Create This Stylistic Mixed-Media Artwork in Photoshop

Create This Stylistic Mixed-Media Artwork in Photoshop

Step 13

Now bring in the paint texture (Watercolors pack, 030.jpg). Place it above the halftone pattern. Resize the texture.

Step 14

Hide unwanted areas using a mask.

Step 15

Add and Curves adjustment layer to the water color texture. At the bottom of the Layers palette you can see a small black and white circle. Click on it and select Curves. This will create an adjustment layer of curves just above the texture. Adjustment layers lets you work in a non destructive manner. You can adjust them, disable them or just remove them at any time. After you edited the curve, there is a tiny button on the adjustments panel at the bottom. Click it to clip the adjustment layer to the texture below.

Step 16

The texture has a white background and we need to remove it somehow. So at this point we can take advantage of the Photoshop's advanced blending feature. To access it double click on the layer. Layer Styles dialog box will pop up. In the Blending Options category you can locate the "Blend if" section at the bottom. This is where everything is going to happen. All you need to do is press down "Alt" key, click on the little white handle and move your pointer across the little gradient ramp towards your left. You can see the result in the background. When you feel it is looking good click OK

Step 17

I drew a line using the Line Tool. Then Rotated it by -60 degrees to match the other elements of the design.

Step 18

Open up the paint splatter (drips and spray paint pack, 2.png).

Step 19

Drag it into the composition. Place it above the water color texture

Step 20

We are going to bring several images into our composition procedurally. Let's start with the main model stock image. She is photographed against a black background. Same time her outfit and cap are also black. So instead of using other selection tools I used the Pen Tool to draw selection around her. You can just leave off those fine strands of hair. It won't have much effect in this case.

Step 21

When finished drawing path turn it into a selection. You can simply hit Ctrl + Enter to do this. Or just right click on the path and choose Make Selection.

Step 22

Now hit Ctrl + J (Layer via copy) to create a new layer of the isolated model. Right click on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Smart objects are really smart in many ways. You can apply smart filters to them which are completely editable reversible. You can scale them up and down without losing the actual pixel information of the image.

Step 23

Bring the model into the composition. Resize it and place above all the shape layers.

Step 24

Add curves adjustment layer. Adjust the mid tones slightly.

Step 25

I want to hide parts of the image that falling outside the main shape layers. We can use the vector paths from the shape layers vector mask to load selection. Hold "Ctrl" key and click on the Vector Mask thumbnail. that will simply load the selection.

Step 26

While the selection is active, click back on the model layer and click on the Add Layer Mask button.

Step 27

The mask we just applied has blocked anything that is outside of the triangle including the face. So we need to get it back. Take the Lasso Tool and roughly select the region we need to uncover.

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29 comments on “Create This Stylistic Mixed-Media Artwork in Photoshop”

  1. Very nice tutorial. I kind of cheated and screen captured some of the things to save time, but it came out good. Thanks

  2. Incredible tutorial! I've been using Photoshop for years, and I still learned a ton of stuff going through this.


    1. I not doing it no more because if I follow these steps I will like mess up or something so I am not doing it so BYE :)

    1. i have problem on that step too. how to fill the selection? i cant unhide it. please tell me what did you do?

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