Level: Intermediate Program: Photoshop CS6 Time: 45 min
What We Will Be Learning: Today, we will learn how to create brushes, and extract images using “Color Range”. We will be using this technique to create a sunset silhouette image. This effect is perfect for creating Valentines (or any other special day) cards!
Note: At the end of each step there is an image of what my layers look like at the point of that step in case you get lost!
Step One: Background First, we are going to prepare and color out sunset background.
1. Add a very slight Gaussian Blur to your sunset image (#7822663) 2. Create a Color Lookup adjustment layer. Settings: (Abstract) Cobalt-Carmine 3. Above that, create a Vibrance adjustment layer. Settings: Vibrance 83, Saturation, 5
First we will create the land.
1. Create a new layer. 2. With a large, hard, round brush paint solid black in a “cliff” shape
1. Extract the couple using your favorite method. I use the Pen Tool
1. Paste your roots image into your document. 2. Go to Select > Color Range. You will (something) see this:
1. Using the dropper tool, click on the white part of the image. 2. Adjust the “Fuzziness” to around 100. Now, you will have something like this:
1. Press OK. 2. While the selection is still active add a layer mask to your roots. 3. Invert the layer mask by pressing Ctrl I.
1. Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Bring down the Lightness to -100. 2. Position your roots. Right Click > Apply Layer mask.
1. Just like before, paste your image into your document. 2. Go to Select > Color Range. 3. Using the dropper tool, click on the white part of the image. 4. Adjust the “Fuzziness” to around 100. Press OK. 5. While the selection is still active add a layer mask to your roots. 6. Invert the layer mask by pressing Ctrl I.
1. Using an grunge brush, mask out the middle and side of your trees in a heart shape. 2. Using the same brush, paint black on the tree layer to fill in any needed areas.
1. Create a new layer above your Cliff layer. 2. Select Photoshop’s default grass brush, and set BOTH the foreground and background color to black. 3. Paint along the top of the cliff. The length is up to you. This brush is actually a very useful grass brush!
Step Four: Creating and Painting Windy Leafs Next, we are going to create out very own leaf (#10682516) brush.
1. Open your leaf image in a new document. 2. Crop the leaf to it’s exact height and width.
1. And once again, go to Select > Color Range. 2. Using the dropper tool, click on the white part of the image. 3. Adjust the “Fuzziness” to around 100. Press OK. 4. While the selection is still active add a layer mask to your roots. 5. Invert the layer mask by pressing Ctrl I.
1. Create a new layer below your black leaf and fill it with white. 2. Go to Image > Define Brush Preset. Name it “Leaf 1”, and press OK. 3. Go back to your original document and create a new layer. 4. Go to your brushes and find your new leaf brush. Go to Window > Brush to open your Brush panel. 5. In Brush Tip Shapes set the “Spacing” to around 66%. 6. In Shape Dynamics set the “Size Jitter” to 100%, the “Angle Jitter” to 100%, and the “Roundness Jitter” to 28%. 7. In Scattering set “Scatter” to 214% 8. Click the “Create New Brush” button on the bottom right of the panel. Name the brush Leaf 2.
Next, to create the swirl of leafs in the sky you can either free hand draw it with a mouse or a tablet, or using the pen tool. I used a tablet, but I will show you how to with the Pen Tool as well.
1. With the Pent Tool set to “Path”, create a swirly path, adding a heart above the couples head.
And you are done! Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different colors and filters. For instance, the silhouettes do not need to be black. Here’s what mine looks like with a Color Look up layer set to Cobalt-Carmine over top it.