Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Quilt Portrait from a Photo

August 29, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create a quilted portrait of someone from a photo. I’ll also
show you how to easily replace the image in the quilt without having to redo all the effects. For
your convenience, I created a stitched thread image that you can use as a pattern for your
quilted portrait. Its link is in my video’s description or project files. To fit it onto
your canvas, press Ctrl + 0 on Windows or Cmd + 0 on a Mac. Open a photo of someone
that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one and the other from my
friends at Shutterstock.com. The first step is to convert it into a Smart Object, so we
modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers
panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. The next step is to crop your image to the
size and resolution of your quilt. Open your Crop Tool. For this example, I’ll make its
Width and Height: 870 pixels and its Resolution: 300 pixels per inch, however, feel free to
make yours whatever you’d like. Go to a corner and drag the crop area as well as the image
until its cropped and positioned to your liking. To accept it, click the check-mark at the top.
Then, fit it back onto your canvas. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Mosaic. We’ll make the cell size: 30 pixels square because that’s the size of the stitched thread that I provided. Next, we’ll make a tufted pattern in each of the squares. Create a new document by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + N. Name it whatever you’d like. Make the Width and the Height: 30 pixels each
and the Resolution, the same as you used for earlier for your cropped photo. For the tufted
pattern, it doesn’t matter if the color mode is “RGB” or “Grayscale”. Click OK or press
Enter or Return. Then, fit it onto your canvas. We’ll fill it with 50% grey. To do this, open
your Fill window by pressing Shift + the F5 key at the top of your keyboard. Open the
fly-out menu and click “50% Gray”. Unlock the Background, so we can add effects to it.
Click the “fx” icon and click “Bevel Emboss”. Make the Size: 15 pixels. Uncheck “Global Light” and make the Angle: 145 degrees. Then, click OK. Go to Edit and “Define Pattern”. Click OK. Open back your Portrait image and click the Adjustment layer icon. Click “Pattern”. If you open the fly-out menu, you’ll notice that the last pattern you saved is in the “Pattern Fill” window. Click OK. Change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn” and reduce its opacity to 50%. To bring out detail in the darkest areas of the portrait, make the portrait layer active and go to Image, Adjustments and “Shadows/Highlights”. Drag the Shadows
amount to 100%. Then, click OK. To increase its color vibrancy, click the Adjustment layer
icon again. This time, click “Vibrance”. Slide“Vibrance” all the way to the right. Next,
we’ll add stitched thread. Open the stitched thread ping (.png) file I provided and go to
Edit and “Define Pattern”. Then, click OK. Open your portrait document and click the
Adjustment Layer icon. Choose “Pattern” again and click OK or press Enter or Return. Next,
we’ll lighten the overall stitching making it more visible in the darker areas. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Solid Color”. In the Brightness field, type in 50%. Then, click OK. To apply the grey color to the stitched pattern, we need to clip the solid color adjustment layer to the stitched pattern layer. To do this, press Ctrl +Alt +G on Windows or Cmd +Option +G on a Mac. Now, the grey solid color adjustment layer is just effecting the one layer beneath it, which is the stitched pattern. If you want to brighten the overall image, scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and click the thumbnail of the photo, to make the layer active. Click the Adjustment layer icon and choose “Levels”. Drag the white input level to the left a little to brighten the lightest colors. Next, we’ll darken the outer edge to give our quilt a subtle, pillow-like effect. First, click the photo to make it active and scroll to the top. Shift-click the top layer to make all the layers active. Click the top, right icon and convert all the layers into 1 Smart Object. Click the “fx” icon and choose “Inner Glow”. Click the color box and pick black. Then, click OK. Change the Blend Mode to “Multiply and make the opacity: 50%. Make its size between 85 to 90 pixels and click OK. Next, I’ll show you how to replace the photo in the quilt with another person without having to redo all the effects. First, we need to open all the Smart Objects to arrive at the original photo in order to replace it. Double-click this Smart Object to open it. Then, scroll to the bottom and again, double-click the Smart Object to open your original photo. Go to File and “Place Embedded”. This became available in the 14.2 update of version CC. If you’re using an earlier version of Photoshop, I’ll tell you what to do in a moment. Open the location of the file you want to use for your new quilt, click on the file and then, click “Place”. Press Enter or Return. If you don’t have “Place Embedded”, just open the image you want to place the image onto and drag it onto the tab of the Smart Object’s original photo. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release. To resize it, use your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd +T. Click off the eyeball icon next to the original photo to hide it. Go to Image and “Trim”. In this case, since your image applies to all the Trim choices, just click OK. Click the small “x” to the right of the .psb tab to close it. and click “Yes” to save the changes. Immediately, your Smart Object was updated with your new image. To resize and position it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd +T. If you see this message, it just let’s you know that the Smart Filters will be temporarily turned off as you’re using the Transform Tool. Just, click OK. Go to a corner, and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option +Shift as you drag it out or in. To reposition it, just drag your image. When it’s sized and positioned to your liking, press Enter or Return. Feel free to modify any Smart Filters. For this particular image, I;d like to increase its vibrancy, so I’ll click the “Vibrance” adjustment layer and copy it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd +J. Close the Smart Object tab and click “Yes” to save the changes. Again, close this Smart Object tab and click “Yes”. To hide the Crop Tool’s boundary lines, just press “v” to open your Move Tool. Your new quilt is now done! This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!