1. First, I had a .psd already made, but I needed a frame. I made the frame, and then placed it behind all the other graphic elements (frames can be made in a number of different ways: I often make mine by enlarging the canvas size (Image>Canvas Size)
, then selecting the border that is made around a layer element that will not be selected along with that border, such as the background; I then add a new layer, place that layer behind all other layers, select that layer in the Layers Palette, then flood fill the border. Now it has its own layer that can be edited, so I play with Blending Options on that layer until I have the new frame looking like I want it to look (I often go for a wood look)
; then shrink the frame so that it is smaller in diameter than the other elements of the graphic.
2. At this point, the other graphic elements and the frame are in proportion to one another - with the exception of the background - but they dont have that 3D
look were going for, so some modifications have to be made. I did this by linking all layers together except for the Frame,
then selecting the Move Tool from the Tools Palette (black arrowhead in the upper right of the Tools Palette)
, and selecting the Show Bounding Box option from the Tools Options Bar (at top of the screen)
. Then, I clicked on the Bounding Box border (anywhere will do) to activate it, clicked on the chain link that appears between the Width and Height options that appear on the Tool Options Bar, clicked in either the Width or Height (it doesnt matter when the chain between them is selected), and used the down arrow on my keyboard to uniformly (uniformly because the Width and Height options are linked together by the chain between them) reduce the size of those frames that were linked together, until they were not sticking out beyond the frame on any side. I would include a graphic example for this, but when the bounding box and its settings are selected, you cant take a screen shot.
3. Next, I linked the new frame to the other linked elements, except for the spaceship elements; in this way, I am able to reduce the size of the background, frame, and other elements and leave the spaceship elements sticking out beyond the frame, giving it the 3D look, as if it is flying out of the frame.
4. I didnt like the way it looked with any of the mattes that I placed behind it, so I created a new layer, filled it with red which I changed to brown using the Hue/Saturation Palette, then used a number of filters on it to get the texture of my brick wall kind of a Brownstone effect.
5. I then went to Edit>Transform>Perspective, and pulled the two points on the left in towards each other (you only need to pull one, and the other one follows along) so that everything looked further away. The wall I had expanded (Edit>Transform>Scale, or use the Move Tool and click on the Show Bounding Box option) well beyond the perimeters of the canvas, so there was no need to do any other scaling to it. You can see some of the choices I used in the attachment.
And voila! The final product.
I did use a mask to smooth the edges of the original spaceship, but there is already an excellent tutorial on that by cjs1, so I wont go into that here. EDIT:
I forgot attachment four, so I edited those useless brackets, the = sign and the number out.--
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