tutorial … ;)

05.28.08

I think I see what Sauro is getting at. The clouds on the bottom reflection look a bit too strong, and the moon/planet reflection looks more like the way a sun would reflect. A moon would show a bit more crescent and less squiggly. Up top you barely see any clouds at all, save the small dark smudges. It isn’t bad, but some of us are probably very picky lol.

However, you still teach the ideas of photo manipulating very well. I suggest this to anyone interested in starting to learn manipulation. It has all the basics.

05.28.08

Also, I have read the whole tutorial :P

05.28.08

Nice tutorial thanks

05.28.08

hai super

05.28.08

Hi! I don’t think I’m doing step 2 or 3 right….my results don’t look the same as the tutorial!! I can’t seem to duplicate the layer! Can anyone help me?

05.28.08

@ Sarah

All you gotta do is select the layer you want to duplicate, then go layer>duplicate layer

05.28.08

Great Photo Manipulation Tutorial. Thanks

05.28.08

awsom,

I will try it this weekend.

05.28.08

I think you messed up on the Moon’s Reflection, it just doesn’t look right.

The reflection of the water implies that the water surface is smooth and without ripples (looking at the trees’s reflection), but looking at the moon’s reflection it looks like there’s a lot of ripples.

It’s just over done. My $0.02.

05.28.08

Cool tutorial. I have to agree with Kbaby though. The planet’s reflection is a bit off. But still great manipulation man. =) Thanks.

05.28.08

Awesome and Excellent!
Great effort and fantastic Tutorial!
Thanks

05.28.08

awesome design kindly send me more link if you have like these one

05.28.08

what a wonderful teach

05.28.08
05.28.08

The reflection of the moon and stars don’t seem convincing. I have taken many shots of the moon reflected in water and this doesn’t look real. Please confer with more reference pictures.

Awesome.. Excellent Tutor I’ve ever Seen..

Sergio.. Keep Rocking..

it’s very good

05.28.08

GOOD!

05.28.08

Hello
Nice site!

G’night

05.28.08

nice tuto…

05.28.08

Love the colors. Excellent!

05.28.08

Good job but you made a mistake about natural logic , dude. In reality , the crescent moon never go up like that . It only goes down , I mean the crescent part will go down .

I appreciate your work , bro . :D

05.28.08

Awesome! Excelent work men! All the best.

05.28.08

Very nice – thanks for the tut. :)

05.28.08

I want this picture for wallpaper, upload it , please, 1680×1050

A really nice result with some great tips!

05.28.08

woww.. thank you good…

05.28.08

I read this tutorial ages ago and have just stumbled in it again. Still great and jam packed with great tips and inspiration!

05.28.08

Superb!
Simply Superb!

05.28.08

.. aai man.. why didn’t you put reflection of trees and clouds … why only of the moon..

got it?

05.28.08

great!!!!!!gooooood!!!!

05.28.08

nice tutorial. Thank you very much for your sharing.

Thats is a very detailed tutorial, many thanks, I will play with the colours according to how I like them, thanks.

05.28.08

Good Job

05.28.08

cool work
thanks mahn :)

05.28.08

Nice tutorial. Thanks!

05.28.08

Very nice..I really like it!

05.28.08

good work much enjoy this tut

05.28.08

Awesome so beautiful ^_^……

05.28.08

Great tutorial and a great result. Thanks for posting.

05.28.08

nice work!!!! i love it”"”"

05.28.08

Great look and outcome.

I cannot for the life of me even get past step 2 or 3. When i duplicate and flip, both images flip. The image does not shuffle up to the top after enlarging the canvas. I’ll stick to illustrator and indesign i think!

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