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Create a realistic book scene

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 8, 2017

Let’s use our imagination and Photoshop to make it look as though a scene from a book is coming to life

1. Make the edges darker

Create a new document (380x320mm, RGB, 300ppi), add the sky. Duplicate (Cmd/Ctrl+J), use the Rectangular Marquee (M), make a selection as above, apply a 300px Feather (Shift+F6), invert the selection (Cmd/ Ctrl+Shift+I), press delete three times and change blend mode to Multiply.

2. Adjust the perspective

Add the wood, duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl+J) until it fills the screen and merge it (Cmd/Ctrl+E). Go to the Perspective tool (Edit>Transform>Perspective) and adjust the shape of the table. To make it easier, drag the small squares of the base out of the scene and the top squares inside the scene.

3. Add the details

Let’s create details on the table. Add the wood again, use the Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) and rotate it horizontally, as shown in the image above. Then apply Feather (step 1) at 2px. Finally duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl+J) and place at the back of the table.

4. Make shadows

Add ivy and place it as shown above. Duplicate it, place behind the original layer, activate the selection (Cmd/ Ctrl-click on the layer thumbnail), paint with #6a4c3c (Alt+Del), use the Gaussian Blur (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur) set to 5px and change the blend mode to Multiply.

5. Use a mask

Add grass, place it behind the table, press the Add Layer Mask button, select black as your colour and use the Brush Tool (B) to erase the sky. Then duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl+J), flip horizontally (Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal) and place as above.

6. Link adjustment layers

Adjust the colour of the grass layers. Follow the same procedure with both layers. Go to the Adjustment menu, select Hue/Saturation, set to 24, 39, 0, hold Cmd/Ctrl+Alt and click on the layer thumbnail, then repeat the steps, only with Brightness/ Contrast (0, 30) and Levels (0, 1.00, 198).

7. Add the book

Add ‘book.jpg’. To make it look as though it has more pages, add an image of some more pages and place it on the left side. To blend the image, make a mask (step 5) and erase the unnecessary parts. Duplicate the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J), flip it horizontally (step 5) and place it on the right side.

8. Group layers with mask

Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), use the Pen Tool (P) to make a selection around the right page, activate the selection (Cmd/Ctrl+Enter), create a layer group (Cmd/Ctrl+G) and press the Add Layer Mask button. Then place the grass image inside the folder.

9. Adjust the mask

Follow the instructions for step 8 to create a layer group with a mask on the left side of the book. Add grass inside the folder and use the Warp tool (Edit>Transform>Warp) to set the grass shape.

10. Blend the details

Add Layer 01, from some more grass and place it on the left edge of the book, then add Layer 02 from the same photo – of the grass – and place as in the image above. To blend the images, make a mask (step 5) to erase the unnecessary parts.

11. Enhance the details

Add grass and place it in the middle of the book. To blend the image, make a mask (step 5) and erase the unnecessary parts. To enhance the details, duplicate the layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J), apply the High Pass filter (Filter>Other>High Pass) set to 1px and change the blend mode to Soft Light.

12. New elements

Add flowers and place at the top of the book. To blend the image with the grass, make a mask (step 5) and erase the unnecessary parts, then apply a Feather (step 1) set to 2px. Then, add the book detail and place it on the left side of the book.

13. Add the stones

Add a mountain and place it in front of the flowers. Use a mask (step 5) to erase the unnecessary parts, then adjust the colour tone by linking a Levels adjustment layer (0, 1.00, 216). Finally duplicate it (Cmd/Ctrl+J), until it fills the back part of the book.

14. Change the blend mode

Add a river, place it in the middle of the book and use a mask to erase unnecessary parts. Add water, place it on the side of the river and change the blend mode to Screen. Finally add ‘water_ splash.psd’ and repeat the procedure.

15. Create a gradient mask

Add a waterfall. Erase the unnecessary parts with a mask, then use the Gradient Tool (G), go to the Gradient Picker, choose Foreground to Transparent and gently erase the waterfall. Add a water splash, place it on the table and change the blend mode to Screen.

16. Quick Mask

Add boat, make a mask to erase the unnecessary parts, but keep the original shadow of the boat. Press Q, use the Brush Tool (B) and paint the boat’s shadow. Press Q again, invert the selection (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I) and use the Color Balance adjustment (-21, 0, 24).

17. Add the river details

Add a waterfall and place it in front of the stones. Add another water splash, change the blend mode to Screen and place it at the base of the waterfall. Finally add more grass and make a mask to erase the unnecessary parts.

18. Use the Motion Blur filter

Add a tree and place it on the left side. Make a new layer (Cmd/ Ctrl+Shift+N), pick the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), make a circle, paint it black (Alt+Del) and use the Motion Blur filter (Filter>Blur>Motion Blur) Angle: 0, Distance: 43px. Duplicate both layers and place on the right side.

19. Colour blend mode

Add a bridge, place in the centre of the book, make a mask (step 5) to blend with the grass and the background mountains. Activate the layer selection (Cmd/Ctrl-click on the layer thumbnail), create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), paint with #d7796d and change the blend mode to Color, with layer Opacity set to 20%.

20. Set the shadow tone

Use the Eyedropper Tool (I) to click on the grass under the bridge. Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to make a shadow shape, and paint it with the selected colour (Alt+Del). Use the Gaussian Blur filter (Step 4) set to 20px, and change the blend mode to Multiply (Opacity: 70%).

21. Watch the details

Add a house and place it behind the right tree. Apply the Feather (step 1) set to 2px, press the Add Layer Mask button, select the Pen Tool (P), make a selection of the bottom of the house, as shown above, activate it (Alt+Enter), pick black as your colour and then and press Alt+Del.

22. Add characters

On each added image, set the Feather command (step 1) to 1px and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) to create the shadows (step 20). Add some characters, a trampoline and place as in the image.

23. Draw the fishing line

Add a fisher, flip it horizontally if need be (step 5) and place it close to the river. Make a mask (step 5) to blend it with the grass. Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+J), use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), draw a line, paint it white (Alt+Del) and apply a gradient mask (step 15).

24. Rotate the line

Add a boy and repeat the procedure from step 22. Add a kite, apply a Feather (step 1) and place it just like the image above. Repeat the previous step to draw a line and finally use the Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) to rotate it.

25. Select the elements

Let’s put some elements in the sky. Add birds, a balloon and place them as above. To bring a smaller balloon closer to the larger one, use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), make a selection around it, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow and adjust the balloon’s position.

26. Use the lens flare

Select all the layers, duplicate (Cmd/ Ctrl+J) and merge (Cmd/Ctrl+E). Use the Lens Flare (Filter>Render>Lens Flare) and place the sunlight in the centre of the sky. Then use the Hue/Saturation command (Cmd/Ctrl+U), set to 0, 0, -100. Finally, change the blend mode to Screen.

27. Set the colour tone

Let’s use the adjustment layers to set the colour tone of the scene. Use Brightness/ Contrast (18, 27) twice, Levels (7, 1.00, 255), Hue/ Saturation (0, -10, 0) and finally Color Lookup (3Strip.Look).