Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. I haven’t had much time to practice in Photoshop over the past few months. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” Since I haven’t been practicing, I am far from perfect. This means I’m having to go back and do some reviewing on my selection techniques. I still haven’t mastered that skill yet. Although, I’m getting better with the quick selection tool.
For this creation, I used a lesson from Corey Barker’s book Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume II. I didn’t follow his lesson exactly and I took a few shortcuts when it came to the HDR aspect of the picture.
I started out by making a selection of the guy with the quick selection tool. I refined the edges of the selection (which I really didn’t have to do since I didn’t move the selection to another background). Then I chose to have the selection as its own layer. I then made 2 copies of that layer and applied a high pass filter to both layers. I changed their blending mode to overlay. Then I added a vibrance adjustment layer. I set saturation at – 100 to remove all color. (I could have done this with a hue/saturation adjustment layer instead.)
Then I added a new layer. I picked a soft brush set on a small size. I changed the blending mode to overlay and lowered the opacity to around 30%. I chose a red color. I then painted the red color on the two bands on the hat of the guy. This is the only color element in the picture. Then on a new layer (which I moved to near the bottom of the layers) I chose a large grunge brush. I chose black as my color. I painted the background with the grunge brush. Since the layer was below the selections of the guy, the grunge was only painted on the background behind the guy. I then added two new layers for the text. I chose Steak font which I’ve purchased. I added a layer style of a drop shadow. I then created another new layer. I chose a smaller sized grunge brush and painted over the letters to add a grittier look.
While this is different than the lesson in the book, it accomplishes a look that is similar. Here is what I created: