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The Tutorial That Goes Like This

How to create this.

Created in Photoshop, but should be good for any decent graphics programme.


I started out by finding six pics that I liked – three for the large main part and three for the little pictures across the bottom. I made sure they all came from the same photo shoot to give them a constancy. I decided for this one to use the lovely Joseph Gordon Levitt.

I then opened a new blank canvas in white 600x504.

I chose the three pics that I wanted to use for the main three, two colour and a black and white one for the middle. They were all a little too small for the canvas size I had, so before I did anything else I resized each to be 504 high – personal preference as I feel the quality of the pic is retained better this way.

I started with the picture on the left, the big one and pasted this in place, the positioned and narrowed it down so that it ran top to bottom and took up just less than half of the canvas. I then positioned the one on the right so again it ran top to bottom and took up just more than half of the remaining available space. I then positioned the black and white pic in the middle and cropped it so that there was one pixel width of white running in between each pic.

I then merged all three photo layers into one (to be honest, because I wasn’t sure how this would come out, I created a new layer and them merged everything into this (CNTL+SHFT+ALT+E), so that if it all went horribly wrong, I still had the original pics underneath (though obviously I hid these). Luckily, it didn’t.). Sharpen as necessary (I sharpened once).

It’s now easier to work with these three pics as one to mess around with them and get them the way I wanted. Firstly I took this single layer (layer one) and dropped it so that there is a four pixel border of white along the top (like this).

I then duplicated and desaturated it and set it to screen.

I duplicated layer one again, brought it to top and set it to soft light.

Now for the smaller pics. Each one of these I made 127x84. I chose 2 black and white pictures and one colour to counterbalance the two colour: one black and white I have in the main pic.

I arranged them along the bottom of the pic, knowing that I’d be adding borders and detail later and wanting to keep them towards the right so that I could add a design on the left hand side. I also wanted to off-set the borders on the little pics and the main pic/strips so that there was some overlap.

I thought the one of the left was looking a little pale, so I duplicated this and set the duplicate to soft light. I then adjusted the contrast to +10 on this and the other B&W pic. I then sharpened each small pic.

Take this texture (sorry, I don’t know who it’s by – if you do, please let me know so I can credit). It was fairly big, so I resized it to fit, then pasted it as a new layer and set it to screen 80%

Now, I didn’t rally like how that bit covers one side of his face on the left pic, so I hit free transform (CNTL+T) and just pulled the texture until it didn’t cover his face any more.

What I had then looked like this.

I wanted to have some borders and horizontal lines and also to be able to add some emphasis to parts of the small pics. So I created a new layer and flood filled it with #DDD2DC.

I applied a layer mask and mask out different areas with different opacities to get the borders. I also decreased the opacity on the strip crossing the three small photos in places to highlight a part of each little photo. In the end, this layer ended up looking like this

I didn’t think the main picture looked quite how I wanted it to, so I applied another texture. I took this texture by Gender and resized it to cover just the main part of the picture (600x362). Paste it into a new layer and set it to soft light. Still I didn’t think this looked quite right, so I flipped this layer using free transform so that the dark stripe was down the left hand side).

Still wasn’t happy – I didn’t like the effect that was now created on the right, so I applied a layer mask and using a large soft brush, got rid of the bit of the texture over that area, leaving the left hand side of the texture intact to give this

Great, happy now, but I wanted some detail in the blank space to the lower left of the picture. Now, because I’m a complete geek and happen to know that JGL has a thing for snail shells, I decided that that would be perfect, so I made a brush out of this pic and used it at 140 in a dark grey (#343232). I didn’t really like the angle it was at, so I changed that to something I preferred.

I then just added his name in the same dark grey using Enchanted Prairie Dog (Joseph in 52pt; Gordon Levitt in 24pt) and there you go! All done!


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