Embellishing with Vector Art
And the first thing we're going to do is a vector embellish and this is just so much fun and we're going todo ahead and open up the document that I created for you yes, this is a really adult racing on a really small back it's called pocket back bracing and it does take place I've never done it it looks like a lot of fun so what we have over here in our layers panel is we have our original photo and then we have an illustration of some flames brought in as a smart object and I know it's a smart ajit because it's got this funky little badge at the bottom right of the layer thumbnail we also have a layer mass going on and that is because the illustration of flames that I downloaded from my stock photo had several different versions of the flames in the file, so I just brought in the whole illustration and ijust masked the flames that I didn't want to use case ellipse go ahead and delete I'm gonna delete this layer starting with the original photo now I'm gonna go ahead and place that ill...
ustration as a smart object, so I'm going to go up to the file menu and choose place this is the way that you can create a smart object that appears inside of an already open photoshopped document so file place he didn't navigato where the illustration lives so it's in the victor embellish file and we're going to go toe istock flames so now many click place and if you get this dialogue go ahead and click ok and this time when the art comes in it does come in with a re sizing boss cause photoshopped thanks well hey she's placing a file into an already open document I bet she's going to need to resize this sucker first in sure enough I d because it's really huge so again I can't see my re sizing handle, so I'm gonna press commander control zero to resize the window so I can see them and I'm gonna hold downshift option or shift all on the pc and we're going to make those flames smaller I'm going to release those modifier keys, click and drag within the box to put my flames near the exhaust pipe, which I think this is how I entertain myself because to me this is screamingly funny maybe not screamingly funny but pretty darn amusing okay, so I'm gonna resize it just a little bit more and make it a little bit smaller and you can nudge this transformed box around you know to get it in the right place with her arrow keys so senators, you're satisfied with size go ahead and click return or enter on your keyboard and they'll because that illustration that I purchased has these extra flames I can add a layer mask to this layer and hide them by painting with a brush set to black black conceals white reveals so we're on our way smart object flame layer over here in our layers panel so we can go ahead and click the circle within a square icon at the bottom of the panel that adam ask pressed be the grab our paintbrush take a picket your color chips think about that rhyme black conceals white reveals press x so that black is on top use your bracket key trick to increase your breast size and pain across the flames or the part of the illustration that you don't want included in your image? Yes question I tried to import the flames, I got a message that said could not place because photo shop was unable to parse the photos script postscript oh that's very interesting a lot of people are like me e I honestly don't know why I didn't place that if he used the file place man, I'm using things actually files that you guys have. I said that you had to choose between a pdf file in an image and I chose the pdf file did you choose that? But after you choose that you have to make another choice and don't choose image, ok? Well, I'm just a little point that was here because in their message but I'm going to go ahead and do the exact same thing on a different set of images, and hopefully it won't get that error that's odd, because I'm using the same images, and I'm not getting that, ok? So let's, take a look at the second one that we're gonna create. So here we have an image, a photo, but I've added an illustration of musical notes coming out of the sex phone, so all kinds of opportunities to embellish riel photos with art that was created by hand, not that you have to create it, it's going to go ahead and delete the layer that I already created for you, and I would do the exact same thing again. She's the file menu choose place, and this time we're going to navigate teo the istock music news and gives you a little preview of the image if a preview was saved with the file, so we're gonna go ahead and click place and again, my artwork came in with re sizing handles, and this time, what I really need to do is rotate the art, but I'm going to make it a little bit smaller first, then I'm gonna have her my cursor outside the edge of one of the corner places, and my goal is to flip this ninety degrees, right think ninety degrees I don't want it to end up at an angle so I'm gonna hold on my shift key as I'm dragging to rotate and that's going to restrict my rotation to certain increments and I'm going to be able to get it perfectly straight up and down so looks like I do need to do a little bit more re sizing someone oppress commander control zero and then hold the shift key as I'm dragging and then click within this area to move it around on my document impress return when I'm finished now what I need to do is add a layer mass to hide the second set of musical news and also museum in the shame hide the tail into the music note so that they look like they're coming out of the belle of the sax phone so we're going to go ahead and add let a layer mask to our smart object layer I already had my brush still activated I already have black is the foreground color chip I'm going to go down and brush size with the left bracket key to hide the's little notes right here so they look like they're coming out of the saxophone they're really not get up and brush size zem added my documents so I can see the other set of musical notes that I want to hide and he simply paint over them to get them out of the way pretty amazing stuff let me see if I have I have one more example for you exact same technique, someone a closed that one, and we're going to do it again. Now you can also copy and paste straight from illustrator, ok, so if we had illustrator open and you selected some artwork and illustrator and copied it to your computer's clipboard, just like we did earlier using commander control, see, when you come back in the photo shop and click paste the regular pace, not paste into your anything like that photo shop will ask you. Do you want to pace this as a smart object or pixels too smart object some on this one? I'm going to go ahead and choose file place against we've done the same thing. This is the third time, and now we're going to click the I stocked up and it's the illustrator file. Go ahead and click place if you encounter this dialogue, go ahead and click ok, and now we've got a little death sitting on our little guitar and it was my version of the woodstock poster with the dove sitting on the guitar. Nick so here again, you can resize the art if you want, and I'm just gonna perch our little dove right here on the bridge and press return. So I absolutely love adding illustrations to photos. It kind of merges the surreal with the realistic it's, anything great way to add visual interest to the image that you're creating.