STEP 1: On a blank layer create an image in black only.
image will serve as your brushtip. You can use the
THRESHOLD function or STAMP filter to create
black or you can use the “SAVE SELECTION”
below tutorial to help you.
STEP 2: Using the rectangular marquee, select the image.
STEP 3: EDIT DEFINE BRUSH PRESET then name
BRUSH and hit OKAY
STEP 4: WINDOW BRUSHES
You should see the new brush loaded at the bottom
the BRUSH PRESETS.
STEP 1: Create a B&W image (use GRAYSCALE, Black &
or other desired function).
STEP 2: IMAGE ADJUSTMENTS THRESHOLD
STEP 3: SELECT ALL | EDIT CUT
STEP 4: ENTER QUICK MASK
STEP 5: EDIT PASTE (your image has now become a
selection and can be used to edit your photo or
STEP 6: EXIT QUICK MASK and ANTS will appear
– or –
STEP 7: From STEP 3 go to WINDOW CHANNELS
STEP 8: NEW LAYER in this WINDOW (which actually
a new channel called an ALPHA CHANNELS)
STEP 9: EDIT PASTE
– or –
Create a mask on a transparent layer and copy it
an ALPHA CHANNEL to save a selection. The
CHANNEL stores selections to be used again later.
CTRL-CLICK on the ALPHA CHANNEL the
The tool that we will be using for creating a basic
silhouette is the Pen Tool. The Pen Tool is the most
precise tool in Photoshop’s arsenal and just the thing for
the job of following the outline of an image. The Pen tool
may seem difficult to maneuver at first, but with some
practice you can click points around the image and draw
around the shape. The great benefit is that, using the Pen
Tool allows us to create vector shapes which we can scale
up or down as required without loss of image quality.
Open the image in Photoshop and select the Pen Tool
from Photoshop’s Tools palette (or press the P key). Three
options (Shape, Path and Fill Pixels) are associated with
the Pen tool as seen in the Options Bar at the top. To draw
vector shapes, opt for the Shape icon.
The aim of the exercise is to create a black filled shape
from the original. Set the foreground and background
colors to their defaults of Black and White by pressing the
D key or by manually selecting the color from the
swatches on the Tools palette.
With the Pen tool start tracing the outline of figures. As
we begin shaping with the Pen tool, Photoshop fills the
shape with the foreground color (Black). As the Pen tool
starts going around the curves, the foreground color
blocks our view.
To offset this, we can change the Opacity of the Shapes
layer in the Layers panel. The Shapes layer (where we are
using the Pen tool) is selected. Move the slider to change
the Opacity to anything between 50%-60%. Now we can
see our way around the image.
After completely going around the image, we have the
following result. Raise the opacity slider to 100% to get
your black filled silhouette.
Copy the silhouette to a blank white background or a new
document. Match the image below:
Use the new
LIGHTING EFFECTS to
enhance your image.
The new Blur Gallery in
Photoshop CS6 offers tools that
provide intuitive and creative
ways to manipulate depth of field
and create bokeh effects.
Because the blur filters are
applied directly to the image
pixels, rather than as a layer
adjustment, I strongly
recommend that you first
duplicate the background layer of
your image before applying any of
FIELD BLUR BEFORE AND AFTER
IRIS BLUR BEFORE AND AFTER