Creative effects with Photos

by Colin Smith

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5 Lets make a CD cover.

Add some text for the CD Cover This is just a really basic idea for fun, we cover other more advanced designs in other tutorials. Crop the image to a Square shape to it looks more like an album cover.

Add some text for the artist.

6 Choose the Custom shape tool for the toolbox. It's nested under the line tool.

custom shapeSelect the shape layer option on the left side of the top tool bar

Choose a custom shape from the top tool bar. (If you don't see many shapes, choose all from the little arrow on the right of the presets).
Select append when it asks what to do.
Grab the sun shape.
Hold down shift (to constrain)
Drag out the shape on your image. (enlarge)

position the custom shape

7 Drag the shape into position. You can scale it up or down and you will lose no quality because it's a vector. (above right)

Change to Overlay mode and change the opacity to suit your tastes.

I added another super basic line of text as an album name.

finished CD Cover

There you go. I hope you liked this tutorial!


Feel free to experiment with the effect. One of the things that produces great results, is different blend modes. Try some of the other modes and see what you can come up with.

Colin Smith photographic effects Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning new-media designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations composed entirely in Photoshop. He has won every Photoshop award ever presented, and authored a dozen books including : Complete Photoshop CS2 For Digital Photographers, How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS2, Photoshop and Dreamweaver Integration, How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web, and many others. He is founder of Photoshop resource site,


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