Photoshop CC 2019: Create an Instagram Style Image - Learn to Cutout, Add Strokes, Text & Shapes | Benjamin Halsall | Skillshare

Photoshop CC 2019: Create an Instagram Style Image - Learn to Cutout, Add Strokes, Text & Shapes

Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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9 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Square Document Setup in Photoshop

    • 3. Placing a Background in Your Design

    • 4. Cutting Out Your Image Step-by-Step

    • 5. Add a Border to Your Cutout

    • 6. Add a Shadow to Your Image

    • 7. Add Type to Your Image

    • 8. Adding an Outline Stroke & Drop Shadow to Type

    • 9. Create and Modify Shapes for Your Design


About This Class

In this easy to follow class, you will learn how to create an awesome Instagram style square image using Adobe Photoshop. The Instagram app is great for creating images but learning how to do this in Photoshop will give you a level of control in your design as well as skills that transfer to working with other platforms such as Facebook or your own website.

Techniques covered

  • Cutting Out Images
  • Creating Outlines for Images
  • Working with Layers and Creating Backgrounds
  • Adding Type
  • Adding & Modifying Graphic Shapes
  • Using the Direct Selection Tool
  • Blending Layers


1. Class Introduction: So here in photo shoot, we're gonna have a look at how we create this square image in Instagram. We're gonna have a look at how we cut out the figure in this image. We're gonna look at how we overlay that over another image. And then also look how we worked with the contrast of the image, the background and also the text that will overlay over the top, as you can see here. 2. Square Document Setup in Photoshop: So the first thing we're gonna do is create our brand new document on. We'll go to file and you in photo shop hand in here. We're gonna jump right into the web options here. We're gonna create. Hey, 10 80 by 10. 80 pixels square image. We're gonna turn off the art boards option here. We don't want that on on. Then we'll leave the resolution. Everything, as is with a white background color, is the most important thing is to get your pixel resolution to 10. 80 where 10. 80 Which is, at the moment, the maximum resolution that you can upload to Instagram. So we'll hit, create, and then we're gonna grab a background image. 3. Placing a Background in Your Design: So we're gonna come to Exel's, don't come and we're gonna download this brick wall image on when we're downloading it. We're going to click on the drop down menu here on pixels and look for the original file size. Now, if we want to zoom into the image or increase the size of it in any way, then having the original is gonna give us a lot more flexibility when we place in that image within our design and first of shots were pressed. Download Hamels. We've downloaded the image we're going to right Click at the top here on macro sex where you can find it in your downloads folder in Windows on on the Mac of going to drag this down to photo shop on my dock, which will open that image up in photo shop. Or you can go to file open on, open up the image if you're on a Windows computer. So making sure that I'm on the move talk. I'm gonna hover over my brick wall and I'm gonna click and drag it up to the tab of my square instagram image that I have just created and then come back down to the middle. I'm still holding down the left button on my mass. I'll let go on now have placed that brick wall in the background. Now, before every size this I'm actually going to right click on the brick wall in the last panel and converted to a smart object. And that means I could scale this image down up without losing any of the original size. Now I'm gonna do here. I'm gonna go to edit on free, transform commodity on the Mac or controlling T on the PC on what you'll see here because we're working with such a big image is that we can't see the edges of that image to resize it. So I'm gonna do the re sizing up in the options to buy here, and you can see my width and height locked together, which I want. So things stay in proportion. And then I met my opinion 25% here, which will bring down the width and height 25%. And now I could see the edges of that image and I can begin toe resize it and position it as I want. So I'm just gonna position this here and then we'll hit enter, and now we'll go ahead and have a look at our image that we're gonna cut out. 4. Cutting Out Your Image Step-by-Step: so as we can this out, we're gonna use the quick selection tool to make the main selection of this image. And then we can use the master or to actually create the transparency and advanced disease in the Master is that we can modify correct any errors in our cutting out after we've made it, which we can't do. We just make a selection and copy and paste it. So the first step here is just unlock the background image here. So I'm gonna click on the right of my background image in the layers panel, double click on it, and I'll get his new layer option. So layer zero, I can click. OK, and now I'm gonna grab the quick selection tool on once I've got the quick selection tool selected. I could come over my image, and I could make either a selection of the image here by dragging across it and I'm gonna increase the size of my brush is so if I use the square brackets on May keep or just the right the Peking, I could use the right square bracket to increase the size of my brush here, and I want to have it a decent size so that I can fit it around most of my object. And as I mentioned before, we can either make a selection of the object itself so dragging around the object. But in this case, the white background is the sometimes the easier thing to select. I'm gonna go to