Winter Postcard Design

 
This task we'll learn how to create a New Year illustration, having just a picture with green grass and a girl's picture. We'll see how to use also several filters.


Open the picture with the grass landscape in a new window: File - Open (Ctrl+O).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Apply next the command Select - Color Range to mark out the greenness on the picture by clicking on the eyedropper. The marked zone becomes white.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Decolorize the marked zone: Image - Adjustments - Desaturate (Shift+Ctrl+U) and increase its brightness and the contrast, making use of next selection: Image - Adjustments - Curves (Ctrl+M).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Erase then the markings with Select - Deselect (Ctrl+D)

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Make the picture look lighter with Image - Adjustments - Levels (Ctrl+L).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Decolorize next the entire picture: Image - Adjustments - Desaturate (Shift+Ctrl+U) and make a copy of it: Layer - Duplicate Layer (Ctrl+J). Apply to the copy a special filter (Filter - Distort - Ripple).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Then make use of another filter (Filter - Stylize - Diffuse).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Blur it out a little, using Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Apply another one: Filter - Brush Strokes - Spatter.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2 

Now change the layer's type on Lighten.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Make the layer look lighter with Curves.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

After that you should combine two layers: Layer - Merge Down (Ctrl+E). Copy again the layer that you've got and change the copy's type on Soft Light. Merge down the layers.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Introduce in the picture a blue nuance, making use of Image - Adjustments - Curves (Ctrl+M) and Image - Adjustments - Selective Color.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Now you have to add the girl's picture.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

It's necessary to open it in a new window, to mark it with Rectangular Marquee Tool and to copy it with next selection: Edit - Copy (Ctrl+C). Get back now to the file with the processed picture and insert it on a new layer: Edit - Paste (Ctrl+V). Mark out now the girl's image along her contours, having Polygonal Lasso Tool. The hair must be marked out just as a common mass.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Copy (Ctrl+C) and insert it on a new layer (Ctrl+V). The previous layer must be erased applying the fast button on Layers window. Increase the brightness too (Levels).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Change the colors now: Image - Adjustments - Selective Color.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Levels again:

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

The last changing of the colors must be done with Image - Adjustments - Curves (Ctrl+M).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2 


Copy now the girl's layer and process the picture applying the filters. It must be done the same way we did with the background, without changing the adjustments:
1) Filter - Distort - Ripple
2) Filter - Stylize - Diffuse
3) Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur
4) Filter ? Brush Strokes ? Spatter

Mark out the girl's skin on the new layer and deviating a little from the edges (Polygonal Lasso Tool), erase it with the Delete button on the keyboard.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2
  


Erase the markings now. After that you should decolorize the eyes with the Dodge Tool.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Copy the layer with the girl and blur out this copy (Gaussian Blur).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Change the copy - layer's type on Color Burn.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Combine the layers with the girl now (Ctrl+E).
Having the Gradient Tool on a new layer, the corners must be darked out.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Change the layer's type on Color Dodge. Create a new layer above the girl and group these two layers: Layer - Create Clipping Mask (Ctrl+G). Try to represent on the girl several snowflakes, having the Brush Tool (it's possible to download them here: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/13486710/ ?qo=22&q=snowflakes&qh=in%3Aresources%2Fapplications%2Fpsbrushes+sort%3Atime)

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Change now the layer's type on Soft Light and combine it with the girl's layer (Ctrl+E).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Now we have to renounce to the black patches on the girl's hair: Selective Color.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Represent on a new layer that must be situated upper than all the rest, the snowflakes colored in blue-dark and situate them on the entire background. If the snowflakes' color is not intensive enough, you just have to copy their layer.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Minimize the Opacity of the snowflakes till 44%. Represent then on a new layer, above the girl's one a crown, having a ready brush too. Download it here: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/25594369/ ?qo=7&q=by%3Aspiritsighs-stock&qh=sort%3Atime+-in%3Ascraps.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Correct its size, using Edit - Transform - Distort.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Copy now the layer with the crown (Ctrl+J) and blur out the copy (Gaussian Blur) just to make it shine.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2 

Applying now the Brush Tool, represent several wavy stripes on a new layer.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Blur them out on the given direction with next command: Filter - Blur - Motion Blur.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Represent now on a new layer dark rounded corners.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

And blur them out along the circle's trajectory with Filter - Blur - Motion Blur.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Combine now all the layers: Layer - Merge Visible (Shift+Ctrl+E).

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Add two flares now on the crown and on the house's window: Filter - Render - Lens Flare.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Insert the picture now in a frame that is possible to create with the Crop Tool and Paint Bucket Tool.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Choosing Horizontal Type Tool, introduce the text on the illustration:

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Copy the layer with the text and blur out the copy (Gaussian Blur). Merge down these two layers (Ctrl+E) and change the type of the new layer on the Color Burn. Merge down again all the layers (Shift+Ctrl+E), Make a copy of the new layer and blur out the copy.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2

Minimize the Opacity of the copy-layer till 18%.

design winter postcard in adobe Photoshop cs2 

Finished!

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