In this tutorial, you will learn to add effects to a photo with few brush strokes, in few simple steps.

Final Image:

brush stroke effect

Resources:

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Step1

Remove the white background from the image, using polygonal lasso tool or magic wand.

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Step-2

In a new layer, fill the background with the skin color(#c6a9ad): (Select the color from the photo using color pick)

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Note: There is one more black background layer at the bottom of all layers which should be locked and untouched.

Step-3

Mask the image:

Select the photo layer and click on “add vector mask” button to add mask.

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Step-4

Select the “Layer mask thumbnail” of the photo layer and fill it with black color. This should mask complete photo  and you should see only background.

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Repeat same masking process to the skin color background layer.

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Step-5

Setting up brush properties:

Set the following properties to the brush

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Step-6

Now set brush color to white and do brushing  in “layer mask thumbnail” of photo layer.

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You should get result like this….

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Note: You can increase or decrease the brush size as per your requirement and also use soft  and hard brush with same presets.

Step-7

Similarly, apply the same process to the background layer to get result like this….

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Note: Instead of masking the background layer, you can also directly spray with same brush style and skin color (#c6a9ad) in a new layer to get the above result.

Experiment with different brush presets to get variety of effects.

Final Result:

Finally, create a new layer in the background.

Using the same brush presets and color(#c6a9ad),

spray in the background and blur it (Filter>>Blur>>Gaussian blur(3.5)) to get depth of field effect .

You get the final result like this…

brush stroke effect

I hope you find this tutorial useful.

 

 

 

 


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