select and be select. Now I'm gonna select the white area. Basically, what I could do here is quickly select all of my image. And once that selected, I can then invert it now, before inverted. I just wanna fix a couple of things here. So I'm gonna zoom right in on my image so I can use the magnifying glass. Teoh zoom right in despite clicking and holding it. Or I could come back to the selection to off on Zoom in, using command or control plus and minus. We'll zoom in here, uh, so we're a little bit closer into the edge of the image as we move around it. So I jump back to my quick selection tool on because I haven't inverted my selection at the moment. I wanna actually subtract from the selection I'm making, so I'm basically selecting the white and I don't want this hand to be included in the white . So I've changed my selection to subtract on dragging over the hand to remove it from the selection of that white. And again, I can use the square brackets just a right of my peaky to actually modify that. And you can see that as I subtract from that white selection, I'm gradually refining the selection of everything that I have. And I'm just kind of moving around my image and deliver on my image here. With the quick selection tools still selected, I'm holding down a space bar and then just dragging around so I can stay. Zoom did and see the edge of that image. And I can see some other little areas here where we wanna actually remove those from the selections. It will move around, and here I want to answer into the selection so I could go back to the plus option here where if I hold their shift, it will tuggle plus on, Add this back to the selection. But I wanna reduce the size of my brush again, using the left square bracket to the right, the peaky I can hold down shift on ad in the selection here, and you can see that as I'm using the selection. Maura Mauritz getting smarter as I make selections of different parts of my my image, adding to the white selection, making sure that all my edges are nice and crisp. Okay, so it will come over to the left hand side here on I'm just zooming in and then holding on space bar again to make around to check the edge of that image and make sure that my selection is nice and tight to the edge, looking for areas like it's white shirt, where this color is so close that the selection hasn't been made properly, and sometimes what you might find is that you need to jump to the last little or the polygon or less. It'll actually refine the selection along some of the edges. So here I'm going to use the ultra option key to draw around this area to modify that selection, and then I can be thought, and we'll have a look at the hair. Love it later on. Now I'm gonna do come on a zero to zoom back out, pretty happy with the overall selection. So now if I had the transparency with the layer mask, it's going to remove my image, which I don't want. It's gonna come back a step. So what I need to do is go to select on Invert that selection using the inverse function. So I've selected the white, and now I've reversed that so that we have our character in the middle here selected. So if I use the had layer mask button that my layers options here, it will now create the transparent. 5. Add a Border to Your Cutout: now, Once that's done, I can now add the edge to this image of the border. So I'm gonna go to my effects on had strength. I'm gonna change this to White. So I'm gonna pull this down to why I connect 2 to 55255255 There. Or I can just drag this slider up and find white in my color box on the left. There. Click. OK, now I'm gonna increase the size of this and you can see here that I'm gonna but this on the outside of my image What I'm looking for is that this border on the outside is nice and smooth, so you can see there's only around my image. I've got a nice, smooth hair to my image. There's not too many bumps or anything like that. Maybe a couple here, Aziz, we move around the image. If I bring this back down, sometimes you can see some little glitches in areas of the corner of the image. But it looks pretty good. And if you do have any glitches in the corner of your image, it maybe because just zoom in here. There's little bits of the masking that hasn't happened properly. So sometimes with the brush tool, what you'll need to do there is going to reduce the size, the brush tool. Here it's just look for areas. The image where you have a little blob of white popping out like this might be, uh, just outlining and hair the image that's away from that. The edge. So what I can do here is I can select black, and I can paint on my layer mask here, and that will allow me just by painting this out to remove any glitches that I find. So I'm painting with black on the layer mask, and that's just allow me toe. Remove any edges, and I can increase the hardness of my brush when I'm doing this to just toe, make sure that my edges how nice and sharp and crisp on we'll just move around here. But everything else looks pretty smooth around the edge of this image. So to move this outlined image to my brick background in my square image, I can click on the image here and right from the layers panel. I can click and hold on the layers panel, so I'm growing my image, my mask and also the effects of applied to it on Dragnet, right to my new image here. I'm now I can re scale this, so I'm gonna go to edit on free, transform my layers locked together. I'm gonna change this to 25% on now. Once it's a 25% I can increase the size of it and we'll fix the border around here in a second. I'm just gonna leave a little space up here to the text on. Then we can hit, enter. We can come to a stroke. So just double click on the stroke in the layers and we can reduce the with the stroke. That's a nice, clean outline that 6. Add a Shadow to Your Image: above my bricklayer, but it's gonna add a new layer on what I want to do here is with my black and white. So reset it to the default. With this little black and white square, I can use the brush tool here, increasing it by holding down the right square bracket to the right of the peaky liken with a soft brush. I can just add a little bit more shadow behind here. And then if I drop down the opacity, I can just help that to pop out a little bit from the background. So basically having a little bit off a shadow here in the background so we can increase the capacity or decrease it, depending on what we're looking for, I'm not looking for a precise shadow. I'm looking more just toe help that image pop out a little bit from the background. So now I'm gonna go to my race. It'll and the same. I'm gonna make sure my razor is nice and soft. And then I'm just gonna with a slightly smaller arrays that just remove a little bit of this shading on the left hand side. So we've got a little bit shadow coming across the right there. They will put our text up on the top left. So I moved back to the move tool here, and then we can move this to the left. 7. Add Type to Your Image: Andi. Now we're gonna grab the title so we'll grab the title on up in the top here. I'm just gonna click once to add a block. Type lights the left and we're gonna type in time. Teoh read. Okay, so we'll move things around a little bit here just to get our image toe line up nicely. Andi, I'm gonna change my font here to impact. So I'm selecting my typing and just typing I m p a up here and that will select that impact fund on. We will change this type. Let's go for a nice, bright red. I'm gonna select the second line of my type here and just increase it a little bit. Then select the first line. Andi, increase it a little bit. I'm trying as to tow line up nice and square on the left and right. Gonna jump to my character Option C on increase the leading. So those lines come a bit further apart 8. Adding an Outline Stroke & Drop Shadow to Type: and now we're gonna have a stroke to our type. So we're gonna come back down to our layers panel on. We're looking for the SX at the bottom of our layers panel, where we can click on go to the stroke option to add an outline to our type. So with preview checked on, we can now increase the size of our stroke so we can set it to a size that works in the text size that we have all that you've set up. When your document on I'm gonna put mine up, Teoh eight points here. That just helps to give the text a nice contrast to the background as well. Look, click. OK. We could also add from the effects a drop shadow as well, or a glow Teoh kind of accentuate on. Get the text to pull off the background a little bit, then will use command teal control t on the PC headed transform and we're just angle that type a little bit. Increase the size of it and it's ah that I think I'll just move this layer above the type player. Just the shadow is not falling here and there we have a quick instagram image that we can use 9. Create and Modify Shapes for Your Design: and we could also have added some other elements as well, which could work quite well so we can use our shape elements so we could drag in some shape colors at the bottom. That would drop behind our image here just to kind of add a little pop to add a little bit of a different color in the background. There to change the color of this will come to the top. Now we can select some different colors, try and complement the different areas of color that we've got. If you want to modify these shapes, we can use the direct selection tool at the bottom of our to a bar on the left toe. Add a little bit of angle toe are shapes by modifying the individual points here on day, we could also duplicate these layers so we could have a multiple shake layers on here. Just a kind of frame up what we're doing here with the rest of the design. And you can make some design decisions about how you want things toe be laid out. We could also play around with some of the options here we have for things like overlaying and color overlays to get those images, and there's different parts, the images to blend together. Another thing you might want to do is if the image in the background is really busy with color or with other elements. You might want to add a hue saturation adjustment on where you can do things like colorized your image, which can be quite nice. It can help to make that image really pop. When you're placing it over the top of another image, you can see it works quite nice, that blue in the background with the orange at the top and bottom. Or we can use some different color options here. But if we turn off the hue saturation, layer the other layer corruption that I like to use, the levels corruptions where we can mute the colors in the background a little bit by squashing the output levels just to kind of push that brick wall right into the backgrounds . There's lots of different options full playing around with how you modify and pull these images together. So that's a brief overview of how we can credit these Instagram style images with check rates, ways to encourage people toe click or two uses an opener for some of your videos. If you're work with final Cut Pro and you've been watching from my phonic approach tutorials, you can actually take these photoshopped layers and animate them in final cut pro, which the really cool thing you can do as well, so you can add some motion into these square style images. But these will work well on Instagram or Facebook in other areas as you're developing visual content for social media. If you have any question about further shopper about final cut pro illustrator in design, and please leave a comment below and I look forward to seeing you on the next tutorial.