Photoshop Tutorial: How to Put a Face onto Paper MONEY

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Put a Face onto Paper MONEY

August 5, 2019 68 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to put a face onto paper money, make it look like a steel engraving,
blend it into the money itself and add a name to the face. I covered this subject quite
a while ago on earlier versions of Photoshop. Due to its popularity, I’m updating it now
making it easier and more effective. I provided this paper money template for you to download.
It includes this paper money template and a shape that we’ll place our photo into. Its
link is located in my video’s description or project files. Open a photo of someone
you’d like to use for this project. It can be color or black and white. If it’s in color,
desaturate it by pressing Ctrl + Shift +U on Windows or Cmd + Shift + U on a Mac. To
adjust it’s brightness and contrast, press Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + L to invoke “AutoTone”.
Go to Image and Image Size. Make its resolution: 72 pixels per inch and its height: 870 pixels.
Its width will automatically change to a different amount because the height and width are linked.
Click OK. To fit it back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Next, we’ll create
the line pattern that we’ll use to make our photo look like a steel engraving. Go to File
and New. Make the Width and Height: 3000 pixels each and the Resolution: 72 pixels per inch.
Then, click OK. We’ll fill it with 50% grey by pressing Shift + the F5 key at the top
of your keyboard to open the Fill window. Open the fly-out list and click “50% grey”.
Make sure your foreground and background colors are black and white, respectively. If they
aren’t, press “D” on your keyboard. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the
“Sketch” folder and click “Halftone Pattern”. Make the Pattern Type: Line, The Size: 1 and
the Contrast: 50. Then, click OK. Go to Filter, Distort and Wave. Make the number of generators:
1, the Wavelength: 159 and 160, the Amplitude: 20 and 48 and the Scale: 100%. The Type is
“Sine” and tick “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Then, click OK. To place the pattern onto your photo,
just drag it onto the tab of your photo and without releasing your computer mouse or pen,
press and hold “Shift” as you drag it down onto the photo and release. Pressing Shift
kept the pattern centered over the photo. Change the Blend Mode to Overlay. Make a copy
of the pattern by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Invert the copy by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Go to Edit, Transform and “Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise”. Make a composite snapshot of your
image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Now, drag your composite snapshot onto the of the money template and without releasing
your computer mouse or pen, drag it down onto the template and release. Click on the Channels
panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the black
and white thumbnail to make a selection of shape. Open back up your Layers panel
and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to your photo. Click off the chain-link between the layer and the layer mask. Now, we can resize and
reposition either of them independantly of each other. Click the photo to make it active.
To resize and reposition your photo, press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool.
Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option
+ Shift as you drag it in or out. To reposition it, just go inside the Transform and drag
it. Continue until you’re happy with its size and position. Then, press Enter or Return.
Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn. To lighten the dark areas of the face, click the Adjustment
Layer icon and click “Exposure”. To restrict the Exposure adjustment layer to effect only
the face and not the other layers under the face, click the clipping mask icon or you can press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Slide the Gamma Correction
to the left until the dark areas of the face closely matches the dark tones
of the paper bill. We can always go back and adjust it later if we want. We’re ready to
add the last name of the person. Make the face layer active. Open your Horizontal Type
Tool and open your list of fonts. I’m using “Legal Tender Regular”. If you’d like to use
it, I provided its link, as well. I’ll make its size: 13 points, Smooth and Center Alignment.
Click the color box and click a dark part of the bill to pick up that specific color.
The hexadecimal code for the color I clicked is: 2A3436, however, yours may have a different
code depending on exactly where you clicked. Click the top layer to make it active. Our
text will be placed above it. Press “z” to open your Zoom Tool and drag it over the arched
banner to zoom into that area. Hover your cursor over the center of the banner and press
“T” to open your Type Tool. Click on your document and type out the last name of the
person. Click the “Warped Text” icon. Open the list of warp presets and click “Arc”.
Make the Bend: 18% and click OK. Open your Move Tool and drag the name over the banner.
If the text seems to be sticking a little, go to View and make sure “Snap” isn’t checked.
If it is, just click on it to deactivate it. Center the text over the banner. To see your
entire image at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. I’d like to lighten the dark areas
of the face more, so I’ll make the Exposure adjustment layer active and slide the “gamma correction” to the left a bit. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!