Learn how to create abstract 3D shapes, stunning star flares, and more! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a high-res poster in detailed steps from start to finish. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 Extended to follow this tutorial.
Create a new 11x17 inch document. To do this, go to File > New, select U.S. Paper as the preset, then choose Tabloid as the size.
Create a new Gradient Fill layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Apply the settings shown in the image below.
You’ll get a new layer above your Background layer.
Create another Gradient Fill layer by going to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient. Create a Gradient like shown below. Click on the gradient to change it.
Start by selecting the default Black and White gradient. Click on the bottom left input slider then change the color to #FF00FF. Click on the bottom right input slider then change the color to #0000FF.
This layer should appear above the Gradient Fill layer.
Go to File > Place, browse for the photo of the girl then click OK.
Scale the image then press Enter on your keyboard to apply the transformation.
You’ll get a new layer which should appear as your top layer. You’ll notice that there is a icon on the bottom right of the thumbnail. This simply indicates that the layer is a Smart Object which means it retains the original image data so that you can manipulate the image as much as you like without degrading the image quality. The downside to using Smart Objects is that certain tools and filters won’t work. We won’t be manipulating the photo enough to make use of Smart Objects, but it is always good practice to use Smart Objects whenever you can.
Create a selection of the girl. There are many ways to create a selection and the best technique depends on the photo you’re using. For our photo, the background is very simple so we’re just going to use the Magic Wand tool. Start by creating a selection of the background.
Choose Select > Inverse to inverse the selection.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool then while holding down the Alt or Option key on a Mac, drag a rectangle selection to deselect the top area. Repeat this for the bottom area. You should now have a selection of just the dancer.
Click on the Refine Edge button to enhance the selection. You can find this button in the option bar when you have any selection tool selected.
If you look in the hair, you’ll notice that the selection doesn’t look very good. First, change the View Mode to Overlay. Click on the the Refine Radius tool button then paint over the hair. Note that the Refine Radius tool is only available in Photoshop CS5 or newer. You can adjust your brush size by pressing the square bracket keys on your keyboard.
This is what your selection should look like after you’ve painted over the hair. Click OK to apply the adjustments.
In the Layers palette (Window > Layers), click on the Add Layer Mask button. This will create a layer mask using the selection you just created.
Now we’re going to create the diagonal bar brush. Create a new layer (Layer > New Layer or Ctrl/Command+Shift+N). This layer should be positioned as the top layer. Note that this is only a temporary layer for us to create the brush and will be deleted later.