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Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Awesome Video GLITCH Portrait Effect

September 8, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the retro
look of a video glitch portrait on a CRT green, monochrome monitor. Open a sharp, close-up photo of someone that
you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to separate your subject
from its background by making a selection around your subject. There are many ways to do this, but 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. If you need to remove areas of the selection
outside your subject, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. I did an in-depth tutorial on the Quick Selection
Tool, so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its link in my video’s description below. Once your subject is selected, click the Layer
Mask icon to make a layer mask next to it. Make a new layer below it, by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer will a dark green
color. Click your foreground color and in the Color
Picker’s hexadecimal field, type in: 001D0D. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Our foreground color is now the color we just typed in. To fill the empty layer with the foreground
color, press Alt or Option + Delete. Next, we’ll colorize our subject. Make your subject active and click the Adjustment
Layer icon. Click, “Hue / Saturation”. We want to restrict the adjustment layer to
affect only our subject and not the dark green layer. To do this, we need to clip the adjustment
layer to our subject. Either click the Clipping Mask icon or press Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Check “Colorize”. The Hue is 147, the Saturation is 25 and the
Lightness is 0. Next, we’ll convert our image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it nondestructively. To do this, Shift-click the bottom layer to
make all the layer active and click the icon at the upper, right corner of the Layers panel. Click “Convert to Smart object. Next, we’ll crop our image to a specific size
and resolution to ensure that your final effect will look similar to mine. Open your Crop Tool. In the Width field, type in 1920 px for pixels
and in the Height field, type in 1080 px. For its Resolution, type in 150 pixels per inch. The effect will look best when your subject’s
face is filling most of the document, so go to a corner and drag it in until your subject’s
face is filling most of the Crop’s bounding box. To reposition it, just drag it. Then, press Enter or Return. To fit your image back onto the canvas, press
Ctrl or Cmd + 0. We’ll make 4 copies of it by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + J four times. Name the top layer, “Wave 3, the second layer,
“Wave 2” and the third layer, “Wave 1”. Name the next layer, “Pointilize” and the
bottom layer, “Base”. Scroll to the top and make the top layer active. We’ll make a new layer above it, by clicking
the New Layer icon. Name it, “Scan Lines”. We’ll fill it the empty layer with 50% grey. To do this, open your Fill window by pressing
Shift + the F5 key at the top of your keyboard. In the fly-out list, pick “50% grey and click
OK or press Enter or Return. Presently, our foreground color is dark green. We want to make it black, while keeping our
background color white. The quickest way to do this is to press the
“D” key on your keyboard to make your foreground and background colors black and white, respectively. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. In the “Sketch” folder, click, “Halftone Pattern”. The Pattern Type is “Line”, the Size is 2
and the Contrast is 50. Then, click OK. Convert it to a Smart Object and change its
Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Our scan lines are a little too sharp, so
to soften them, go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel and click OK. Let’s collapse the Smart filter to save space
in the Layers panel. Make “Wave 2” active and hide “Wave 3”. Go to Filter, Distort and Wave. The Number of Generators is 2, the Wavelength
is 193 and 445, the Amplitude is 1 and 256 and the Scale is 100%. The Type is “Sine” and the Undefined Areas
is “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Then, click OK. Keep in mind, because it’s a Smart Filter,
we can change or adjust its settings at any time. Make the Wave filter active and open your
“Rectangular Marquee Tool”. Make sure the “Add to Selection” icon is active. To give us more room for the next step, let’s
zoom out of our document. Press Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard. Drag your tool over your subject to create
rectangular selections of various widths. We’ll fill the selections with black and since black is our foreground color, press Alt or Option + Delete. Notice our Wave filter’s layer mask filled
with black over the selected areas. Think of layer masks as stencils. The white areas reveal the image associated
with it, while the black areas hides those areas, revealing the layer under it. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Reduce
the opacity to 30%. Let’s collapse the Smart filter to save space. Make “Wave 3” visible and active. Go back to Filter, Distort and Wave. Make the Number of Generators: 1, the Wavelength:
1 and 17 and the Amplitude: 1 and 114. Then, click OK. As before, drag your Rectangular Marquee Tool
over sections of your image. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selections. Click the chain-link to unlink the layer and
the layer mask. Doing this allows us to move or resize either
of them independantly of the other. Click the layer to make it active and press
“v” to open your Move Tool. We’ll slide the layer a little to the left by pressing the Left arrow on our keyboard a few times. Let’s collapse the Smart Filter. Make a copy of the layer and reduce its opacity to 20%. Then, press Enter or Return. Press the right arrow on your keyboard a few
times to move the layer to the right. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
make “Wave 1” active. Change its Blend Mode to “Lighten”. Go to Filter, Distort and Wave. Make the Number of Generators: 999, the Wavelength:
205 and 248 and the Amplitude: 1 and 2. Make the Wave layer mask active and press
“M” on your keyboard to open back your Marquee Tool. Drag the tool across to make a relatively
narrow shape and fill it with black. Then, deselect it. Invert yout layer mask by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. If you’d like to reposition the layer, open
your Move Tool and drag it. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
make the “Pointilize” layer active. Change its Blend Mode to “Luminosity”. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Pointilize. Make the Cell Size: 5 and click OK or press
Enter or Return. If you want to hide some of these pointilize
sections, make the Smart Filter active, open back your Rectangular marquee Tool and drag
a selection over the areas you’d like to hide. Fill it with black and deselect it. Remember, you can adjust, move or change the
Smart Filters to get a combination of effects that works for your particular subject. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching.


