During high school, I created the image to the right. I used a template in a program called Pages and stole all of the pictures off of the internet. So I decided to redo this image using proper PhotoShop techniques and original images.
I started with the cork board. First, I downloaded some cork board textures from cgtextures.com and dragged them onto the new document. Second, I downloaded a picture from Morgue File and cut out the picture in the middle. I then dragged that on top of the cork board.
Next, I created the picture of the Blue Man Group. One of my friends, John Pinson, saw them live and got pictures with them after the show, so I was able to use his images. However, he didn't have a picture with all three of them together, only pictures of him and his friends with one of the Blue Men.
First, I used the smart selection tool to select each guy, created a new layer of the selection, and then used the refine edge tool until I had a lifelike selection. I then resized one of the images that looked particularly larger than the other two. Next, I dragged them all onto a new project and arranged them to cover up the gaping holes in their side. And finally, I used the color balance to adjust the color and give them a green tint. Next, I needed to create the Polaroid effect. I created a new document and added a bit of gradient to the outer edge. Next, I dragged the photo on top of it. Voila.
Next, I created the notes using both PhotoShop and Illustrator. I downloaded the crumpled paper texture from cgtextures.com, and then used Illustrator to create the text. Next, I dragged the text onto the paper and then used the Layer Style box to insert a drop shadow.
(Image I chose to redo)