I worked on another Photoshop project from Corey Barker’s book Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks for Designers today. This time there was definitely a Sci-Fi edge to the project. This is right up my alley since I’m a Sci-Fi junkie!
Instead of using the pictures supplied with the book, I created my own binary code background and used a purchased royalty free photo. I created the binary background with a series of brushes. When I got the binary design to look like I wanted I turned it into a pattern using the define pattern choice under the Edit menu. I then opened up my picture of the guy on a dark background. I added an adjustment layer choosing hue/saturation. I clicked the colorize box and then adjusted the sliders to give the picture a bluish tint. I then created a new layer filling it with 50% gray. Then I clicked on the layer style choosing pattern overlay. I choose the binary pattern I had saved. Once the binary pattern was in place, I changed the blending option to overlay.
Some areas around the face were pretty heavily covered by the binary pattern overlay. To fix that, I choose the gradient tool. I then picked the foreground to transparent option and chose the radial gradient. I then clicked and dragged the radial gradient around the guy’s face to remove some of the heavy binary pattern. I then created a grid pattern by opening a new document in the shape of a small square. I selected the entire square and then moved the selection down and over. By hitting the backspace button I selected the small section of white that was on the edges outside of my selected area. I then went under the Edit menu to choose the define pattern option. I saved my grid pattern. I then went back to my project following the same procedure I did for the binary pattern overlay. I lowered the opacity of the layer to about 10% so that the grid wasn’t too bold. Once again, I used the radial gradient to take away the heavy grid pattern on and near the face. The final step was to add a text layer.
Here is my final project: