Polygonal portrait | Gradient effect in Adobe Photoshop with Illustrator


(upbeat music) – [Tutor] Hello, and welcome
to this video tutorial, brought to you by tastytuts.com. In this tutorial, I’m going to demonstrate
how you can create a polygonal portrait in Adobe Photoshop with the aid of Adobe Illustrator. So, this is an example
I have prepared earlier, I have this portrait of a woman here, next I have an image of a wasp, next I have an example of Captain Picard and here I have chosen to break
some of the polygon shapes out of the face, leaving
the strokes behind. Next, I have taken inspiration
from a scarlet Macau parrot, and again I have broken the polygons away. And lastly, I have the
same portrait as earlier, but with a different color treatment, and in this example, you can clearly see the stroke lines between the polygon shapes. Now if you wish to take a
closer look at these examples and the work documents to get a better understanding
how these are created, you can find them in the
downloadable project folder, the link is in the description. Now to create all of these examples, I use the same technique, which I will be demonstrating
in this tutorial. So to follow along with this tutorial, you’re going to need Adobe
Photoshop and Illustrator. Now the reason for this is because I’m going to use specific tools from both Photoshop and Illustrator to create this kind of artwork. Now for this tutorial, I’m going to demonstrate
how I took this image, this portrait of a woman here on the left and converted it into this
polygonal image on the right. If you wish to have a go at
this yourself and follow along, you can download the source image and you can find this in a
downloadable project folder, the link is in the description. Now before I begin, I must stress that there is no quick way of creating this artwork. Currently there is no filter
in Illustrator or Photoshop that can create this polygonal effect. We are going to have to
create this from scratch, and depending on which
image you want to use, it’s going to take a
little time to create. To create this kind of artwork, you’re going to need a little
patience and determination, but I can guarantee by the end, you will be happy with your achievement. Now, in this video, I’m going to demonstrate a technique that works really well for me, and to help you, I’m
going to break it all down so you can understand the process and easily create this kind
of artwork for yourself. So basically, my technique
works in five main steps. Step one, preparation, step two, tracing, step three, convert strokes
to paths in Photoshop, step four, coloring, and
step five, finishing touches. Now, if you wish to come back at any time, or skip ahead on the timeline
to any one of the steps, you can find the times
for each of these steps in the description. Okay, so with all that said, let’s get into it and make a start. So let’s begin with step one, preparation. Now in this stage, we are going to set up a document and prepare our composition, which we will be using as the
base of our final artwork. So here in Photoshop, the first thing we need to
do is set up a document. So I’m going to press Command
+ N to create a new document. I’m going to choose and A3 document size and I’m going to set the
resolution to 300 dpi. Now this is going to
make a nice big document for us to create some nice
high quality artwork in. Okay, so with my new document set up, next, I’m going to open up
the image I wish to work with. So I’m going to navigate
to my project folder and in the 01 – TUTS DOCS folder, in the assets folder, I’m
going to open MODEL jpg. With my image open in Photoshop, I’m going to copy and paste the image into my new document like so, and then proceed to
position it where I want it. Now, depending on the quality
of the image you’re using, you’re going to need to either
scale your image up or down, in my case, I’m going
to scale my image up. I’ll press Command + T, and click and drag on one of the corners while holding Shift and Alt,
and I’ll scale it up nicely. Now it’s important at this stage to get your composition correct. It’s going to be difficult
to change this later on, so be sure to create a
composition you are happy with. So once my image is in place, I’m going to double
click on the image layer and rename this to image ref. Then with the layer selected, I’m going to click on the lock icon. This is going to stop me
from editing this layer in any way by mistake in future. So once everything is in place, and I’m happy with my composition, I’m going to save my document, on this occasion, I’m
going to save my document to the project folder and I’m going to call this polygon face. So that concludes the preparation stage. Once you’re happy with your composition, and you have saved your document, it’s time to move into the next step. Step two, tracing. So in this next stage, we are
going to use Adobe Illustrator to trace our image to create the polygon
shapes using the pen tools. Now we are going to use
illustrator for this task as the pen tool functionality
is vastly superior to that in Photoshop. Using illustrator is going to
help us get an accurate trace and modify our paths later. By the end of this stage, we will end up with something
that looks like this. As you can see here I have
the outlines of all the shapes which I have previously created. Here I can toggle the
visibility of the image layer to see the strokes that
make up the composition. If you wish to take a
closer look at this example for reference, you can find
this in the project folder, link is in the description. Now, it’s these shapes that we will eventually
bring into Photoshop to create the color effects
and finalize the artwork. So let’s start the tracing stage. So here I am in Adobe Illustrator, and the first thing I need
to do is come to file open, and now I’m going to open the Photoshop document I just created. With the document open, I should have something
that looks like this. Now the reason I have opened
up the Photoshop document is because now I have a mirror image of my original Photoshop document. So this document is to
the same scale and size as my previous Photoshop document. And you will see why later in the tutorial why this is crucial. So before we begin to trace,
I need to prepare the layers to make the conditions better for tracing. So if we come into the layers panel, we should know see the layer image ref, which we previously named in Photoshop. So with the selection tool, I’m going to select this image and open my transparency panel. If you cannot see your transparency panel, you can come up to window and select this from the drop down menu. Okay, so with the image selected and my transparency panel visible, I’m going to change the
transparency of this image, down to 60%. So this is basically going to
fade my image away slightly. Now, I’m carefully going
to click on the lock icon, next to the visibility
icon in the Layers panel. This will stop me from selecting or editing this layer in future. Next, I’m going to press Command + L, and this is going to create a
new layer in my Layers panel. With this new layer, I’m going to come over to the side menu and select the rectangle tool. Then I’m simply going to draw
a box over my image like so, and with this box selected, I’m going to make sure that the fill color in the menu is set to black. So now I should have a solid
