Solarisation

Solarisation was originally used to describe the effect observed when extreme over exposure of the negative in the camera. The effect generated in the dark room was then called pseudo-solarisation.

In this tutorial we will achieve the same goal but thanks to Photoshop we will “solarise” the image with much less trouble!

First off, lets choose a picture to apply our simple effects to.

Hayfa

Duplicate the original background image and you should have Background Copy or Layer 1 Copy
solarisation

Invert the Background Copy layer by pressing CTRL+i or choose Image/Adjustments/Invert

Change the Background Copy layer transparency mode to Exclusion.

Create level adjustment layer Layer/New Adjustment Layer/Levels

Check the ‘Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask’ check box, after clicking on OK you can change the levels in accordance with your image/lighting, etc.

Create a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and reduce the saturation to make the image black and white

The image is now solarised

Be an artist overnight, Sketch your photographs!

 

Create amazing sketches with 3 easy steps. For those who are already familiar with this tutorial please note that many people don’t know this technique.

First, let’s choose a photo to sketch….

Duplicate the image layer 2 times and desaturate both new layers. Your layers window should look like the image below.

layers window

Press ctrl+i and invert the top layer.

invert top layer

Change the color mode to Color Dodge, you might be looking now to a white screen! it’s ok!

color dodge

Apply gaussian blur to the top layer, radius = 3.2 ”depending on your photo and on the level of details required”.

Your sketch should be something like this ;o)

Border in any shape

 

Lets start by choosing the image we want to make a simple border for

Leonel Messi

Choose the brush tool (choose any brush with the shape of your choice)

Convert the background to layer by double clicking on the background on the layers window
Layers window

Create a new layer and start brushing with the brush tool

Move the original image layer Layer 0 above Layer 1

Create clipping mask by Holding the Alt key and clicking between the 2 layers
Create clipping mask

Now you created a nice border so simple

You can create the border in any shape you like!

Leo Messi

Design a CD-Rom cover with a picture of your choice!

This tutorial is based on the iCD action that I’ve created back in 2001.

Lets start by creating a new transparent 750×750 image

Paste the image of your choice

Using the Elliptical Marquee tool create a selection same as the image below
**Make sure that you hold Shift while making the selection to maintain 1:1 aspect ratio which will assure a perfect circle.


Save the current selection for future use within this tutorial, and name the selection L Circle

Inverse the selection by clicking Select>Inverse or by pressing Shift+Ctrl+I and save the selection and name it L circle inverse

Press Delete or Edit>Clear to clear the area around the CD-Rom

Load the selection L Circle by choosing Select>Load Selection and select the channel L Circle

Transform the selection to create the smaller circle in the center Select>Transform Selection, keep the reference point as the center point and choose 32% width percentage for the horizontal scale and 32% height percentage for the vertical scale

Right click on the selection and choose Layer via Cut and set the opacity for the newly created layer to 25%

Opacity = 25%

Make a selection of Layer 2 by Holding Ctrl and Clicking on Layer 2 thumnail on the Layers tab. Then save that selection as disc-center

Load the selection L Circle by choosing Select>Load Selection and choosing L Circle from the shown channels
Then Transform the selection to create the smaller circle in the center Select>Transform Selection, keep the reference point as the center point and choose 33% width percentage for the horizontal scale and 33% height percentage for the vertical scale

Click on Layer 1 on the Layers tab and then right click over the selection on the screen and choose Layer via Copy

Layer via Copy

Now a new layer named Layer 3 will be created, right click on Layer 3 and choose Blending Options
Blending options

On the Blending Options choose Bevel and Emboss and set the settings as you see on the screen shot below
Bevel and Emboss

Load the selection L Circle by choosing Select>Load Selection and choosing L Circle from the shown channels
Create a new Layer ** Expected layer name is Layer 4

Choose Edit>Stroke and choose stroke Width=1pxcolor=black and Opacity=45%
Stroke

Click on Layer 2 on the Layers tab
Layer 2

Load the selection L Circle by choosing Select>Load Selection and choosing L Circle from the shown channels

Then Transform the selection to create the smaller circle in the center Select>Transform Selection, keep the reference point as the center point and choose 17% width percentage for the horizontal scale and 17% height percentage for the vertical scale

Press Delete or Edit>Clear to clear the area in the middle of the CD-Rom

Merge visible layers by selecting Layer>Merge Visible, all the CD-Rom will be in one completely transparent layer

Final result should be something like this ;o)