Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create an Album Cover Portrait from a Photo

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create a simple, but powerful, album portrait from a photo.
Open a photo you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from
Go to Select and Color Range. Click “Highlights”. Drag the Fuzziness and the Range all the way
to the right and click OK. This created a selection of the white and lighter areas of
your image. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl + or Cmd + Shift + I. We’ll cut the selection
from our image and copy it to its own layer. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J. We want to make
a new layer below the active layer. To do this, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer
icon. We’ll fill the empty layer with white, but first, if your foreground and background
colors aren’t black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Since white is
our background color, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. For this example, I want to hide the
hair on the left side. If you want to mask out areas on your subject, click the top layer
to make it active and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to your cut-out subject. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. We’ll take care of the size in a moment. The Hardness
is 0% and the Opacity and Flow are both 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To make your
brush bigger or smaller, press the right or left Bracket key on your keyboard. Brush over
the areas you want to mask out. To zoom into areas, open your Zoom Tool by pressing “z”
on your keyboard and then drag it over the area you want to zoom into. Press “B” to open
back your Brush Tool, adjust its size and continue to brush over areas. To reposition
your image, press and hold the Space bar and drag it. Then, open back your Brush
Tool and continue to brush over areas. To fit your image back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Click the top layer to make it active and click this icon to lock the transparent pixels. Doing this allows us to fill the cut-out with colors without filling the transparent pixels. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the Linear Gradient icon is active. Click the Gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click “Noise” for the Gradient Type. The gradient contains randomly-distributed colors. The “Roughness” controls how gradual the transitions are between color bands in the gradient. I’ll keep mine at the defualt amount of 50%. By dragging the sliders in the Red, Green and Blue components, it’ll adjust the colors within those components. If you don’t like the existing gradient…no problem. Just click “Randomize” to show various gradients until you find one you like. Then, click OK.

43 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create an Album Cover Portrait from a Photo”

  1. Excelent! I've never seen any tutorial like that. You're the best, Mark. I always thought that the singular Mark tool it was useless tool. Now, I've found a utility for that. Thanks, Mark.

  2. Thank you very much for the tutorials. From every video of you there was something to learn which will never forget once it learn especially from you and very useful for doing other projects. Once again thanks for pointing every small steps.

  3. When I try to click the link in the description for the 20% off on Photoshop & leads me to a page saying that the offer has expired. Help!

  4. This is my first like and comment on a youtube channel.
    I used to watch phlern and other youtuber tutorial.
    But you are one of the best. Please make more similar tutorial.
    and If possible do some video tutorial too for premier or AE)

  5. can you make a tutorial on a happy birthday text ? for example take a picture of chocolate cake and type on it happy birthday ( name of a person) with a creamy type text .

  6. Hello Marty, I am guessing you won't have time to answer me, but if you could post a tutorial link that can assist me with the brush tool, that would be great. I am following your direction but can't have the brush tool acts the way it intended to be. Thanks for everything

  7. Hi quick question this will not work if your background has for example a building behind it as my photo was for an assingment and was projected into a building kind of thing so does this only work and is suitable for images with white background

  8. Hey man This is what I did my image which was orignal had many layers I merged it as flattened that didn't quite help(by the way whats the difference between merging and flattening images) i did it all into one saved to web(leagacy) as a jpg file. I opened the jpg file so it will come up as a locked background i used color ranged inversed and made second copy the other layer used black and white, pressed command delete theni went into layer 1 and masked it, but the brush tool doesn't work on the mask and if it does other than working as some kind of eraser it at times ats color to the image rather than removing the image, sorry for long message please help

  9. Awesome!!! Very easy, detailed and brilliant tutorials ever. Excellent work. I have learnt so much from you. Thank you for your contribution and hard work. Thank you very much.?

  10. When I click on my color range I do not have the option to adjust the fuzziness or the range. They are greyed out and I don't have the option to manipulate.

  11. hello, good morning, I would like you to send me a tutorial saying how to make a watermark because you are the best that explains the tutorials thank you friend. Junior Pizzo's

  12. Hi Sir Could you give me Good solution about Photoshop Actions how can use it, I was download some Actions but they are not work properly. What I do please help me and give me a good solution.

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