Are you starting up graphic design and looking for the best way to give credit to yourself?
I’m pretty sure you’ve been looking for a way to impress your friends and colleagues when showcasing your design works;
Well today’s tutorial is all you need to achieve all these
With a combination of photographs and various elements created from scratch, you can convert that boring photograph or portrait into a cool Photoshop effect.While working on this piece, you will learn how to set up your background, selecting and changing the background of an Image, working with levels and adjustments, blend modes, the warp tool and many more.
STEP 1 (Creating Woody Texture)
Create a new document in adobe Photoshop with the following settings:
You can apply a texture to this background layer by going to the filter gallery which you can find by clicking on “filter” which is on Photoshop’s menu bar. In the filter gallery, click on texture >> Grain, set the intensity to 52 and the contrast to 25, the grain type >> regular, then click OK.
We could call it done with the background layer here, but let us play around with some more textures. Create a new layer and name it “sketch”.
You can create a new layer in Photoshop by simply clicking the “create a new layer” at the extreme right of your Photoshop work-space.
Renaming your new layer is done by just double-clicking on the layer, rename it, and then click OK.After you have set up your sketch layer, fill it with your foreground color by pressing the keyboard short-cut “ALT/OPT + DELETE”.If your foreground color is different from the one you used for your background layer, you can go back to where I taught you on how to set up the foreground color and apply the presets to the sketch layer.Now to apply that sketch texture to this layer, make sure the sketch layer is selected >> go to the filter gallery once again and click on sketch. Select graphic pen >> set the stroke length to 2 >> the Light/Dark Balance to 100 and the Stroke Direction to Right Diagonal >> click OK.
When you have the “sketch texture” fully set up, reduce its opacity to 54%, I will tell you the reason for this later.
Now that is done, you will need to apply a gradient effect. Create a new layer and name it “Gradient” >> fill the layer with white by pressing “Ctrl/Cmd + backspace (delete)”.
If the layer is not filled with white, press “D” on your keyboard to set the color preset to its default.
With the gradient layer selected and filled with white >> set the color preset to that of the Background layer >> select the gradient tool on the tool panel or press the keyboard shortcut “G”.
Click on the Reflected Gradient icon on the gradient tool bar.
Once you have that selected, change the blend mode to multiply. Go to the lower part of your work-space, hold “SHIFT” on your keyboard >> click and drag the gradient pointer to the middle of your work piece and let go to reveal the following
Now this looks great, but there is more innovative work that could be done to this.
Create a new layer and rename it Clouds >> fill the layer with “white” by pressing “CTRL/CMD + BACKSPACE (DELETE)”.
Go to the filter menu on Photoshop menu bar >> click on render >> select difference clouds.
You will get a kind of blue, black and whitish coloration.
Set the blend mode to screen >> reduce the opacity to about a reasonable 40%.
With this done, there is one more thing you can do to give your background that woody-texture feel.
Create a new layer and rename it Fibers >> fill the layer with the foreground color by pressing “ALT/OPT + DELETE”.
Go to the filter menu >> click on render and then select fibers.
Set the Variance to 19 and the Strength to 1 >> set the opacity to about 20%.
STEP 2 (Cool Photoshop Effects – City View Set Up And Blend Mode)
Now that you have the background layer (Texture layer) set up.
Applying Threshold: Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold.
What this does is that it forces all the pixels in this image to either black or white based on the tonal range.
Use the following settings:
Set the threshold level to 66 and click OK.
Inverting the image tends to set all the dark areas become light and all the light areas will become dark.
Press “Ctrl + I” << Windows or “Cmd + I” on the Mac, or by just going to Image > Adjustments > Invert.
Now let us take this image and move it to the Texture Document by using the Move Tool (keyboard shortcut “V”).
Click and drag the modified City View to the Texture document.
Using The Free Transform Tool:
Go to Edit > Free Transform, you can also use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + T” << Windows or “Cmd + T” << Mac.
Scale it down and position the image to suit your taste and press ENTER.
In order for you to blend the “City View“ image to the background “Texture“.
What this does to the City View image is that it removes the white part of the image and reveals more of the black in the image and blends it to the background layer (Texture).
STEP 3 (Cool Photoshop Effects – Applying Effects On Model)
This step is a little bit like step 2.
So let’s get started.
Open the image of the Model.
If you are using a different image, it must be set to a Black and White preset with a white background.
Once you have got that done, you are to do exactly what you did to the City View Image.
Setting up a good threshold for your image helps to reveal some important details in your image;
If you are using the same Model as we are using in this in this tutorial, set the Threshold level to 128 .
Click, drag and drop the image to the Texture document and then, let go of the “Click”.
If the image does not size up with the Texture document, scale it to suit your taste using the Free Transform tool by pressing “Ctrl + backspace (delete)” << Windows or “Cmd + delete” << Mac.
Now set the Blend Mode to “Multiply”.
You can see that your Cool Photoshop Effect is now taking a much better look.
now erase along the unwanted area.
Now you have the Model and the City View Image fully set up.
In the Sunset Tree Image, you don’t really need the tree stem in the image; all you need is the background showing the Sunset and some leaves.
Working With Polygonal Lasso Tool:
Using the “Polygonal Lasso Tool”…
…Just pick any point you want to start up your selection from, then click and drag around the region to make a work path around the region.
Use the pointer and find the point of origin (a circle will pop out when you reach the point of origin) >> then click it >> a selection will then be made.
Select “Content Aware“ and then click OK.
On your keyboard press “Ctrl + D” << Windows or “Cmd + D” << Mac to deselect the selection and you will have something like this:
Now select the Move Tool (keyboard shortcut “V”) >> then click, drag and drop your work piece to the Texture Document.
Now using the “Free Transform Tool”, scale it up to fit the document and move the image so the leaves will be at the extreme left of the document.
STEP 3 (Cool Photoshop Effects – Highlighting Model’s Face)
Go to the Layer Panel, make sure that the layer of the Model is selected;
Make sure the foreground color is set to “white”.
Using a “Radial Gradient”, click and drag out the gradient pointer from the nose region of the Model to reveal something like this…
Set the Blend Mode to “Soft Light”.
Step 4 (Cool Photoshop Effects – Creating Spatter Effects)
Create a new layer >> Select the “Rectangular Marque Tool” >> Click and drag on any place on your work-piece and make a long rectangular selection.
Make sure that the Foreground/Background Color is set to “Default”.
Set the Opacity to 75%
Press “Ctrl + D” << Windows or “Cmd + D” << Mac to Deselect.
Working With The Warp Tool:
Here is where you can just go crazy and make this as random as possible.
You can drag around the edges.
You can even drag inside the Grid
Drag a little extra inside the Grid
Just be creative.
Press Enter to view “Warp”.
what we don’t want is for the Spatter Effect to be filled with black.
To achieve a better effect on the Spatter:
Go to the “Eye Dropper Tool” on the Tool’s Panel