Monday, May 13, 2013

Colorful Grunge Portrait in Photoshop - New or Improved Skill Day 13

Edgar Allen Poe

WeGraphics has a really fun and easy tutorial for coloring images using a layer mask and the paintbrush tool.

I probably should have downloaded his suggested grunge brush set but I used the one that came with the Photoshop program: his looks better.

I used Poe's vintage photo that you can find on the net.

My notes:
The background is a worn paper texture. Increase the the contrast by going to Image > Adjustment > Levels.

Choose an image.
Desaturate it by going to Image > Adjustment > Desaturate.
Increase the photo's contrast by going to Image > Adjustment > Levels. You want to have some white areas.

Apply Filter > Artistic > Watercolor for a loose painted effect.

Make a new layer.

Go to the channels panel. Command + Click on the RBG channel thumbnail.

Return to the layers panel. Press the layer mask icon, it looks like a square with a circle in it. Release the selection by clicking Command + click. Command + i to invert the colors. Delete the original photo layer.

Choose a grunge brush and paint the top level randomly with different colors. The underlying image magically appears when color is applied.

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