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Grunge style layer tutorial - Takui Neko shares his Photoshop blending skills
First you need a picture, the one that will be the main picture of your composition. I used a portrait. Nudes are also interesting subjects for this technique.
1 Place the picture in a new layer in PS.
2 Next, we want to add a texture to it, any texture will work, but normally I prefer rocks, old walls or recycled paper, since they give interesting effects when blended.
In this case I used this one.
|3 Then make a new layer and paste the texture on it, resize as need it, in this case I put it like so|| |
4 Then I set the Blending Mode to "Overlay" Notice the line in the face made by the "Texture" layer.
5 We fix that by making a layer mask and then use the gradient tool.
So the image looks like this
6 Then I add a third layer for coloring. Note how the blend mode of the layer is set to "Soft Light"
7 Then I merge all the layers, add a new texture (if you need textures you can find some here, but I recommend you make your own, in this case I used one from the Internet. :P) and have the Blending Mode as "Hard Light".
I used the Layer Mask/Gradient Tool technique to erase the spots that did not look as I wanted over the face (but using the Radial Gradient this time) Like so...
8 And then the Layer Mask/Gradient Tool technique (and merge layers afterwards)
You could continue this process with different textures and blending modes forever, as many as your creativity tells you, but in this case we will keep it simple and will start adding some details.
9 Here is when you will need to get a hold of some PS Brushes, or make them yourself which is always better. To make them you will need either a texture, a picture of some old document or anything that can give details to the image.
To make the brushes: Open an Image with some interesting detail, make a selection on the detail and then go to Edit >Define Brush Preset. And you are set! For example:
|Then make a new layer and paste it. Move, contract or expand the document as you see fit and then set the Blending Mode to "Linear Burn". Like so...|
Note that the brushes are in grayscale, even if made them from a colored selection, but you can change the color like with any other brush. In this case I will sample colors from the image as it is now to keep color coherency. Like so...
(notice that each brush stamp is made in a new layer, just in case you want to change colors or move or edit in any way).
And that is it!
Later you can add some more patterns, textures, play with the Burn or Dodge Tool , to darken or brighten some areas of your image, etc...
I hope this small tutorial can be of help for those wishing to experiment on this style of digital manipulation.
|About the Author |
Gaspar Cabrera a.k.a Takui Neko has a web site here. If you enjoyed this tutorial and would like to contact him here's his email address: Takui Neko