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Photoshop: Transform Photos into Spray-painted, Stencil Portraits!

Marty Geller, Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!

Photoshop: Transform Photos into Spray-painted, Stencil Portraits!

Marty Geller, Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!

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    • 1. Spray paint Stencil Portrait CC 2015

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Photoshop CC 2015.5 tutorial showing how to transform photos into the look of hand-made, spray-painted, stencil portraits with text.


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Marty Geller

Blue Lightning TV Photoshop!


Marty Geller, Founder and Director of Blue Lightning TV Photoshop, has had a long career providing on-air and print work for the television and entertainment industries. Clients have included NBC, ABC, CBS, VH-1, numerous advertising agencies, national magazines, recording labels and major book publishers. His television work includes "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Saturday Night Live", "Dateline NBC", "Today", VH-1 and Paramount Television. Marty has designed record album covers, book jacket covers and logos. His illustrations have appeared in "Psychology Today", "New York" and on theatrical posters that have appeared on Broadway and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Marty has received Emmy Awards for his work in television and numerous awards for his w... See full profile

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1. Spray paint Stencil Portrait CC 2015: Hi, this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I'm going to show you how to transform photos into the look of spray painted stencil portrait with text. I provided a PSD file say you can follow along. Its link is located in my videos, description or project files. It includes two layers. A tiled wall, which will place our stencil portrait on two, and a semi transparent layer of the tiles, grout and grime, which will place on top of their portrait before we begin. I want to mention that I'll be going a little faster in this tutorial. For more advanced users, open a photo of someone that you'd like to use for this project. If you'd like to use this public domain photo of Marilyn Monroe, I provided its link as well To place your image onto the tiled background, drag it onto the tap of the background and without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release to resize and position it. Open your transform tool by pressing control or command t go to a corner, and when you see a diagonal double, arrow, press and hold ought or option plus shift as you drag your photo in or out, leaving enough room for your text. Next will make a selection around our subject so we can cut it out from its background. There are many ways to do this, and your method should depend on the characteristics of your photo. For this example, I'll use the quick selection tool if you using this tool as well, drag it over your subject to remove areas of the selection, press and hold auto or option as you drag over those areas. Once your subject has a selection surrounding it, click your refine edge tool. Or, if you're working on version 2015.5 or later, click, Select and mask. You can also go to select and select and mask or refine edge. I did in depth tutorials on both tools, so if you'd like to watch them, I provided their links as well. I'll make a view mode on black and click Smart Radius. I'll drag my brush over the edge of the hair and out. Put it to a new layer, then click OK control, click or command. Click the new layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer will fill the empty layer with white. But first, if your foreground and background colors aren't black and white respectively, press D on your keyboard. Since white is the background color, press control or command plus delete to fill the layer with white, make the top layer active will convert it into a smart object so we can modify it non destructively, as well as allow us to replace the photo with another without having to redo all the effects. Click the icon at the upper right of the layers panel and click convert to Smart Object. Go to image adjustments and threshold. The threshold level defaults toe 1 28 for most images. This should be fine, but feel free to adjust this amount depending on the characteristics of your photo. Go to filter and filter gallery, open the artistic folder and click cut out. Make a number of levels to the edge. Simplicity five and the edge Fidelity one. Then click OK. Next, we'll paint out areas that we don't want in our stencil and add black around white areas so that we can ultimately see those white areas. Click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to air subject, open your pencil to and pencil picker. We'll adjust the size in a moment with our bracket keys. Make sure its hardness and opacity are both 100%. Then press, enter or return. Adjust the pencil size and draw over areas of black that you don't want in your portrait. To add black around the white areas, make the white layer active. Adjust your pencil size and draw angular shapes around the white areas of your subject. To remove unwanted black areas, press X on your keyboard and drove over those areas. You can also make a layer above your subject to paint in white over those unwanted black areas. Continue to finance your image until you're happy with your stencil. Will make the two layers that comprise air portrait into one smart object shift. Click the top layer to make it active as well and convert them into a smart object. Make two copies of it by pressing control or command J Twice. Hide the two top players and make the bottom subject active. Go to shelter you're and gassy and blur. Blurred 10 pixels and click OK or press enter or return. Make the next layer visible an active and change its blend mode. Toe lighten. Make the top layer visible and active and change its blend mode to dissolve. Reduce it's opacity to 20%. Presently, your image doesn't look much different until you make the bottom subject active and with your move to drag it a bit up and to the left shift, click the top layer to highlight all three subject layers and convert them into one smart object. We're ready to add text If you want to reposition your portrait to make room for your text , you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move your portrait. Don't be concerned when you see the tile background behind it. It's temporary. Open your type tool and pick a stencil. Funt. I'm using Vinca stencil regular. If you'd like to use it, I provided its Linkous well. I'll make it size 166 points sharp center alignment and the color is black. Click on your document and type at your text to reposition it. Open your move to and move it to add another line of text Presti to open back your type tool. Click on your document and type at your text as before. Open your move to to move it. If you want to angle the text, open your transform, too. Go to a corner, and when you see a curve double arrow rotated, drag it to a location you like and press, enter or return. Make the text layers into one smart object and make a copy of it. Change the blend mode of the copy to dissolve. Go to filter, blur and gassy and blur. Change the radius to five pixels. Make the bottom text layer active and press control or command F. To repeat the last filter, which was a gassy and blur of five pixels. Drag the text layer to the right a bit. Next will make our text look more like it was spray painted. Click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the active layer. Open your brush to and brush picker. Make the hardness 0% and the opacity and flow both 100%. Then press enter or return. Adjust your brush size and loosely brush over your text. Make the top text layer active and click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to it, reduced the brushes opacity to 50% and loosely brushed over your text shift. Click your portrait to highlight it and your text layers and convert them into a smart object. Change its blend mode to multiply and dragged the layer between the tile devils layer and the tiled wall bottom layer. If you want to angle your stenciled image, open your transform tool and rotated. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching.