Now if that image does not make you want to go on holiday, i don’t know what does 🙂

The bridge function is now getting second nature, the ability to just browse adobe files while still in PS is great, and then the ability to view 2 or more images side by side by using the ‘arrange documents’ button is great.  So once the ‘beach’ image is dragged onto the ‘pineapple’ image it shows up behind the ‘pineapple’ as both layers are ‘viewable’, so we just click the little ‘eye’ next to the pineapple and we can now only see the beach layer.

The next job was to stick a white border around the beech image, so with the beech layer selected the stroke style is applied.  As we needed a white border the colour picker was changed to white.  Once this was done all layers are switched back on, but the beech is back behind the pineapple, and as we needed this on top as in the final image, the layers have to be arranged.  Just click on the beech thumbnail and with the left button on the mouse pressed just move it up and drop it between pineapple and flower layer.

Now the beech image shows up on top of the pineapple but behind the flower and postage stamp

Still not getting the love to book that holiday….. time to give the postcard the wow effect, but little by little.

First was to make the postage stamp ;lighter’, this is done my just changing the ‘Opacity’ of the postage layer, dropped the figure down to 25% to get a very light stamp.  That pineapple is still not doing it, so it needs to be more vibrant, like it fell of a tree.  Making sure the other layers are unselected select and pressing ‘CTRL’ and left mouse you get an option menu up, and then select Duplicate Layer.  Using this new copy layer, change to blending from the overview menu, this blends the copy layer and the original pineapple layers giving a more vibrant look – if im honest I did not see much change, but the booke says it does do the book must be right? right?

Need to move that beech layer, so selecting the beech layer and unselecting the flower we can use a tool called ‘free transform’.  This sticks a box around the image, and by holding down the shift button at the same time as you drag a corner in, this makes sure both dimensions change at the same time, the image is reduced by about 50% and then rotated slightly.  To get the final postion the flower layer is made viewable again and then the beech image is rotated until the right edge of the beech is just covered by the bottom petal.

Time to add some colour to the background, this is done by making sure the background layer is selected and then hitting the ‘new layer button’ at the bottom of the layers window – this is an easier wasy than doing the new layer route from the main menu that runs along the top of the screen.  This new layer is called clouds,  using the forground colour icon from the bottom of the tools menu, select a ‘sky’ colour.  Then making sure the cloud layer is still the active layer using the filter menu the effect cloud is selected from the render menu, and bang nice tropical sky appear’s behind the other layers.

Now need to add some text, making sure the ‘Hawaii’ layer is visable, and then ‘select’ from the main menu followed by deselect layers, this makes sure no layers are active.  Using the foreground colour selector get a ‘grassy’ green colour 🙂  Selecting the ‘Horizontal Type Tool’ and then clicking on the image just below the ‘H’ of Hawaii the words Island Paradise are typed.  This new word can be repostioned to line it up.   The next few stages are to add a bit more colour to the text and add a little shadowing to the other images

just sticking up the end link for the moment

Chapter 4 Final Image