Super Colour Photography by Andrew McGibbon

About Andrew

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1981 Andrew is fine art commercial photographer, now based in Durban. With over a decade of experience, he is well equiped for any situation and has a great team around him. His imagery is bright, clean and possibly even happy, all of which lend to his distinctive style and treatment. He is at heart a romantic and values imagination and emotion over rationality when creating. He believes that if If you over-plan a photograph or try achieve an exact image you have in your mind, you remove the the space for magic and mystery.

Recently married, Andrew loves his life and draws inspiration from love, mystery, fairy-tale and 1980’s action films.
Along with shooting for top brands Andrew spends a lot of his time doing pro-bono work for local NGOs and churches addressing issues of social justice.

Source site: http://www.andrewmcgibbon.co.za

  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Create Rockstar Poster in Photoshop

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1.step

Create a new document 620×860, 300 resolution and 8 bits, rgb color.

rockstar poster in photoshop

2.Step

Create a new layer, fill with black color, add gradient – overlay; colors #afafaf and #ffffff.

rockstar poster in photoshop

3.Step

Now we will drag our main image. We will use girl image from Isostock gallery on Deviantart. Download image and place it in the document.

rockstar poster in photoshop

4.Step

Duplicate the original layer and desaturated it (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and change layer blending mode to: Soft light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

5.Step

Apply Image (Image > Apply image).

rockstar poster in photoshop

6.Step

Pay close attention to these steps: this is the technique how to create the robot effect. We will use a 2 px brush 100% hardness and modify its values: take a look picture below: amend the variation of Fujo to 2 and change the pen precious.

rockstar poster in photoshop

7.Step

For now, do not use Brush tool. At first take Pen tool and draw some lines on girls foot. Now right mouse click and select Stoke path and select brush. With this step our contours will be drawing with brush.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

8.Step

Ctrl + left mouse click on previously applied layer (model). With this we will load selection over the girl contour. Now invert selection: (Select > Invert) and apply the layer mask to this layer.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

9.Step

Repeat this technique to the rest of the leg. Result will be pretty good.

rockstar poster in photoshop

10.Step

For now we will need protect shadows and shades tones. To do that, we will use the Dodge tool. Select a soft brush, use brush size 7px.

rockstar poster in photoshop

11.Step

For the same reason we will use Burn tool. Select soft brush with size 4px and protect light tones.

rockstar poster in photoshop

12.Step

Apply the burn tool and dodge tools to the leg. Also I suggest to add white lines in Soft light mode, to add some highlights..

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

13.Step

Our girls leg is ready. Now apply all these techniques to girls hand. Here is result what you need to have.

rockstar poster in photoshop

14.Step

Girls robot elements are ready, for now hide layers with girl. Next we need create colorful background. With Elliptical Marquee tool, create 3 circles as in the image, no matter what colors you use.

rockstar poster in photoshop

15.Step

To layer with circles add layers mask and with a soft brush little bit erase circles contours.

rockstar poster in photoshop

16.Step

Now load this layer selection: Ctrl + left mouse click. Now on layer click right mouse click and select Fill and than use this Pattern.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

17.Step

Apply a second selection of the second circle (blue). Hold Ctrl + click the pattern layer with ctrl + j (can play with patern size).

rockstar poster in photoshop

18.Step

Now take the Wand tool (W) to patern draw. Change layer blending mode to multiply and go to layer style color options.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

19.Step

We apply the same color to the red circle, the blue circle is changed to black.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

20.Step

Put a soft brush the color layer below the patern. We already create our circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

21.Step

Central shape aora going to convert the group to a normal coating for this we will double the group and create a new layer, combine.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

22.Step

Duplicate this layer 5 times (Ctrl + J).

rockstar poster in photoshop

23.Step

Repeat step 21 but with this group we use the perspective to shape our shapes.

rockstar poster in photoshop

24.Step

Now we will colorful our bubbles. We use Hue and saturation (Ctrl + u) to set the desired color. Duplicate this layer and put it on the other side and use again to give tone and color saturation. Now make visible girls layer.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

25.Step

We use the original form of the circle using the same parameters of Hue and saturation.

