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Grainy, artistic nude - The aim of this tutorial is to turn a standard colour nude photograph, into a gritty and grainy one, redolent of classical art, as Duncan Evans explains.
First you need to have a picture that's sympathetic with the treatment in question. The pose here is a subtle, modest one, and the model has plenty of cascading hair. The background cloth as well, is a traditional, dark, mottled surface and the model is sitting on a chaise long, though little of that can be seen. If you don't have a suitable picture to hand, you can download the lo-res version of the one used in this tutorial. Just right click and select Save Target As from here. This tutorial created with Photoshop CS3, but most image editing programs can perform the same processes.
|1. The first task is to convert the image to monochrome so go to Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map. Ensure that the foreground colour is black and the background colour is white before doing this, otherwise, click on Reverse.|
|2. Next, the image needs brightening, so go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and drag the right end carat in until it reaches the start of the data. |
3. Now got to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights and enter a value of 25. This is so that the hair is now separate from the background.
6. Click on Add Layer Mask then select black as the foreground colour and the Paintbrush. Set the brush Opacity to 20% and paint around the head and push the darkness back towards the edges of the screen.
The final image with a border added.