Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I’m going to show you how to recreate the look of classic retro illustrations
like the ones in action-adventure movie posters from the 1980s Before we begin, if you’re not already a
subscriber to my channel, click the subscribe button at the lower right
corner or the link in my video’s description. Download a sharp close-up
photo of someone that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one
from Shutterstock the result will look best if your subject has a good deal of
contrast and character in the face. The background should be relatively simple
for your convenience, I provided this paper texture for you to use in your
illustration. Its link is located in my video’s description below or the project
files. Open your subject we’re going to place it onto the paper texture document.
First, make sure your move tool is active. If it isn’t, press “v” on your keyboard.
Drag your subject onto the tab of the paper texture and without releasing. To resize and reposition it, press “Ctrl or
Cmd + T” to open your Transform Tool. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift, as you drag it in or out.
To reposition it, just go inside the Transform’s bounding box and drag your
image. To accept its size and position, press Enter or Return twice to ensure
that the photo is sized to the dimensions of the paper texture. Press
Ctrl or Cmd to select the visible area of our document and go to Image and Crop. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D.
We’ll convert our photo into a Smart Object, so we can modify it
non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper right of the Layers
Panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Click off the lock icon next to the
paper texture to unlock it and drag the photo below the texture.
Temporarily hide the texture. Go to Filter, Sharpen an Unsharp Mask.
I’ll make the Amount: 150%, the Radius: 3 pixels and the Threshold: zero,
however, since each photo has its own inherent sharpness, feel free to adjust
these amounts. Remember, you can always adjust them later, since we’re applying the filter to a Smart Object. Convert this image into a
Smart Object, as well. Then, go to Filter, Stylize and “Oil Paint”. You can see the oil paint effect
in the preview window. If you want to make the preview bigger or smaller, click
the plus or minus magnifier icons. Make the Brush Stylization: 2
and all the other settings: 10. The Lighting Angle is 121 degrees and the
Shine is point 2. Make a copy of the layer by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + J. Open your Channels panel. If you don’t
see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the RGB channel
to make a selection of all its tonal values. Open back the Layers Panel
and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the copy of our
subject. Click the layer to make it active and change its blend mode to “Hard Light”. This gives our image more contrast and
brighten the colors. We’ll combine these two layers into one smart object by
Shift-clicking “Layer 1” to make it active, as well and clicking “Convert to Smart
Object”. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click
“Poster Edges”. Make the Thickness: 10, the Edge Intensity: 0 and the Posterization: 6. This adds thickness and depth to the
strokes. Next, we’ll add stippled airbrush texture to the image.
Make a new layer. We’ll fill it with 50% gray by pressing Shift + the F5 key at
the top of your keyboard or you can go to Edit and Fill. Open the Contents list
and click “50% Gray”. Go to Filter, Noise and “Add Noise”. Make the Amount: 50%, Gaussian and
Monochromatic. Change the blend mode to “Overlay” and reduce its Opacity to 80%. Make the paper texture visible and
active and change its blend mode to “Overlay”. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!