Step 2 Open the Paper0007_L.jpg, copy and paste it into your document and scale it to the size of the canvas. Set its blending mode to Hard Light. Select both layers and group them (Cmd/Ctrl + G).

Above the group, create a ‘Hue/Saturation’ adjustment layer and drop the saturation to -100. This layer will stay at the top most of the composition to tie it all together.


Step 3 Next, insert the rough drawing of a queen (queen.jpg). This is a pretty low-res image, but we’ll fix this. Scale it, so it covers about two-thirds of the composition. Select the black area with the Magic Wand (W) and click on Refine Edge.

The most important thing is to add a lot of smoothness and contrast. Once you’re done, create a new layer, fill the new selection with black, and delete the layer with the rough version.


Step 4 Hold down Cmd/Ctrl, click on the queen layer’s thumbnail, and create a new group. While you still have the selection, add a new layer mask by hitting Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + N and ensuring Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask is selected. This will crop anything from the group that’s not inside the queen’s shape. Place the queen layer into the group.