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Paper Girl - Photoshop CS4 And Illustrator CS4 Tutorial
Here is a new Photoshop tutorial from PSD Magazine: Paper Girl by Benjamin Delacour. (Download the November 2010 issue of PSD Photoshop Magazine.)
Here is a tutorial made entirely in Photoshop and Illustrator CS4. I wanted to try to make something fresh and very colorful. To do this, I used images of origami. Some of the material was done in Illustrator and Photoshop but the majority comes from Istockphoto.
Open a Photoshop document, 60 cm wide by 40 high and 300dpi. After importing your model (which has to be cleaned and cut ou from its source), place it in the center of the image. Cutting out is not a very pleasant job but it is very important. While cutting out the character and combining the different techniques of trimming, use the Pen tool inside a new Layer. It is best to avoid using the Lasso or Eraser tools! Using the Pen tool in a new Layer makes it easy to correct your selection and the result will be much more natural.
Add a layer between the white background and the model layer. Start painting the floor with a large brush with a blur diameter of 1500 pixels. I made a first layer with a translucent green apple and then with a darker green to give the idea of depth. Do the same with the sky using very bright blue tones.
With the elliptical Marquee tool create a beginning circle by holding the [Shift] key.Add to the clouds by creating other circles while still pressing [Shift] to link them. Fill your selection with white and start to fill up the sky with clouds. With Layer Effects add a gradient and then a very light shade, broad and vague.
4 Folds in the clouds
With the Polygonal lasso tool, create selections at the intersections of thecloud bubbles. Create a new layer, and using a large brush and blur of gray tinted medium create shadows to give the impression that the clouds were three-dimensional.
Now open in Photoshop the origami you want to use; cut it out and place it in the main image. Return to the image of origami that you just copied and invert the selection to create the shadow of origami. Copy the inverted selections and adjust them so to fit under the origami previously placed. Now use the Mask tool to clean the inverted shapes and leave only the shadow of origami. Repeat this step for all pieces of origami.
6 Origami 2
Now you will insert the origami balls, using the same technique as in step five, but as they arefloating in the air we do not need to create their shadow. With the Saturation tool ([Ctrl]+[U]) change the colors of the bubbles until you like them. Blur the elements origami that appear closer to the viewer and leave them sharp right next to the model. This will give more depth to the image.
Now we will add origami flowers to complete this composition. You can change their shape and color of by combining different photographs and changing the color of the petals. I copied some flowers at the bottom of the image to blur and create a background. Take some time to experiment with differentsizes and positions of the objects you have just imported. The hardest thing isto create the highest possible image perspective.
Open Illustrator and with the Pen tool create two triangles. By changing their anchor points you can attach them to each other and then by changing the two anchors down field you can adjust the perspective and thus achieve more pyramids in different angles. Fill the triangles using the Gradient tool, then import them into Photoshop. Give them color using the Hue/Saturation tool ([Ctrl]+[U]) click the box to redefine and increase the saturation and choose a color for each pyramid.
9 Small holes
Take the image of the hole in the paper, adjust the curves to have a white baser and torn edges visible. Import it into the main image. Adjust the size of the largest flower and place it at its base. Using the masks, delete useless pieces of flowers to give the impression of holes. Gather the flowers in a folder and add a mask to it with the brush clear on the bases that each flower is hidden by the torn edges of the holes. A quick brush on a layer above the flowers in their files will be used to shade the base. Copy the hole layer, modify it with the Transformation tool ([Ctrl]+[T]) and do the same for all the flowers.
With the Polygonal lasso tool, draw a square in perspective on the bases of all the pyramids, still pressing [Shift] and then fill them with black. Move the layer down to give the impression that they float above the ground. Then blur the layer and lower its opacity to complete the shadows of the pyramids.
Create a new Illustrator document of 20 x 10 cm, 300 dpi, then copy 2 or 3 forms of the pyramid we have done previously. Place them side by side, flatten the layers and the bottom with [Ctrl]+[A] and select any image in the Edit menu. Use the option: Define Brush Preset. You’ve just created a form of brush that will be used to create the forest!. With the brush select the shape just created in the panels and forms. Set the following options: Dynamic shape change of the size 15% and click on change in the symmetry X. Enable Broadcast option, and set the Number 1 to 56% and digital change 75%. Select the Other Dynamics option by setting both of the parameters at 50%. Now we just need to paint the forest and to color the trees, using the Hue/Saturation tool and clicking on Reset.
12 Dressing the model
Using forms of origami striped black and white that I cut, I completed the dress of the model and gave volume to the silhouette. Change their shape using [Ctrl]+[T] and deformation by checking the button in the bar (toggle modes of free transformation and deformation). Choose an origami model and put it on the model's head with a Mask and a selection with a pen you can change it into a hat by removing one part. Add a layer to create the shadow of the hat on the model's face.
13 Final settings
Add a white layer above all others, and use the Filter distortion to create a lens vignetting. Spread the layer mode to adjust its opacity. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to saturate the image a little more. That's it! In the end I just added a layer effect of waves painted black around the boat from a selection made using Pen.
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