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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Mixed Media Effect in Photoshop

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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Mixed Media Effect in Photoshop

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

What You Will Learn

This tutorial is very in depth, and covers the design techniques listed below:

  • Learn how to layer up a lot of elements in a subtle, artful way to create a detailed, rich background.
  • Learn how to correctly extract your images, including images with complex edges like paint splatters and hair.
  • Learn how to layer up multiple textures and surfaces, and then blend them properly into your composition.
  • Learn how to build up multiple lighting layers, and properly shade/sharpen your images.
  • & Much More!


Learn how to layer up a lot of elements in a subtle, artful way to create a detailed, rich background.


Learn how to correctly extract your images, including images with complex edges like paint splatters and hair.


Learn how to layer up multiple textures and surfaces, and then blend them properly into your composition.


About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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2 Comments:

  1. Eric Vasquez says:

    This one looks very good! The hair is really clean and the extraction techniques are really useful in many situations.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks Eric! I really put a lot of work into this tutorial so I hope it’s paid off. I generally find that you can achieve a lot just by layering up a lot of elements, thus creating a richer overall piece. Of course this has to be done in a subtle way, and all blended/lit correctly.

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