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Step 11
Next, duplicate the splat effect and flower layers, changing the hue and saturation to fit in with the composition. This will give a more blended feel to the image as a whole. Next, multiply these layers down using various layer effects. I can’t stress enough that this is all a chance to experiment!

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Step 12
Finally, introduce some other elements using the same effects as with the flowers in the earlier step. Don’t be shy – just pile them up and work on your composition. You can take this as far as you want.

Remember this is all about experimentation and making it different so try to get a good selection of items in at this stage. Drawing vectors and importing them can be a good idea to add more depth.

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Step 13
Continue experimenting in this way, adding layers and elements until you’re happy. Then just flatten your image and save the file.

Who: Neil Duerden is a self-confessed Mac monkey based in a rural miner’s cottage 20 miles north of Manchester. He creates pieces that combine elements from mixed media and photography that are interlaced with complex vectors for clients all around the world. His clients include Saatchi and Saatchi, The Sunday Times, Virgin, Fairy, Stella Artois, and Nike.
Contact: www.neilduerden.co.uk
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter
Time to complete: Two hours