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How To Create 'A Picture World' - A Photoshop Tutorial

Updated on May 7, 2013

A World of Butterflies

A World of Butterflies
A World of Butterflies | Source

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

Resolution 300dpi

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.

Click OK

Your 25 images will now transfer to the blank image you have specified.

Choose and Transfer 25 Images

A new document
A new document | Source
Your 25 images transferred
Your 25 images transferred | Source

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

Select and move your chosen centre image and close the gaps
Select and move your chosen centre image and close the gaps | Source
Duplicate images to fill the gaps
Duplicate images to fill the gaps | Source

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

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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

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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

Transform

Flip vertically

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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My World

My World of Flowers
My World of Flowers | Source
My World of Butterflies
My World of Butterflies | Source

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello moonlake, thank you for stopping by, it's good to see you, I hope all is well with you, glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

      Take care, have a beautiful day,

      best wishes Lesley

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Very neat. Great instructions.

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi agvulpes, good to see you - thanks for dropping by!

      Hope you 'have a go' it's great fun - enjoy!

      Have a wonderful day and take care.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Peter 3 years ago from Australia

      G'day Movie Master, I don't know how I missed this Hub when you first published?

      Great original idea and the tutorial is also great and I have bookmarked so I can 'have a go' and shared !

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      Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi kerlund74, you're welcome! and thank you for visiting today, glad you enjoyed it, have a great day.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      This is awesome:) I like the 3D-effect, the reflection and the lightening. Great work!

      Voted up and more. Thank you for tips earlier today.

      Have a great week!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Eileen, what a shame you don't have photoshop, sometimes Adobe do a free trial version, perhaps you could try that!

      Thank you so much for reading and your comments.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      This looks terrific and you have given good directions. Trouble is I dont have photoshop. Just Jasc Paint shop pro. And everything is different.

      Not to worry this is a great hub

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Suki, Isn't it a great effect? hope you try it, any problems give me a shout.

      Many thanks for your votes and pin, they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Barbara C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      I would love to try this - I haven't used photoshop very much but this is so stunning that I will make the effort - your instructions look very good and easy to follow :)

      (voted up and will also pin to my photo pinterest board - Barbara Crouter)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Denise, I would love to drop by and take you through these instructions, that would give me so much pleasure.

      I hope you get to try it some day, thank you for stopping by, your comments and share they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh my gosh-I love the end product here, but even reading the very clear instructions has confused me! I think I'm a 'hands on' learner and need someone next to me to walk me through it. Care to drop by? ha ha.

      Well, one day after J has graduated, I will attempt this project. It's so beautiful, especially of the butterflies!

      Thanks for the awesome hub and instructions! Sharing.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi TedandDees, thank you for reading, I am sure you will enjoy trying this out, it's great fun!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Robert Wirth 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you for this. It is something I will try for sure.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vinaya, yes it's great fun experimenting with collages and quite addictive too!

      Many thanks for your visit, best wishes Lesley

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Movie Master,

      this easy to follow guide is so wonderful. I love creating collages on photoshop. Thanks for sharing this idea.

      Cheers

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, I too love creating collages - this one is a bit different and I never seem to tire experimenting with it!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a wonderful day! love Lesley

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub MM and there's nothing I like more than experimenting and editing hubs ;making collages I love,so this gem is voted across the board.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdrui, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, they are much appreciated!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Lesley, Your photos are gorgeous every step of the way, particularly in 3D!

      Up + UABI.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for taking us on the step-by-step tour, Derdriu

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, thank you so much for dropping by and your comments, it's always good to see you - hope all is well with you.

      You may find it worth trying the trial version first and see how you get on with it!

      Have fun, best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MM... what an interesting idea... I use photo Elements but I do think I will be looking closer now at Photoshop because of a few tricks like this one... been a while since I have stopped. I have all the right excuses... lol

      Hugs from Canada

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, I hope you give photoshop a try - you will be amazed what you can accomplish!

      You may find my other hub on abstract backgrounds easier to start off with - have fun!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, thank you for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Lesley,

      You have created such a beautiful world of butterflies and flowers. I have never used photoshop but with your step by step instructions and links I am very tempted.

      Voted up and away!

      Have a good weekend :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Very useful, the step by step instructions are easy to follow . Your photos are stunning. Voted up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Ruchira!

      Have a wonderful weekend and take care, Lesley

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow...such an informative tutorial. Loved reading it, Lesley.

      Some day will give it a shot till then, voted up as useful and interesting.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Rosemay!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I thought it must be your own it looks great

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, thank you so much for your visit, yes it is one of my backgrounds - It's an abstract background I created in Photoshop and wrote a hub about it a couple of weeks ago!

      Thanks again Rosemay, glad you like it!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suzette, it's good to know you found the instructions easy to follow! thank you so much for your comments and votes, they mean a lot to me:-)

      Have a fabulous, best wishes Lesley

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Lesley just popping in to say I like your profile background, I am guessing it is one of your own. Nice and bright and colourful :)

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Lesley, you are an amazing teacher. These directions and explanations are so easy to follow and your images and photos are superb. These are great ideas to do with photos to make photo art. I am amazed at your creativity. These both, the butterflies and the flowers, are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Voted up and up and up!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi teaches, thank you so much for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated!