rockstar poster in photoshop

26.Step

We use the gradient to create a shadow layer. Change layer blending mode to : Soft light, opacity 74%.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

rockstar  poster in photoshop

27.Step

Now download stars texture: Stock of stars. Place it in our document and change layer blending mode to Soft light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

28.Step

Again we use our original circle. Change color, use Hue and saturation (ctrl + u) and use the perspective.

rockstar poster in photoshop

29.Step

Applying shadows and reflections.

rockstar poster in photoshop

30.Step

Applying again our patern asemos a circle and add a light brush, so we use the same tool we use a soft brush finger 72px and intensity of 32%.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

31.Step

Duplicate this layer again and use perspectives.

rockstar poster in photoshop

32.Step

Use the same brush of light, but this time change layer blending mode to Color dodge.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.Step

In next step we will create colorful lines. This is pretty complex technique, so pay great attention:

33.1.Step.

Take Pen tool and draw abstract rough line. Configure brush hardness, size 6px and modify brush values (other dynamics). Right click, Stroke path and select Brush.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.2.Step.

Create the second path in the same way.

rockstar  poster in photoshop

33.3.Step.

Create a middle way of the two roads.

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.4.Step.

Duplicate circles, put them on creamy road and delete unnecessarily circles.

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.5.Step.

Cliping mask (Ctrl + alt + g).

rockstar poster in photoshop

33.6.Step.

Use a pink brush, similarly as we used the mask clipping.

33.7.Step. (optional)

Add a new path and add a wrap to form a low opacity White.

rockstar poster in photoshop

34.Step

Create more lines with the same technique and put them in to different places, like this.

rockstar poster in photoshop

35.Step

Create new layer, with custom shape tool create Star, use overlapping radial gradient. Use colors: #f217ef and #73f00ev.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

36.Step

Now use the perspective and add a white light.

rockstar poster in photoshop

Result:

rockstar poster in photoshop

37.Step

And few final steps. To create this effect more effective, we will add smoke above girls head and write text under girl – ( Are You a Rockstar?).

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.Step

In this tutorial last step, we will use little bit Adobe Illustrator to create elliptical background.

38.1.Step

Take Ellipse tool (l) and create a small circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.2.Step

Create a larger circle.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.3.Step

Select our paths with the Direct selecciion tool (A) object, fuzion, create.

rockstar poster in photoshop

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.4.Step

Object, fuzion, fusion options.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.5.Step

Adjusted values.

rockstar poster in photoshop

38.6.Step

And simply put it in photoshop. You can download circles AI file here. Thats it. As you can see, this tutorial is pretty complex with lot of photoshop techniques, but the result is worth it – we create awesome Rockstar poster. If you need help to create this effect, more details of techniques that we use in this tutorial, you will see in Psd file, so grba it or if you have some questions, please ask it here. We will try to help you.

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Cool Effects for Your Text Designs [PhotoShop]

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In this small Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you some interesting effect which I have got by experimenting. You can apply it on your designs.

Create a new document about 1000×700 pixels. Select some appropriate colors, for example colors of #6b4c00, #190900 and drag a linear gradient.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 01

After that I would like to add more colors to the background. For this create a new layer, use the Brush Tool and select a soft brush with the diameter 400 pixels and add some colors to your layout. I have used next colors: #fff000, #e7340a, #20f00a and #0a7dcd.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 02

Then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 03

Then change layer mode to Overlay for this layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 04

Ok, now I would like to add some elements to the background. Select the Brush Tool and select one of the standard Photoshop brushes:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 05

And add a few prints with white color on the new layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 06
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After that apply Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic with similar settings to these:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 07

To receive the next effect:

Cool Effect for Your Designs 08

Move to the next step. Now I would like to add the text. But I’m going to add it without using Type Tool. I will add it in different way. Select the Brush Tool and download these brushes. Then create a new layer and put every letter on it with color of #ffc088.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 09

Duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J and apply Outer Glow for current layer.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 10

Cool Effect for Your Designs 11

Then go to the layer under and press Сtrl+F to apply Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic with similar presets again. After that mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Hard Light with opacity of 60%.

Cool Effect for Your Designs 12

Well, we’re done for this tutorial! Enjoy your own cool effect!

