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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Simulate Glitch Art from a Photo (Style #3)

November 2, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. “Glitch Art” is a relatively new art form whose foundation is based mainly on the unexpected results of digital errors known as “glitches”. Glitch Art
is now considered to be a legitimate aesthetic of the Digital Age. I created this one using this photo as my source and will show you how to recreate this effect using your own photo. And in my next video, I show you how to make this one. I provided this PNG or “Ping” file for you to download, so you can follow along. Its link is located in the video description or project files. Open a photo you’d like to use. To get into the file I provided, press “v” to open your Move Tool and move it onto the tab of the PNG file. Without releasing, drag it down onto the image and then release. To resize and position it on your document, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctlr or Cmd + T. If your photo is too large to see your entire Transform Tool, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Move it into position and go to a corner. When you see a diagonal, double-arrow, hold down Shift + Alt on Windows or Shift + Option on a Mac, as you drag it in or out. Continue until you’re happy with its size and position. Then, press Enter or Return to accept it. To see it at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1. Drag “Layer 1” to the bottom and then click off the eyeball of “Layer 0” to hide it. Go to Filter, Pixelate and Fragment. We’ll increase this effect by repeating the filter. To do this, press Ctrl or Cmd + F. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation. Check “Colorize” and in “Hue”, type in 176. next we’re going to brush in black
around the main part of your subject first click on a fun day love your
subject to make a layer active and make sure your foreground and
background colors are black and white respectively if they’re not pressed d on your
keyboard hoping your brush tool and make the size
relatively large and the hardness 0 then press Enter or Return press the f5 key on your
keyboard to open your brush panel make sure nothing is checked but
smoothing Press f5 again to close the panel now brush black around your subject as you
get closer n decrease the Preciosa pasady to
approximately 50 percent and then brush over those areas to blend
the men make a copy of the layer by pressing controller command J go to
filter distort and sheer if you’re lying isn’t
straight hold and control or command and you’ll
notice that the cancel button changes to default click Default to revert the current back
to a straight line now trigger line to distort your image if you’re not happy with your last point hold down alt or option and click reset to undo the last point. When you’re happy with your image, click OK. The next step is to mix in the non-distorted image. First, we need to make horizontal bars. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill it with a 50% gray color. To do this, press Shift + F5 key. The “Fill” panel will appear. Choose 50% Gray and click OK. It has this blue-green cast, because the layer is being effected by the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Keep in mind, adjustment layers effect all layers below them unless to being clipped to the one layer beneath them. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Sketch folder and click “Halftone Pattern”. Make the Pattern type: Line, the Size: 12 and the Contrast: 50. Then, click OK. Go to Select and Color Range. Choose Highlights and click OK. Make the “Layer 1 copy” active and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to it. Now we can trash “Layer 2”, since we have it as a layer mask. Next, we’re going to hide some of the horizontal bars. Click the layer mask to make it active and open your Rectangular Marquee Tool. Drag and narrow selection across your subject and press “Delete” to reveal the undistorted layer through that area the layer mask. Repeat these steps to reveal other areas, as well. To soften or hide the sides of the horizontal bars, open your Brush Tool and increase its opacity to 100%. Then, brush over areas you want to hide. To make your brush smaller or larger,
press the left or right bracket key on your keyboard. Reduce the opacity to approximately, 50% and gently brush over the areas you’d like to finesse. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Fill it with 50% gray and go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Change the Size to 1 and the Contrast to 49. Change the Blend Mode to “Subtract”. To make the Midtones darker, click your adjustment layer icon and choose Levels. Slide the Input midtone to the right to darken it. Make the top layer visible and active. Change its Blend Mode to Lighten The last step is to fade in the top of the glitch. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the glitch. Make your foreground color black by clicking this icon to invert the colors. Make your brush size between 150 and 200 and increase its opacity between 60 to 70%. Now, brush across once or twice to fade the top of the glitch revealing your subject beneath it. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply chiko sido April 3, 2014 at 4:58 am


  • Reply Pedro Ramirez April 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

    love it !!!

  • Reply jon sparrow April 3, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Great tutorial. Thanks.

  • Reply annooz patrick April 3, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Creative marty 🙂

  • Reply What Technology April 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

    This is awesome, do you know how to do this in a video?

  • Reply Roberto Licardie April 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Vapor wave ~

  • Reply sponge bob April 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hi man   first of all thx u for all your great vids 
    can u plz plz make ((after effects tutorials)) 
    can you sir teach us after effects plz

  • Reply Whiffen April 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Wow you actually took my suggestion. Thank you so much Marty. 🙂

  • Reply Matt BrownieCake April 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    one of the BEST teachers on YouTube!!!

  • Reply Eric April 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm


  • Reply Physco 38 April 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm


  • Reply Vengo Regis April 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Pakka brother… thank you so much.  So nice it is !

  • Reply jdbarua April 4, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Good tuts, I like it

  • Reply DOOMSHOP RECORDS April 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    more glitch stuff plz

  • Reply ren booth April 4, 2014 at 5:24 am

    hi Marty can you show us how to repair old black and white  photo's thanks.
    like your work and well presented.

