Artsy Paper #1 from ArtPlay Palette Narcissus by Anna Aspnes is a stunning piece of art without any photos. I can only hope that the roses I bought yesterday specifically for this paper do it justice.
I created this page with an Artsy Paper, photos of three different roses and a tag. Below are the steps.
Place Artsy Paper
- Open a new blank 12×12 inch document in Photoshop.
- Place Artsy Paper #1 from ArtPlay Palette Narcissus.
- Place photos of three different roses above Artsy Paper #1
- Using the Quick Selection Tool, find the edges of each rose.
- Click the Select and Mask tab at the top of the screen.
- Adjust the Smooth, Feather and Shift Edge levers.
- Select Output to Layer Mask.
- Repeat process for each rose.
- Resize and arrange as desired.
Custom Drop Shadows
- From the Styles Panel select a shadow for each rose.
- Click the FX symbol on the right of the photo layer and choose Create Layer option to place the drop shadow on a separate layer.
- Press Command+V to access the Warp Tool. Drag the shadow a little to create more variability on your shadow layer.
- Repeat for each photo layer.
- To each photo layer clip a Hue and Saturation Layer. Select the Sepia Preset from the drop down menu. Change the opacity to 30% on Normal blend mode.
Add Tag and Quote
- Place the .psd file of the tag included in ArtPlay Palette Narcissus.
- Drag another copy of Artsy Paper #1 and reduce the size so that it just covers the tag. Clip it to the tag.
- Add a Layer Mask to the paper layer. With a small hard round brush reveal the threads and staples.
- Duplicate the layer. Change the blend mode to Linear Burn and invert the Layer Mask by pressing Command+I to darken the staples.
- Add a quote if desired.
Extractions add dimension to layouts. I encourage you to practice with the Quick Selection Tool as an alternative to using the Pen Tool for extractions.