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PhotoArtFX using Photoshop: Vintage Memories

teacher avatar Linda Matthews, Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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8 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:22
    • 2. Set up floating windows

      2:27
    • 3. Set up the guidelines for rule of thirds template

      5:44
    • 4. Make the first frame

      6:35
    • 5. Make the second frame

      4:51
    • 6. Add texture to the background of the photo

      5:09
    • 7. Resize and reposition the photo

      5:25
    • 8. Add a vintage style textured background

      4:45
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About This Class

In this class, I'll be showing you how to create the Vintage Memories PhotoArt image. This image is made using simple techniques to create a complex and textured background, with the focus on creating artwork that is made more interesting by using the rule of thirds and whitespace.

I’ve included a set of project files including a brush set and images that you can download and use to follow along with the tutorial and make the same design as I do. Or you can use your own images and text to create something totally unique for you.

I hope you enjoy this class and I look forward to seeing your projects. 

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Linda Matthews

Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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I’m a full time digital and mixed media textile artist, designer and teacher and I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, visit me at www.www.CreativeArtnSoul.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Linda Matthews, and welcome to photo wide effects In this series of classes, I'm sharing creative techniques for turning your photographs into photo art and works of digital art. In this class, I'll be showing you how to create vintage memories. Photo Art image This particular photo art design uses white space or negative space as a way to draw focus to a specific part of the image. Will also be demonstrating the rule of thirds, which is used as a guideline for creating out that has a pleasing composition. Although I worked that is centered on the page can look perfectly fine when you apply the rule of thirds. The art tends to become a little more interesting and less predictable. Have included a set of project files, including photos and texture images, as well as a brush set that you can download and use to follow along with the tutorial to make the same design as I do. Or you can use your own images to create something totally unique. Few. I hope you enjoy learning how to work with these creative techniques to make beautiful fertile are 2. Set up floating windows: by default images. Openers docked tabs on the editing screen. However, I prefer to use floating windows, which allows you to easily move and reposition images on the workspace when creating photo art. I often work with multiple images at a time, so I find that using floating windows is a much easier way to copy and paste and drag images from one place to another. If your image is currently openers tabs on the editing screen, there are several different ways that you can change them to. Floating windows are the temporarily or permanently. You can temporarily change to floating windows by clicking on the image tab and dragging it from the dock. Or you can go to the main menu and select window. Arrange floating window for a single image will float all in windows to float the mall. You can also change this setting permanently said that any documents you open will automatically float for windows. Choose edit preferences workspace awful Mac. Choose Photoshopped preferences workspace, then de select open documents as tabs. You can also select or de select enable floating document window docking when checked. This setting allows you to dock the floating windows as a tab if you want to. When de selected, you won't be able to dock the windows at all. You can also make sure that the window frame resize is when zooming for windows. Choose edit preferences tools or for Mac. Choose photo shop preferences tools, then check zoom. Resize is windows known. You consume in and out using keyboard shortcuts. Control plus for Windows or command Plus for Mac to zoom in and control minus for Windows or command minus for Mac. Just amount and the window frame will resize automatically, as you assume you will then need to restart photo shop for these preferences to take effect . 3. Set up the guidelines for rule of thirds template: this photo art images designed using whitespace, which can be described as open space around the main focal point, and this empty space allows your ought to stand out against the background. That isn't clouded as you can see what space doesn't necessarily have to be white, and it can in fact be any color, although it's usually a neutral color that doesn't clash with or overpower the artwork. The artwork has also been designed based on the rule of thirds, which is used as a guideline for creating out that has a pleasing composition, which is off center. Although I worked that is centered on the page can look perfectly fine when you apply the rule of thirds. Theon tends to become a little more interesting unless predictable when using the rule of thirds the pages divided into nine sections using lines that are positioned at the 1/3 and 2/3 marks, both vertically and horizontally. In photo shop, these lines can easily be created using guides. The cross points where the lines into sect are loosely termed power points and are the areas where you would place the focal point of your artwork. The rule of thirds should be used as a guideline rather than a strict rule, because in the end it's really up to the artist to decide what creates interesting art. To begin, make a new document 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels by 72 PB I with a white background, name this file vintage memories and save it to your desktop as a PST file. Saving the file using the PSD format will keep the layers intact and allow you to edit the file whenever you like. Double click on the background layer to unlock it and renamed the layer white background. The first thing we'll do is set up some guides to create a rule of thirds template. This will make it easy to position our