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Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

Here goes another Photoshop tutorial.

Mirta’s birthday was few days ago, so I prepared a funny collage birthday card for her. And, because she likes animals, (especially cats) I decided to add photo of Mr. Alphons (my trusty cat) to her birthday card.

Mirta was also my model back in times when I had my own photo studio (that’s why I do so many Photoshop brushes for Photographers) I took this photo of her three years ago.

In this example I used many of my brushes: free and premium versions. Free Photoshop brushes can be found at GreenBulbGang.Com and premium versions are available for purchase in my Graphics-Illustrations.Com Shop! Backgrounds are also available in the shop.

Ok. So here are the ingredients for this recipe: :)

And here is what we will have by the end of our tutorial:

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

OK, guys! Roll-up your sleeves because here we go! Here is how I made this card:

0. I collected all ingredients :) (images and graphics which are to be included to design). I prepared some Photoshop brushes, backgrounds and photos to get ready to roll, started a new file (ours was 2400px x 2400px) at some printing resolution, say, 300dpi.

1. So, as a first step. I imported photo of Peacco (Meacco Peacco a.k.a. Mr. Alphons), this photo can be a photo of your friend, family, pet or anyone else  … now select “channels”.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

2. Select the channel with the highest contrast, in my case that was Red one. Copy that channel.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

3. Use Level Adjustment in order to get even more contrast channel – remember: you should work on copied Red channel!

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

4. Now use the Burn tool to darken the photo (Mr. Alphons in this case)

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

5. Using the Dodge tool clear all the grays and blacks around the photo (Mr. Alphons in this case)

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

The image should be clear now.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

6. Now draw a selection around with the using path pen tool, be precise (more than I was)

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

and go to the Paths Menu (the image looks darker now because you copied the Red channel, remember? :))

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

7. In the Paths Menu, choose “Make a selection” option in order to create selection from Path

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

8. Now click again on Channels – and then on your copied channel. In my case that’s the red channel copy.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

9. Fill the selection with Black color and correct the imperfections by using simple brush and black color around the silhouette.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

10. Now click on Load channel as selection icon below.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

11. Go back to the Layers. (You can copy your image layer if you want to – I did.) Add a Layer Mask

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

12. And the selection will be automatically “erased”.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

13. While you are using select tool, click to open a menu and select “Refine Edge”

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

14. Now soften an edges a little bit

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

15. Now open a background image and simply drag a layer to the background image.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

16. Using this technique cut another photo and drag the layer over the background.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

17. now, add a layer mask and with simple brush strokes (Photoshop brushes set available here) create some imperfections over the image.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

18. Repeat this on another photo too

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

19. Add a layer above the background and add some “Hearts” Photoshop brushes in white color.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

20. Blur the hearts a little

21. Add another layer and add new Photoshop brushes, in this case I used ones from the set I created for Smashing Magazine, you can download them here

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

22. I added another background layer simply with dragging an layer above the background layer

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

23. I changed the layer mode to “Hard Light”

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

24. Then I added another layer and applied Dotted Arrows, Photoshop brushes set available here

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

25.  Again, just like in 17. and 18., add a layer mask and using a simple brush strokes (Photoshop brushes set available here) add a “grunge” style to the design

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

26. Repeat the same as in 25.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

27. Add another layer, and use new brushes (I used “Stickers” Photoshop brushes set available here)

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

28. Add another layer below the “sticker” you just added and draw a circle Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial using elliptical selection, fill in the circle with the color of your choice, and change the layer mode. I changed it into “Color Dodge”.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

29. Add more brushes from “Sticker” set on the same layer

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

30. Add another layer and again, add new brush – this time “Kisses” Photoshop brushes set available here

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

31. You can add more layers and more brushes – it is up to you. I’ve added “Doodle Birdies” Photoshop brushes set available here and “Talk Bubbles” Photoshop brushes set available here

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

31. … and “Film Negatives” and “Doodle 2″ Photoshop brushes sets. You can add layer masks on every layer, and give them a “grunge” look with the Simple Brush Strokes Photoshop brushes sets.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

32. In case you were wondering, here is what the graphic looks like at 100% zoom.

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

and here’s the final collage:

Funky Collage Birthday Card, Photoshop Tutorial

OK, gang! I hope you like our little graphic we made today. I hope you will enjoy my Photoshop brushes!

And, in the end, here is the complete, layered PSD file (8×8 inches at 300 dpi – 2400×2400 pix) all you have to do, is insert image(s) of someone you love to replace Mirta (you can keep image of Mr. Alphons if you want!)

Download tutorial PSD file here (zipped – 44,5 MB)!

xoxo
Silvia

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  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Mar. 16, 2011. Thanks again.

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