By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and in this week’s installment of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to build a Warhol-style serigraph portrait of your valentine, whether it’s your main squeeze, your best bud, or your favorite furry friend. This technique combines last week’s effect with a new high-contrast color palette and luminescent highlights in Adobe Photoshop. Follow along with Deke in this week’s free video and use the companion text below to help with each step.
To offset the fill layers so that they appear out of “registration,” as they would in a real screen print, select the layers, press and hold the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key, and press the right and up arrow keys a few times.
Save a copy of your new variation by choosing File > Save As.
To add more dimension to the image, create a rough mask of your subject (free of most of the background) and add a Color Overlay effect. Change the effect’s blend mode to Screen to brighten all of the clipped layers in the image. Experiment by adjusting the Brightness and Saturation values.
Apply a Levels adjustment and increase the black point value to 100.
Finally, fill your highlights layer with the final swatch color and move it to the top of the layer stack.
Now you have a true Warhol-style portrait. However, Warhol would have never stopped at two variations. Tune in next week to watch Deke combine six variations in a precisely aligned hexaptych, or six-panel artwork. In the meantime, members of lynda.com can view the entire Deke’s Techniques collection in our library.
Suggested courses to watch next:
• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
• Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
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