black box on top of my image, so with the object selected, I’m going to come to
the transparency panel and change the opacity
of this black box to 20%. So now I can see my image
through the shade of gray. So next, I’m going to
double click on this layer and call it GREY, and click the lock icon
next to the visibility icon. So now I have the faded
image in the background with a gray transparent layer on top. So now we have the ideal conditions to begin to trace the image. So back in the Layers panel, I’m going to press Command + L once again, and this will create a new layer. This time, I’m going to
double click on the layer name and call this TRACE, great. So now we can begin to trace our image, but before we begin, I’m going to save my document
in the project folder and name it trace. Okay, so to start, I’m
going to zoom right in, now you can start wherever you like, but I like to start from
the middle of the face, on the bridge of the nose
and work my way around. So I’m going to press P on the keyboard to activate the pen tool. Now before I start clicking away, I’m going to make sure that in my menu, the fill color is set to none. If yours has a color, we can set this to none by first clicking the
fill color to select it and then carefully kick the box below with the red stripe on. By clicking this, we will now have the
fill color set to none. Make sure the red arrow is
through your fill color. Next, I’m going to set
the stroke color to white. I can do this by checking
the stroke square, and if it’s not already set to white, I can double click and
choose a white color from the spectrum. Next, I will want to set my stroke size. Now if you cannot see your stroke panel, you can come up to window
and select yours there. Once I can see the stroke panel, I’m going to click on the drop down and change the stroke size to 0.5. So this is going to make
a nice thin white stroke when I start to trace my face, excellent. Okay, so with the trace layer
selected in the Layers panel and our brush setup, now
comes the tricky part, now we can begin tracing the face. Now the general rule when
creating this kind of artwork is that we are going to
be working in triangles as much as possible. Each shape we make needs
to have three points. Now as we dive into some of the details, we can use other shapes,
but 90% of the time, we will be creating triangle
shapes with three points. So I’m going to start in the
middle of the forehead here, and I’m simply going to
start by clicking once to place my first point
again for my second point, again for my third and lastly, I’m going to move my mouse
cursor over the first point and when I see the little
circle icon appear, this is Illustrator telling me I can click to create a complete shape. And upon click, I have now
created my first shape outline. Now if for any reason, I’m
not happy with that shape, I can simply press A to activate
the Direct Selection Tool and click and drag a
point to move it around into another position like so. To continue drawing shapes, I can press P to activate the pen tool. So as soon as we have created the shape, we are going to create another. Now currently, our stroke
is currently still active on the previous shape. So I’ll press Command + Shift + A to deselect the shape stroke,
and this will allow me to click on the edge of
the shape I just created on the top of the stroke, then I’ll click to place a new point, then click back on the corner
point of my previous shape, and just like earlier, click
back on the first point to complete the shape. So now I have two shapes, and we can see that two paths
that make up the two shapes are now overlapping here. So I’m going to make another shape. So I’ll press Command + Shift + A to deselect the previously made shape, and this time I’ll try
another shape here like so. And just like that I have
created another shape, and I’ll press Command
+ Shift + A to deselect. Now keep in mind, that every
time you click on the corner of the previously made shape, try and get it exactly on
top or as close as possible. You want to be as neat as you can, as this is going to save you
some time in the long run. So this is the technique I’m going to use to go around my face to draw the shapes. What you want to do is use
the image below as a reference to trace the structure of the face, around the nose, eyes and the jaw line to get an accurate resemblance. Now it’s completely up
to you how big you want to create your polygon shapes. The smaller your polygons, the
more detail you can capture, but that will result in more
work you will need to do later when you come to coloring your artwork. So I’m going to continue to create more polygon
shapes down the nose, being careful to create complete shapes and overlap them together
on the strokes like so. Once one polygon is created, I am going to create another
one immediately next to it, building a web of polygon
shapes until they grow outwards and cover the surface of my image. What you must achieve
at this stage are shapes that sit exactly side by side. Now don’t worry too much at this point about being too perfect. If you do make any mistakes
along the way such as, not accurately connecting your points and accurately overlapping your strokes, you can always clean this up later. I will be using the pen
tools in Illustrator to clean up any errors later and I’ll be showing you
how to do that shortly. So after a little while, I will have something
that looks like this. So here I have most of my face
covered in polygon shapes. Now I have left out the mouth and eyes as that is a little tricky, I’ll come back to that later. Now, if you look carefully, you can see where in some
areas the polygon shapes are smaller than others. For example, around the eyes here, I have chosen to create smaller and more intricate polygon shapes in order to capture the detail
and definition of the face. You can also see the
same is for the nose area and around the lips. Now on the forehead and the cheeks, I have used larger shapes as
there is less detail here. So keep in mind, if you want to show more
detail and definition on the face structure, you may wish to use
smaller polygon shapes. Now be sure to save your document as you make progress tracing your image. So I’m going to continue to draw polygons, expanding into the hair region. And I’m going to use the
image below as a reference, though I can be a little wacky here and create various shapes and
sizes of my polygon shapes to get a more abstract feel. Here I’m aiming to get
a variety of shapes. So after a little while, I will have something
that looks like this. So now I have the hair area traced. Here I have used a combination of large and small polygon shapes to try and reflect the movement of
the hair in the image below. Here we can see how I have
structured my polygon shapes over the sections of color. This detail is going to make for an interesting outcome later when we come to color the artwork. So now I’m going to come down and continue to draw polygon shapes, expanding down under the face, on the neck and on the clothing area. So after a little while, I will have something
that looks like this. Now I have the neck and the
clothing sections complete. So now I’m almost
finished with the tracing, now you can see all I have
left are the eyes, mouth and the earrings. On this occasion I have
left these till last as they are the most
tricky parts to trace. So I’m going to zoom right in on the eyes and start to work from the outside in. Now here I’m going to
break the rules a little to capture some of the detail
and intricacy of the eyes, I’m going to create small polygon shapes, and some of them are not going to connect on the edges like most
of the other shapes, and that’s looking pretty cool. Again, be sure to save your documents as you make progress tracing your image. So I’m quickly going to
pan over to the other eye and trace this in. I’m going to move down to the lips and working from the outside in, I’m going to trace the lips like so, and then move down and build the polygons to create the earrings. And after a little while, I will finally have my image
traced in Adobe Illustrator. So now we are starting to
make some serious progress. Once you have covered your
image in polygon shapes, the last thing we need to
do is clean up the strokes. Now if like me, as you build your shapes, you’re going to start to lose patience as it does get a little tedious. Now along the way, you may find you make a few little errors and some of your strokes
won’t line up correctly. So now it’s time to clean
up those little mistakes. So what I’m going to do
now is press Command + Y on the keyboard, now this is going to convert
our view to outline view. So no matter what the stroke
size, you are working with, you will now see them as pixel lines. This is going to clearly reveal and expose all those little
errors in our strokes. So now if I zoom in, I can see some of the
polygon corners and strokes are not overlapping correctly. For example, if I zoom in here, we can see that the points of this shapes are not matching up. So to quickly rectify this,
by pressing A on the keyboard, we can activate the Direct Selection Tool. If I click and drag an area
over the points like so, upon release, I will select all of them. With these points selected, I can come up to the top control panel and click the Horizontal
Align Center button, and this will then align all
the points to the center. Then I can come back up
into the control panel and then select Vertical
Align Center button, and then this will align
all the points vertical. So by using those two align
tools in the control panel, you will accurately align those points, perfectly on top of each other. So keeping that technique in mind, I’m going to move around
my polygon artwork and look for more errors, and when I see them, I can click
and drag over them like so, and hit the alignment
buttons in the control panel and that will quickly and easily
align my points accurately. Now on some occasions, you may find that some
shapes just don’t align or connect accurately. So simply click on the point and drag it onto the lines like so. So after a little while of
going through your artwork, you will hopefully have a
near perfect composition where all your strokes line
up on top of each other. Once you’re happy, save the documents and press Command + Y to go
back to the preview mode. So now you can see why
we have used illustrator for this stage. Illustrator offers us the
pen tools and the ability to edit our points very
effectively and efficiently, especially when using the align tools up in the control panel. So once you feel happy with your trace, and certain it’s all accurate, it’s time to move on to the next stage. Step three, convert strokes
to paths in Photoshop. So in this next stage, we are going to come back into Photoshop and use the strokes we
just created in Illustrator and convert them into paths in Photoshop. So back in Photoshop, after you have traced
your image in Illustrator, you want to open back up the
original image you created in the first step. So here I have my polygon face document, now before we do anything else, I need to locate my paths panel. Now if you cannot see your
parts panel, come to window, scroll down and select paths from there. Now, I strongly advise you
keep your paths panel visible, like this separate on its
own and easily accessible. You’re about to find out why, okay, great. Now come back into Illustrator
to our traced image, and zoom right out so you
can see all the artwork. I’m going to press V to
activate the selection tool, and then click and drag
over the entire artwork to essentially select all the strokes, then I’m going to press
Command + C to copy, next, I’m going to come back
into Photoshop to my document, so now I’m going to come
into the paths panel, click on the top right hand
menu and click new path. I’m going to name this
path to TRACE and click OK. Now, we will see a grey
thumbnail in the paths panel. So next I’m going to press Command + V. What we’re about to do
here is paste our strokes from Illustrator into Photoshop. Now upon pressing Command +
V, you will get a paste menu, here we have four options. From this option, we need to select path. So make sure to select path, and with path selected,
click OK, and boom. Just like that we have created a new path in our Photoshop document, and now you will see the thumbnail in our paths panel reflect this. So now it should make perfect sense why we started in Photoshop, opened our document in Illustrator, traced the polygons and now
we are back in Photoshop. This path will match the image perfectly, but notice, now how the
path is a little out of sync from the artwork or the image ref. So I’m going to realign the paths to match the image reference layer below. So just like in Illustrator, if we press A on the keyboard, we can activate the Direct Selection Tool, or you can come to the bottom of the menu, click and hold on the Path Selection Tool and select the Direct Selection Tool. So with the Direct Selection Tool, I can now click and drag over all the path and then use the arrow keys
to move the path accurately over the image like so, excellent. Now, if at any point I
want the path to go away, I can press P on the keyboard
to activate the Pen Tool and press Enter on the keyboard. Now, if I want the path to reappear, simply click on the
thumbnail in the paths panel. So with the pen tool active, press Enter to make the path go away and simply click back on the
thumbnail to bring them back. Now keep this in mind as you will be doing
this a lot, very shortly. Okay, so I’m going to
zoom in here like so. Now if I press A on the
keyboard and click on a line, we can see that this path
is not simply one path, but this one path layer
in our paths panel, consists of many paths. All the shapes we built in
Illustrator are now paths in Photoshop, and now
we can begin to click and select all the shapes individually. So all the hard work has built up to give us this path layer in Photoshop. So now we can move on to the next step, and use these paths to
begin to create color. Step four, coloring. So by the end of this stage, you will end up with something
that looks like this. I am now going to use the paths to isolate various parts
of the image ref below, extract colors and create
gradient polygon shapes. If you wish to take a
closer look at this example for reference, you can find
this in the project folder, link is in the description, so let’s begin with the coloring stage. So the first thing I’m
going to do is coming to the Layers panel, and here we have the image ref layer, which is currently locked, which was done when we
