Photoshop: Psssssst!!! Create Spray Paint, Stencil Portraits from Photos

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the look
of spray paint, stencil portraits from photos. This is an update of a tutorial I did many
years ago on an earlier version of Photoshop. This version is quicker and more streamlined. I provided this grungy, subway tile background,
that you can download. It’s link is in my video’s description or
project files. Feel free to use your own background if you like. Just keep in mind – lighter backgrounds works
best for this effect. Open a photo that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one and the others from Shutterstock. The first step is to place your subject onto
the background. To do this, open your Move Tool by pressing “v” on your keyboard and drag it onto the tab of the background. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. To resize and position it over the background,
open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner. If you’re using a Photoshop version earlier
than CC 2019, when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you
drag it in or out. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and drag it. Then, click the check-mark at the top or press
Enter or Return. Next, we’ll separate our subject from its
background by making a selection around the subject. 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. To remove areas outside your subject, press
and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. To check your selection, press “Q” to see
it as a quick mask. Revert it back into a selection by pressing
“Q” again. We’re not going to refine it, since stencils
have hard edges. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to our subject. We’ll make a new layer below it by Ctrl-clicking
or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer with white, but
first, check your foreground and background colors. If they’re not black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is out background color, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. We’ll convert our visible image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, Shift-click the top layer to make
it active as well, and click the icon at the upper right to open the fly-out list. Click “Convert to Smart Object. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic Folder and click, “Cutout”. Make the number of Levels: 2, the Edge Simplicity:
5 and the Edge Fidelity: 1. Go to Image, Adjustments and Threshold. The default threshold is 128, but feel free
to raise or lower the amount. Next, we’ll remove the areas of your subject
that you don’t want in your portrait, but first, let’s save some space in the Layers
panel by collapsing the effects. Make a new layer below your subject and fill
it with white. Make your subject active and make a layer
mask next to it. Open your Polygonal Lasso Tool and click around
the black areas you want to remove. Fill the selection with black by pressing
Alt or Option + Delete. Then, deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ D. Convert your visible image into a Smart Object by Shift-clicking the white layer to make it active as well, and clicking Converting to Smart Object. Make two copies of the layer by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + J twice. Hide the two top layers and make Layer 1 active. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 10 pixels. Name the Layer “Blur”. Make the copy above it visible and name it, “Lighten”. Name the top copy, “Dissolve”. Make the Lighten layer active and change its
Blend Mode to “Lighten”. Go to the Smart Filter icon and press and
hold Alt or Option as you drag a copy of it to the “Lighten” layer above it. Open the effect, so you can see it and double-click
it to open it. Reduce the Radius to 4 pixels. Collapse the Smart Filter to save space. Make the Dissolve layer visible and active. Change its Blend Mode to “Dissolve and reduce
its opacity to 20%. Shift-click the “Lighten” layer to make it
active, as well. We’re going to move these two layers by pressing
and holding the Shift key as you press the right arrow key twice. This moves them 20 pixels to the right. Then, press and hold the Shift key as you
press the Down arrow once to move the layers down 10 pixels. Click the top layer and Shift-click the “Blur”
layer to make all of the subject layers active. Convert the three active layers into one Smart Object. Change its Blend Mode to “Darken”. Next, we’ll create a displacement map that
will warp our portrait stencil over the contours of our background. To do this, make the background active and
open the fly-out list at the upper, right. Click “Duplicate Layer”. Click “New” and type in “Displace”. Immediately, its created a separate document
of the background layer. We’ll use this document as our displacement map. Remove all of its color, by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + Shift + U. We’ll increase its contrast by clicking Ctrl
or Cmd + L to open the Levels window. I’ll drag the Input Highlights to 207 and
the Input Midtones to point 83. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 2 pixels. Go to File and Save As. Save it to your Desktop as a Photoshop PSD
document and click “Save”. Open back your portrait document and make
your stencil active. Go to Filter, Distort and “Displace”. Make the Horizontal and Vertical Scales: 10,
Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels. Find and click your “Displace” document and click “Open”. Next, we’ll blend our stencil into the background. Double-click an empty area of the stencil
layer to open its Layer Style window. Move it, so we can see our stencil over the background. “Blend If” uses luminosity to blend layers together. I did many tutorials showing how to use this feature. This Layer corresponds to the active layer,
which is our stencil, while the Underlying Layer is our background. Dragging the slider of the Underlying layer
to the left punches through the tones of our stencil. However, by placing our cursor directly on
the middle of the slider icon and Alt-clicking, it’ll split the icon in two. Drag the left half of the icon to the left
to softly and gradually reveal the background through the stencil. Experiment with the Underlying layer sliders
to get just the right combination of blending the background through the portrait stencil. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching.