main image on the document to make it easy to position the guides, make sure that your rulers have turned on to turn the rulers on from the main menu. Select view rulers. We'll use keyboard shortcut control out for windows or command are for Mac. For this document, it will also be easier to use pixels instead of inches to change the rule of settings from the main menu. Select it it preferences units and Ruelas in the unit section. Select pixels from the rule is option. Then click. OK, you can now see that the rulers around the document border are displayed in pixels to create a horizontal guideline. Decision your mouse over the top edge of the document. Frame all the left clicker on your mouths and pulled down. A guideline appears, and you can move it and position it wherever you like. To create a vertical guideline. Position your mouse over the left edge of the document frame. Hold left clicker pull across and a guideline appears. If you want to move the guide to a different position, select the move tool hover you mouse over the guideline, and you should see the pointer turn into a double headed arrow. Now you can reposition the guideline to make the guidelines snap into an exact position. Make sure the snap feature is turned on from the main menu. Select view. Snap two guides. No. Hold the shift key on your keyboard and move the guideline. You can feel it Snap into position at each of the ruler increments. Because this document is 1000 pixels square, it's a little difficult to section the guidelines into accurate thirds because the third of 1000 equals 333.3333 Infinity, and that's just a little too difficult to accurately calculate the guideline positions. However, we can make it easy to calculate the positions for the guidelines by temporarily resizing the document to a size that is easily divisible by three. Once the guidelines of positioned accurately, we can then resize the document back to its original size, and the guidelines will automatically resize a swell. Let's remove thes guidelines first. To do this, simply pull them across the document back into the rulers at the top in the left side, now resize the document to 900 pixels square and position a set of guidelines at 300 pixels and 600 pixels, both vertically and horizontally. Once this is done, resource the document back to 1000 pixel square. The guidelines are automatically repositioned into the correct placement 4. Make the first frame: now let's get started creating a phone a lot. Open the file vintage photo dot jp G, which can be found in the downloadable resource is and place it on the main document. To place the files on the main document, you can use the menu commands to copy and paste. Select the move tool, then click on the document that you want a copy from the main menu. Choose, select all, then edit copy. Click on the document you want to copy it to and select it it paste. Or you can simply drag the image out of its frame and onto the document using your mouths named the Layer photo. For the time being, position the photo in the center of the document. This makes it easy to work on. Once we've completed working on it, we can then move it and position it into place, using the rule of thirds template guidelines that we set up previously. So, for the time being, weaken, turn the guidelines off so they're not so distracting. To do this from the main menu, Select view show guides or use keyboard shortcut control semi colon for windows or command semi colon for Mac for this vintage style photo wide image will first create a set of overlapping frames. A frame helps to contain the components of the new ridge and also can be used to bring focus to the part of the image that you want to draw the eye to when creating photo out that has white space around it. A frame can help to prevent the photo from looking like it's floating around on the page, and it helps to Ankara officially into position. Click the making You layer icon to creating you layer and name it frame top. Next, load The vintage memories dot a BR brush file that was included with your project files to quickly loaded. Maybe I brush file simply drank the file out of the folder and drop it onto the editing screen. Select the brush tool. Open the brush preset picker, scroll down to the bottom and you'll see that the brush file has been added. Or select the brush tool and opened the brush preset picker. Open the fly out menu by clicking on the little coke Well, then select import brushes. Browse to the folder where the A B I brush foil is located. I like the file. Then click the lewd button. No, If you scroll down to the bottom of the preset picker, you can see that the brushes have been installed. Once you've been sold, the brush said, Select the brush tool, and from the brush preset picker, select the brush frame top. If you have in your mouths over the thumbnails, the name of the brush will pop up so you can see which one to select. Make sure that blank is selected as the full grand color and make sure that the frame top layer is selected. Then click once on the document near the top. Make a new layer and name it frame lift. Select the brush frame lift, then click once on the document, aligning the corners of the frame along the top. Left. They can you layer name it frame right. Select the frame right brush and Stanford on the document to create the right side of the frame, finally making you layer and name it. Frame bottom. Select the frame bottom brush and stamp it on the document to create a complete frame. Use the move to lift necessary to reposition the frame elements. Now we'll re size and reshape the frame to better fit the photo. Hold down the control key for windows for the command key for Mac on your keyboard and select the full frame layers. Click the link layers icon at the bottom of the layers panel to link the layers together. Now all the layers can be moved around as a complete frame resize the frame to approximately 400 pixels wide by 350 pixels high. You can use the rulers on the document frame to gauge the size. Reposition the frame around the center of the photo to highlight the central portion of the flower as well as the woman's face. To make the frame a little more interesting. Rotate is a little to the left. I freaked, ated it by minus four degrees to make the frame stand out a little better. Well had a drop shadow to the bottom and right sides. Click on the layer frame bottom to select it, then double click on it. To open the style's dialog box, select drop shadow and change the settings to angle 1 30 degrees Distance. Five pixels Spread zero size eight pixels click OK to close the box to add a drop. Shudder to the right side. It's not necessary to change the drop Shadows settings. Simply click on the FX icon on the layer all down the old key for Windows or the option key for Mac on your keyboard and drag a copy of style to the frame right layer. Now, if you hide and un hide the drop shadow on the layers, you can see how this effect enhances the frame. 