originally set up the document. So I’m going to press Command + Shift + N to create a new layer and I’m going to name
this layer FACE COLOR. With this new layer created, I can now begin to create
the colored polygons. And just like how I traced the image, I’m going to start from
the middle of the face and work my way out. So when I’m ready to begin creating color, I will click on the paths thumbnail and this will reveal all my paths. With my paths visible, I
will press A on the keyboard to activate the Direct Selection Tool. So I’m going to place my
mouse cursor over the stroke and click once. Now you will get an indication of which shape you have selected by the circles that appear
on the points of the shape. Now, you will have to be careful here and click around a few times in order to get the shape you want. Remember, these strokes overlap, so sometimes you may select
a shape you don’t want. So you may have to try clicking
on various stroke sides of a shape until you
select the shape you want. So once I have the shape I want, I’m going to right click on
the mouse to pull up a menu. From the menu, I’m going
to select make selection and up will pop a menu. Be sure to have your
Feather Radius set to zero and make sure Anti-Aliased
is ticked, then press OK. Now you will see a selection appear and the paths will disappear. So with the selection active, I’m going to press I on the keyboard. Now this is going to
activate the eyedropper tool. So now I’m going to select two colors from this selection from
the image ref image below. Now generally I choose
a color from one end and a color from the other
end to create a gradient. So I’m going to click to select a color. Now notice in the menu, that color is set to the foreground color. Now if I press X on the keyboard, notice how the foreground color switches to the background color. By pressing X on the keyboard, you can quickly switch your
foreground and background colors in your menu. Okay, so I’m going to press X to set my most recent color
selection to the background, and with the eyedropper tool still active, I’m going to select a new color. So now I have two shades in my menu. Next, I’m going to
press G on the keyboard. Now this will activate
the paint bucket tool, but here we do not want to
use the paint bucket tool, we want to use the gradient tool. So I’m going to come
into the menu and click and hold on the paint bucket tool and select the gradient tool. So now in the selection area, I’m going to click and drag like so, and what I’m going to do
here is attempt to reflect the color from the reference image below. What you have to think about here is to try and capture the
essence of the image below, we are not going to know
what the outcome will be, so it’s a bit of a unpredictable
creative adventure. Only having two colors
is going to simplify the color outcome, but that’s
what will give this artwork the interesting look and feel. So if you click and drag
to create the gradient, but you’re not happy
with it the first time, press Command + Z to undo, then click and drag to
create the gradient again, if you’re not happy, press Command + Z and keep repeating this process until you get the color
effect you’re happy with. Okay, so once I’m happy with the gradient, I’m going to press Command + D to deselect the active selection, and that creates the first shape. So next I’m going to press A to activate the Direct Selection Tool, click on the paths layer
in the paths panel, and that will reveal the paths back. Next, I’m going to try
and select the shape, right next to the new
gradient shape I just created. With that selected, I’m
going to right click and make selection, click OK
or press Enter on the keyboard. With the new selection,
I’m going to press I to activate the eyedropper
tool and from the image ref, I’m going to select a shade from the area, then I will press X on the
keyboard to swap the color in the menu, then I will select a new
color from the image below, then I’ll press G to
activate the gradient tool. I will then click and
drag in the selection to create a gradient effect, and if I’m not happy
with the first attempt, I’ll press Command + Z and click and drag to create another gradient. Once I’m happy, I will press Command + D to deselect the area and that creates the
second gradient shape. So using that exact process, I’m going to continue around my face and color in each shape. Now, it will help you to
remember the keyboard shortcuts and the process order as this
will speed things up for you. So remember these shortcuts and these are also specified
in the description. Press A to activate the
Direct Selection Tool. Select a path layer in the
paths panel to show the paths. Select a path by clicking on the line or very near the line, be sure to look at the circles
on the edge of the shape to see which shape you have selected. Right click and make
selection, press Enter. Press I to activate the
eyedropper tool, select a color from one end of the selection area. Press X to toggle the colors in the menu, select another color from the other end of the current selection. Press G to activate the gradient tool, click and drag a direction to create a gradient inside the selection. If you’re not happy,
press Command + Z to undo, create the new gradient and once happy press Command
+ D to deselect the selection and then do the process
over and over again. So I’m going to proceed
around the face image, selecting the individual path
shapes from the paths layer selecting two colors from
within the selection area and use the gradient tool to create a gradient effect inside. Now this will take a little time to do but trust me it will all
be worth it in the end when you end up with a
really cool piece of artwork. Now sometimes you may find an instance where you do not have a path
created for a particular shape. It is quite easy to miss a shape when tracing the image in Illustrator. Now if you ever find
yourself with this problem, simply use the polygonal
lasso tool in the menu to draw your shape. Now, you should be able to use
the paths around as a guide to accurately draw the shape like so. And then proceed with the selection, use the same process
of selecting the colors and using the gradient tool
to fill in the selection. Once happy press Command +
D to deselect and continue to color in the other shapes. So after a while of
repeating this process, I will have something
that looks like this. So as you can see here, I
have the face colored in, now I have left out the eyes
and mouth for the time being as they are quite small details which I will work on a little later. Now if I come to the layers panel, I can toggle the visibility
of the image ref layer and begin to see the
artwork in its own right. So using the gradient
technique, I am beginning to capture some nice color
effects around the eyes, and on the cheeks, it
starting to look interesting. So I’ll toggle back the image ref and proceed into the hair area, using the exact method as before, selecting the individual path
shapes from the paths layer, selecting two colors from
within the selection area, and using the gradient tool to create a gradient effect inside. Should I encounter any areas
that do not have a path stroke, I will use the lasso tool to create the shape using
the gradient tool to fill and after a little while
of repeating this process, I will have something
