Summary:

Half 'n Half Mask Effect in Photoshop

    ●   The feathering effect this tutorial provides ads an interesting appeal to your composition, forcing the viewer's eye to switch between the realism of an actual picture and the artificial juxtaposition of your drawing.


Learn About:

Layer Thumbnail Angle Gradient Layer Mask

•   This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

sabrina's example

 

Step #1: Open the Original Picture of Yourself in PhotoShop ~

Open your portrait and the original picture of your face in PhotoShop and Right-Click on the tab and get your pictures side by side.

starter

When you get them both open in Photoshop, go to: Window > Arrange > 2-up Vertical

… and combine the photos into one Photoshop document using the Move Tool .


Step #2: Add a Layer Mask ~

At the bottom of the Layers Palette, click Add Layer Mask.


Now you can see the layer mask thumbnail on your layer -
click it -
make sure it's selected:


Step #3: Default Colors ~

Hit the letter 'd' on the keyboard or click the default icon to reset the default colors to Black & White on the Color Palette.


Step #4: Gradient Tool ~

Select the Gradient Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (G) …

gradient tool

… be sure to select the default gradient in the menu bar …


Step #5: Drag the Gradient Tool ~

Select Radial Gradient in the Menu bar …

… and drag the Gradient Tool across the picture and watch the background show through.

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Step #6: Try the other Gradient Settings ~

Try the other Gradient settings in the Menu bar:

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Try different things! Be creative!

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Also Linear Gradient linear gradient or Angle Gradient angle gradient - all can add interesting effects to your work.


Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save for Web … and save it as a .jpg

Save it as a .jpg approximately 500 pixels wide

Save the file as YOUR NAME! so we know whose it is.