Retro Pin-Up Girl

This was another fun one from Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks for Designers by Corey Barker.

I started with the picture of the woman.  I made a copy of the picture by adding a surface blur.  The hair still looked a bit too “real” so I used the smudge tool to make it look more painted.  I then used a soft brush with a low opacity setting to boost the color in her cheeks under on her eyelids.  I made a copy of this layer changing the blending option to overlay.   I then created a merged copy of the project thus far.  The edges of the photo need to be more prominent so I click with the eyedropper tool on her lips.  This sampled a nice pink color.  I then went to the filter gallery to sketch then chose photocopy.  Once that was done, I change the blending option to multiply.  Now the edges of the woman look more illustrated.

I created a new layer filling it with 50% gray.  I then went to the filter menu to choose texture then grain.  I chose an enlarged grain.  I then changed this layer blending option to overlay.  The next step was to make another merged copy of the project.  The final step was to open my vintage paper texture file.  I dragged that onto my project and changed the blending option to multiply.  This got rid of all the white in the photo of the woman.  And voile you have a retro pin-up girl!

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