Today I decided to try out a tutorial from one of my favourite sites on the internet is Alfoart.com on photo splash effect. The tutorial is done with rose bouquet, but I decided to be more creative and try to achieve a splash effect on the photo I took myself, of lovely Rhododendron flowers.
The original image with effect applied (from Alfoart.com) looks like this:
And here is my final result:
So if you are too lazy to go looking for step-by-step tutorial at Alfoart.com, here is how I did it. Note that I didn’t follow all the steps exactly.
Original and stock images
Here is my original photo:
The stock images for splash you can find here:
- Create a new Photoshop document that is higher than you original photo
- Fill the background with solid black
- Place your photo into the new document (File –> Place)
- Duplicate the “flower” layer and apply a Gaussian Blur to the bottom layer
- Duplicate the blurred layer and merge both of the blurred layers together.
- Make original flower layer active and apply a layer mask.
- With magnetic lasso tool select the edges of the flowers.
- Open milk splash image and make it black and white (Image –> Adjustments –> Black & White)
- To separate splash from the background, go to Select –> Colour range.
- To clean up the selection, go to Select –> Edit in quick mask mode
- Deselect quick mask mode and click on Select –> Refine edge to clean up the edges of the selection
- Inverse selection, copy milk area and paste it into a new layer
- Transform the splash layer and position it to fit with the flowers.
- Delete the unnecessary parts with the eraser tool
- Select a colour inside of your flower and apply a filter on the splash with that colour (Image –> Adjustments –> Photo Filter)
- Apply following layer style effects:
- Create splash on other flowers in the same way.
- Place bokeh image in a new layer. Apply a layer mask and erase the middle part.
- Apply soft light blending mode to bokeh layer