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How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character Cartoon[PhotoShop]

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In this tutorial, we will learn how to make a funny boy character in Adobe Photoshop. After drawing the sketch, we’ll use shapes, layer styles, the brush tool, and other effects to add some dimension to and life to our character.

Step 1

First create a new 2000 pixel by 2000 pixel document with a white background.

Step 2

Then lets make a quick sketch. Use the Brush tool and turn on the Shape Dynamics feature in the Brushes window.

Step 3

After that we are going to make a color sketch, so turn off Shape Dynamics for a harder Brush, and color the boy in the new “Colors” Layer.

Step 4

Now, let’s begin to add some details to our character, starting from the head. Make a circle with the Ellipse Tool, be sure to choose the Shape Layer feature. Then Command-click on the shape’s contour to make the object editable.

Choose the Pen Tool. Now you can add a new vertex by clicking anywhere on the contour. Command-click on a vertex if you want to move it or Alt-click on it if you want to change the sharpness of the angle. So let’s add the ears.

Step 5

Double-click on the right side of the Layer in the Layers window to open the Layer Styles window and add the following Layer Styles.

Step 6

Create a new layer and draw the blush areas using the Brush Tool. Then blur it with Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Step 7

Now we need to turn off layer visibility for a while, so we can draw the eyes. In order to do that just Click on the eye-icon near the layer shown below. Draw a circle and transform it with Edit > Free Transform (Command + T).

Step 8

Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 9

Draw the pupil and the shadow above the eye.

Step 10

Now select the three layers related to the eye in the Layer window and group them (Command + G). Then drag the group to the New Layer icon to copy the group and thus create a second eye. Use the Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and move the second eye to the right position.

Step 11

To draw the glasses, start with a circle using the Ellipse Tool. Then select the Subtract from Shape Area (-) feature and draw another circle inside the first one. To change circle position Command-click on the contour and use Free Transform (Command + T).

Step 12

Copy this layer and place it above the second eye. Draw all the other elements with the Pen Tool.

Step 13

Merge all layers related to the glasses by selecting them and then pressing Command + E. Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 14

Draw the mouth with a Pen Tool and add an Inner Shadow to the layer.

Step 15

Now we are going to draw the teeth and add the Inner Shadow to them. To copy the Layer Style from one tooth to another drag the icon of the Layer Style while holding Alt + Command. Then clip the unwanted part of the teeth by selecting them in the Layers Window and pressing Alt + Command + G. This will create a Clipping Mask.

Step 16

Now draw the nose and add the following Layer Styles. Be sure to turn off the Use Global Light.

Step 17

Now add some freckles onto the face using the Ellipse Tool.

Step 18

Let’s start drawing the hair. Use the Pen Tool to create separate locks and add the following Layer styles to them.

Step 19

When we draw small locks and copy the Layer Styles to them, we will see they are not as bright as we want. Adjust the Size of the following Layer Styles to make them brighter.

Step 20

A part of the locks we’ll draw under the “head” layer, so they won’t overlap the face.

Step 21

Add more details to the ears. You can create these shapes with the Pen Tool.

Step 22

Then using Pen Tool draw the clothes and the hands.

Step 23

Draw the neck in the t-shirt collar. Then add the following layer Styles to the neck and to the hands.

Step 24

Add the following Layer Styles to the t-shirt…

Step 25

…And to the shorts.

Step 26

Add some shadows to the hands and to the shorts. Blur them a little with Gaussian Blur (3-5px).

Step 27

Now use the Pen Tool to add a print design to the t-shirt. Then use the Brush Tool to add the seams.

Step 28

Draw the pockets and make the Clipping Masks for them. Add the following Layer Styles.

Step 29

Draw the seams on the shorts too.

Step 30

Now we can start drawing the leg. Copy the Layer Style from the hand to the leg. Then add a sock and a sneaker using the Pen Tool. After that draw the laces with the Brush Tool.

Step 31

Add the Inner Shadow to the socks and to the laces. Then add decorative streaks and a sole to the sneaker. Make a Clipping Mask for them.

Step 32

Add the following Layer Styles to the sole.

Step 33

Draw the shadow on the sneaker using a gray color. Change the Blending Mode for the layer to Multiply and blur it a little with Gaussian Blur.

Step 34

Add the seams and the holes for the laces using the Brush Tool.