  • Reply Queenie de leon June 26, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I'm so early! Hi Marty, thanks again for this tutorial. 😀

  • Reply V Studio June 26, 2017 at 2:37 am

    hi which version photoshop is easy to learn

  • Reply Mursalin Hossain June 26, 2017 at 2:57 am

    EID MOBAROK Marty! 😊😊

  • Reply Danish Maheshwari June 26, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Olá Marty! Obrigado por este tutorial

  • Reply Jeff Duke June 26, 2017 at 3:59 am

    This guy is a Photoshop Green beret.

  • Reply AB14 June 26, 2017 at 4:59 am

    thank you for this tutorial Marty !

  • Reply Turtle Sergio June 26, 2017 at 6:45 am

    that is interesting.

  • Reply Bakiyochi84 June 26, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Hey marty, this is a very good tutorial, i'd like to ask you if you can show how to do an vector portrait from the 80's

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez June 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

    thanks master

  • Reply eurossocial June 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

    WOW!!!! thank you Marty!! can I ask something? do you have any video for an effect like an "Engraved face/head" (human or animal)… on to a rock mountain, something similar to the "Mount Rushmore" in the USA? thank you.

  • Reply Mike Davis June 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Thank Marti I love it 🙂

  • Reply Francisco Jansen June 26, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Just great

  • Reply Tech Makers June 28, 2017 at 5:28 am

    can you upload a sequel of this video telling to make a glitch gift using Photoshop timeline

  • Reply ALPHAN SHANAVAS June 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Marty How to create a beautiful wedding album with stunning background

  • Reply Bangalore Parker June 30, 2017 at 10:10 am

    nice tutorial

  • Reply DM Gondaliya July 1, 2017 at 10:49 am

    hello this is "Darshan" i watched all of your video , am following your channel since many days,
    well i too doing youtube iam having techniqual channel,i want to build pc ,my budget is around $1000 , mostly i am doing photography and videography ex: photoshop cc2017 and lightroom and Preimer pro, also i want to start game streaming on youtube..but i am stuck between two processor Ryzen5 1600x and Intel i7-7700k which one i should choose for better performance in future , if possible suggest me motherboard and graphics card. thank you in advance.

  • Reply Mystery TV 16 July 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    please make illustrater tutorial vector design ,logo design,and banner design

  • Reply Salmo91 July 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    efect cool

  • Reply ALPHAN SHANAVAS July 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thank you sir

  • Reply saad army July 18, 2017 at 5:38 am

    hi . my teacher Marty . can you show us how to make double light on photo in Photoshop ?
    Yours sincerely and respect …
    thanks Marty

  • Reply Aquilla Whingate November 2, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Lovely videos you have now, what font and method would you use to best add a frame rate and or time stamp onto something like this CRT (CCTV) footage?
    Scratch that, I did not realize I had to go back to 2012 and CS4 or 5 thanks Marty

  • Reply ĐƏÆĎ SØUL January 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    How to fill the empty layer with 50%gray? On windows 10..I cNt make it by typing shift+f5

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