Digital Illustration: Create Half-toned Cat Posters | Ali Hooten | Skillshare

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Digital Illustration: Create Half-toned Cat Posters

teacher avatar Ali Hooten, Illustrator & Educator

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4 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Digital Illustration > Introduction

    • 2. Digital Illustration > Lesson One

    • 3. Digital Illustration > Lesson Two

    • 4. Digital Illustration > Lesson Three

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This Skillshare course will walk you through the steps to turn a regular cat photograph into a unique poster using Adobe Photoshop. The lessons are aimed to teach even the most beginner Adobe Photoshop user to create fun posters and apply interesting filters.

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  • cat photograph(s)
  • computer with Adobe Photoshop

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Ali Hooten

Illustrator & Educator



Hello and welcome! I am very excited to continue and share what I have learned over the years designing, what I continue to learn, and build a community with like-minded creatives.

I have taught in several different capacities over the years, most notably teaching as a full-time instructor at a University, creating courses in product design, architecture, and visual communication. I think every design needs to be created with intention, apply critical thinking, and understand the bigger picture and end use (and user). I think it is more important to learn how to think rather than any particular tool because technology and expectations are constantly shifting. It is not about “keeping up” but rather about resilien... See full profile

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1. Digital Illustration > Introduction: Hi and welcome to another sculpture course. My name is Alexandra quite. And in this class, I will be going over how to turn your favorite photographs of cats, whether it be yours or a friend's into really awesome graphic posters using ah filter technique called half tone in Adobe Photoshopped hope to see you in the class. 2. Digital Illustration > Lesson One: Hello and welcome to digital illustration. Lesson one for how to create 1/2 tone cat poster In this Listen, I will be starting with base photograph and how to make some general adjustments and Photoshopped to set your photo up So you're ready for the following lessons to eventually turn your photograph into a cat poster with this half tone filter technique to begin, open up any cat photo that you want to use and turn into a poster. Once you open that in Adobe Photoshopped, I'm gonna go to image and change the brightness and contrast under adjustments. The thought here is to really bring out the contrast in colors, using whatever adjustments you might want to go down to levels and addressed that as well. This will end up creating a better poster in the end, by adjusting some of those contrast levels and bringing out the the stark difference between dark and light elements and your cut photograph and hit OK, next we go to image size and make it roughly around 1500 by 2000. If you're anywhere in there as faras pixels, that is fine as well, and lastly, I am going to go up to image going to mod and change it to gray scale and push. Discard. Okay, so now that you have a black and white cat photo, you were all set for Lesson two, where we will go through how to edit out the background, couple different ways to pull out the cat so you can add your own colorful background to your poster. 3. Digital Illustration > Lesson Two: hello and welcome to a lesson to in digital illustration creating half tone cap posters. In this lesson, I will be going over how to turn your now black and white edited cat photo into an image that is ready to apply the filter for the next lesson. I'll go over a couple different ways. You can get rid of the background and really make that animal image pop. So to begin, open up your image from the last lesson should be black and white, and we're gonna go ahead and start from bringing the layer from the background. You can either right click or double click this, depending on which version of the baby photo shop you have and push. Okay, I want to start by going over to the magic wand. Tool might look a little different, depending on what Adobe Photoshopped version you have, and you can start to select different background colors, changing what kind of colors and selecting, or perhaps the tolerance a pair, Um, and deleting those out of the background. You could see here how it's only getting with tolerance of 15 certain color families, and I might have some center for patches in the background to still get rid of So you can start to play with this. Careful that it doesn't get your actual cat or image that you're using and maybe change the tolerance and go around de select that, Um, another way I like to do this is use the political lasso tool and click just outside of the cuts. So I'm not getting in super detailed yet, and I want to get to this whole left side of her for the example. Once I closed that loop, you can see it's the dancing Answer this moving dash line. I'm gonna click, delete, um, right click de select, or go into a different zone and start selecting a new area to the league. So this is nice and easy