How To Turn A Picture Into A GRAFFITI ART

How To Turn A Picture Into A GRAFFITI ART

November 10, 2019 1 By Peter Engel


In this video, I’m going to walk you through a step-by-step process on creating a graffiti image art just like this one, with your image. So the first step is creating a Photoshop file from scratch. So go ahead and open up Photoshop and press new and under new, you want to create one. It doesn’t matter what size. In this case, I’m going to do 1920 by 1080. These settings are fine. RGB color with white background is fine. I’m just going to name my project here. I’m going to press create. After the project is created, step 2 is unlocking this background layer, so you see this background layer here. I’m going to double click. I’m just going to name it main. It’s going to be my main image here. I’m going to press ok. Now I have my background layer. Next, I want to turn this into a smart object. Now you don’t have to do this step. But it’s going to save you a lot of time later when you want to create this with other images. I’ll show you that at the end. So let’s go ahead and command click or right click on this and click convert to smart object. I’m going to create that. So now that I have this smart layer, if I double-Click the smart layer, it opens up that layer in its own tab, you see this? Now this is my primary. This is the new tab. Now whatever I do to this and if I save it, it’s going to effect this layer. This is a really nice workflow to make things a lot easier. So now, I want to bring my image right into this layer. Let me go to finder. I’m going to press open with Photoshop and it’s going to open a tab in Photoshop with that image. Now if I just drag this layer, this background image, and if I just put it right here and drop it, it’s going to put it right on top of this layer here, you see layer 1 and here, if I press V, I could just move this around, place it where I want to. If I press command T, again ctrl T on a PC, it’s going to give me these things to reshape and resize, so if you have an image that’s much bigger, make sure you go ahead and resize it to fit this canvas. Again if you press shift here, it’s going to keep the width and the height the same, so if you don’t press shift, you could move it any which way, but in this case, I want to keep a proportional, so I’m going to press shift. This looks good to me. I’m going to come up here, press checkmark. Now if I close this and if I save it, and if I go back to my graffiti project file, it’s over here in this smart layer. Next I want to bring the brick texture background, and I’m going to go back to finder. This is my brick texture, open with Photoshop. It’s going to open it in its own tab. If I drag this layer and bring it to graffiti again and drop it here, it’s going to create another layer right on top of my main layer. So now I’m going to just rename this brick. So I know which layer this is. This is the one I just brought in and if I press command T, I could resize this to fit my canvas. I’m just going to press enter here. Now I’m going to press command minus just to bring this back, so I could see what I’m doing. Again if I press command T, I could reshape this, you see some much bigger than I need. I’m just going to reshape it here pressing shift, so it doesn’t change proportion and with V selected, I’m just going to center right here, press ok. Again, V moves things around, command T reshapes things. Next, I want to desaturate this layer, so all I got to do is I go to image, adjustment, desaturate. That’s going to desaturate my brick layer. Now I want to change the blend mode of this layer to hard light. So I’m going to come down here and click hard light. And this is the fact that I should get and now I want to change the exposure level of this. So all I got to do is with this layer selected, I’ll I gotta do is press command L. That’s going to give me the levels and I basically want to bring this up and bring the whites down, somewhere along there, so just compressing the blacks and the whites to look something like that, and I’m going to press ok. Now we’re going to do some of that affects that’s really going to make this pop. So the main layer we want to duplicate, so command J duplicates that layer. And now I want to move it to the very top. So now I should just see my original image again, and now just to make sure you guys are seeing the same thing I’m seeing, I need to go to preferences. Again on a PC, it’s not going to be under Photoshop CC Preferences It’s under edit preferences. We’ll go to preferences. And go to plugins and make sure this option right here, show all filter gallery is checked on. Usually it’s checked off. So make sure it’s checked on, press ok, so now you could apply some filter here, and we should all see the same thing. So now with the top layer selected, go to filter, artistic, dry brush. This is the first option that’s going to give us that graffiti look, so these are some of the numbers I have, 8, 8, 1, press okay. That’s the look I’m going to get here and now I want to use one more filter here, so filter, artistic, color pencil. Again, it’s on the same layer, colored pencil. Let’s go with four, eight and make sure this one paper brightness is all the way up to fifty, press okay. So now I have two different effects on this onem dry brush and color pencil. So now I want to change the blend mode again, and this time I’m going to choose color burn. It’s really going to make it pop just like that and the last step is I want to bring my graffiti background. I’m going to go to finder here. I’m going to open graffiti this time with Photoshop. And it’s over here. Again I’m going to drop it in my very main project right on top. Again it’s the top layer here, press command t to resize it, and then press enter. So now it’s right on top. Now this time instead of changing the blend mode, I want to create a clipping mask, so with this top layer selected, let me just change the name of this, so I know what I’m looking at. With this top layer selected, go to layer, create clipping mask, and then you should get some effect that looks like this and now I want to change the opacity of this, so it’s not so overwhelming. I’ll bring it down to somewhere about 50 or so. And I could change the fill of it to be a little bit less again, around 50 or so. So you should get an effect like this. Now we only have one more step left to make this work, and we need to go to our main and we need to make this more vibrant, so it pops more, so with the main image selected, go to image, adjustments, vibrance and make sure your vibrance is really dialed up. I like about 50. I’ll even raise the saturation to about 20 to make everything really pop. So you could just go ahead and use this to taste. On/off, you could see it’s subtle. But it really makes a pop with that subtle vibrance and this is how you create the effect. Now you could play each layer that you have here and you could change the opacity to make this more or less, depending on your taste. Now what I mentioned in the beginning with Smart object, this is why it’s really useful to have that. So on my main image, if I click right in the middle here, it’s going to open my smart object. Now all I have to do is bring in another image right there, let me just show you. I’m going to open this image with Photoshop. I’m just going to go ahead and drag this to my smart object that I just opened up right on top. I’m going to press V to move it in place, and then press command T to just reduce the size here, pressing shift. I’m going to just place it right here. I’ll press enter. Now if I close this and save it and if I go back to my graffiti project, all the effects that I applied to my last image are still here, because of the smart object. So that’s why this workflow seems to work a lot better for me than just applying everything right on top of the image here and creating the smart object allows you to basically create this template for yourself, all you have to do is drop a new image in your smart object every time and it’ll change everything as soon as you save it. So let me do that and go back to where I started. There’s my previous image. I hope this video was helpful. Go ahead and subscribe to this channel and like this video if you liked it. And I hope to see you on the next video. Thanks for watching.