We hope you're ready to welcome Hazel Meredith from Meredith Images, the home of premier creative textures, post-processing, training, e-books, and webinars! In addition to running Meredith Images, Hazel is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, and highly respected competition judge. Above all, she enjoys sharing her post-processing techniques and teaching other photographers how to realize their own creative visions.

In this session, she showed us how to add creative layers to photography in Photoshop using our newly released exclusive product, the Contemporary Art Deco Collection.

Add a Base Layer

Click on the patterns folder within the Contemporary Art Deco Collection and pick the no.12 gold pattern.

Add a blank layer beneath the gold pattern layer and fill the layer with white. Use the arrow or click X on the keyboard to change the foreground color to white. Resize the layer to add other elements around the texture. Click on the image from the top panel and set the canvas size to 16 x 16 inches. This will add two inches all the way around. Make sure to refill that space with white color.

Bring in one of the borders by clicking on the individual elements and borders folder. Select the gold folder and choose no.5. Drag the border and resize it according to the 12-inch layer.

Pro tip: When you use your move tool to move something, make sure to click on pixels that have color.

Replicate the border and use it on all four sides. To do this, duplicate the border selection by clicking Control + J or Command + J. Use the Move tool to drag it on the top and either side. To rotate, click on edit, transform and rotate 180 degrees. This forms the base layer.

Add Color

Click on the pattern background. Use one of the color borders on top of the blank layer to add it behind the gold layers. Click on Ruby from the pattern folder and add it to the 12 x 12 layer and resize it.

Add Photo

Use the rectangular Marquee tool on the top left. Draw a shape where you want the photo to go. Use the design as a guide and draw a shape. Add a blank layer to put the shape on a separate layer. Create a Clipping Mask and group the two layers together. Switch the foreground color to black and fill the layer with white in the background.

Use Alt + backspace and fill this with black, with control + D selected. Bring in a photo on top of the layer and add it to the base layer. Make sure to resize the photo.

Add another photo at the bottom. Make sure it is the same-sized box. Select the layer and click on Control + J instead of redrawing it. Duplicate the box and bring that up to the top layer. Use the Move tool and add it to the bottom.

Add another photo and put it on top of the box. Resize it and click on Control + Alt + G.

Add Shapes

Turn off a couple of layers and select the top layer. Use the custom shape tool to clip the photos on different shapes. Pick a shape, double click it and draw over the black square. You can resize it by stretching out the handles. Rasterize it and use the Selection tool to get the Magic Wand. Click in the middle and fill it with black. Use the Move tool to bring back the image. Click on Control + G to add the photo to the shape.

Duplicate the shape by unclipping the layer and add it at the bottom. Similarly, add the other photo in the shape. Make sure both the photos are centered.

Add Shape Accents

Add accents around the shape by double-clicking the shape layer. Pick strokes from the layer styles and add them around the shape. Also, add an outer glow to the shape. Play around with the slider to get any size you want.

Duplicate the layer and add it to the bottom shape as well.

Add a Background

Add a background by clicking a green color. Add it under the gold layer to change the background color.

Voila! The first project is ready. 

Example 2:

Add a Background

Add emerald green paper as the background layer. Make sure it’s sized properly. Click on ready-to-use frames and add the gold peacock to the background layer. Use the Move tool to drag-drop the image.

Add Photo

Duplicate the frame and create a Clipping Mask. Instead of drawing a shape, use the Magic Wand. Make sure to hide the bottom layer. Use the shape to create a clipping mask and hold down the shift key to add the shape.

Select everything except the gold within the center shape. Using the shortcut key, fill that selection with black color. Add a photo of a peacock at the center of the gold layout. Duplicate the border and get rid of the lines in the middle with an Erase tool.

Pro tip: To draw a straight line, click at the beginning of your line, hold down the shift key and click where you want the end of the line to be.

That’s it! You’ve successfully created another example by adding creative layers to photography.

Example 3:

Add a Background

Pick a blue color background and use the readymade frames. Add frame no.11 and rotate it 90 degrees. Duplicate it twice and add the frames to the background.

Add Photos

Pick three sunset images and add them to the frames.

Add Elements

Pick a white corner individual element and rotate it 90 degrees. Duplicate, rotate, and add it in the bottom right corner.

Pick a font and write ‘Beautiful Florida Sunsets’. Add it between the first and the last photo.

Pick a Seahorse from the pack and add it to the background. Duplicate, flip and add another seahorse below.

Play around with the font by making changes to its size. Add a drop shadow and control the spread size to give it a soft dimension.

Change the color of the seahorse by adding a white color to the top layer. Make sure to bring the seahorse right above this layer. Add and fill color and bring back the seahorse to the topmost layer. Switch from a gold to a green layer to change the color of the seahorse.

Voila, another beautiful piece is ready.