Go to Select > Color Range > Midtones. Since the texture has a very high contrast, you should be selecting only small portions of the image. Create a new layer and fill the selection with green (36592e). Set the layer’s opacity to 30% and hide the image’s layer.
Repeat the same process to create another texture layer with a different colour (#669996), but rotate the image this time, and play around with the contrast to make the lines thinner. Leave this layer’s opacity at 100% after filling the selection in another layer.
As a final touch, add some bird shapes from Bittmap’s freely downloadable pack, www.tinyurl.com/5dczvs, to the landscape. Add four similar ones, and position them horizontally as to make them look as though they’re flying around the trees. Use them as an opportunity to add variation to the design with a bold orange colour, and add a few highlights to their wings.
Now use a soft brush with the pressure sensitivity enabled to draw streams that suggest the birds’ motion. Also, make a selection of the letters’ faces and fill them with similar shades of green. I gave the ‘r’ and first ‘e’ a more intense colour, and added an orange reflection through a clipping mask.
Add some contrast to the image by adding a Curves and Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Because the curves will also intensify the colour, drag the Saturation bar to -7 and change the Hue to -5.
Who: Digital illustrator and graphic design student Alex Beltechi is based in Romania and currently writes tutorials based on personal projects. Last year he won an international competition for Photoshop tutorials. He now works as a freelancer and enjoys composing piano based music in his (non-existent) free time.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 3 hours