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Hi! This is Mama Shan with another tutorial in the Kick It Off series. Now, we left off last time with creating this layer that did corrections to the tattoo and the background. We are learning about a lot of tools in Photoshop. So, we have this layer called tattoo, and that is we are going to start off in this particular tutorial.
And, we are going to add some effects to this image and make it pop a little bit more. And, in order to do that, we are going to duplicate the tattoo layer or jump a copy of it to the new layer by pressing Ctrl+J on a PC or Command J on a Mackintosh. Now to this copy layer, go up to filter, blur, and Gaussian blur and set a radius amount up above between 15 and 20 for this particular image, and click OK.
Now, set this copy, blending mode to screen, it is going to brighten it up. Now, we are going to duplicate this tattoo copy layer, again jump it to a new layer with Ctrl+J on a PC, Command J on a Mackintosh, and that also copies the blending mode to screen. But, we are going to change that blending mode to multiply and then we are going to lower the opacity to around 30% or 31%, so we get this very ethereal soft focus type of look. And, you can play with that if you need to if you are working on other images, you can also play with the screen layer mode opacity. If you want to just tweak that in a little bit if you are going to like the brightness of it.
And then, I am going to create a levels adjustment layer on top of this by clicking a new filler adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette, the black and with circle icon, and just choose levels. I am going to try this—I am going to just leave this as an all setting, meaning I am not going to change any of the settings in the levels adjustment layer. I am going to change the way it reacts with the underlying layers by playing with the blending mode. And, I want to get more contrast, so I am going to experiment with the Overlay blending mode and the Soft Light blending mode, and I think I am liking the Soft Light blending mode for this.
I am going to zoom in on the image a bit and I really do like the nice ethereal look of it. Now, what I what to do is make a merged composite of the way it looks in the image window right now. So, here is the super duper shortcut to do that, and it will do several things at once. I want to actually retain this tattoo layer down here, I do not want to get deleted or merged in to the composite. So, I want to create in the essence, a new blank layer that is going to basically take a picture.
And, you can do that on a PC by pressing down Shift, Control, Alt and the letter E. On the Mackintosh, that would be Shift Command Option and the letter E. And, see how that in one fill, swoop has created a layer one. Now, I am going to come back down here and click on this levels layer, and Shift click until these three layers are selected. I want to preserve the tattoo layer but I want to delete all three of these layers. So, with them all selected, I can just drag them to the trash, hit delete, and now, I have layer one here that has this nice soft focus, so I am just going to call it “Soft Focus”
And, I am going to change its blending mode to the darkened blending mode. And, when I do that, what is happening because this layer underneath it is showing through or interacting with the blending mode. I am going to move this tattoo layer so that you can see it is a separate layer.
What I want to do with this is use this as a backdrop for the add, so, I am going to enlarge it. I am just offset at a bit here so we do not get too confused. And, go to edit for a transform, and when the free transform dialogue box opens up, I know I want this twice as big so I am simply going to click on the chain link here to constrain proportions.
And, in the width field, type in 200%, that will automatically put 200% in the height as well. And, I am going to right click in the center of the bounding box or inside not actually in the center. But, just right click to get the contextual menu. If you are on a Mackintosh, you would Control click to get this menu to pop out. And, I want to see flip horizontal, and once that is done, I can hit Enter, return to commit it, commit the transformation.
Now right now, it is all yucky looking because the soft focus layer is in—commit that, I guess it did not commit. This soft focus layer is in the darkened blending mode. I am going to come back to this tattoo layer and just kind of arrange this to fill up the window. Just Command minus this, and I am going to screen it back. And to that, I am going to apply a levels adjustment layer directly to the tattoo layer, the larger image here that is underneath the soft focus layer.
So, go to image adjustment levels or Ctrl+L on a PC, Command L on a Mackintosh. When the levels dialogue box opens up, we are going to use the output levels to screen this back. And, if I take the white point slider and move it towards the center, it is going to darken it. There would be a low contrast dark screen. If I take the black output level slider and start moving that over, let me move the levels dialogue box out of the way here.
When I screen it back, notice the lighter I get and it depends on how this effect was. What I am going for is to get as light as possible, so that this image up here does not need to have any kind of masking or selections done to it. And so by bumping that output level to be lighter, by having the top layer in darken mode. If the underline layer is lighten, then this will be dominant, this will not interplay with it if it is the darker layer, so I am just going to tweak that just a little bit. So, I have got it about 220 here the output levels here.
And, what I am also going to do to the tattoo layer is I am going to desaturated, so you can do that by pressing Shift Control and the letter U on a PC, or Shift Command U if you are on a Mackintosh, and so that makes it devoid of color.
So, we got this hint of an image in the background. Now, to the soft focus layer to make it more interesting, I am going to rotate this diagonally. So, I am going to highlight the soft focus layer and hit Ctrl+T on a PC, command T on a mackintosh. And, I am going to type in here on the top options bar—you can also just click outside until you see the curvy arrows and drag. But, I am going to type and have it -17 degrees here and commit that, and I will reposition this maybe down here.
What we are doing is creating a little add here and we are making it a little bit more interesting by tilting her here. And, because we have screened back the layer underneath it, we do not have to make any inter kit selections or knockouts of the white area. It is still going to hold through.
So, once you get to this point, you want to save your image, go to File, Save As, and I am just going to call this—save it to something different to preserve my previous document. So I will just call this “kick it add”, and see that I have got some alpha channels in here, which I will have to clear up before I go to press. So, let us say I will go in here. I made a red copy here. I was playing around. I am going to delete that and come back out here.
So, you should be at this point and we will continue on with this in the next tutorial.