Some were simple and direct, while others needed some expertise and Photoshop skills.
For our second round of PS effects, we’ve selected some that can be used “as is” or as the basis for creating new ones. Each of the following effects is explained through a tutorial.
To see them, click on the bold text or on the image.
Rock Star Silhouette Effect
Let’s face it; many of us have secretly daydreamed about being a rock star or being a member of a band. Come on now, you know it’s true.
Well, the prospects of this happening may be slim, but the next best thing you can do is to make a cool rock star poster of yourself.
After this Photoshop trick, you can hang the finished image on your wall and have your friends admire your work. You may even autograph a picture or two.
Plasma Fantasy Art Effect
Are you a big fan of fantasy novels? Or are you just a big fan of fantasy art?
Here’s some Photoshop magic that will literally light up any image you use by encircling the subject in glowing rings.
The technique for this effect is easy to understand and can transform any portrait into an image of wonderment and fantasy.
Alien Invasion Effect
If you’d like to change a dull or uninspired photo of a city into a dramatic apocalyptic scene, look no further than this tutorial written by Craig Henry.
With a few images of common objects, you can Photoshop them into an alien spaceship.
In the case of Craig, he used the front of a car and part of a camera lens to make his spacecraft. Yes, he really did. Use your imagination to see what things you can use for this special effect.
This effect is quite nice and can turn any photo into a watercolor painting. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the median filter, blend mode, and layering to achieve the final result.
Big Pixel / Halftone Effect
Here’s a classic looking effect from the days of Pop Art guru Andy Warhol.
This effect is done by simply making a custom mosaic pattern and overlaying it onto an existing image.
You can experiment with the cell sizes to see which ones work the best for your image.
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