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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Turning a Photo into a Giant Mural with Photoshop

Create a Mural

Since Deke’s Techniques kicked off in January 2011, Deke McClelland has shown you how to transform everyday portraits into Warhol-esque artwork, cartoon figures, and even cave paintings. Today he shows you how to blow up a portrait to building-sized proportions with Adobe Photoshop and and create the illusion of a giant mural.

Starting with a photo of his adorable son, Sam, Deke masks the image onto a colorful new background with the Color Range command, and adds a brick texture from the Filter Gallery. For added realism, he adds a door to the final composition. If you’re a member of the lynda.com library, you can visit Deke’s course page to learn how to add some lighting and color adjustments and sneak in a human figure that appears to have just left the building.

Come back next Tuesday for another free video. Deke will explore the 3D possibilities in Photoshop, and the limits of outer space.

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