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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Basket-Weave Effect from a Photo

October 6, 2019


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a cool-looking, interlocking, basket-weave effect of your photos. This effect works especially well on closely-cropped portraits. Open a photo you’d like to use. Open your Crop Tool and type in 870 pixels for the Width and the Height. Type in a 150 pixels per inch for the Resolution and check “Delete Cropped Pixels”. This will delete everything around the cropped area. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, hold down Shift + Alt on Windows or Shift + Option on a Mac as you drag it in until most of the head is inside the box. To reposition it, click inside and drag it so it’s centered. Then, press Enter or Return. It immediately crops to the Width, Height and Resolution that you typed in. To see your image at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. If your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “d” on your keyboard. Make two copies of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J, twice. Click the thumbnail of the bottom layer to make it active and press Alt or Option + Delete to fill it with black. Make the top layer active and go to Edit, Preferences and “Guides, Grids & Slices” In the Grid section, click the color box and pick a bright color for the grid. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Make the Grid Line every 217 pixels and divide it into 6 subdivisions. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Go to View and make sure “Snap” is checked. If it isn’t, just click on it. To see the grid, Go to “Show” and click “Grid”. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool, go to the top, left corner and drag down a rectangular selection across 3 columns of boxes to the bottom. It’ll snap to the grid because we have “Snap” checked. Skip 1 column and hold down Shift as you drag down another rectangular selection across 3 columns. Continue to skip 1 column and drag over 3. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. Go to the top, left corner and drag to the right across 3 rows. Continue to skip 1 row and drag over 3. Make Layer 1 active
and click the layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection. We can hide the grid now. Press Ctrl or Cmd + H to hide it. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the layer mask of the horizontal rows to make a selection of it. Go to the layer mask of the vertical columns and hold down
Ctrl + Shift + Alt on WIndows or Cmd + Shift + Option on a Mac to make a selection that overlaps the vertical columns with the horizontal rows. Go to Select and “Save Selection”. When you see this window, click OK. Press “Q” to make the selection into a Quickmask. Open your Paint Bucket Tool and left-click inside the second empty box at the top to fill it in. Skip a box and left-click on the one after it. Continue this pattern on every other row. Then, go to the first empty box on the second row and fill it in. Continue to fill in every other empty box in every other row, so your final Quickmask looks like this. Press Q to revert it back into a selection and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the
shape of the selection from the active layer. Click the thumbnail of the top layer to make it active. Click the “Channel” tab to open the Channels panel and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on “Alpha 1” to make a selection of its shape. Click back on the Layers panel and press “Q” to make it into a Quickmask. This time, left-click inside the first empty box at the top, left and fill in every other empty box on every other row. Then, left-click on the second empty box of the second row and continue this pattern, so your Quick mask looks like this. Press “Q” to make it into a selection and press Ctrl or Cmd + J
to cut the shape of the selection from the active layer. The basket weave effect comes to life
once we add shadows to these shapes. We need to clip the shapes to the
layers directly below each one in order to restrict their shadows to
their respective layers. To do this, go to layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Notice the active layer moved to the right,
which indicates that it’s now clipping to the one layer below it. We’ll clip these shapes, as well. Make it active and this time, we’lluse the shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. Click the “fx” icon and choose: Outer Glow. Click the color box and pick Black. Then, click OK. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and make the Opacity 50%. Make the Size: 40 pixels and click OK. To copy the outer glow shadows to the other shapes, go to the “fx” icon to the right of the layer and hold down Alt or Option as you drag it up to the top layer. Next, we’ll add a texture, but first make a
“composite snapshot” of your image. To do this, make the top layer active and press Ctrl +Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the “Texture” folder and click “Texturizer”. Choose “Burlap” and make the Scaling 100%, the Relief is 1 and the Light is from the Top. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!

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