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Become a mixed media maestro (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
February 22, 2015

Part 2 of our awesome guitar tutorial!

11. Thunderous notes

Use the Custom Shape Tool to add shapes like the Lightning and Eighth Note presets in light yellow and white and adorn these with soft Drop Shadows.

12. Flaming virtuosity

Go to File>Place and add a fire stock image. Set the blend mode to Lighten. Use Free Transform to scale, rotate and position the fire at the top-left of the guitar. Add a layer mask and paint out the excess.

13. Load brush

From the brush preset menu, load a custom paint brush. Set your foreground colour to a light yellow and background to white.

14. Wandering lines

With the loaded brush, creates lines that flow in a meandering fashion, adding subtle yet effective decor. You can use the mouse to create these or, for better control, use a graphics tablet if you have one.

15. Writing music

Create a new layer and full it with white using the Paint Bucket tool (G). Create another new layer and use the Type tool (T) to write in a plain font.

16. Another jagged cutout

After confirming the type, press Cmd/Ctrl+E to merge down. Use the Polygonal Lasso tool to create a jagged selection around the type, as with the sheet music and then click on the layer mask icon.

17. Free Transform

Press Cmd/Ctrl+T for Free Transform. Scale down, rotate and position below the guitar. When finished with the transforms, hit Return to confirm. Apply a soft Drop Shadow, again via the fx button.

18. Envelope texture

Go to File>Place and add a paper or envelope texture. Set the blend mode to Overlay. Apply a layer mask and then paint in black to tone areas down as needed. Duplicate (Cmd/Ctrl+J), set to Hard Light, drop Opacity to 50% and then tweak until you’re happy.

19. Closing act

To finish off, we’ll apply an image-wide tonal adjustment. Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels and click OK. Drag the Highlights slider inwards to brighten. Counterbalance with the Shadows slider and fine-tune with Midtones if needed.