Cubism - Monarch Knights

Photoshop Artistic Styles 1
Cubism, Expressionism, Escher
Digital Design 1
300 pts
Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook
(Pages 140 and 141 from the Painters & Printmakers section of
Photoshop Fine Art Effects Cookbook - courtesy of O'Reilly Media.)
Photoshop Cubism - Create A Cubist Look In Photoshop - Art
EffecctsOver a period of seven years leading up to 1914 and the outbreak
of the First World War, Cubism marked a decisive break from
representative painting, reflecting a radical fissure in politics, art, and
Led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the Cubist painters pursued an
abstract, geometric approach.
Cubist paintings often look as if the subject has been constructed from a
hundred or more snapshots, all taken from different angles. Where
people are represented, they are sharply angular and feature masks that
strongly suggest an African influence.
Familiar objects, such as violins and guitars, are sliced up and the
reassembled fragments skewed and rotated; they are often accompanied
by lettering and musical notes. Color sometimes remains, though grays
and browns predominate.
Using a photograph of an old guitar and a simple background, no special
effort was required other than using a high sensor speed (ISO) so that the
camera could be hand-held under dim lighting conditions.
You may use any image, it does not have to be a guitar…
Use the Marquee tool to select one part of the image and then use
Ctrl/Cmd + J to copy it into its own layer.
Click the Layers palette's "Add a layer style" icon and select Inner Glow.
Set the blending mode to Multiply and increase the size and reduce the
To give the new layer a different angle, Ctrl/Cmd + click the layer in the
Layers palette to select its non-transparent pixels. Choose Edit > Free
Transform and stretch the layer by dragging any of the bounding box
handles. Alternatively, rotate it by moving the cursor just outside the
corner and dragging when the cursor changes into a curved, two-sided
To skew the layer, hold down the Ctrl/Cmd key and drag a corner when
the cursor changes to a solid arrow. When the layer shape looks right,
double-click inside the bounding box or press the Enter key.
In the Layers palette, activate the original image layer again and repeat
steps 1–4 until all the image areas have been abstracted into layers. Once
you've defined your layer style, as in step 2, you can Right/Ctrl + click the
layer in the Layers palette and copy the Layer Style. Paste the style to
other layers as you create them.
Consider adding some text with the Type tool (T) or using the Custom
Shape tool (U). Photoshop ships with musical notes in a set called Music.
Select a shape and drag it over the image.
Another nice touch is to vary layer blending modes and opacity. The
impression of the musical note was created by using the Multiply mode
and a 10% opacity.
At any point you can double-click the layer in the Layers palette and
change the Layer Style. Experiment with Pattern Overlay and other modes.
If you want to use your chosen style on other layers, remember that from
Photoshop version CS2 you can to use the Shift and Ctrl/Cmd keys to
select and target multiple layers.
Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Check Colorize, adjust the
sliders, and click OK. The layer can be positioned anywhere in the layer
stack so it affects the layers below it.
You can add more than one Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Each has a
cumulative coloring effect, but you can restrict the effect by painting a
layer mask with black. Making sure it remains the active layer, hold Shift
+ Cmd and click other layers to build a selection, and then fill it with
Save as a jpeg using the proper naming scheme and put final product
into the drop box.
In this tutorial, we’re going to take a photograph and turn it into an
image resembling an expressionist style painting. This technique works
best on photos comprised of simple shapes and colors, like this bowl of
fruit, for instance.
You may use any image of flowers, fruit, etc. Just try to find a photo
that has a simple background.
To start off, we need to create three duplicates of our background layer,
so hit Cmd+J 3 times. Go back to the Layers palette and name these
layers, from the top one down, “line,” “shape,” and “texture.” Now click on
the eye next to the thumbnail for the “shape” and “line” layers to hide
Select your texture layer and go to Image - Adjust - Channel Mixer.
Check the box for “Monochrome” and hit OK.
Now that you’ve done this, go up to Filter - Texture - Texturizer and
apply the following settings.
Now set the layer mode for the “texture” layer to “Overlay.”
Next, click on the eye next to the “shape” layer to make it visible and
select that layer. Now go to Filter - Artistic - Cutout and apply the
following settings.
Change the layer mode to “Multiply” and lower the opacity to 60
Your photo should now look similar to this:
Next, make the “line” layer and select it. Now go up to Filter - Blur Smart Blur and apply the following settings.
Click OK, then hit Ctrl+I to invert the colors and set the layer mode to
“Multiply” to finish off the manipulation.
Save as a jpeg using the proper naming scheme and place the final
product into the drop box.
Escher Style
Open a photo of a person, preferably a headshot. Copy the layer,
double click the name and call it peels. Hide the original layer
(eye). Select All and go to Edit to Define Pattern. Save the pattern
so you know what it is.
Remove the background behind the head. You may use any of
the tools or techniques available; eraser, selection tool and
delete, or Filter to Extract. All of which you have used before. I
used a combination of the magnetic lasso and the eraser tool.
Command + Click the layer to select the person in the portrait.
Click the Add Layer Mask icon on the layers palette.
Switch the colors to their default, black foreground and white
background. Using the paintbrush, remove any other sections to
clean up the image.
Choose a very small brush with hard edges. Set the opacity and
flow to 100% and the blending mode to Normal.
Make a copy of the peel layer. Click on the peel copy layer’s
mask (black and white thumbnail) to activate it. Using the brush
paint diagonal lines across it, they don’t have to be even.
Insert a new layer directly below that layer. Adjust the size as
needed. Using the paintbrush tool, draw some lines, any color
will do.
In the layers palette, select the Add a layer style icon and select
Pattern Overlay. Use the pattern you created in the first step. I
changed the mode to Linear Light, but you can choose one of
your own.
To complete the project, add another layer just below that one
that has a new background. Adjust the size as needed.
Using the proper naming scheme, save as a jpeg and put the final
product in the drop box.