Step 3
Time to start shading. Cmd/Ctrl + left-click each layer’s thumbnail to select an area and use Dave C’s pencil 7 from the cover disc to add shading on the ‘Blends’ layer. Press Alt to colour-pick, then select a darker colour to apply shading. As the Lines layer is locked we can easily change their colours with the brush. Select a colour to complement the fill of each part of the image (such as dark pink for her top, dark blue for hair) and colour directly onto the lines.


Step 4
Change the background colour back to white. Select the Pen tool (press P) and create an abstract shape behind the girl; click and release to plot anchor points and create straight lines. To create curved lines, left click and hold, then push and pull to create curves. To create a straight line after a curve, Alt + click the previous point to remove the handle, then plot your next point. To edit a path, hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking a point to move that point, or Cmd/Ctrl + click a handle to alter the curve of the line. Holding Alt while clicking a point adds or removes handles.


Step 5
Once you’re happy with your path, click the Paths tab in the Layers palette and click the Make Selection icon at the bottom (the dotted-line circle). Switch back to Layers, and on the Background layer fill the shape with bright pink. Open Concrete. jpg from the cover disc, select all (Cmd/Ctrl + A), copy (Cmd/Ctrl + C) and paste (Cmd/Ctrl + V) it immediately above ‘Background’.

Set the layer properties to Overlay. Hit Cmd/Ctrl + T to transform and enlarge the image to cover the whole canvas, holding down to constrain the proportions. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the blur to 3.8 pixels.


Step 6
Open Cardboard Texture.jpg and Paint Splatter.jpg from the cover disc and copy and paste them into our image. Place the ‘Cardboard’ layer above the ‘Concrete’, and the ‘Paint Splatters’ layer above that. Set the layer properties to Multiply for both. Transform the Cardboard layer to fit the canvas (Cmd/Ctrl + T).

Do the same with ‘Paint Splatters’, also rotating and stretching it to make it more interesting, then select Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Cmd/Ctrl + U). Move the Saturation slider down to -53 to remove most of the colour.