skateboard
Colin Gould

Artistic effect in Photoshop

So you have this cool picture of you skating and you want to make it look a bit artsy and professional like this?



Then this is the tutorial for you! It's easy and quick.

Open your picture in Photoshop (any version will work).



First, look at the layers panel where you'll see the so called "Background" layer.

Double click it and click OK in the pop-up window.



Now go to Image -> Adjustments -> Black and white and just click OK, leaving all the default settings.



You should now have something like this. If you think it's too dark or too bright, no worries, we'll get to that!



Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast and play around with the settings until you get a balance you like.

Obviously if the picture turned out pretty dark after the black and white, raise the brightness and play around with the contrast to see what looks best, and vice versa.



To add the big white/black border: Go to your layer panel again, but this time click on the fx icon and select the stroke option.



Depending on the size of your pic and if it is rather dark or rather light, you can change the size of the stroke and the color (black or white).

Make sure the position is set to "Inside" and Fill type set to "Colour".



If you have a big image, you'll have to make the size bigger. (You can just drag the marker to the left or right to change the size.) You can change the colour by clicking on the coloured square and then you can select any colour you want, but since we made the picture black and white, black or white will look best.

You should now have a border around your image (you can't see it in the picture below because the background of this page is also white).



You can stop here if you think it looks good!

Optional

This will either look pretty good, or will make it look bad. You could add a 1px border in the opposite colour at the very edge of your stroke.

We do this in a quite similar way. First we have to create a new layer. We do this by clicking the new layer icon in the layer panel.



In your tools panel, select the Paint bucket tool. If it is set to the gradient tool, click and hold on the icon and then you can select the Paint Bucket Tool.



Make sure you still have Layer 1 selected in your layer panel and then just click anywhere in your image, filling it completely.(Don't worry, your picture didn't disappear).

Now change the Fill in the layer panel of Layer 0 to 0%.



Let's create another stroke. Again click the fx icon and select stroke. Change the size to 1px and the position to Inside.

Depending on what colour you chose before creating the big stroke, you choose black or white (If your big stroke was White, now choose black. If it was black, now choose white). Mine was white so I selected black.



Click OK et voila! You should now have something like this:



That's it! If you think the optional step ruined the whole effect, you can just click on the eye icon next to Layer 1 in your layer panel, and it will dissapear again.

Please press "Like" if this helped you

Similar guides you might like

Amb!quity
Amb!quity
Any questions can be asked and will be answered here ^^ !

14 April 2009 at 07:32

Any questions can be asked and will be answered here !
skaterdudex
skaterdudex
there is also i much smaller in size program called photoscape which can do all the same things as photoshop but it is free and much simpler even for the graphic design challenged people lol :P you can download it here [url]http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php[/url] just click the free download tab at the top

14 April 2009 at 14:01

there is also i much smaller in size program called photoscape which can do all the same things as photoshop but it is free and much simpler even for the graphic design challenged people lol





you can download it here



http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php



just click the free download tab at the top

Last edited by skaterdudex 14 April 2009 at 14:03

removed__Kim
removed__Kim
i work a lot in ps and i think this is misusage bcuz, as skaterdudex said, there are much more smaller programs you can do b&w effect, ps is too good for this (N)

16 April 2009 at 09:10

i work a lot in ps and i think this is misusage bcuz, as skaterdudex said, there are much more smaller programs you can do b&w effect, ps is too good for this
Kris
Kris
But if you already have photoshop and you want to learn more about it, you have to start with basic stuff like this. :) If you only want black and white etc and don't want to learn more difficult things, then you can use other software. :)

16 April 2009 at 10:41

But if you already have photoshop and you want to learn more about it, you have to start with basic stuff like this.



If you only want black and white etc and don't want to learn more difficult things, then you can use other software.
Simo
Simo
I actually use picasa and it's really good. :)

19 April 2009 at 08:39

I actually use picasa and it's really good.
Amb!quity
Amb!quity
Yes but picasa is very limited in the graphics editing part. Yes you can change the colors and do very basic stuff, but that's it :) .

23 May 2009 at 16:42

Yes but picasa is very limited in the graphics editing part. Yes you can change the colors and do very basic stuff, but that's it .
soup904
soup904
Yeah... I just use photoshop cuz that what I,m use to. But whatever works for you is whats important. Some times you can get just what you want from the camera used to take the photo. Some digital cameras have a lag and with that it can take the picture to late. That means you just missed your fiends super hard new trick. I suggest looking for somthing with a very good very fast shutter speed. But try not to go to crazy on finding a good camera cuz most of the time they arn,t cheap. This is why it pays off to be a a pro at photoshop. Some people find it easier to learn from a friend, face to face, rather than reading a book. ;)

10 June 2009 at 22:01

Yeah... I just use photoshop cuz that what I,m use to. But whatever works for you is whats important. Some times you can get just what you want from the camera used to take the photo. Some digital cameras have a lag and with that it can take the picture to late. That means you just missed your fiends super hard new trick. I suggest looking for somthing with a very good very fast shutter speed. But try not to go to crazy on finding a good camera cuz most of the time they arn,t cheap. This is why it pays off to be a a pro at photoshop. Some people find it easier to learn from a friend, face to face, rather than reading a book.
wildmilo191
wildmilo191
paint.net could do like 10x more stuff I highly reccomend it 2 evry1 (Y)

2 July 2009 at 04:05

paint.net could do like 10x more stuff I highly reccomend it 2 evry1
Amb!quity
Amb!quity
[quote=wildmilo191]paint.net could do like 10x more stuff I highly recommend it 2 evry1 (Y) [/quote] No, Adobe Photoshop is a highly advanced program built by professionals and it's very expensive, paint.net is freeware, yes it can do enough, but I'm guessing not nearly even half of what Photoshop is capable of! :)

9 July 2009 at 05:00

wildmilo191 said:
paint.net could do like 10x more stuff I highly recommend it 2 evry1



No, Adobe Photoshop is a highly advanced program built by professionals and it's very expensive, paint.net is freeware, yes it can do enough, but I'm guessing not nearly even half of what Photoshop is capable of!
skater-eva14
skater-eva14
you can do alot more in adobe photoshop then change the colour into black-white. you can make it look like a painting or a charcoaldrawing. in filter --%3E filter gallery

17 August 2009 at 19:33

you can do alot more in adobe photoshop then change the colour into black-white. you can make it look like a painting or a charcoaldrawing. in filter --%3E filter gallery

JOIN and get FREE skateboard stuff!

Of all the skateboarders in the USA, more than half live in California.