Step 1- Open a document and give it dimensions: 500×150. Fill the document with black, and breath deeply. Because Christie Monteiro will take your breath away…corny, I know.
Step 2 – The first thing you want to do is find the pictures you’re going to want to include with your forum sig pic. I’m going to start out with two for this tutorial. Once you’ve saved them, open them up in Photoshop.
Step 3 – Here we’re going to select our color scheme for the background design. Click on the eyedropper tool and select two colors from the Christie pictures that you like. For this tutorial I’ll be using #30267A and #A13089
Step 4 – We’re going to design the background first, which is very open in terms of options. Just download some brushes, and find ones you think will go well for what you’re trying to create. What I do for forum signatures, is have one brush used for the background image. Then put the other on a seperate layer. There’s a reason for this later on. Monteiro has dance like fighting moves, So I’m going to try and create something very kinetic.
Here’s my background…
Step 5 – Ok, now we’re going to bring in the first picture. This is what I like to refer to as the ‘background’ or ‘backdrop’ picture. It’s not going to be the image that stands out, but fades into the background.
Drag in your picture, situate it around to where you want it. Here’s mine..
Step 6 – Now, we’re going to blend our backdrop picture of Christie into the background. There’s numerous ways to do this. I like to my put my effects on ‘Hard Light’ and drop my opacity. The actual settings are down below, along with the actualy picture.
and here’s what it looks like
Step 7 – Ok, here we’re going to bring in the second picture of Christie and we’re going to do a whole lot to it. Bring it in, and make sure its layer sits just above the backdrop image. Here I just use the channel mixer to swith the color pallete up a bit. Here’s the settings I used, and I like the outcome..
Step 8 – Here you can add anything extra you’d like. I just added text with Christie’s name. I used a drop shadow, and a stroke using the same color as purple i used in the background.