A Grunge Portrait in Photoshop

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This tutorial combines the grunge brush and grunge texture from the previous tutorials to make a stylized, painterly portrait. If you don’t have them, no worries, you can always search google for grunge textures and grunge brushes.
1. Make a new document 5 inches x 7 inches  x 300 ppi.
2.  Go to the FILE menu > PLACE EMBEDDED and place in the saved grunge texture from the previous tutorial or place in one you have downloaded.
3. Find a photo you want to use for this project, a close up or selfie works best and open it in Photoshop.
4. Go to the SELECT menu > ALL  and then go to EDIT menu > COPY
5. Go to the channels panel , make a new channel and paste (EDIT menu > PASTE) in the copy – it will come in as black and white.
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6. Go to the IMAGE menu > ADJUSTMENTS > LEVELS and increase the contrast and slide gamma (gray point) to the left to open up lighter areas.
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7. Go to the FILTER menu > FILTER GALLERY and select Pallete Knife from the Artistic tab, make your setting 13 for Stroke Size, 3 for stroke detail and 10 for softness
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8. Go to IMAGE menu > ADJUSTMENTS > INVERT
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9. Select all again and copy
10. Go to the document with the placed grunge texture, make a new channel and paste in the modified channel. Scale it to make it fit or do some creative cropping.
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11. Go to the layer panel and make a new layer.
12. Go to the SELECT menu > LOAD SELECTION and choose Alpha 1 (your pasted in channel)
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13. Click on the brush tool in the toolbar and then go to the WINDOW menu > BRUSH PRESET and select your grunge brush from the earlier tutorial.
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You may want to make the size larger (I made mine 500 pixels) and change the opacity to 20%.
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Choose a bright color and and start splashing away, change the color frequently to add variety to the image,
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then select some darker colors to layer over and obscure some of the brights.

this may or not be a photo of the author wearing a fake beard

this may or not be a photo of the author wearing a fake beard

14. Not happy with your result? Trash the layer and start again.

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