      Have wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Voted way up! You certainly know how to make this technology work and your detailed post is so very helpful in understanding it. Very nice photos as well. Thanks.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tobusiness, I hope you give it a go, it's a lot easier than you think!

      Thank you so much for your comments:-)

      Best wishes lesley

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lesley, very creative, I would love to be able to do this, but not very hopeful, you are a very clever lady.

      I'm bookmarking to give it a try later. Thank you for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gamerelated, thank you for your comments - I hope you enjoy creating your world of images!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mandar, yes you can certainly do some amazing things in photoshop - I hope you find this useful!

      Thank you so much for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Gamerelated 5 years ago from California

      Wow, those pictures that you have created are beautiful. Your instructions on to create these pictures are very detailed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I really need to learn how to create those images.

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Hi MM,

      I am literally 'zero' at photoshop, and the hub has helped a lot. I know the software can do wonders! Bookmarking for help.........Have a great day....

      :) Mandar

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi lord, thank you for your fabulous comments!

      Have a wonderful day and take care, best wishes Lesley

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Darn! This was so cool. There is so much to do and test. Not bad at all. and your link for the trail is perfect. Great job Lesley! I'm still in awe!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi prasetio, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this tutorial, I hope you give it a try, it's great fun experimenting with images!

      Thank you for your comments and votes, have a lovely weekend and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, hub of the day - if only, I have yet to receive that accolade, maybe one day I'll make it!!

      Thank you so much for your comments, they mean a great deal to me.

      Enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, thank you for your lovely comments, I'm so glad you enjoyed this, have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It's a wonderful Photoshop tutorial. I love this program and you teach us about amazing tips in creating "beautiful world". Though I familiar with Photoshop, but I never know your tricks. You have done a good job by writing and share with us. Voted up and pressing the buttons, except funny. Have a nice weekend, Lesley.

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Th should be a Hub of the Day. I used to spend hours on Photoshop. It was a way to relax. Nowadays I am thankful if my backside ever hits a chair! You sure did an outstanding job on this Hub. Thank you for a detailed and beautiful Hub.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so jealous. You are so talented. Maybe there is still hope for me. I love them all but especially the Butterflies. Thank you for sharing..

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jeanne, I hope you have fun creating 'your world' many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Jeanne Grunert 5 years ago from Virginia

      This is awesome. I don't have the same computer program, but you've inspired me to try it with what I have. Thanks!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi unknown spy, not sure how much that is but it sounds pricey!! I hope you find the tutorial useful - many thanks for your comments, have a great day, best wishes Lesley

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Perfect! I always rely on tutorials when creating my edited 'masterpieces'.. self-study only, the Photoshop tutorials here range from 5,000 - 8,000 pesos (5 days).

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ciprica, many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, it's well worth taking advantage of a free trial - hope you have fun creating and experimenting!!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, it's a lot easier than you might think - if I can do it anybody can!!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      ciprica 5 years ago

      Really good job, it's amazing! Even if I am a web designer, I didn't knew how to create a globe like this.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Josh, many thanks for your comments, hope you have fun creating 'your world'

      Have a great day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi mvillecat, I am sure you will have lots of fun experimenting with this! many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jackie, it is great fun - I could play and create with this all day long!

      Enjoy!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care Lesley

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Lesley this is an awesome tutorial, so easy to follow. These 2 you did look beautiful.

      And you even tempt us with a free trial link too, guess hwere I am going from here.

      Awesome and thank you for sharing these instructions.

      Voting up

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wow MM, I am Impressed with your Photoshop Tutorial. Your step by step directions are Wonderful. I think even "I "can Create...Loved the Beautiful Flowers. Thanks for sharing Lesley.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Lesley,

      Excellent tutorial! I will definitely be checking this one out! Thanks for sharing Lesley!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, thank you for stopping by, your comments, votes and share it's much appreciated!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, I certainly do enjoy 'creating' thank you for your continued support and encouragement - I am currently working on Movie Masters calendars for 2013!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Curiad, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tutorial and you are welcome regarding your link!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, I hadn't thought about framing my picture - I'm going to print it off and hang it above my desk!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thank you! I just purchased Photoshop Elements a couple of days ago and trying to figure it out. I will pin this so I can use it. Thanks!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, this is such a fun creation to do - many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed it!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Leslie, I have to do this, it looks like so much fun and what better than all your fav flower shots put together! Thank you.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Very cool! I don't have photoshop which is too bad. Beautiful and useful. Shared too because this is really good information.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Lesley, you produce incredible work. I am sure a line of Movie Master Calenders would do well. You are so creative.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Very nice tutorial MM, thank you for sharing this. PS, thank you for the link!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Reynold Jay, it's exciting and great fun when you discover what you can do in photoshop - it's good to know my instructions are easy to understand!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and glad to have you as a fan!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi billy, I am so pleased you enjoyed the tutorial - hope you give it a try, many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, I love this. I can see this framed in a round or oval picture frame and hung on my wall. You could easily sell them. Gorgeous!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for this look at photoshop and your creation!

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Holy moley...you can do all of this? It in mind boogling all the things you cn do with this.! I enjoyed this very much although I may never use any of it. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I gotta give this an Up ONE AND BEAUTIFUL. I'm now your fan!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      you are, indeed, the master! Wonderful tutorial my friend! Despite my rapidly increasing age I do believe I can do some of these things thanks to your great instruction.