I mentioned yesterday that I was excited about a marketing campaign that I helped develop for my internship– and boy, I’ve only gotten more excited about it. The campaign has exploded into billboards,bumper stickers, t-shirts, a blog, and so much more!
It’s been way too long since I’ve blogged! So much has been going on in my life– it’s been crazy busy!
- This birthday party from Katie is adorable! Love the decorations!
- These pages from Ali Edwards are amazing!
- I’m still obsessed with this mini from Amy Tangerine’s line!
- These blogging resources from Amy at Lemon and Raspberry are awesome!
- I want to make these soft pretzels from Kyla Roma for my amazing husband soon!
- I love this yearbook votive diy from Elsie! Amazing! I can see some fun Christmas presents from it!
- I spent way too much money in Kal’s Artshop last week– I can’t wait for my new art to arrive!
- I love these products from Kara’s new shop. Amazing. For sure going on my Christmas list!
For an assignment in my Digital photograhpy class, we had to do tutorials in front of the class on how to do a few effects in Photoshop–we had to literally teach the rest of the class how to do the effects. I promised that I would share the tutorials here, so here is the first one! These instructions are for Photoshop.
(Just a note: Since I did this on a projector in front of the entire class, I don’t have photos of the process. If you get confused and would like screen shots added, PLEASE tell me, and I would love to add them if it helps you! Also, if would would like high-res versions of these photographs, please let me know.)
I will be showing you how to make a comic book effect on a photograph! You can take a photo like this:
to a comic book effect like this:
First start with your original file (My photo was from Stock Exchange— my favorite site for free stock photos– you need an account, but it’s free and oh so useful!)
Next, double click on the “Background” layer to convert it to “Layer 0,” which also unlocks the layer. This will make it easier to edit this layer.
Next, start messing with the levels and curves a bit first in some adjustment layers. We want a bit more contrast than we have right now.
Next, we are going to give the photo an illustrated look with some graininess to give the illusion of an old and bad quality paper. It is not a realistic effect, it is just some distortion to the image to help us achieve the final look. Go to FILTERS > ARTISTIC > FILM GRAIN. In this case we are going to use: GRAIN: 4, HIGHLIGHT AREA: 0, INTENSITY: 10. Try different settings for different photos.
Now duplicate that layer.
Next, we are going apply a halftone pattern to the image to give the final old comic book printing effect. Go to FILTER > PIXELATE > COLOR HALFTONE. Set MAX RADIUS: 4 and leave the rest with the default values. Press OK and then go to the LAYERS PALETTE and set the BLENDING MODE to DARKEN.
Now comes the fun parts!
Create another new layer. Using the RECTANGLE TOOL make a rectangle around the entire picture. Then go to EDIT and then STROKE. Adjust accordingly
Create “text boxes” from shape and colors in the top left and bottom right corners. Add captions in a “comic book” font.
There you are! Comic book style! Please let me know if you have any questions!