Step 35

Group the layers related to the leg, copy the group and apply Flip Horizontal to it. Use the Move Tool to change the position of the copied group.

Step 36

The boy is finished. Now we need to add the shadow cast by him. So group all the layers except the “background” layer (Command + G), copy the created group and merge it (Command + E).

Open the Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (Command + U) window and move the Lightness slider to the leftmost position. This will make the layer black. Drag this layer under the “boy” group and distort it with the Free Transform + Command.

Step 37

Blur the shadow twice: the first time with Gaussian Blur and the second time with Radial Blur.

Step 38

Add the Layer Mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon in the Layers Window. Use the Gradient Tool to change the visibility of the shadow. Then set the Fill option of the layer to 25%.

Step 39

Shadows from colored objects can’t be gray, so let’s colorize our shadow a little with the Hue/Saturation (Command + U).

Step 40

The shadow must be harder in the place where the sneakers meet with the ground. So, draw it in the new layer. Then blur and colorize it too.

Conclusion

We are done! That is the final result!
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Create a Sweet Chocolate-Coated Text Effect[PhotoShop]

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Step 1

Open a new document in Photoshop. Since I want to create a wallpaper, my size is 1920×1200 pixels, but you can set up to the size of your desktop. Resolution is 72 pixels/inch, which is perfect while working on a computer destined project.

create a new document in Photoshop

Step 2

Using the Candice font, write “Sweet” with the Horizontal Type tool (T). Font size is 380pt. Choose a light color because we will print this document and we will sketch over the text to create the chocolate pending effect.

write on same text

Step 3

Print the image. I think it’s easier to create the chocolate effect on paper rather than immediatly use the pen tool. For those who have a tablet, it’s more convenient to work directly in Photoshop. However I decided to dirty a bit my hand.

Start painting the chocolate as shown in the following screenshots:

sketching over the text 1

skecthing over the text 2

Step 4

Scan the image and paste it on your Photoshop document. Place it above the text and reduce the opacity of the sketch at around 30%. In this way you can take the sketch as a reference while using the pen tool in the next step

paste in the sketch

Step 5

With the pen tool in Paths mode start tracing the chocolate border. Start from the “S”

use the pen tool to trace chocolate border

Step 6

Create a new layer and set the foreground color to brown (#602b0b). With the pen tool still active, right-click on the canvas and select “fill path”. In the next window set “use foreground color” and hit OK. Right click again and select “delete path”.

create and fill the path with the pen tool

Step 7

Use the same technique to create the other shapes, then hide the sketch layer visibility.

Select all the chocolate shapes and group them (ctrl+G) to make order.

hide sketch visibility

Step 8

At this point we will add some layer styles. Let’s start from the text. Hide the chocolate group for the moment. Right-click on the text layer and select “blending options”. We will add gradient overlay, bevel and emboss, satin and inner shadow. The aim is to create a kind of golden 3d text effect. The following screenshots will show the settings.

adding gradient overlay

adding bevel and emboss

adding inner shadow

adding satin

The text is complete. It remembers me text effects used on cereal packaging.

the text is complete

Step 9

We can now make visible chocolate group and select the first shape, in my case the chocolate that covers the letter “S”. Right-click and select blending options to play again with layer styles. We will add bevel and emboss, satin and inner glow to create the chocolate-styled effect.

adding bevel and emboss

adding satin

adding inner glow

Step 10

Copy this layer style (right-click>Copy Layer Style) and paste it on all the other chocolate layers. Just one thing to modify: about the bottom chocolate mark, increase the bevel and emboss size. We’ve done! You can add a nice radial gradient to the background to finalize the work.

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Create a Powerful 3D Mental Wave Explosion Effect [PhotoShop]

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Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Now we need a photo of a person. . Once you have your photo, it’s time to extract the guy from the background. Using the Pen Tool(P) create a path like in the image below. After that go to the Paths Palette and create a selection from that path. Then go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Lastly, I named this layer “dude.”

Step 2

Step 3

Go to Edit>Transform>Scale and reduce the size of the guy. Then go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. We do that to match the light direction.

Step 3

Step 4

Go to Image>Adjustments>Curves. The idea here is to darken the guy a little bit so he will fit better with the background. Use the image below as a reference.