5. Make the second frame: to create an even more interesting frame. Let's duplicated to create a second frame for the background. Click on the frame top player. Hold down the shift key on your keyboard and select till the frame layers. Use keyboard shortcut control J for Windows or command J for Mac to duplicate the layers right, click on one of the layers and select verge layers from the drop down menu. This combines all the layers into one. Name the Leia. That ground frame. Move this layer and position it slightly at the top right of the mainframe, then rotated to the right by eight degrees. Now we need to remove the part of this frame that overlaps onto the photo to create the illusion that the mainframe is laying on top of the background frame. Well, do this. Using a lay a mosque, click on the background frame layer to select it, then click on the add a layer mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Click on the lam. Asked to select it. You'll know it's selected because there will be a narrow border around it. Select the brush tool. Make sure blankets selected as the foreground color and select a hard round brush from the default set of brushes. Resize the brush to 50 pixels. Make sure the brush capacity is set to 100% then brush over the areas of the frame where it overlaps onto the photo. If you make a mistake, use keyboard shortcut X to swap the foreground and background colors. Select the color white to brush over the area that you want to fix. Didn't select the color black to redo it. You can see on the mosque the areas that we have removed from the Slayer When working with Leia mosques. Remember, black conceals white reveals. This means that when the lay a mosque is filled with the color black everything on the layer it's attached to its hidden on the main document. When it's filled with the color wide, you can see everything. Now let's remove the edges of the photo to soften them and resize them around the frames. We'll do this also, using a lie a mosque. Click on the photo layer to selected, then click on the add a layer mask icon like on the lay a mosque. To select it, select the brush tool, make sure blank is selected as the foreground color and select one off the grunge brushes from the vintage memories. Don't a br brush sit. Begin by clicking around the outside of the photo to relieve the hard edges. Resize the brush larger or smaller, using the left and right square bracket keys on your keyboard. The left Square bracket key will make the brush smaller, and the right square bracket key will make the brush larger. Occasionally swap between the different grunge brushes to create a list repetitive effect. You can also change the A pass ity of the brush. To soften the effect, use keyboard shortcut X to swap between the foreground and background colors in order to repair sections and then redo them. Continue in this way until the inches of the photo of faded around the outside of the frames. You can even remove a little from the inside edges of the frames. It doesn't have to be perfect 6. Add texture to the background of the photo: Once the photo wedges have been softened, we can now add some grunge style elements to the background of the photo. To make it a little more interesting. Open the PNG files that ground thoughts, background grid and background later and place them on to the workspace. Place background dots on the main document. A. Move it so that it's on the layer below the photo layer. Name the layer. Background dots, resize it so the inches extends slightly. Be on the photo place. Background, greed on the main document and move. It said that it's on the layer above the background dot slayer name. Delia. Background grid Resize it so that it's about the same size as the dots layer Place background letter on the main document and move it so that it's on the layer about the background grid. Leah named the Layer background letter, resize it so that it extends slightly beyond the dots and the grid. Rotate the background little layer slightly to the right, so that it looks a little more interesting. If irritated. Six degrees change the A pass ity of the layers to blend them into the background. A little better change background dots to 80% that ground grid to 35% and background letter to 30% with the background elements in position now at the lay a mosque to each of the layers, Select the brush tool. Make sure that the foreground color is set to black and select one of the grunge brushes from the vintage memories. Brush, sit. Select each of layer mosques in turn and carefully brush away random areas to create a blended effect. - No , it's at a little splatter to the background at a new layer about the background. Little layer and name it split a one. Select the splatter one brush and click once on the lower right of the photo at a new layer about the splatter one layer and name it splatter, too. Change the rotation of the brush to 90 degrees and click once just above the previous splatter. Select both the splatter layers. Select the move to and resource. The split is slightly smaller at a new layer above the split. A two layer and name it splatter. Three. Select the brush tool. Select the splatter to brush, then click along the bottom left of the photo. Add a new layer above the split of three loya and name it. Split a fool. Select the split of three brush and click along the top right of the photo resize this splatter slightly smaller than Atalay, a mosque to the slayer. Make sure that the layer mosque is selected and the color black is set Is the foreground color. Using one of the grunge brushes? Remove some of the splatter from around the center, where it's visible on the photo. 