  1. MohamedVEVO June 24, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Very good

  2. Michael Summers June 24, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Nice, thanks, Marty.

  3. LiveBig7 June 24, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Great video Marty, thanks

  4. Jim Allmon June 24, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Brilliant! Thanks, Marty!

  5. nunez anc June 24, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Un trabajo excelente .??Saludos.

  6. Yosh Ng June 24, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Very useful trick. But can you explain to me why do we need to get the displace into our project? Many thanks

  7. Adeni Lugongo official June 24, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Really cool designing sir, love u Marty

  8. Redha Nessah June 24, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Thakks bro for yourjob
    Great job

  9. Khmu Prince June 24, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Love it! ? Thank you for sharing!

  10. hussain mohammed. mahf June 24, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Fantastic Sir ?? excellent work

  11. Irineu Bishop June 24, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Mais uma aula incrível. Sou muito seu fã mestre.

  12. Sajey Adrian June 24, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Thankyu Teacher

  13. Charly June 24, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Very Cool! Thank you!

  14. Duha Duha June 24, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for the video though I have not seen but sure it 's awesome ^^ !

  15. florinptr June 24, 2019 at 8:40 am


  16. SAN ART STUDIO June 24, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Beautiful artwork, always a pleasure to watch your video and learn something new..pls do stay connected.

  17. J.R.R. Toking June 24, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Marty for all of your effirts and contributions.

  18. Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas June 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Great Marty!!! Thanks my big teacher!!!

  19. King of Fire June 24, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Thank you so much Sir .. Through this tutorial you give me the opportunity to make a spray paint for a favorite star.. As always I appreciate your kind teaching..

  20. felix otieno June 24, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    shukrani sana Bwana Marty (Thank you so much Mr. Marty, English Translation)

  21. funny videos June 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thanx mr marty
    شكرا شكرا شكرا

  22. Анай Ри June 24, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    щас бы морды фотошопить на стены в 2019 году

  23. Aurora Pintore June 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Thank you, love it !

  24. se7en June 24, 2019 at 10:13 pm


  25. FPortman June 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Marty… this is awesome tutorial. Thanks. very useful for me.

  26. Debalina Chakraborty June 25, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks will be a very small word for your teaching. A lots of Honour from me, a Indian girl who learn so many things from your channel and doing very good as a graphic designer. ? Thank you sir.?

  27. Consultant Nine June 26, 2019 at 1:20 am


  28. Jack Gradzewicz June 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Marty, today is my friend jordans birthday, we are fans of yours from art class. It would mean a lot if you wished her a happy birthday!

  29. VEESHEL KHUNDRAKPAM June 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    As always love your videos. You are amazing
    Love from Manipur ???

  30. YI JIAOYUN June 29, 2019 at 8:23 am


  31. JELA July 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    you are always amazing!

  32. Divya Angel July 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Wow…so detail…thank..

  33. muhammet nebioglu July 15, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Hi at step 3:24 adjust menu is not aviable it can be seen while smart object was selected. but nothin happened when I made threshold while smart object selected. did I miss something

  34. YI JIAOYUN July 15, 2019 at 9:13 am


  35. BLCKHRT #627 August 22, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Thank you very much for your lessons. They are the best on YouTube!

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