How To Create 'A Picture World' - A Photoshop Tutorial
A World of Butterflies
Creating 'Your World' Photoshop Tutorial
Create a folder with your chosen 25 images to use
Using Adobe Photoshop create a new image
Click on File
Click on ‘Automate’ in the drop down box
Click on ‘Contact sheet 2’
In the open window
Browse to find your folder of photos
Size your document
3 inches width
3 inches height
Untick flatten all layers
Untick use auto spacing
Ensure the vertical and horizontal boxes are set to 0
Columns - enter 5
Rows - enter 5
Ensure ‘Rotate for best fit box’ is unticked
And also ‘Use filename as caption box’ is unticked
If you have done all this correctly the box in the top right of the window is square and grey.
Your 25 images will now transfer to the blank image you have specified.
Choose and Transfer 25 Images
Filling the gaps
Now we have to close down all the white areas.
First choose your favourite image
I am going to choose the single daffodil on the LHS
Click on the move tool and put a tick in the AUTO SELECT LAYER save box in the top toolbar.
Move your favourite image to the centre of the page, moving the image that is there somewhere else.
Move your images around to close up the white gaps.
You will find you still have some white gaps near the edges.
We will use the images we already have to fill the gaps.
Using the move tool and holding down on the alt key, click on an image to create a duplicate and them move this to a gap.
Continue doing this until you have filled all the gaps.
The whole screen is now full of images.
Filling the gaps
Flatten the image
If you look in the layers at the RHS of the screen you will see all the different layers - each image has it’s own layer.
We need to collapse these layers.
Click on layers in the top toolbar and click on ‘Flatten image’ in the drop down box, this collapses all the layers into one single background layer.
Transforming the image to a World shape
Now we have a background layer, we are going to make a selection.
Select the Elliptical Marquee tool in the toolbar on the LHS and hold the shift key on the keyboard, start in the top left hand corner and drag down to the bottom right corner. Holding shift will give you a perfect circle - be careful not to make your circle too big.
Click on edit copy and edit paste - if you look in layers on the RHS you will see you have a copy. You can now delete the background copy by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the box.
The image still looks like a circle, we need to make it look more like a ball.
Click on the filter option at the top of your screen, click on distort then spherize, this opens a window, ensure this says 100% and click OK.
Transforming your shape into Your World
Creating a 3D effect
We now need to add some shading and light to make it look more 3D
Hold down the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail image in layers on the LHS of the screen, your large circle is now ‘selected’
Create a new layer by clicking on ‘create a new layer’ at the bottom of your layers box on the RHS of the screen.
Choose black as your foreground colour on the LHS of the screen
Click on edit and choose stroke in the drop down box
In the open window, enter 100 for the width then click OK
This will put a thick black line around the image.
As this is too thick and heavy, click on filter in the top toolbar, then blur then Gaussian blur - adjust to approximately 80 radius, click OK.
This gives the impression the edges are darker.
To finish the 3D feel, choose white as your foreground colour, select your paintbrush at a size of 600 and click on your image where you would like a highlight.
Click on layer in the top toolbar and click on merge down, this merges the layers but keeps the transparency.
To get rid of the selections, click on selections in the top toolbar and click on deselect.
Adding Shade and Highlight
Adding a Background and Reflection
We can now add this picture to a new background.
I suggest a size of 9 inches width and 14 inches height 300 dpi
I have written a easy, fun tutorial on how to create an abstract background images here.
Open your background image and using the move tool drag and drop your circle.
To create a reflection
Click on the layer in the layers box and duplicate layer
Click on the original layer in the layers box
Click on edit
Untick auto select layers in the toolbar
Use the move tool and holding the shift key down, drag the flipped image down. (this is behind your image)
Drag it down so it is touching the original image.
Drop the opacity down to about 50% in the layers box.
Take the eraser tool with a big brush and run it across the bottom of the image to blur it, make the opacity about 50%.
Crop the image of Your World as necessary.
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