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Banksy Effect - Create a Silhouetted Portrait in Photoshop

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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2 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Guide to Creating Your Silhouetted Portrait

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About This Class

Create a Banksy style portrait using Adobe Photoshop's masking and adjustment layers.

This is a fun way of getting to grips with Photoshop's adjustment layers and discovering the power of non-destructive editing by making a smart use of layers.

In this short and easy to follow class you will learn some key Photoshop skills and I can't wait to see what you can do with this technique. So whether you want to design an new profile picture, poster or even a t-shirt get yourself enrolled and just let me know if you have any questions.

This little animated GIF will give you a flavour of what will be covered.


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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: Hi. It's been household here. And what we're gonna do in this tutorial look at how we can create a Banksy style portrait in a baby photo shop. We're gonna take a photograph that we're gonna mask out we're gonna knock out the background on then look at how we can push and pull the colors using adjustment layers, which are really great technique to create this style portrait that you can see here. So what this is going to give you is a lot of nice control over different colors in the layers and photographic layers they're working with, and then also give you this opportunity to create a kind of two tone image. I'm all the time is gonna be working a nondestructive way. I'm so praying this cool looking image. Andi, I can't wait to see some of the examples that you show me in your projects on the project. Walk 2. Guide to Creating Your Silhouetted Portrait: Okay, So we're gonna have a look at how we can take a photograph, a portrait on, then create this Banksy like effect where we've got the silhouetted kind of muted out silhouette of that portrait. Okay, we'll look at how we use hue and saturation adjustment layers to push and pull the contrast of the layer and also do the D saturation. OK, so we're going to start with this original image on the first thing we're gonna do is actually created Jupiter at the background layer. I've already done this here, but if we just take a step back, basically, the way that I've done that is by dragging the background layer down to the new layers button at the bottom here, been created a difficult layer. Okay, so the first thing we're gonna do is make a selection off off myself in the middle of this image here. So we're gonna come across the left hand panel and use the quick selection tool to do that . Okay, So, with the quick selection tool, really, what you're doing is dragging across the area of the image that you want to select. OK, and it will pull the selection of this out pretty well. Okay, so you can see it's jumping on some of the areas we can go back in and fix that. I'm going to use the square brackets toe resize my brush. So if you look to the right of your peaky, you'll just see a right hand square bracket, which will increase the size your brush on the left hand square bracket, which will decrease the size your brush. And that means we can get into some of this details. It will also zoom in a little as we do this. So zooming in and then with the brush made a little smaller, I'm ableto select some of these areas the image and on with the quick selection tool, the more you select that smart trick gets. So as we kind of select more of the image, well, we'll get a smarter selection. I'm gonna hold down the bulky here on the keyboard to remove from my selection so I can get some of these gaps back in. So just going to grab some of this and refined my selection, you can see as I do that it's making a smart selection is in the detail part of the image. So we'll keep going here. I've got super high resolution image, but we're just going to use this for a Facebook profile image or something like that. So it's gonna work out fine for what we need it for. Okay? And we'll grab some of the hair up here. Okay? So Well, keep coming round. Just tidying up the edge, this image, and then move around Gradually. Just check. We've got everything pretty much in hand, okay? And that's looking pretty good for what we need for this particular exercise. So what I'm gonna do now is actually just refine up here just a tiny bit more. Okay? I should be able to get a reasonable selection of this area just by using the option key. Teoh, move in between the cables here. Okay, so that was good enough. We're now gonna lay a mosque on this image to create some transparency, a case? I'm gonna come down to the bottom my layers panel hit the lay of mass button, and then zoom fit my image, and you can see now I've got a reasonable selection of image. Okay, so now we're gonna go do is add a hue saturation adjustment layer to pull the color out this image. So I'm gonna grab a hue saturation adjustment layer either from the bottom my layers panel here or from up in the adjustments panel here. Now, if you don't see some of these panels, just go to window, make sure you're in the essentials view on go to reset essentials on that will put all the panels back in the same location that I have here is a really handy tool. So we're gonna add a hue saturation adjustment layer. Okay, We're gonna drop