that looks like this. So now I have the hair area colored in. If I toggle the visibility
of the ref image, I can see this artwork is
beginning to come along and look pretty cool. Now we have some
interesting light effects, going on in this area. Notice how we traced the
sections of color in Illustrator, so it’s beginning to show nicely here in the colored outcome. This is beginning to
look pretty graphic now. So I’ll toggle back in the image ref and then proceed down under the face, around the neck and in the clothes area. After a little while of
repeating this process, I will have something
that looks like this. So now I have almost completed my artwork. All that’s left to do now is zoom in and focus on the small details. So I’ll come into the eye
section here and zoom right in. Using the same process, I’ll select my areas and
carefully choose my colors and apply the gradients like so. Once the eyes are complete, I’ll move down into the mouth section. With the mouth complete, I’ll
move into the earring section and after a little while, I will have something
that looks like this, and now all my face image is complete. So once you have completed
the coloring of your face, it’s time to move on to the last step, step five, finishing touches. So in this stage, I’m simply
going to clean up my artwork, I’m going to look around
the artwork for any errors or polygon shapes that do not overlap. Now you may find you have some white gaps between your polygon shapes like this, if you too have this
issue, then to remove this, I’m simply going to use
the polygonal lasso tool to carefully select the shape that is containing the white gap. With the selection, I’m going to use the eyedropper
tool select the two colors that make up the gradient
inside the selection, then I will switch back
to the gradient tool and recreate the gradient effect inside. Now this will overwrite
the old color effect, and patch over the white
gap that existed before. So I’m simply going to
go around my artwork and use this technique, until I’m happy that my
artwork is nice and clean. So that completes my polygonal
portrait color effect. So now I’m going to add a
background to my artwork. I’m going to press Command +
Shift+ N to create a new layer, and I’ll call this background, with my new layer, I’m going
to come into the color menu and click on the foreground color and set this to feff62, a
nice yellow color there. Next, I’ll click on the background color and go for feb2f7. With my two colors, I’ll choose my gradient tool and click and drag to
make a nice gradient, and then I’ll drag this layer
below my face color layer and that completes my
polygonal portrait artwork. Now, if you have made it this far and created your own polygonal artwork, there are some extra effects
you may be interested in. And for this, I’m going to show you how you can quickly create
a different color effect, like this example here. So I’m going to come back into
the artwork I just created, I’m going to come up to the main menu, come to image and select duplicate. I’ll rename this to color
effect one, click OK, and this will duplicate the
entire Photoshop composition. So with this new document, I’m going to select the face color layer. With layer selected, I’m going to come to the
bottom of the Layers panel and click the create adjustment layer, and from here I’m going
to choose hue saturation. Upon click, my properties
panel will appear and I’m going to click and drag
the saturation right the way to the left like so. This will turn my image into what looks like black and white. Now, you will notice that
this is also applying to every layer below
the adjustments layer. So in the properties panel, I’ll click the clip button at the bottom of the adjustments panel to only apply this adjustment layer to the immediate layer below. Though on this occasion, I’m going to toggle the visibility of the background layer to off. So next I’m going to come to
the tutorial assets folder in the project folder and
open up the color image. With this open, I’m going
to press Command + A to select all, Command + C to copy, and command + W to close the document. Back in my new documents, I’m going to press Command + V to paste. Now on this occasion,
my image is too small, so I’m going to press Command + T to activate Free Transform, then I’m going to scale
the image up like so, holding Shift and Alt on the keyboard while dragging the top
right corner out like so. Now once the colored image is on top of my polygonal image below, I’m going to press and hold
command on the keyboard and click on the thumbnail
image of the face color layer. This will create a
selection around the outside of the layer like so. With this selection, I’m going to select the colored layer and click on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. With the new layer mask applied, I’ll select the thumbnail
of the colored layer and then come into the Layers panel and add a new blending mode to this layer. To this color layer, I’m going to apply a blending
mode of color and boom. Now we have an interesting
color effect applied to our image below. Though this is looking
a little intense to me, so I’ll bring the opacity of
this layer down to say 60%, and that’s looking pretty cool. Now, if however you wish to experiment with a different color choice, simply press Command + U on the keyboard with the color layer selected and scroll with the hue handle until you get a color you’re
happy with, pretty cool, right? Now for a final effect, I have
a different color treatment, and this example you can
clearly see the stroke lines between the polygon shapes. So to do this, I’m going
to use this same example. So, on top of the colored layer, I’m going to press Command + Shift + N to create a new layer and
I’ll call this, STROKES. So with the new layer selected, I’ll press B to activate the brush tool, then I’m going to come
up into the control panel and modify the brush. So first, I’m going to click
on the brush preset picker, select a solid brush and
then the set the brush size to full pixels, this is going to create
a nice thin stroke. Next, I need to set the brush color. So I’ll click on the
foreground color in the menu and select a white
color from the spectrum. So next I’m going to
press A on the keyboard and select the paths
thumbnail in the paths panel. This will then reveal the paths. Next, I’m going to move
the mouse over the paths, right click but this
time select stroke paths, up will pop a Stroke Path option, from this menu, I’m going to
toggle down and select brush, and then click OK, and upon click, you will
create a stroke layer. To remove the visibility of the paths, simply press P on the
keyboard and then press Enter, and now you will have white
strokes on top of your image, and this looks pretty cool. So, that my friends is how you can create a polygonal portrait in Adobe Photoshop with the aid of Illustrator. Well, I hope you enjoyed
this video tutorial, if you liked the tutorial, hit the like button on my Facebook page. If you’d like to see more
videos like this in future, hit the subscribe button. Don’t forget, you can
download the documents you saw in this tutorial, all links
are in the description. Well that’s it for another video, brought to you by tastytuts.com. Thanks for watching, have
fun guys, be creative, and I’ll see you next time.