Step 4

Step 5

Holding Cmd/Ctrl click on the mask thumb of the “dude” layer. That will create a marquee selection of the guy. After that create a new layer. Rename it to “shadow” and fill it with black. Then go to Edit>Transform>Distort and move the vertices to make the shadow in perspective. The last thing here is go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.

Step 5

Step 6

Grab the Ellipse Tool(U). Select Paths instead of Shape Layer. Create a Circle, like the image below. After that grab the Direct Selection Tool(A) and adjust the bottom of the circle.

Step 6

Step 7

Create a new layer. Rename it to “clouds.” Then go to Filter>Render>Clouds. While holding Alt, click on Clouds. After that go to the Path’s Palette and create a selection from the path and mask the layer.

Tip: As you will be using the Render>Clouds, you will probably need to apply the filter several times until you got the clouds just right. Keep working with it until the light and dark areas are in a good position.

Step 7

Step 8

Go to Filter>Liquefy. In the Liquefy Dialog Box select the Bloat Tool (B). Then for the settings use: Brush Size 550, Brush Density 100, Brush Pressure 100, Brush Rate 60, and Turbulent Jitter 75.

Then select the Show Backdrop Option. That will allow you to see the clouds and the background. It will be necessary to use the Bloat Tool in the right place. Click a few times and deselect the Show Backdrop. Then you will see the effect and will be able to repeat it more times in the correct place.

Step 8

Step 9

Change the Blend Mode of the cloud layer to Soft Light. Then create another layer and rename it to “Clouds 2″ and repeat Steps 7 and 8. We will need another cloud to make it more turbulent. This time, however, use Multiply for the Blend Mode.

After that, create yet another layer. Rename it to “Clouds 3″ and repeat Steps 7 and 8. For this layer use Color Dodge for the Blend Mode. The last thing here is with the Eraser Tool (E) delete some parts. This layer is used to give highlights to the clouds.

Step 9

Step 10

Group the “Clouds 3″ layer and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. After that, select the Brush Tool (B), give it a black color, and mask some parts of the clouds that are close to the ground.

Step 10

Step 11

Select the “Clouds” layer and go to Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen More. Then repeat this Sharpen filter on Clouds 2 and 3 layers.

Step 11

Step 12

Create a new layer. Rename it to “Glow.” Fill it with white and go to the Path Palette. Create a selection from the clouds path as we did in Step 9. Then mask the layer.

After that go to Layer>Layer Style>Outer Glow. Use the default settings. Then go to Layer>Layer Style>Create Layer. This command will create another layer from the Outer Glow. You can delete the white layer and leave just the Outer Glow layer.

Step 12

Step 13

Create a folder called “Lights.” Move the “Glow” layer to this folder. Next select the “Glow” layer. Then go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. Then select the Brush Tool, black for the color, and start masking the glow. We need just the outline; however, some bright spots in the middle will give a nice result.

Step 13

Step 14

Create a new layer beneath the clouds group. Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool create a selection like the image below. Fill the layer with black and use 40% Opacity.

Step 14

Step 15

Go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal All. After that select the Gradient Tool(G) and use a black and white gradient. Then mask the layer, like in the image below.

Step 15

Step 16

Duplicate the layer and go to Layer>Layer Mask>Apply. Then go to Edit>Transform>Distort. Repeat the same thing we did for the shadow of the guy on this layer. Group these two layers and rename the group to “Shadows.”

Step 16

Step 17

Create a new layer right above the road photo. Go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Then go to Filter>Distort>ZigZag. Use 100 for the Amount and 5 for the Ridges. For the Style use Pond Ripples.

Step 17

Step 18

Now go to Edit>Transform>Distort. Distort the layer until you get the right perspective. After that, change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Again, as we are using Render Clouds, the results may vary so you might need to erase some parts to make it more realistic.

Step 18

Step 19

Create an Elliptical Selection like the image below. Then fill it with black. After that, create another Elliptical Selection, but smaller. Then delete that part of the layer. With the Magic Wand Tool(W) select the black part of the layer.

Step 19

Step 20

Duplicate the road’s layer and select it. Make sure that you still have the Marquee Selection from the Step 19. Then go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. You can delete the black ellipse layer from the Step 19 or just hide it.

