Oriental Design

Resources:

Japanese Font from simplythebest.net

Japanese Designs Font from fontriver.com

Japanese Pictures from depositfiles.com

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This will be the finished result:

Oriental Design

Click on the image for full size view

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Open a new file 1000 x 700, 72px resolution, white background

Create a new layer

Fill the new layer with #F6F2D5

Keep the foreground colour the same, and set the background colour to #D9D5C5

Filter>Render>Clouds

Create a new layer

Select the Rectangle Tool and apply the following settings:

Rectangle Settings

Set the foreground colour to blue #363E65

Drag out a stripe, size and placement as shown below:

Stripe Placement

Select the Text Tool and Japanese Font, white (or light) foreground, size 150pt

Select 4 characters that you like (or mean something to you) and apply each one to a separate layer

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of one of the letters in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 1 and click OK

Make the blue stripe layer active and hit the delete key

Delete the text layer

Repeat for each text layer

With the blue stripe layer active, Ctrl + T to transform the object.

Right click in the box and click Warp

Manipulate the stripe a little so that it isn’t straight or parallel to itself.

Warp

Create a new layer

Set foreground colour to #414203

Select the Rectangle Tool, using the same settings as previously

Drag out a thin stripe at the right-hand edge of the canvas

Duplicate the layer

Select the Move Tool and move the new stripe into place

Repeat once more, so you have 3 stripes as shown below

Stripes Placement

Right click on the top layer and click Merge Down

Repeat, so all three stripes are on one layer

Set the layer mode to Overlay

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Right click in the box and select Warp

Warp the stripes in the same way as the blue stripe:

Warped Stripes

Create a new layer

Set foreground colour to blue #363E65

Select the Rectangle Tool and drag out a blue rectangle:

Rectangle

Create a new layer

Set foreground colour to green #A2A33A

Select the Rectangle Tool and drag out a stripe on top of the blue rectangle

Duplicate the layer three times and spread the stripes across the blue rectangle:

Stripes Placement

Create a new layer

Set the foreground colour to white

Select the Line Tool

Set to 5px width

Hold down the Shift Key to keep the line straight and drag a line down the blue rectangle

Drag another white line down the rectangle about 1.5cm from the first line

Set foreground colour to blue #B4C8D3

Drag a line down the blue rectangle in the middle of the two white lines:

Lines Placement

Right click on the top layer and click Merge Down

Repeat until all the stripes and the blue rectangle are contained on one layer

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag out a selection just inside the blue rectangle:

Selection

Select>Modify>Feather – set to 10, click OK

Select>Inverse

Hit the Delete Key about 3 times, until the square corners are completely deleted

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Resize the rectangle to make it a stripe down the canvas

Right click in the box and select Warp

Warp the stripe as previously:

Warped Stripes

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – set to 2, click OK

Reduce the layer opacity to around 60%

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Merge Visible (you should have only one layer now)

Open three pictures of your choice from the Japanese Art file (called blw by default)

I used T35, T40, T60

Resize each picture to 200px wide, auto height. In the drop-down box at the bottom, set to Bicubic Sharper.

Copy and paste each picture into your project (Ctrl + C/Ctrl + V)

You now need to make each picture the same size.

I achieved this by selecting the Rectangular Marquee Tool and fixing the size, as shown below:

Rectangle Size Settings

Place the cursor at the top left-hand corner of the picture and click once. You can now move the selection into the desired position using the arrow keys.

Select>Inverse, hit the Delete Key

Repeat for each picture.

Using the Move Tool, place the pictures as required

Double click on one of the picture layers in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow and Outer Glow settings:

Blending Options Settings

Each picture now needs a Gradient Overlay, these are the settings I used for each:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Turn off the visibility of the background layer

Double click on any visible layer and click Merge Visible

Select the Text Tool and Japanese Designs Font, size 180pt, foreground colour white

I used designs: Uppercase A, B, F

Make sure each design is on it’s own layer and the layer is rasterized (double click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type)

Using the Move Tool, place each design as required

Duplicate each layer

Turn off the visibility of each duplicate layer

I applied the following Gradient Overlay settings to each of the designs:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Restore visibility to the duplicate layers

Apply the following Color Overlay settings:

Color Overlay Settings

Working on each of the duplicate layers, select the Eraser Tool or your preferred method, and erase all parts of the design that you don’t want to be in the solid colour (ie: everything except the flower petals)

Turn of the visibility of the two bottom layers (background and pictures)

Right click on any visible layer and click Merge Visible

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel & Emboss and Outer Glow settings:

Blending Options Settings

Restore visibility to all layers

Oriental Design

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