Set the blending mode of the new layer to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 70%.
Select both layers by holding down Cmd/Ctrl and clicking on one then the other. Hit Cmd/Ctrl + E to merge the two together. Double-click the new layer to bring up the Layer Styles box. Select Bevel and Emboss’ from the styles list on the left. Uncheck the Use global light box and set the depth to 100%.
Set the size to 100px and the soften to 16px. In the Shading option set the angle to 101º and the altitude to 64º. Then set the highlight opacity to 24 and the shadow opacity to 100.
Duplicate this new layer again by dragging onto the Create new layer button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Set the blending mode to Multiply and the opacity to 20%. Select both layers and merge again using Cmd/Ctrl + E.
Now duplicate this layer by holding Alt/Opt while clicking and dragging, place it in front of the smaller splash and rainbow to the right and resize (Cmd/Ctrl + T) to fit.
As a final adjustment, select the top layer, ‘Foreground elements’, in the layers palette. Then in the menu bar, select Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. Set the brightness to +6 and the contrast to +18 and the image is complete.
THERE WILL BE UNICORNS
Having cut his creative teeth at McFaul Studio, Thomas Burden has now ventured out on his own as a freelance illustrator. While working for McFaul, he had the opportunity to work for major-league clients including Saatchi & Saatchi, Disney, and Bob Dylan. He’s been no slouch since going freelance either – his commissions to date include work for Don’t Panic, Will Young, and Samsung.
Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
TIME TO COMPLETE
Files for this tutorial are on the CD. The Illustrator file can be downloaded from here; but the accompanying Photoshop file is too large to offer as a download.