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Create a Broken Heart Island Manipulation in Photoshop

Tutorials Photo Manipulation 13523 Views January 16th, 2013

Learn how to create a creative broken heart island in Photoshop in a beautiful water surrounding. I have also added a mermaid and a couple of fish under the water. The broken heart island is a beautiful way to celebrate this year Valentine's day. I hope you will share your result with us so have fun and be creative. And don't forget to check out our previous tutorial, The Stone Heart photo manipulation


The Valentine's day is coming in just a few weeks so I decided to make a serie of photo manipulations simply because love is one of my favorite Photoshop themes. This new tutorial can be easily practiced even by Photoshop newbies; we'll use some basic Photoshop techniques of cropping image, blending photos, adjusting color tones and so on.

Simply open this beautiful underwater stock image; name it Underwater layer.

In a new layer add this clouds stock image; remove the grass area, set the opacity to around 70% and place the stock photo like shown in the image. Call this layer Clouds 1

Add a layer mask to the Clouds 1 and mask the lower area using the Gradient Tool.

Now add a Color Balance adjustment layer only for the Clouds 1 layer to change the color tones a little bit.

Duplicate the Clouds 1 layer along with its Color Balance adjustment layer; call it Clouds 2 layer. Set the opacity of the Clouds 2 layer to 100% and also move the image to the right like shown in the preview.

In a new layer called Broken Heart Shape, I will draw a heart shape using the Pen Tool. You can easily learn how to become a Pen Tool master by reading these great tutorials for vector drawing beginners. Or you can use one of my heart Photoshop shapes instead. You will have to make small adjustments to the heart shape and also to move the two parts away one from another to look like in the image.

Use this rock image to texturize the broken heart shape. Place the rock over the heart shape, make a selection out of the Broken Heart Shape layer and press CTRL+J to make a Layer via Copy. Call this layer Rock Heart.

Don't worry if the rock doesn't cover all the heart shape; you can use the Clone Stamp Tool to cover the entire area.

As you can see the rock image is too saturated and has a different color tone than the rest of the image. To fix these problems I will add two adjustment layers, a Hue/Saturation and a Color Balance. Make sure you press the Clip to layer button so that the adjustments to affect only the Rock Heart layer.

Open the layer style window for the Rock Heart layer and add an Inner Shadow effect.

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6 comment(s) for "Create a Broken Heart Island Manipulation in Photoshop"

1:50 AM Saturday, January 19, 2013
a great tutorial,
thanks for sharing. reply
3:05 AM Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I am glad you like my new tutorial :) reply
1:30 AM Friday, February 01, 2013
I found on DA a very nice photo manipulation made after my Broken Heart Island tutorial !
author Drsela - reply
12:40 AM Thursday, May 30, 2013
Beautiful Heart Broken Island made in Photoshop by AlexLFC ( reply
Emma Penet
Emma Penet
12:02 AM Friday, November 22, 2013
Merci ! reply
12:30 AM Friday, November 22, 2013
You made a very creative underwater scene, I like it! reply

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