100 Comments

  1. Gareth David Studio May 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Polygonal portrait | Gradient effect in Adobe Photoshop with Illustrator.
    Get the project folder here FREE: http://garethdavidstudio.com/tutorials/polygonal-portrait-gradient-effect-in-adobe-photoshop-with-illustrator/

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  3. SuperChewbacca February 15, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This is such a great tutorial thank you so much

  4. Mahmoud mohamed February 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    so helpful… thanks alot

  5. Spencer Lepine February 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Oh my gosh I have wanted to know how to do this so long!! Thank you so much

  6. Deborah Guinan February 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Nice tutorial! Thank you!

  7. giorgio gorgeous February 23, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Hi Guys,
    Can somebody help me with this tutorial I follow up every step, but when I try to color the art work and select a triangle instead of a fill I got a stroke. I tried everything and I still can figure out. Any help will be appreciated.
    THX
    All

  8. Ayan Banerjee February 23, 2016 at 6:18 am

    One of the best tutorials ever! Thank you! Subscribed.

  9. Aruur Gaming March 14, 2016 at 8:04 am

    The gradient tool is not picking my for and background colour. anyone got some tips?

  10. Klajdi Qehaja March 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    its very nice of you to show this detailed tutorial… nice job! 🙂

  11. Espresseo March 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, mate. I tried different tutorials but this one is def. the best! 🙂 So nice results. Cant believe it 🙂

  12. STUDIO 8 March 30, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Just subscribed….cool video. One question, are you using any special accessories with your machine like wacom intous or just standard accessories.:)

  13. Music Wave April 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    You can make such a photo?  help me,please

  14. Martin LIHOREAU April 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What an amazing work for us. Thanks a lot body ! (From Fance) 😉

  15. danilo tessera April 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    you're a bomber! you win! thanks dude

  16. Dirdy Pen April 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    i love your video! thx!!

  17. ahmed nassrulah April 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Really rarely leave a comment for tutorials, but this one pushed me to right and leave my really expression for a good amazing tutorial for all the details .. thank you so much and all the best with new one.

  18. No Future April 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    amazing

  19. Jackson Forreal June 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Thumbs up. Good work

  20. anil pal June 21, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Hi so I followed your steps upto the colouring stage but when creating the polygons I did not make all of them connect as I used the anchor signs to shortcut clicking 3 times for each triangle. so in result i have some shapes which are just line random lines connecting to others which means i cant colour them at all. Is there anyway to fix this or shall i create them all again?

  21. Arsh Randhawa July 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

    thx a lot for this tutorial

  22. Mahmoud Ghazy July 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    i wanted to ask you about the other photo you made i think Patrick Stewart .. how did you do that

  23. Jaya Anant July 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

    wow thanks

  24. Nahie GomRam July 16, 2016 at 12:35 am

    amaaaaaazing work… definitely worth taking the time and i'll do it!! 😀

  25. Kai Jiang July 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! ITS REALLY DETAILED!

  26. armstrong andrade July 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    EXCELENTE TUTORIAL

  27. Shiva Vallabhaneni August 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Why do you use the transparency and the opaque black rectangle before you do the tracing? I don't understand. Thanks!

  28. Greg Posey August 7, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Just followed this tutorial and wow, so much work! But it looks nice!