Go to Layer>Layer Styles>Bevel and Emboss. This is another way to create the ripple effect. You could use Displace as well.

Step 20

Step 21

Go to Layer>New Layer Fill>Gradient. Use Radial for the Style. For the colors use #ddc396 and #2f1e00. Change the Blend mode to Color Dodge.

Step 21

Step 22

Here I used another image from Stock.Xchng, image. Just place it on top of all layers and change the Blend Mode to Overlay.

Step 22

Step 23

Now let’s make some adjustments. First, lets darken our Magneto dude a bit more. Select the Burn Tool(S) and burn the back of the guy. After that, change the Blend Mode of the “ripples” layer to Soft Light. You can delete some parts of the clouds as well.

Step 23

Step 24

Create a new folder, beneath the “dude” layer. Name the group “power” and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. After that, create a new layer inside of this group. Then using the Brush Tool with white color, create some lights coming from the hands of the guy. Tip: use a regular brush with 0% for the hardness.

After that you create another layer. Use some brushes to add more effects. I used some abstract brushes from http://brusheezy.com. Then add a Pink Outer Glow Layer Style.

Step 24

Step 25

Import the truck image, you can download it at image. Then with the Magic Wand Tool(W) select and delete the background of the photo. Leave just the truck. After that go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal. Move the truck to the side of the road.

Step 25

Step 26

Go to Image>Adjustments>Curves and make the truck a bit darker. After that, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool(M), create a rectangular selection a bit bigger than the truck. Then go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur. For the settings use Amount 2, Method use Spin, and set Best Quality. Next go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur. Then use -75 degrees for the angle and 3 pixels for the Distance.

Step 26

Step 27

Now we will create the truck’s shadow. To do that select the Truck’s layer, click with the right button of the mouse and choose Select Pixels. Then create a new layer and fill it with black. Put this layer beneath the truck layer and go to Edit>Transform>Distort. Distort the shadow to make it look more real. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Change the Opacity of this layer to 60%.

Step 27

Step 28

Group the truck and the shadow layer and rename it to “truck.” Then organize your folders in the Layers Palette.

Step 28

Conclusion

You can add more elements to the image, like a traffic cone or more cars. But always change the curves in order to make the objects have the same lighting. That will make the image more realistic. For some effects, there will be many other ways to achieve a similar result. Experiment with different methods of achieving an effect, like we did with the ripples. Finally, stick with the ones you think are the best for that image.

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Fill A Photo With Photos:Photos Effects [PhotoShop]

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In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to create a bit of an optical illusion, filling one photo with many smaller photos, or at least, many copies of a couple of smaller photos. The number of smaller photos you use for this effect is completely up to you. If you view the photo from a distance, you’ll see the larger main photo, and if you view it up close, you’ll see all the smaller photos inside of it.

I originally saw this effect used in a job recruitment poster for a well-known restaurant chain, but it also works great with family photos, wedding photos, or just as a fun thing to do with photos of all your friends.

Let’s say we have a photo of a mother:

A photo of a young mother

A photo of a mother.

And mom has a couple of kids. Here’s the photos of the kids:

A young baby boy

The first child photo.

A young girl

The second child photo.

We’re going to create our effect by taking the photos of the two kids and using them to fill the photo of their mom. Here’s the effect we’re going for:

Let’s get started.

Step 1: Crop The Main Photo Into A Close-Up Of The Person’s Face

I’m going to work on the main photo (the photo of mom) first, and what we need to do is crop it into a close-up of her face. Cropping the main image into a square works best for this effect, so grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool from the Tools palette, or press M to quickly access it with the keyboard shortcut:

Selecting the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the Tools palette.

Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool from the Tools palette.

Then, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected, drag out a square selection around the person’s face. Hold down your Shift key as you drag to constrain the selection to a perfect square. If you need to reposition your selection as you’re dragging it, hold down your spacebar and as you move your mouse, your selection will move along with it. Release the spacebar to continue dragging out the selection:

Drag out a square selection around the person's face.

Drag out a square selection around the person’s face.

Now that we have our selection, we can use it to crop the image. Go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen and choose Crop. Photoshop will go ahead and crop the image around the selection, leaving you with just the square area you selected:

The main image now cropped into a square.

