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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating a Warhol-style silkscreen effect

Warhol became famous in part for his brilliant high-contrast and high-color renderings of famous figures like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and even Mao Zedong. In this week’s Deke’s Techniques video, learn how to add an Andy Warhol-like treatment to your favorite portrait.

Deke shows you how to avoid inferior automated effects by building your own in Adobe Photoshop, complete with canvas texture and midtones. Follow along with Deke in this week’s free video and use the companion text below to help with each step.

  1. Start by converting your image to a high-contrast black-and-white version by applying a Black & White adjustment layer. Choose the High Contrast Red Filter from the Black & White presets.

Convert your image to Black and White

  1. Increase the contrast of the image by applying a Levels adjustment. Increase the black-and-white points using the histogram.
  2. Add texture to the image using a new layer filled with an image like plain-woven fabric or crumpled paper, or use the exercise files provided by Deke.
  3. Make the texture appear more organic by choosing Edit > Free Transform and entering Warp mode. Use the handles provided to change the angles of the texture.

p>Use the Warp mode feature to make the texture look organic

  1. Change the blend mode of the texture layer to Overlay.
  2. Select the Brush tool to start painting in the color. Choose a variety of different vivid colors to paint the eyelids, lips, hair, and so on. And here’s a pro tip: reduce the Spacing value to make sure the brush strokes are applied smoothly.

Using the Brush tool, start painting in the color.

  1. Select the image layer and change the blend mode to Multiply to merge the layer effects.
  2. Finally, add a border to your image to make it a bit more authentic.

p>Create an Andy Warhol effect in Photoshop

To learn about a whole other set of Warhol-style treatments (six, in fact), tune in next week. And as always, 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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