  29. Arivarasu Mani August 17, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Wonderful tutorial from Gareth David.

  30. Marta K August 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    amasing!

  31. Александр Шилин September 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    You have Stewie Griffin's voice.

  32. Simona September 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Damn. There must be easier ways.

  33. TheMaRkS95 September 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    You're Amazing! I've been watching all of your tutorial these days because i'm learning Photoshop and illustrator very quickly with your help. Well Done, you've made an awesome job with your professional and clear tutorials and i'll keep on following you on youtube!

  34. Awesome design September 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    nicely done…great work man..

  35. Gary Tan October 8, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    can i just do everything in illustrator? when i want my work to be entirely vector? 🙂

  36. Smirnoff103 October 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    ctrl + u in Illustrator (and shift + g in Photoshop)

  37. Daniel Linarez E. October 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Excellent, thanks…

  38. Linda Carlen November 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Great tutorial 🙂 I have problem though because when I try to download the folder the winzip need cash from me telling me that my trial period is over… which it is. Is there another way to download for free or am I just doing something wrong when downloading?

  39. mrN3w7 November 20, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    You can do this entirely in Illustrator… no need for Photoshop…

  40. Mohammad Hamid November 27, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Hi! I can't draw the exact face shape by using polygonal, Plz help me ?

  41. idillio November 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    i did this effect to another picture and perpect! you are the best tastytuts.. thanks a lot..

  42. doron dar December 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Great tutorial..!
    Something I found out during the tutorial, in the 3rd step – coloring the image..
    Instead of clicking around the paths with the direct selection tool until you find the right path you want to color, you can, with the direct selection tool and ALT pressed down click on the middle of the triangle you want to color and it selects that same triangle, if you do that and there is nothing selected then it means you don't have a path made in that specific spot.

  43. pangrac1 December 10, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Paintaikingly dumbproof version of tutorial. Cant stand to watch it.

  44. Ladymoon312 December 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

    its cool but faster faster dude :)))

  45. Abderrahim Maroufi December 22, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    grazie tanto per il video
    great work

  46. Alina Fomenko January 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Hello, when I try to align center my points, I cannot see those small blue dots when I select the points. So I also cannot align, and all seems correct, but when I colour my shapes, I can see very thin lines between them, like it's not alligned properly. Can u help me?

  47. Shane O' Mac January 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    here's kind of an update, the latest versions of PS CC allows you to just click on the empty space inside of the paths so you don't have to struggle trying to select the right one by zeroing in on the paths

  48. Francis Butlers January 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    thx, was usefull just one thing- please dont do that accent .

  49. Jennifer Batcha January 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Nice tutorial. The shortcuts are very helpful.

  50. Sebastian Engels January 27, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    @tastytuts I was wondering if there is an update on the selection of multiple anchor points and aligning them. I somehow end up (when using the marquee tool) selecting object instead of anchor points, which is not important if I use the keys to reshape the objects but when using the align function it won't align the anchor points but the entire objects. Please help!

  51. DAU KSA February 3, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    .this chenille is to show our graphic design projects yearly.. Pleasure to subscribe

  52. DAU KSA February 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    .this chenille is to show our graphic design projects yearly.. Pleasure to subscribe

  53. Athens Zhang February 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I like this tutorial. It gives more details than other tutorials. Good job!

  54. exosquelette February 21, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Really really nice job and really good tutorial. Thank you very much!

  55. Nandhitha Hari February 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    an easier way to ensure clean lines is to use snap to grid. it saves time on the line clean up so we can skip the cmd+y (or ctrl+y) step for path cleanup completely.

  56. Kinjal Waghela March 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    It is really amazing and helpful for adobe Illustrator and Photoshop user. Thank you.

  57. Pal C March 14, 2017 at 8:33 am

    what if we'd have done the gradient part in AI instead of Photoshop, would the result be the same?

  58. Pal C March 14, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Don't take him [CrudeHunter] seriously.
    What I find is : Your teaching tech is absolutely great. Even a child can understand you. Frankly, you do have such that power in your speech.
    I'm surprised, no hiccup, no hesitation, only the genuine, to-the-point tutorial. You just carry on. I'm with you.
    THANK YOU A LOT for presenting us this tut.

  59. Евгений Артемович March 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you man. Your tutorials are awesome and so useful!

  60. YouShouldWatchThis April 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    you talk so slow

  61. Syed Raiyanul Huda May 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Dear 🙂
    It's very very helpful 🙂 🙂

  62. Jubair Pial May 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

    mediafire page is empty ….plz give me the project file

  63. farah gh July 26, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks alot !

  64. Natasa Peic August 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    This is excellent! Thank you.

  65. Alasdair murphy August 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This is the most painful tutorial i have ever watched. U dont need explain how u do literally everything. At no point did u say this was a beginner tutorial but u talk like we are all 5 year olds that have never used a computer before. This did not need to be a 40 minute video

  66. Alexandra735100 August 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    it might be the british accent responsable for my confusion but you sound very much like the dude from the " School of life" chanle x)) helpful tutorials, by the way

  67. Zviad Kelenjeridze September 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    WOW! Thank you for that!

  68. Prashant Sharma September 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks a lot ….!!!!!!

  69. basileus megas September 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    looks like somebody nightmare…

  70. gurvinder singh November 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Your tutorial is so much appreciative

  71. Muhammed suhail n.p November 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

    It is Usefull Tutorials

  72. gregory nelson December 19, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    WOW!!! That was an awesome video tutorial! The way you explained it- step by step- is going to make it so much easier for me to do my own artwork in this media option. Thank you.

