How to make art from a photo: we make art of a photo in Photoshop (Photoshop)

The style of processing pop art does not lose its popularity. It is used for advertising posters, in the design of magazines and just in social networks, as attractive avatars and campaign banners.

In this article we will tell you how to make art in Photoshop. More precisely, we will make an art picture from a photo. And undoubtedly, the best program for creating art from photographs is Photoshop. There are several ways to create art. We will consider the least labor intensive and the fastest.

For work we need a portrait. Open the image in Photoshop. Duplicate the image layer ( Ctrl + J ).

The background in the image needs to be removed. How to separate the object from the background, we wrote earlier in the article “How to process the background in Photoshop . 

If you have a uniform background in the photo, use the Magic Wand Tool or the Quick selection tool . If the background is complex, then you need the Quick mask tool .

In our case, you can separate the girl from the background using the Quick selection tool . We work with a duplicate image.

Select the background without touching the model. After that, invert the selection ( Ctrl + I ). Now it’s not the background that is highlighted, but the object against the background, in our case, a girl.

After that, just press the key combination Ctrl + C , Ctrl + V so that the girl’s image separated from the background is transferred to a transparent layer.

Next, make our picture black and white by pressing the Shift + the Ctrl + the U . We turn off the visibility of the lower layers (click on the “Eye” icon ).

Now we need to select in the “Filter Gallery” the one with which you can make the outline of the contours on our black and white photo and posterize the shadows and lights. Posterization will break the shades into levels, the transition between which will be very sharp. At this stage of creating art for each photo, you should choose your own filter or even two, if necessary. Most likely the following filters are suitable: “Strokes” / Brush Strokes / “Stroke” / Ink Outlines and “Focus on the edges” / Accented Edges ; “Sketch” / Sketch / “Photocopy” / Photocopy ; “Imitation” / Artistic / “Outlined Edges” / Poster Edges . The filter gallery is located in the “Filter” item.the main menu of the program. Important! When we select the filter, the main working colors should be black and white.

In our case, the filter “Imitation” / Artistic / “Outlined Edges” / Poster Edges was ideally suited . The filter is customizable. To the left of the dialog box, you need to move the sliders until you achieve the desired result. “The thickness of the edges» / Edge thickness ask 1 , “The intensity» / Edge An the Intensity – 0 , “posterization» / Posterization – 1 . Notice how the lights and shadows broke into levels. After completing the selection of parameters, click Ok .

It remains to colorize the image. The adjustment layer “Gradient Map” / Gradient Map will help us with this . You can call it in the list of adjustment layers, at the bottom of the layer palette.

A dialog box will open. Double-click on the gradient to call up the settings.

In them we have to set four color points for the gradient. We will move from left to right.

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There are sliders at the bottom of the gradient. They are breakpoints. The left point is 0% on the Position / Location , the right one is 100%. With one click of the mouse below, under the gradient, you can create a new point. Grabbing it, you can move it left and right. Extra points can be deleted by selecting and clicking on “Delete” / Delete. We have to put points on the positions of 25%, 50%, 75%. Each point will be given a color. The last two points will be the same color, approximately resembling the tone of human skin.

You can set the color at the control point by double-clicking on it (the slider). The palette opens. On the gradient of all colors, move the slider to the desired color and select a suitable tone in the large window of the hue gradient. Close the window.

And now the points in turn.

With the addition of each new point, the shadow levels will be colored.

Set the point at position 25%, set the color to red.

The next point will be blue, position 50%.

The penultimate point is 75%. Her color is selected close to the color of the skin. At the bottom there is a box marked # . Copy the color code from this window (select and press Ctrl + C ).

The last point we already have. Position 100%. Clicking on it twice to open the palette, in the box labeled # select the label and insert the copied our code by pressing the Ctrl + the V . Close the window. Close the gradient map by clicking Ok .

The adjustment layer of the gradient map needs to be attached to the layer with the image of the girl, as we will draw the background. To fix the adjustment layer, move the mouse cursor between it and the one to which it was applied. While holding Alt , click between the adjustment layer and the image layer. An arrow will appear on the adjustment layer, indicating it is attached to the layer below.

Create a new layer ( Shift + Ctrl + N ) and drag it under the girl’s image.

Remaining on a new layer, take the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” .

We place the cursor in the upper left corner of the image and, holding the left mouse button, drag down, on the right we stick to the middle of the image. A dotted line appears. Then select the “Fill” tool ( G ). The color can be selected by double-clicking on the primary color samples, which is located at the very bottom of the toolbar.

Now move the cursor to the darkest shade of our art and, holding Alt , make one click with the left mouse button. On the gradient of the hue, move the checker into the hue a little lighter. Close the window.

Using the Fill tool , click inside the rectangular area on the image that we circled before. Get the first part of the background.

We follow these same steps for the second half of the background. The color is red, a darker shade, so that the model does not merge with the background.

Save the image ( Shift + Ctrl + S ) in the usual format, for example, in JPG. And use it!

You can choose other colors for your art. As you have seen, making art in Photoshop is easy and fun. We wish you a creative mood and excellent results!

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