The main image is now cropped into a square around the woman’s face.

That’s all we need to do with the main photo for now. Let’s work on the photos of the kids.

Step 2: Crop The Smaller Photos

We’re going to crop the smaller photos next, and we’ll be cropping them into a square, just like we did with the main photo. Rather than using the Rectangular Marquee Tool though, let’s use the Crop Tool, since we’re going to be cropping these photos down to a specific size. Now, the actual size that you crop them to is going to depend on the size of your main photo and also on how many smaller photos you want to use to fill your main photo with, so you may need to experiment a little with this.

Grab your Crop tool from the Tools palette, or press C on your keyboard to select it:

Selecting the Crop Tool from the Tools palette in Photoshop.

Select the Crop Tool.

With the Crop Tool selected, go up to the Options Bar at the top of the screen and enter in a value of 50 px (pixels) for both the width and height:

Entering '50 px' for both the width and height in the Options Bar.

Enter “50 px” (pixels) for the width and height in the Options Bar.

Again, you may need to experiment a little with the sizes depending on the size of your main image.

Now that we have our width and height entered for the Crop Tool, I’m going to drag a selection around the head of the child in the first photo. No need to hold down my Shift key this time to constrain my selection to a perfect square since we’ve already specified a width and height in the Options Bar. If you need to reposition your selection though as you’re dragging it out, hold down the spacebar once again to move the selection around on the screen, then release the spacebar to continue dragging the selection:

Dragging a selection around the child's head in the first photo with the Crop Tool.

Drag a selection around the head of the person in the first photo with the Crop Tool.

You can use the handles in any of the four corners to resize your selection after you release your mouse button. You can also reposition the selection by clicking inside of it and dragging it around with your mouse. When you’re happy with your selection, press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) to accept it, and Photoshop will not only crop the image around your selection, it will also resize it to 50×50 pixels (or whatever size you entered for the width and height in the Options Bar):

The first photo cropped.

The first photo cropped to 50×50 pixels.

Do the same thing with the second photo, dragging a selection around the person’s head with the Crop Tool, resizing and repositioning it as needed, and then pressing Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) to accept the selection and have Photoshop crop and resize it for you. Here’s my selection around the young girl in the second photo:

Dragging a selection around the child's head in the second photo with the Crop Tool.

Drag a selection around the head of the person in the second photo with the Crop Tool.

And after pressing Enter/Return, here is my cropped, 50×50 pixel image:

The second photo cropped.

The second photo cropped to 50×50 pixels.

Step 3: Open A New 100 px x 100 px Document

Now that we have our cropped and resized images, we’re going to create our pattern out of them. Go up to the File menu at the top of the screen and select New…, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N (Win) / Command+N (Mac). Either way brings up Photoshop’s New Document dialog box. We want to create a new document that’s twice as wide and twice as high as the two photos we just cropped, so since mine were cropped to 50×50 pixels, I’m going to enter 100 pixels for my document’s width and 100 pixels for my document’s height:

Photoshop's 'New Document' dialog box.

Enter a width and height for your new document that’s twice as large as your two smaller photos.

Also, make sure the Resolution for your new document is the same at it is for your photos. Select one of your photos and go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, then select Image Size, which will bring up the Image Size dialog box. Check the value listed beside “Resolution”. It will most likely say either 72, 240 or 300. Make sure your new Photoshop document is set to that same resolution value, which is located directly beneath the “Height” value.

Click OK in the top right corner of the New Document dialog box to exit out of it and have Photoshop create your new document.

Step 4: Drag Your Two Small Images Into The New Document

Grab your Move Tool from the Tools palette or by pressing V on your keyboard:

Selecting the Move Tool in the Tools palette.

Select the Move Tool.

Then click inside the first photo with the Move Tool and drag it into the new document.

Dragging the first image into the new document.

Click inside the first image with the Move Tool and drag it into the new document.

Click inside the new document and drag the image into the top left corner. It should snap into place:

Dragging the first image into the top left corner of the new document.

Click inside the new document and drag the image into the top left corner.