to get kind of these big groups of background out of the way. And then I will show another technique to get in close to the cat and, um, maybe preserve some of that for, or whiskers and use a different brushes on the eraser tool. So we believe that big small as well. All right, we're gonna go down to the eraser tool and no, here when I click on the research. I can go up and I can select some different brushes. Um, the size of that brush. So when is human? A little bit closer. Right now, I selected one of the brushes on the first row. You can always go up to your settings and add different kinds of brushes. However, I'm going to keep the default ones that it seems to work just fine. Um, and then I want to start erasing some of the background and maybe depending on the brush, I couldn't keep some of this jagged for look, maybe try it a different one and see what that looks like. Make sure you're a passing flow is typically at 100. So you're not getting all of these extra little little dots in there. Go around the entire cut until it looks something like this. Okay, so now my cat image, it's gonna floating on the background. Okay. Place that wherever you like. Maybe stretch out the image. Helling, push. Apply. Next. You can add a layer and drank that layer. Blow would call this with tingle too, and grabbed the rectangle tool in applying color. Um, again, Make sure when you're coming in here that your mode is back to see him like a If you're gonna print it, are Judy is better. You're going to keep this digital, and you can play that background. Go ahead and pick whatever color you would like for the background. You can always change this later and make sure all your layers are set up and keep them as layers. Do not flat it. Save it as a photo shop or dot psd file, and you will be all set up for the next lesson where we'll actually go over applying the half tone filter. 4. Digital Illustration > Lesson Three: hello and welcome to lessen three of digital illustration creating half tone cat posters to begin this lesson. Open up, Adobe Photo Shop and the last PSD file you saved from lesson to you should have your cat or animal image well in black and white, ready to go with no background behind it. And maybe you have already applied a color rectangle like I showed a lesson, too. The first thing you want to do is go to your cat image. And if we were to apply the half tone filter right now, your cat is going to turn into different colors. So if you go to filter down to pixel ate and click on color half to this is the filter we're gonna use to create this interesting half tone cat poster. So note here there is maximum radius and four different channels. I'm going to leave my numbers as they are right now. However, you can play around this and I'll show a couple examples of getting the radius and the different dots to come out in different ways. So right now it's 81 15 1 50 90 and 45. I would push. Okay, so If I zoom in, you can see that there's still colors going on. Um, maybe you want to use it that way, so I'm gonna show you and go through this example. But then I'll show you how to go back to black and wait. So if you go over here to the right from this drop down menu have a much different blending options, I'm gonna go to multiply to get rid of that weight background. So here I have my cut in very interesting half tone filter with the different colors. However, I really want to do the more black and white look, So I'm gonna go back in either control Z or step backwards to that original cat image. Now I'm gonna turn my entire image into gray scale. To go through with us is if I were just to change this d saturation, it's gonna still have gray dots, image mode, grayscale. I'm not going to merge my different layers, but I will discard the color information. Okay. Making sure that cat image layer is still selected. I'm gonna go to my filter menu picks elite in color half tone hit. Okay, It's No one is human. There's just black dots and I don't have that little diamond shape kind of spread throughout. I'm gonna go to my blending mode and select Multiply If I were to go back two steps and let's filter this again and change the radius to 15. I have a lot bigger dots so it depends what you're going for here. Play around with it. Every image is a little different. Good. My blending mode and multiply. Okay, so let's say I got the color half tone just how we like it. All those different black dots. I'm gonna go to image mode and go back to see him like a color. Don't merge the layers, but push Okay and no hear me. Rectangles still gray. I have that blue color already selected and I'm going to rast. Arise that rectangle so the entire layer gets sort of that little image so I can use the paint bucket and fill a color. If I wanted to choose a different color. Maybe I want to go for a hot pink. I can keep changing that as well. So going back to the cut image, you can always adjust and change and stretch your image, however you would like. There's also several adjustments it's gonna ask you apply the transformation under image and adjustments. Play around with whatever you want to do here, and I have my cut image on a colored background, and it's ready to be saved as an image to either place on a poster board or put it on a digital portfolio. I hope you enjoyed the class and looking forward to seeing all of your cat poster projects .