Next, we need to create the adjustment layers. These should be above the other layers in the canvas. Create a new layer, name it Exclusion, and give it a blue background with this hexadecimal number: 263248. Set the blend mode to Soft Light. This treatment will soften the ‘whites’ of the image. Click Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels and check the contrast of the composition.
Finally, import texturepaper.jpg (which can be downloaded on the right). To get a feeling of old paper, click Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map and choose the gradient black-to-white. Use Levels or Brightness/Contrast to get more blacks and whites from the texture. Now set the blend mode to Screen.
Now you’re done! I wrote a song lyric in the centre of the moon image using the Avant Garde font. Try using other elements to complement the composition, like fonts and brushes.
A cool trick for the treatment of images is to use the High Pass filter. Click Filter > Other > High Pass, and set the radius to 12 pixels. Now, set the blend mode to Soft Light. In my opinion, the High Pass is among the most effective filters for sharpening images.
Who: Danilo Rodrigues is a 22-year-old graphic designer based in São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his degree in multimedia design at São Paulo’s Senac university, and has two years’ experience in online projects, illustration and motion design. He currently works as an art director at AgénciaClick, and was listed by Digital Arts as one of 2008’s Rising Stars of Design.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 6 hours
Download: All files for this tutorial can be downloaded here.