Propaganda Image in Photoshop
● Propaganda posters often use a bright but limited color palette that contrast very clearly.
● They also use shapes to direct your eye toward the focal point like arrows or lines.
✓ Shapes ✓ Filters ✓ Gradients
• This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project.
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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open a Picture in Photoshop ~
✗ Open a picture of yourself in Photoshop.
✗ Sometimes the layer is locked, preventing you from working …
✗ … if so, Double-click on the Background layer and click OK - that unlocks the layer so you can move it around.
Step #2: Magnetic Lasso Tool ~
✗ Use the Magnetic Lasso Tool.
✗ Begin to trace around your head and shoulders.
Step #3: Add to or Subtract from Selection ~
✗ To Add (or take away from) your image, change to the basic Lasso Tool
✗ On the Menu Bar, you can set Add to Selection or Subtract from Selection.
✗ Outline the area that you want to add.
✗ Or if you want to subtract from the selection …
✗ Circle the area you want to remove.
✗ The goal is to cut out around your head, deleting the background.
Step #4: Filters ~
✗ Go to: Filter > Filter Gallery …
✗ … then Artistic > Cut Out and adjust to your liking.
Step #5: Make a New Layer ~
✗ Cmd (⌘) + Click the a "Create a new layer" icon …
✗ … to create a New Layer BELOW the existing layer.
Step #6: Choose your Colors ~
✗ Propaganda posters often use bright but limited color palette that contrast very clearly.
✗ Click on the colors palette and select two bright colors you like.
Step #7: Shape Tool ~
✗ Select the Custom Shape Tool or just hit the letter (U) …
✗ … and click the Shape Picker on the menu bar.
✗ Do this:
✗ Choose the element shown below:
✗ … make sure Pixels is selected in "Pick tool mode" …
Step #8: Zoom Out ~
✗ Get the Zoom Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut (z) …
✗ … select the Zoom Out button in the menu bar …
✗ … or just hit Cmd (⌘) + (minus) to Zoom Out.
Step #9: Drag the Image ~
✗ Stretch out the shape far beyond the image:
✗ To zoom back in hit Cmd (⌘) plus.
Step #9: Swap Colors and Do it Again ~
✗ Make another New Layer below the others …
✗ … swap your colors by clicking hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (x) …
✗ … and hit the keyboard shortcut letters: Alt (⌥) + Delete + to fill the area with the foreground color.
✗ Hit Cmd(⌘)+t and adjust the lines - if necessary.
Last Step: Save for Web And Devices ~
✗ Go to: File > Save for Web and save your work as a .jpg
✗ Keep the size under 500 kb