Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Create a Cool-looking, Torn Paper Portrait. [w/ subs]

00:00:06 – Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
00:00:09 – I'm going to show you how to create a cool-looking, torn paper portrait effect and how to quickly
00:00:16 – replace it with another photo without having to redo the effects.
00:00:23 – I provided this royalty-free, Creative Commons image of torn paper, so you can follow along.
00:00:29 – Its link is in my video's description or project files below.
00:00:33 – Open a sharp, well-lit, close-up photo of someone that you'd like to use for this project.
00:00:39 – I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.
00:00:41 – We want our subject to be over a plain white background as in this example.
00:00:46 – If your subject isn't on a white background, you'll first need to separate the subject
00:00:50 – from its existing background.
00:00:52 – There are many ways to do this and your choice should depend on the characteristics of your photo.
00:00:57 – I covered the various methods in many of my previous tutorials, so to save time, I won't
00:01:02 – be going over them here.
00:01:04 – Once you make a selection over the subject, to refine it, especially around the hair,
00:01:09 – go to Select.
00:01:11 – If you're using a version of Photoshop earlier than CC, click Refine Edge.
00:01:17 – If you're using CC or later, you can either click Select and Mask or if you prefer to
00:01:23 – use Refine Edge, press the Shift key as you click “Select and Mask”.
00:01:27 – This will open “Refine Edge”.
00:01:30 – I did in-depth tutorials on both Select and Mask and “Refine Edge”, so if you'd like to
00:01:34 – watch them, I provide their links ,as well.
00:01:37 – Click “Smart Radius” and drag the Radius to the right a bit.
00:01:43 – We'll brush over the edge of the hair, but first, if you want to adjust the size of your
00:01:48 – brush, press the right or left Bracket key on your keyboard.
00:01:52 – Brush over the edge of the hair to refine it.
00:01:58 – Output it as a “New Layer with Layer Mask” and click OK.
00:02:04 – To place your subject over a white background, we'll make a new layer below the active layer
00:02:10 – by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon.
00:02:14 – We'll fill the empty layer with white, but first, if your foreground and background colors
00:02:20 – aren't black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard.
00:02:24 – Since white is your background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete to fill the empty layer with white.
00:02:32 – We'll convert our visible image into a Smart Object, so we can modify it non-destructively,
00:02:37 – as well as replace our subject with another with having to redo the effects.
00:02:42 – To do this, Shift click your subject to make it active as well, and click the icon at the
00:02:48 – upper, right corner of the Layers panel.
00:02:51 – Click “Convert to Smart Object”.
00:02:58 – Press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag your subject onto the tab of the torn paper document.
00:03:05 – Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down and release.
00:03:10 – To size and position your subject, first, we'll reduce its opacity, so we can see the torn paper through it.
00:03:18 – Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. If your Transform Tool's bounding
00:03:25 – box goes beyond your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to see it all.
00:03:31 – Go to a corner a when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press Alt or Option + Shift
00:03:37 – as you drag it in or out.
00:03:40 – Size and position it, so your subject's eyes are centered inside the hole of the torn paper.
00:03:46 – Press Enter or Return to accept it and increase its opacity back to 100%.
00:03:53 – Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Go to the middle layer and drag it below the torn paper.
00:04:04 – Make your top layer active, go to the paper layer and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its thumbnail
00:04:12 – to make a selection of the hole.
00:04:15 – Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer.
00:04:22 – Make your top layer active and change its Blend Mode to Multiply.
00:04:32 – Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Black White”.
00:04:38 – Adjustment layers affect all the layers below them.
00:04:41 – However, we want it to affect only the one layer below it.
00:04:44 – To do this, we need to make the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.
00:04:49 – Either click the “Clipping Mask” icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Alt + G on a Mac.
00:05:02 – Click the Adjustment layer icon again and this time, click, “Levels”.
00:05:10 – Clip it
00:05:15 – and drag the Input black level a little to the right
00:05:20 – and the Input midtones and the Input Highlights to the left.
00:05:28 – Double-click the torn paper layer to open its Layer Style window.
00:05:33 – Click “Drop Shadow” to create a shadow under the top of the tear.
00:05:40 – The color is black, the Blend Mode is Multiply and the Opacity is 30%.
00:05:49 – The Angle is 132 degrees, the Distance is 12 pixels, the Spread is 0 and the Size is 10 pixels.
00:06:02 – Then, click OK.
00:06:05 – To replace your subject with another, double-click the Smart Object to open the source image.
00:06:14 – Go to File and if you're using version CC or later, click Place Embedded .
00:06:19 – If you're using an earlier version, click “Open”.
00:06:25 – Click a different photo and click “Place” or “Open”.
00:06:31 – “Place Embedded” automatically opens your image with the Transform Tool, however, if
00:06:35 – your using an earlier version of Photoshop, open your Transform Tool.
00:06:41 – Reduce its opacity and size and position your image to match your other subject.
00:06:51 – Then, increase its opacity back to 100%.
00:06:58 – As before, make a selection around your subject.
00:07:02 – Use Refine Edge or Select and Mask to refine the edges of your subject.
00:07:09 – Output it to a “Layer Mask”.
00:07:14 – Click off the eyeball icon next to your original subject to hide it and close the tab of the Smart Object.
00:07:23 – When you see this message, click “Yes” to save the changes.
00:07:33 – This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
00:07:35 – Thanks for watching!

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