Photoshop: Psssssst!!! Create Spray Paint, Stencil Portraits from Photos

Photoshop: Psssssst!!! Create Spray Paint, Stencil Portraits from Photos



hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV I'm going to show you how to create the look of spray paint stencil portraits from photos this is an updated tutorial I did many years ago on an earlier version of Photoshop this version is quicker and more streamlined I provided the scrunchie subway tile background that you can download it's link is in my video's description or project files feel free to use your own background if you like just keep in mind lighter backgrounds work best for this effect open a photo that you'd like to use for this project I downloaded this one and the others from Shutterstock the first step is to place your subject onto the background to do this open your move tool by pressing V on your keyboard and drag it onto the tab of the background without releasing your mouse or pen drag it down and release to resize and position it over the background open your transform tool by pressing ctrl or command T go to a corner if you're using a Photoshop version earlier than CC 2019 when you see a diagonal double-arrow press and hold alt or option + shift as you drag it in or out if you're using CC 2019 or later just press alt or option as you drag it to reposition it go inside the transform bounding box and drag it then click the checkmark at the top or press Enter or return next we'll separate our subject from its background by making a selection around the subject for this example I'll use the quick selection tool if you're using this tool as well drag it over your subject to select it to remove areas outside your subject press and hold alt or option as you drag over those areas to check your selection press Q to see it as a quick mask revert it back into a selection by pressing Q again we're not going to refine it since stencils have hard edges click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to our subject we'll make a new layer below it by ctrl-clicking or command clicking the new layer icon we'll fill the empty layer with white but first check your foreground and background colors if they are not black and white respectively press D on your keyboard since white is our background color press ctrl or command + delete we'll convert a visible image into a smart object so we can modify it non-destructively to do this shift-click the top layer to make it active as well and click the icon at the upper right to open the flyout list click convert to smart object go to filter and filter gallery open the artistic folder and click cut out make the number of levels to the edge simplicity 5 and the edge fidelity 1 go to image adjustments and threshold the default Thresh is 128 but feel free to raise or lower the amount next we'll remove the areas of your subject that you don't want your portrait but first let's save some space in the layers panel by collapsing the effects make a new layer below your subject and fill it with white make your subject active and make a layer mask next to it open your polygonal lasso tool and click around the black areas you want to remove fill the selection with black by pressing alt or option + delete then deselect it by pressing ctrl or command D convert your visible image into a smart object by shift-clicking the white layer to make it active as well and clicking convert to smart object make two copies of the layer by pressing ctrl or command j twice hide the two top layers one active go to filter blur and Gaussian blur bleuer 10 pixels name the layer blur make the copy above it visible and name it lighten name the Topkapi dissolve the lighten layer active and change its blend mode to lighten go to the smart her icon and press and hold alt or option as you drag a copy of it to the light and layer above it uncollapse the effect so you can see it and double-click it to open it reduce the radius to 4 pixels collapse the smartphone to save space make the dissolve layer visible and active change its blend mode to dissolve and reduce its opacity to 20% shift-click the lightened layer to make it active as well we're going to move these two layers by pressing and holding the shift key as you press the right arrow key twice this moves them 20 pixels to the right then press and hold the shift key as you press the down arrow once to move the layers down 10 pixels click the top layer and shift-click the blur layer to make all of the subject layers active convert the three active layers into one smart object change its blend mode to darken next we'll create a displacement map that will warp our portrait stencil over the contours of a background to do this make the background active and open the flyout list at the upper right click duplicate layer click new and type in this place immediately it created a separate document of the background layer we'll use this document as our displacement map remove all of its color by pressing ctrl or command shift you will increase its contrast by clicking ctrl or command L to open the levels window I'll drag the input highlights to 207 and the input mid-tones 2.83 go to filter blur and Gaussian blur blur it to pixels go to file and save as save it to your desktop as a Photoshop PSD document and click Save open back your portrait document and make your stencil active go to filter distort and displace and vertical scales 10 stretch to fit and repeat edge pixels find and click your displace document and click open next we'll blend their stencil into the background like an empty area of the stencil layer to open its layer style window move it so we can see our stencil over the background blend if uses luminosity to blend layers together I did many tutorials showing how to use this feature basically this layer corresponds to the active layer which is our stencil while the underlying layer is our background dragging the slider of the underlying layer to the left punches through the tones of our stencil however by placing your cursor directly on the middle of the slider icon and alt clicking or option clicking it it'll split the icon and to drag the left half of the icon to the left to gradually reveal the background through the stencil experiment with the underlying layer sliders to get just the right combination of blending the background through your portrait stencil this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV thanks for watching

28 thoughts on “Photoshop: Psssssst!!! Create Spray Paint, Stencil Portraits from Photos

  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thanks will be a very small word for your teaching. A lots of Honour from me, a Indian girl who learn so many things from your channel and doing very good as a graphic designer. 😊 Thank you sir.💐

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Hi Marty… this is awesome tutorial. Thanks. very useful for me.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thank you, love it !

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    щас бы морды фотошопить на стены в 2019 году

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thanx mr marty
    شكرا شكرا شكرا

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    shukrani sana Bwana Marty (Thank you so much Mr. Marty, English Translation)

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thank you so much Sir .. Through this tutorial you give me the opportunity to make a spray paint for a favorite star.. As always I appreciate your kind teaching..

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Great Marty!!! Thanks my big teacher!!!

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thank you Marty for all of your effirts and contributions.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Beautiful artwork, always a pleasure to watch your video and learn something new..pls do stay connected.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thanks for the video though I have not seen but sure it 's awesome ^^ !

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Mais uma aula incrível. Sou muito seu fã mestre.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Fantastic Sir 👌👌 excellent work

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Love it! 💖 Thank you for sharing!

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Thakks bro for yourjob
    Great job

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Really cool designing sir, love u Marty

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Very useful trick. But can you explain to me why do we need to get the displace into our project? Many thanks

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Un trabajo excelente .👀👍Saludos.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Brilliant! Thanks, Marty!

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Great video Marty, thanks

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Nice, thanks, Marty.

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