the saturation right down, okay? And then we're gonna go ahead and add a levels adjustment layer. Now here with the levels adjustment, weaken do a number of things so we can pull in the blacks from the left here so that we can get this kind of nice high contrast pulling the whites from the right hand side there. Okay. And what we're ending up with is this very kind of dark image. Okay, on basically, what we want to do is kind of mute this image off a little bit. Okay? So I'm gonna drag in this and the white from the sides, okay? And it just means I'm going to get a kind of more muted image. So it's still at that high contrast between the foreground. The background is gonna pull the whites in a little bit more there. But essentially, where? Kind of meeting it by dragging these in. Okay, So once I've got that their look of the image that I want, I'm going to come in and just kind of refined from the edges. So on my edges here at the moment, you can see that it's a little bit blurred around the edge and I want to sharpen their up to give it a bit of a harder edge. So I'm going to come to my mask, lay here and just double click, OK? And I'm going to refine the mask edge now. What I want to do is just to increase the contrast of that edge a little bit more cause I want this kind of harder edge to that image. I can also shift the edge here as well. Now, if you're looking to other techniques such as masking hair around the edge of an image and stuff like that, then edge detection on these kind of refinement. Told that you can find here in the refine mask are really good tools toe to kind of get handle of Okay. So you can see now I've got a slightly harder edge to my image. Now, what I'm gonna do here is hold down the command key on the Macal, the control key on the PC, and it will add a layer behind the layer that I had selected. Okay, we're gonna fill this, um, with color. So it's gonna do shift F five. Andi doesn't really matter what color. I'm gonna fill it with the moment cause I'm gonna be able to adjust the hue of that later. So I'm just gonna pick out quickly a nice, bright color here, fill that background. OK, now, you can see here that the hue saturation is now affecting that background. So I want crop that d saturation and the levels just to the mask of my image. And the way I'm going to do that is just by right clicking on that layer and create a clipping mask. Okay? And that's going to keep the levels adjustment on the hue saturation adjustment. Just toe that image, Okay? And you can see I've got a right white band around my image here. So I'm gonna come back into the mask edge, and I'm just gonna increase the radius of the detection here. And you should see that my edge here has become a bit harder. I'm gonna increase the contrast, Aziz. Well, cause I can still see Cem White kind of blurriness around the edge there. And then we'll just shift it down a little bit to kind of really make that a nice high contrast. You can play around with it and kind of get the effect that you're looking for. So now we've got that kind of nice contrast E effect. Okay, I'm gonna add a hue saturation adjustment layer to manage the background layer. Okay? And this just allows me to kind of moderate that effect. Teoh, quickly change the color in the background. Okay to something that I'm I'm happy with. Okay? And now with these sets of layers up here, I'm gonna add another hue saturation adjustment layer. Okay? And that means if I add this to the flipping master linked together here, I can now change their hue. Have this part of the image to Okay, I'm going to use color rise as well. And that allows me to now change the color of that image. Okay. Keeping the white areas the image and then keeping the background color adjustment separate . Okay, so we'll move this through until we find a color that we're happy with for this version. Okay, so I'm overall happy with that for this example. So you can see here we've got the layers stacked like this where we have a background layer , a hue saturation adjustment layer to control that background color. And we can click on the hue saturation to kind of keep changing that okay, and figuring out which colors gonna work with the background and then with the mass layer. Here we have a hue, saturation adjustment layer, toe de saturate it, okay. And then a levels adjustment layer to adjust the levels so that we can get that kind of as much or as little detail in the image. Aziz, we want around these kind of darker areas, the image. Okay. And you can see we have a nice level of control over that. Even with the image as far down the production processes. This because we're using this kind of non destructive process. And then, lastly, the hue saturation adjustment layer at the top that allows us toe control the color of the silhouette in the middle. There. Okay, Now we could go ahead with the clipping mask here, Just add a new layer in okay, create clipping mask, and then use the fill function to literally so shifted five. Fill it in with one entire color. Okay, so you could pick a color on, get a kind of pure silhouette if that's what you wanted and I would be one way of doing it . That's what we want for this. We want to kind of keep some of the detail of the image. We get this nice kind of silhouetted effect, but then also with some nice texture in that image as well. Okay, there's a lot of nice, useful tools here that we've run through in this quick exercise. Have you found it useful on it's kind of fun technique todo and I look forward to seeing on the next tutorial