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In this tutorial I Am going to show you how to recreate this Effect in the finished picture above.

This piece of work was inspired by Nine Inch Nails, The Matrix, Girl with the dragon tattoo, 3D prints, Linkin Park Video - Waiting for the end to come ETC..

Step 1: Things You Will Need for This Lesson

  1. A photograph of your choice that is in RAW format.
  2. Adobe Photoshop CC
  3. Level of difficulty - Easy

Step 2: Open Your Photo in Photoshop

Inside of Adobe Photoshop Goto;

  • File
  • Open
  • Select your RAW format photo

Step 3: Duplicate Your Image

Inside Adobe Photoshop;

  • To duplicate a layer on a MAC hold Command & J (PC it is Control & J )
  • Duplicate your original photo layer 3 times
  • In the Layers window in the bottom right portion of photoshop click the Eye next to the bottom two layers this will make them invisible, leaving just one layer visible. This layer will be our first working layer.

Step 4: Rename Your Layers

In the layers window in Adobe Photoshop;

  • Double click on the layer name
  • We are going to name our layers accordingly to the image
  • We have named them RED, GREEN & BLUE as this will correlate to the coming steps

Step 5: First Effect Step

Inside of Photoshop Goto;

  • Filters
  • Filter Gallery
  • Sketch
  • Halftone Pattern

    Inside of the Halftone Pattern Window Select
  • Pattern Type - Line
  • Size - 2
  • Contract - 0

    Confirm Settings By Pressing 'OK'

Step 6: Second Effect Step [ DO THIS STEP FOR EACH LAYER ONLY CHANGING THE COLOUR]

Inside of Photoshop Goto;

  • Layers Panel (Bottom Right)
  • Make A New Adjustment Layer
  • Select Photo Filter

    Once inside of the photo filter panel;

[ DO THIS STEP FOR EACH LAYER ONLY CHANGING THE COLOUR]

  • Select a Blue Colour (this will be in reference to the layer name) this layer is named 'Blue' so we have chosen the colour 'Blue' for this layer.
  • DO THE SAME FOR EACH LAYER BLUE FOR BLUE, RED FOR RED & GREEN FOR GREEN
  • Intensity 100%

Un Check The 'Preserve Luminosity' Check Box.


Once the layer is coloured;

  • In the layers Panel Hold COMMAND + click the photo filter adjustment layer
  • Hold Command + E
  • This will merge Selected layers into one layer.

Step 7: Blurring the Images

Once all of the images have been treated for the appropriate Effects Colouring and Half-toning, We will the treat them for blue effects

  • Make a copy of each layer so you now have a copy red, copy blue & copy green
  • These new copies will be the layers treated for blurring effects

    To Use the Blur Effects goto
  • Filters
  • Blur
  • Motion Blur

    Once in the Motion Blur Panel
  • Angle 0 degrees or whichever angle that correlates to the lines you have created
  • Distance pixel amount to your preferred taste/style

    DO THIS FOR ALL COPY COLOUR LAYERS RED BLUE & GREEN BUT EACH TIME INCREASE THE DISTANCE PIXEL VALUE BY 20 TO THE PREVIOUS LAYER, THIS WILL CREATE A SPREADING EFFECT.

Step 8: Transforming the Images

On each blurred copy of each colour we will now expand/transform the layers in size.
First we need to select a layer, for the purpose of this tutorial we will pick The Red Layer the copy that is blurred.

  • Command + T (Control + T for PC) this will create a transform selection
  • Doing so for a layer will make the top section appear for size controls
  • Click the LOCK to keep parameters equal
  • for each layer increase it by 20%
  • Red layer 120%
  • Blue layer 140%
  • Green layer 160%

    Once completed on stretching out the layers, Group them together Command + G

    Add an adjustment layer (see previous steps for instructions)
  • add a curves adjustment layer to adjust colour depth to your liking
  • change opacity sliders to change more predominant colours

    And voila, your new cool retro digital sci fi looking portrait or image!!

    Hope you enjoy this photography editing tutorial
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<p>This is a cool effect. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!</p>

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