Photoshop: How to Create the Look of Intaglio, Fine Art Engravings from a Photos

October 5, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to recreate the
look of an old intaglio fine art print engraving from a photo. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber
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of patrons. I provided this paper texture for you to download. Its link is in my video’s description below
or project files. Open a photo that you’d like to use for this
project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. If you want to remove the background behind
your subject, we’ll take care of that in a minute. First, we’ll place the photo onto the paper
document I provided. To do this, make your Move Tool active by
pressing “v” on your keyboard and drag the photo onto the tab of the paper document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
the photo down and release. To resize the photo, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift if your using a version earlier than CC 2019 and drag
it in or out. If your using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and drag it. Then, press Enter or Return or press the check-mark
at the top. Since I already sized and positioned my photo
initially, I’ll click the cancel icon. If you don’t want to remove the background
behind your subject, you can skip the next few steps, however, if you do want to remove
the background, you’ll need to make a selection around your subject. There are many ways to do this and your choice
should depend on the characteristics of your photo. In most cases, I generally use the Quick Selection Tool. If you’re using this tool as well, drag it
over your subject to select it. To refine its edges, go to Select. If you’re using a version earlier than CC
2015.5, click Refine Edge. If you’re using a later version, click Select
and Mask, however, if you prefer to use Refine Edge instead of Select and Mask, Shift-click
“Select and Mask” to open Refine Edge. I did in-depth tutorials of both of this filters,
so if you’d like to watch them, I provided both of their links in my video’s description
below. Once you made and refined the selection around
your subject, output it to a “Layer Mask”. Whether or not you removed the background
behind your subject, we’ll convert the image into a Smart Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
corner of the Layers panel and click, “Convert to Smart Object”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Solid Color”. In the hexadecimal field, type in 4E3500. Change its Blend Mode to “Color”. Make your subject active and go to Filter
and Filter Gallery. Open the “Sketch” folder and click “Chalk
& Charcoal”. Make the Charcoal Area: 4, the Chalk Area:
20 and Stroke Pressure: 1. We want to remove the white strokes. To do this, change its Blend Mode to “Multiply”. Make a copy of the layer by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + J. Double-click the copy’s “Filter Gallery” to open it. Close the Sketch folder and open the Stylize folder. Click “Glowing Edges”. Make the Edge Width: 1, the Edge Brightness:
20 and the Smoothness: 4. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again and
this time, click “Invert”. Notice our entire document inverted because
adjustment layers affect all the layers below them in the Layers panel. Since we want just our subject to be inverted
and not our entire document, we need to clip it or restrict it to affect just our subject. To do this, click the “Clipping Mask” icon
or press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. Another way is to go to Layer and “Create
Clipping Mask”. We’ll brighten our subject up a bit with another
adjustment layer. Click “Levels” and clip it. Make the Input Shadows: 82 and the Input Highlights: 157. Lastly, we’ll create a custom brush that will transform our image into the look of an intaglio print. Click the new Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill the empty layer with white , but
first, check your foreground and background colors. If they’re not black and white, respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is our background color, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Open your Pencil Tool and Pencil Picker. Pick a soft, round brush. Make its size: 1 pixel and its Hardness and
Opacity both 100%. Draw diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines
approximately this length and this far apart from each other until it looks something like this. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag
it over your pencil strokes. Go to Edit and “Define Brush Preset”. I’ll name it, “Cross Hatch”, but you can name
it anything you want. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Hide
the top layer and make the bottom subject active. We’ll make an inverted layer mask next to
it by Alt-clicking or Option-clicking the Layer Mask icon. This hides or masks out the layer next to it. To reveal the subject, we’ll brush in white
over the Layer Mask using the pencil strokes we just created it. We want white to be our foreground color. If it isn’t, press “x” on your keyboard. Open your Brush Tool, which will give us a softer stroke. Open your Brush picker and at the bottom of the panel, click the custom brush you just created. Then, press Enter or Return. Go to Window and “Brush Settings” or press
the F5 key at the top of your keyboard. Click “Brush Tip Shape”. Make the size: 125 pixels and the Spacing 50%. Click “Shape Dynamics”. Make the “Angle Jitter”: 100%. Then, close the panel. Brush over your entire subject. Now, invert the colors of your brush by pressing
“x” and selectively brush over your subject to gradually mask out areas that you previously
brushed in. Continue to finesse your image until you’re
happy with it. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!