Creative Effects Challenge No.88 – Creating Art Dec 1, 2018 13:42:23 GMT hmca, ritage, and 4 more like this
Post by BillieJean on Dec 1, 2018 13:42:23 GMT
I would have loved to have been one of those talented folks who can draw or paint but unfortunately I can’t…However PSE has given me the opportunity to at least produce some sort of an art effect using digital techniques with photos, textures, layer masks and blend modes etc:
This challenge really follows on from my last challenge No. 83 about Inverted Layer Masks and I will be using an Inverted Layer Mask for this challenge too as it’s my preference to get the result I want but this may be a personal thing so if you prefer to use an ordinary layer mask please feel free to do so. Just remember the mantra when using layers masks – white reveals and black conceals.
OK we are going to attempt to melt/merge as it were part of a photo into a background texture and create our own kind of art.
You will require a photo and a texture or textures.
So let’s get started.
1. Open the photo and the texture you want to use.
2. Place the photo above the textured background.
3. With the photo layer selected create an inverted layer mask by holding down the alt/opt key while clicking on the create layer mask icon.
4. The inverted layer mask will hide your photo but not to worry as using your layers panel you can see where on your page the photo is placed.
5. Select the inverted layer mask by clicking on its thumbnail in the layers panel and making sure your foreground colour is white and using a soft brush at full opacity begin to paint over the part of the photo that you wish to see appear on the page. When using full opacity try and keep to the centre of the main body of your subject.
The idea is to paint your subject in with soft edges, so as you begin to brush near the edges of your subject reduce the opacity and your subject should melt into the background texture.
6. If you paint in too much just change to black and paint that part out again. You may find you have to go back and forth like this to get your final effect.
This next part is very important as it can make an amazing difference to the finished result.
7. Duplicate the textured background layer and move it to the top of the layers tab and try various blend modes to see which if any you like. If the effect is too strong just reduce the opacity.
Don’t be afraid to paint out and paint back in – use different opacities and brush sizes. Just experiment. You can also add overlays if you wish and blend them in. There are so many different things you can do which all give different end results.
You can create some great portraits from old photos using this method too.
Experiment and Practice - Experiment and Practice and have fun.
Credits: All images used here come from morguefile and the BG texture is from Jai Johnson.