Step 8 Start to build up a dynamic composition by bringing in strong colour and shapes using geometric forms such as semi-circles, triangles and squares. To create a circle, select the Ellipse tool in the Tool palette, and then Shape Layers from the top toolbar.

Pick a strong colour from the Color Picker. With a traditional four-colour print job we’d stick to 100% cyans, magentas, yellows and blacks for the most striking effect – but the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II’s 10-ink system gives us much wider scope. With the printer having separate red and green ink tanks, we don’t have to worry about warm shades looking murky.


Step 9 You can add texture to a shape by creating a quick masked folder. To do this draw a vector shape, in the menu bar click Layer > Rasterize > Shape. In the Tool panel select Magic Wand and highlight the shape. In the Layers panel select Create a New Group and then click on Add Layer Mask. This creates a folder the same shape as your vector element. In here you can drop any texture to add depth.


Step 10 To match the circus theme, I’ve used star shapes and intricate vector patterns. An easy way to build these is to create the shapes you require in Illustrator, copy them, move to Photoshop and then paste them into your print document.