7. Resize and reposition the photo: No. The focal point of our photo. What design is more or less completed, we'll use the rule of thirds template guide to position it off center. This will make the artwork look much more interesting. Use keyboard shortcut control semi colon for windows or command semi colon for Mac to one. Hide the guidelines. Click on the background dot slayer, hold down the shift key on your keyboard, then click on the background frame layer to select both these layers, plus all the layers in between. Select the move to and position the layers so that the photo was centered on the cross points of the grid at the top right position. You could position the photo out on any off the cross points. However, I think it looks best here. Using this position as the rule of thirds photo might is centered on the top right, almost covering this space of four of the nine sections. The sections along the left side and along the bottom, a now white space. You can see how this makes the photo want much more interesting, as opposed to positioning it in the center of the document. Well, now resize the background texture to make it fit more snugly around the photo click on the background dot slayer. Hold down the shift key on your keyboard and click on the splatter four layer to select a lot. These layers, using the document handles, resize the layers to fit more closely around the photo. You could also resize the individual layers if necessary. Use keyboard shortcut control, semi colon or command semi colon to hide the guidelines. No, it said. A few final touches to the photo art, making you layer above the background frame layer a name it top line. One. Select the brush tool and select the line. One brush. Click along the top left of the photo frame, extending the line slightly beyond the left side, making you a or above the top line one layer a name it top line to select the line to brush , then click just above the top of the previous line, extending this line once again a little more beyond the left side. Use the move to and rotate the top line one so that it aligns with the angle of the top of the photo frame, making you layer above the top line to layer and name it bottom line one. Select the line one brush, then click along the bottom right of the photo frame, extending the line slightly beyond the right side, making you layer about the bottom line one layer and name it bottom line, too. Select the line to brush, then click just below the previous line, extending this line a little more beyond the right side. Use the move to and rotate the bottom wine, one so that it aligns with the angle of the bottom of the photo frame. Move the upper line so that it appears to be extending from the frame itself. Adding lines, as well as rotating the elements slightly helps to give the feeling of visual movement, which adds interest to the artwork. Lines can also be used as a way to draw the eyes of the viewer toward what you want them to see. The top line in this artwork is also an ideal place to add a word or two. Open the PNG file memories, place it on the main document and position it along the top of top line to name the layer memories. If you have trouble positioning the file. Uncheck the auto Select option on the main menu. Select the lay that you want to move, and you should be able to easily move it around to complete this section of the artwork and give it a bit of balance. They can you hear above the background frame layer and name it frame corner. Select the brush tool and select the frame corner brush, then click once on the bottom left of the mainframe. 8. Add a vintage style textured background: At this point, you could consider the photo are complete, however, once space doesn't necessarily have to be white and as this is vintage photo wide image, adding some C P A color and texture would certainly enhance the photo art and make it look more vintage style. Open the J pig files beachy texture one DJ texture to MBG texture. Paper. Place PCI. Text to one on the main document and movement so that the layer is just above the white background layer named the Leia Background. Texture. One play speech he texture to on the main document and move it so that the layer is just above the background. Texture. One layer. Name the Leia Background Texture, too. Change the blend mode of this layer to overlay. Play speech. He texture paper on the main document. Move it so that the layer is just above the background. Texture to layer. Name. Delia. Background, texture, paper Change the blend mode to linear burn and the layer rapacity to 30%. This crumpled paper texture adds a nice effect to the overall image and is the sort of texture that you might see on old vintage papers and photos. Now We'll add some finishing touches, making you layer just above the background texture paper layer and name it stain. Select the brush tool and select the stain brush, then double click on the full grand color and pick up one of the CP of colors from the background. I've used color C seven a 458 click once along the bottom left of the photo frame, slightly overlapping the frame so that the partial stain appears on the background. Make a new Leah just above the stain layer a name it photo background tint. Change the foreground color to D. C. C. 371 Select a soft round brush from the default set of brushes and change the size to 500 pixels, then click four or five times in the center To create a circular feathered shape, select the move tool and resize and reposition the tent beneath the photo so that the color extends slowly beyond the photo on the bottom and the bottom lift. This adds additional vintage color to the photo art. Open the PNG file water and place the image on the main document drank the layer to the very top and named the layer border change the blend mode too soft light. This splint mad blends the border edges into the background and turns it into a C P, a color that's in keeping with the overall feel of the image. Finally, we'll add an overall texture that will bring all the elements together to create a vintage color and feel open the J pic file texture overlay and place the image on the main document . Correct the layer to the very top and name it takes truthfully. Change the blend mode to overlay and the layer propensity to 60%. This completes the vintage memories. Photo wide image. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this photo out image using layers and layers of textures to create complex and interesting backgrounds. I also hope you enjoyed learning how to use white space and the rule of thirds to achieve interesting layouts.