  • Reply Dany George April 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

    you are great man!!! thank you

  • Reply Aileen Ortega April 5, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Love it!!! 

  • Reply Lyon Nadhir Mora April 5, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Hello Am really impressed with your videos your helping young designers like myself to really enjoy programs like photoshop alot keep up with the videos there very amazing 

  • Reply Armaan Gupta April 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Marty, i admire you more than anyone else on youtube..:)

  • Reply norb korosi April 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Not a real glitch image but a very good one. 
    Nice tutorial

  • Reply Peekaymaja April 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    you are soo good bro, thanks

  • Reply Sooly April 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for V

  • Reply Berenice Cotero April 15, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Awesome! thanks!

  • Reply NBRgaming April 17, 2014 at 6:21 am

    awesome video !  thanks ! 

  • Reply Sriram HKSriram April 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Good, Good.

  • Reply DaniexGamr May 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Can I USE This Effect For My 
    But It's Nice

  • Reply Christian Aron Rabo June 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Marty! I already subscribed you! 🙂

  • Reply Little X June 5, 2014 at 12:58 am

    thank you man 

  • Reply Wesley Paul July 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    great video thanks!

  • Reply Banism24 August 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    subtract filter is adding?

  • Reply Dee Tal September 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This is not glitch art, just a nice looking simulation.

  • Reply Professor Savagee September 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Having trouble getting my fill options up working on cs6, help if you can 

  • Reply Khrisna Khristian September 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    hi blue, can you do the glitch one from the Bruno Mars video " Liquor Store Blues" ? please respond, i really appreciate your work. love

  • Reply gothicwigga October 15, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    lol you just stole that glitch texture straight from a rob sheridan piece

  • Reply Death November 18, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Moar Glitch :3

  • Reply Th0rn Thire November 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I must say, I've looked up a number of Tuts for this sort of thing but yours by far was the most helpful, keep it up.

  • Reply Jimmy Funk November 25, 2014 at 2:58 am

    This is cheating. It's an insult to the art form.

  • Reply Jacob Resch January 2, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    would've been cooler if the glitch was created by yourself and not just a stock photo overlayed
    great video for beginners though :)!

  • Reply moota-fooka January 17, 2015 at 3:15 am

    great tutorial Marty

  • Reply clem pavey January 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This isn't glitch art just a how to simulate it in photoshop, there's no data bending involved at all which goes completely against the aesthetic.

  • Reply Binty McFrazzles March 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I think it is glitch art……it's just simulated, and that's what the title of the tutorial says! 
    Art is a matter of perspective.  🙂   I like it and enjoyed creating it.  I can't draw or paint with "traditional" paint and canvas, and never have been able to,  but I love photography and digital art. 
    Great tutorial.

  • Reply Alyssa Croyden May 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks dude!

  • Reply Moogaphonic June 20, 2015 at 7:22 am

    This is the most clearly explained tutorial Ive heard in the past 15 years, pure excellence.

  • Reply Brandon Garcia July 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Thank-you this tutorial was very helpful & I appreciate the detailed instruction for beginners. 🙂

  • Reply Angel Moreno August 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    why when I create the new layer with the 50% grey fill, let me use the filters?

  • Reply *Kiren* August 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Good Video.
    You can make a video talking about how to make a vhs distortion effect in Photoshop?

  • Reply FRDarkRod X August 22, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Best tuto 😮 <3

  • Reply Reionder October 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    He said
    A E S T H E T I C

  • Reply Risk Romer November 14, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Dude, I'm amazed by your knowledge, but specially all the shortcuts you know!

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  • Reply El PavliTo January 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Anyone please knows how to make analogue glitches? without Photoshop/other software…

  • Reply xmyess February 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Isn't it easier just to databend? 😛

  • Reply WWASHD February 13, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Great tutorial, thank you very much, I didn't know all those shortcuts and stuff with masks! +1

  • Reply Polyblank Glitch March 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you very much. This was really easy to follow!

  • Reply Orkun Destici April 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Omg! This is the best tutorial I've ever seen!

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  • Reply Carlos Henrique June 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    My layers are always locked and I can't move it. What should I do? I tried to unlock clicking on the padlock, but nothing happens

  • Reply Galuh Hafada July 6, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Amazing tutorial, I love it so much.

  • Reply Claudia Castillo July 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    my mask appears in white… get lost in that part

  • Reply KingOfCalling July 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Great video. Thanks!

  • Reply endan September 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    best tuto

  • Reply Casual February 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Oh mannnn, I was expecting that this would teach us how to make that glitchy PNG file. Did you create that? Can you provide a tutorial on how to do something like that? It's fantastic.

  • Reply Fares Ssss March 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    thanks !! <3

  • Reply undead504 July 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    That was the Best Photoshop Tutorial ever I mean I knows a bit about the software but for some one that does not it can really teach them. thank you so much i wish that more people gave tuts like this one just sayin.

  • Reply friend July 27, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    S E S H

  • Reply Don December 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    de-esser please thank you

  • Reply Jose Olvera October 4, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Can this be done on a mobile phone as well or just pc?

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