Click inside the new document once again, and this time hold down your Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key and drag the image into the bottom right corner. By holding down Alt/Option, rather than moving the original image, you’ll be creating a copy of it as you drag and you’ll end up with two copies of the image, one in the top left corner and one in the bottom right corner:

Copying and dragging the image into the bottom right corner.

Hold down “Alt” (Win) / “Option” (Mac) and drag the image into the bottom right corner to create a copy of it.

Now let’s do the same thing with the second image. First, click inside of it with the Move Tool and drag it into the new document:

Dragging the second image into the new document.

Drag the second image into the new document with the Move Tool.

Then click inside the new document and drag the image into the top right corner:

Dragging the second image into the top right corner of the new document.

Drag the image into the top right corner.

Finally, hold down your Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key once again and drag the image into the bottom left corner, making a copy of it as you drag thanks to the Alt/Option key:

Copying and dragging the image into the bottom left of the new document.

Hold down “Alt” (Win) / “Option” (Mac) and drag the image into the bottom left corner.

Step 5: Flatten The Image

If you look in the Layers palette of your new document, you should now have five layers:

Photoshop's Layers palette showing five layers.

Photoshop’s Layers palette showing five layers.

Let’s flatten the image by going up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and selecting Flatten Image. Nothing will seem to have happened in your document, but if you look in the Layers palette, you’ll see that everything has now been flattened onto one layer:

The Layers palette now showing only one layer after flattening the image.

The Layers palette now showing only one layer after flattening the image.

Step 6: Desaturate The Image

Go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, choose Adjustments, and then choose Desaturate, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Ctrl+U (Win) / Shift+Command+U (Mac). This will remove the colors from the image, leaving it in black and white:

The image after desaturating it.

Press “Shift+Ctrl+U” (Win) / “Shift+Command+U” (Mac) to desaturate the image.

Step 7: Define A Pattern With The Image

 

Now we’re ready to create out pattern, or as Photoshop calls it, “define” our pattern. Go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Define Pattern. This brings up the Pattern Name dialog box. I’m going to name my pattern “kids”. You can name yours whatever you like of course. Then click OK to exit out of the dialog box and your pattern is now defined:

The Pattern Name dialog box in Photoshop.

Type in a name for your pattern, then click OK.

Step 8: Create A New Layer In The Main Photo

We’re done with the smaller photos at this point, so switch back to your main photo and click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a new blank layer to the document, which we’re going to use to fill the photo with the pattern we just created:

Clicking the 'New Layer' icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

Click the “New Layer” icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

Photoshop will go ahead and add a new blank layer above the Background layer:

The new blank layer added.

The Layers palette showing the new blank layer above the Background layer.

Step 9: Fill The New Layer With The Pattern You Created

We’re going to fill the layer with our pattern. To do that, go up to the Edit menu and choose Fill, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F5. This brings up the Fill dialog box. Set the Use option to Pattern by clicking the down-pointing arrow and selecting “Pattern” from the list. Then, to select your pattern, click on either the small pattern preview thumbnail or the down-pointing arrow beside it and then click on your pattern inside the selection box that appears. Your pattern will be the last one on the bottom row.

Photoshop's 'Fill' dialog box.

Select your pattern from the Fill dialog box.

For the options at the bottom of the Fill dialog box, make sure Blending Mode is set to Normal and Opacity is set to 100%. Then click OK to exit out of the dialog box, and Photoshop will fill the layer, and your image, with the pattern:

The image after filling the layer with the pattern.

The image is now completely filled with the pattern.

Step 10: Change The Blend Mode Of The Layer To “Overlay”

To blend our pattern in with the image behind it, go up to the blend mode options in the top left corner of the Layers palette, click on the down-pointing arrow to the right of the word “Normal”, and change the blend mode to Overlay:

Changing the blend mode of the pattern layer to 'Overlay'.

Change the blend mode of the pattern-filled layer from “Normal” to “Overlay” to blend the pattern with the image.

After changing the blend mode to Overlay, the pattern becomes blended in with the image below it, creating our “optical illusion” effect:

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The final “optical illusion” effect.

If you find your pattern looks a little too intense, try changing the blend mode of the layer to Soft Light rather than “Overlay” for a more subtle effect. You can also try lowering the Opacity of the layer in the top right corner of the Layers palette.

Written By Steve Patterson

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