  73. Allisonmaymor December 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I’m trying to draw smaller tringales with the pen tool, but it won’t let me make them small. The pen tool just chooses the path for me in a way. Is there a way I can change the settings or something to make it stop choosing for me?

  74. viết ngọc December 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

    thank 🙂 i like this tutorial

  75. Vanillajdicr February 13, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Followed this tutorial to a 't', and got stuck on the gradient fill of the isolated polygonal shape in PS. I have the 2017 version, and the problem seems to begin after I paste my strokes. My thumnail appears in the Path panel as per instructions, and I successfully isolated a triangle, but it doesn't show circles in each corner as shown. Instead, I have 2 tiny squares in each corner. I do, however, get the 'marching ants', but when I use my gradient tool to drag my eyedropper color selections across the selected shape NOTHING HAPPENS. Yes, the gradient mode is set to 'normal' as per the tutorial, and all the other (visable) settings. Anyone know WTF?

  76. M A K February 14, 2018 at 3:58 am

    are you Jimmy Mcintyre!!? you sound SOooo much like him AND you're both photoshop guru's…

    AWESOME tasty-tutorial! thanks

  77. Vine.KR February 17, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Thank you so much for tutorials tasty 😀

  78. para larino March 19, 2018 at 10:32 am

    thanks

  79. Luana Frazao March 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    bom!

  80. Best Graphic Design April 1, 2018 at 5:22 am

    hi, your video is very helpful here is my video let me know how it is? https://youtu.be/bJJW6CjXA1M

  81. Daumex May 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    You don't have to undo a gradient when you're not happy, all you have to do is drag again for a new gradient.

  82. Kapitonov Sergey July 21, 2018 at 1:39 am

    https://youtu.be/vjX2_RfAwiY

  83. Lisa Hourin August 16, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    You are such an amazing resource. THANK YOU.

  84. Kingsley Obike October 21, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Your videos have been so instrumental in my growth as an artist and graphic designer. Please, why must the selection process be anti-aliased as opposes to aliased? Thank you.

  85. Isaac Holyk October 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Great tutorial, I really couldn't imagine a client paying for something so work heavy, but it is really cool. Always use PS to create gradients for print, they are much higher quality then Illustrator. You realize that this same concept of triangles with colors is how they make and render Dream Works cartoons. The smaller the triangles get the more real and detailed the image becomes, until you get Ice Age type of quality.

  86. elisaveta stoilova November 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Hey, I loved this tutorial and did this effect on a photo of my husband. But I have a question: why can't we do the coloring with gradient in Illustrator as well? I know you did it with the sculpture and the mohawk but that was just one color and not a gradient. Why can't the gradient work in Illustrator. I wish I did not have to bring it in Photoshop and convert to paths and then strokes again if I wanted to keep them. If anyone knows, please let me know! Thank you!

  87. Alfred Aganta January 10, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    hello, thank you for this tuts

  88. Abderrahmane Anser January 13, 2019 at 9:44 am

    there are two great Design teachers in youtube … You and PiximPerfect .. Thank you

  89. Tristan Fernandes February 6, 2019 at 6:57 am

    The download link (http://www.mediafire.com/file/5n9n8dpl7x6oun4/Illustrator_beginenrs_guide_TastyTuts.rar) is leading me to download a guide to edit a skull image and not this portrait.
    Where can I find the portrait image of this girl?

  90. Siddhesh Vartak March 1, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for the detail explanation in tutoria this what I exactly looking for now I can try…

  91. NDK0 March 6, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    This is really nice. However, no matter the size of my photo in Photoshop, the path is around four times larger than the photo -.-

  92. Torre do Mago March 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you! You're awesome!

  93. Wahab Khan April 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Love this tutorial

  94. zekolat April 12, 2019 at 5:15 am

    not so hard it just takes your 38 days if you are newbee lol, thx for the tutz mate it gaves ppl really important infos cheers

  95. Cess Om June 10, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    With explanations for extreme noobs

  96. Marga Rondvanvoore Luyxs Smith June 17, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks!

  97. Pentax 25 August 6, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I noticed in the 2019 version of Photoshop it seems that it doesn't matter the background colour when using the gradient tool, it always seems to just use the front selected colour and the rest of the shade is defaulted to transparent. Is there any way to change this?

  98. Daily Daddy Duty August 15, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Tried this and I also have 1 suggestion that can save a lot of time. In illustrator, I think you DON'T need to close gaps by creating "complete" triangles. You could just connect a line to complete one if two points are already present to define the triangle. It saves a lot of time retracing sides of the triangle (or path) that are already drawn. To create those "missing" triangles, create a big rectangle over your artwork, then go to Pathfinder and DIVIDE. Ungroup, delete the large rectangle, and you'll see triangle shapes are automatically generated over gaps and paths.

  99. Ray Ruban September 7, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I have doubts sir what's the reproart

  100. Siya X October 16, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I know this video is ancient, but why did he put it in photoshop? Sure I hear there is better color quality, but how does that compare to having Illustrators possibility to keep the quality at any scale?

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