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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Portrait in Photoshop

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Portrait in Photoshop

Digital art is great, but it can begin to look a little generic after a while. Sleek photo manipulations become a little dull if that’s all you ever create.

Luckily, it’s possible to design some more creative looking designs using Photoshop. This includes mixed media style work, that emulates the work of non-digital compositions.

Today’s advanced tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful mixed media portrait effect.

You can use this effect for high-end client work, but it could equally be an amazing way to impress your friends and colleagues by converting your personal photos across social media. Why not bring your portfolio site’s about page to life with a super creative mixed media self portrait?

In today’s tutorial you’ll work with:

  • Professional blending techniques
  • Applying textures and stocks correctly
  • Creatively using filters for drawing purposes
  • And much more!

Let’s dive right in!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Create a new document and fill it with white. I use the size of 1000×1100 but feel free to make your own. Open paper 1 stock. Use Move Tool (V) to drag it into our document and lower opacity to 30%:

Step 2

Drag paper 2 into our canvas and continue lowering opacity to 30%:

Step 3

I use an adjustment layer to change color of the picture. Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

Step 4

Open the model stock. You can use your own photo, but I advise that you choose a high quality one, as this will give you a much better end result.

Extract the model and place her at the middle of our picture. Then click the second button of Layer Pallete to add layer mask to model one.

Use a soft black brush to remove the hair part then change brush to splatter ones. Choose some from these brush and blend the bottom of model with background:

Step 5

Create a new layer with Clipping Mask options for model layer. Use Clone Tool (S) to remove model necklace:

Don’t worry if the result doesn’t look perfect, we’ll add more element there later.

Step 6

I make an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to reduce model saturation:

Step 7

Open watercolor 1 stock. I choose one from this pack and place it onto model shoulder, also set this layer under model one.

Change the mode to Multipy 100% and use layer mask with opacity about 50-55% to blur the left side:

Step 8

Create a Hue/Saturation layer (Clipping Mask) for this watercolor layer (I name it “watercolor 1″):

Step 9

Open watercolor 2 stock. I rotate it using Cmd/Ctrl+T and place it at the shoulder area, put the mode as Multipy 100% (set this layer above model one). Then I use layer mask to erase remained dark edge after changing the mode:

Apply a Hue/Saturation layer (Clipping Mask) to create a subtle effect:

That’s the end of the preview!

About the Author:

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I hope that you enjoyed it. If you want to view my other arts and tutorials you can look at my Deviantart page or follow me on Facebook.

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