So here is what I’m going to accomplish today, and hopefully you can follow along also!
to this finished product…
Note!! If I don’t mention anything about the layer setting, assume it’s always Normal, 100%. ^^
First of all, choose your image. I chose this screenshot of Nagi Sanzen’in from Hayate no Gotoku. It’s about 704x400px, though as long as you have a decent-sized image, it shouldn’t matter.
Crop your image to your liking, I choose 400x120px. Now you should have something like this (with your own image, unless you’re using my example.)
Next, I used Sharpen (Filter -> Sharpen -> Sharpen) to make the image a little less blurry and to liven it up a little bit.
Now duplicate your base and set it to Soft Light, 100% to brighten it slightly.
Add a fill layer (Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Solid Color), I filled it with #000724 and set it to Exclusion, 100%.
Add a selective color layer (Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Selective Coloring).
Reds: -97, +100, +60, -27
Whites: -100, -55, -82, 0
Neutrals: -55, -5, -5, +14
Blacks: +67, +100, +100, 0
I set mine to Soft Light, 100%!
I want to brighten up a few shades in the picture, so add another selective color layer (Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Selective Coloring).
Reds: +50, +20, +25, -30
Yellows: 0, 0, +100, +100
Neutrals: +50, +15, +20, -10
Go to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Hue/Saturation, and set your saturation to +15.
If you hit the letter “D” on your keyboard, it should reset your black and white colors, if not, just change it so Black is on the top and White is on the bottom.
Go to Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Gradient and make sure you have a transparent gradient like so:
Hit “OK” and set that layer to Multiply, 45%.
Add text as you please! I decided to add text on the left side, and I used English111 Vivace BT, 18pt, smooth.
“secretly in love” = #FF0000, Normal 100%.
“with you” = #D6B94B, Screen 100%.
Add a border by selecting your entire image (CTRL+A), then Edit -> Stroke
Blending: Overlay, 100%