In this tutorial you will learn how touse a variety of ﬁlters and techniquesto produce an image in an experimentalstyle. It’s a ﬂowing work technique, and things will always change and blend into theimage in different ways, so don’t expect torecreate the exact image I have created here.You’ll need to think creatively and changethings around until you think that it looksgood and ﬁts into this style. I will tell youhow to do some of the techniques I use, and the tools for doing them, but it is you whowill ultimately craft the image.It’s a good idea to get to know each ﬁlter individually, and know what you want to doto an image before you start applying them.It’s fun to experiment and mess around withﬁlters, but remember
is just atool for visualising your artwork.The techniques used in this tutorial can be applied to any image, but here you willuse a photograph of a woman. You will usethe Displace ﬁlter, apply differentDisplacement Maps and see how this aff ectsyour working canvas. You will also learnhow to combine a few Blending Modes and colours mixed with shapes to ﬁll the rest of the space and add to the image, giving aradical and abstract feel to some areas.Finally, you will look at Layer Maskingas an effective means of separating areas of each layer, creating different ways tocombine colours. This tutorial will teachyou techniques that can then be applied toother images and help you realise some of your ideas in other ways. It is good toexperiment and think of new ways to blend,using different Displacement Maps and Layer Styles, for example. Most importantlyof all, be creative and have fun.
Start by setting up your canvas. Createa square transparent document in
and open the photograph namedoriginal_image.jpg, provided on the CD.Drag the photo onto the new canvas youhave just created and resize the height ofthe photo so that it ﬁts perfectly into thesquare canvas and place it on the far left.
You’ll see straight away that the pictureis too small for the canvas, so duplicatethe layer and scale it by 200 per cent. Putthis layer behind the original and to theright. Merge the layers and use the CloneStamp tool at a low Opacity with a soft brushto conceal the merging line between them.
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PeteHarrisonrecentlygraduatedfrom TheUniversity of Plymouthwhere he studiedMediaLab Arts. Sincethen he has become afreelance designer,working under his aliasAeiko, and formed hisown clothing label calledFunkrush. Find out moreby visiting www.aeiko.netor www.funkrush.com.
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Displacement ﬁlter creativelyto modify a photograph, using a variety of shapes and Blending Modes to add extra depth and interest
Create a new layer and ﬁll it with a black/transparent gradient from the bottomright. Now use the Eraser tool to erase areasthat overlap the model. Add a new AdjustmentLayer for colour balance and add moreMagenta, Red and a bit of Yellow to give theimage some extra warmth.
Create a new layer, ﬁll it with a pink/orange diagonal gradient and set theLayer Mode to Screen. Go to Layer>AddLayerMask>RevealAll and add black areas ontothe mask in the areas you don’t want thelayer to affect. Repeat this several times.