- Photoshop - I'm using CS5.1
- A portrait or picture of someone with good lighting and background - We don't want too many face shadows or background clutter that's hard to remove - I'm using a picture of Adam Young from the internet
- A neat texture - I'm using a picture of a rusted bench leg
And that's it. So let's get started...
Oh yes! Don't forget to save and save often!
Ctrl+D - Deselect
Ctrl+Z - Undo once
Ctrl+Alt+Z - Undo Multiple times
Ctrl+I - Inverse color
Ctrl+T - Transform
Ctrl+Click on a layer - select the layer content
Shift+Draw - Create Straight lines
F5 - Brush window
Open Bracket - Make brush smaller
Close Bracket - Make brush larger
Alt+click on mask - Only show mask
Step 1: Work on the Person
First thing we want to do is duplicate the person layer and put it in a duplicates group so that we can always go back to the originals if we need.
Next, go to Image>Adjustments>Threshold and find a level that provides detail to the face and clothing of the subject, but doesn't block out the features. I set the level at 156.
To add some depth to the subject, go to Select>Color Range and set the selection for Midtones. Then with the midtones selected, go to Edit>Fill and fill the selection with black. Merge the Midtones and Threshold layers.
We don't want the white background that came with the threshold setting, nor do we want the black spots from the sand in the picture or any other background clutter. To get rid of the white, go to Select>Color Range again and set the selection to sampled colors and sample the white background. With the white selected, hit delete. To get rid of background clutter, erase with eraser.
I didn't like all the space on the left side of the subject, so I cropped the picture with the crop tool.