An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork
An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

While grunge has its origins in the 90’s, recently the style has been gaining in popularity once more. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a dirty, urban style image using both well known techniques as well as a few new ones.

Create a new file (File>New), having 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi

Select then the Rectangle Tool (U) to represent the background of the picture we want to have.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Set the next parameters on the made layer by making a click on this layer on the layers’ palette.
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

We have to find in Internet a photo of a DJ.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Cut out his figure and put him on the main picture, applying for the DJ’s layer the next solution:
Filter>Filter gallery>Cutout

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make a copy of the DJ layer, situating the copy lower than the first layer (on the layers’ palette). We should set for this new layer - copy the next shown parameters: Blending Options>Color Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Hide for a while the first layer belonging to the DJ.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Next we should make visible the first layer of the DJ, applying for it the next indicated parameters:
Blending mode-Overlay
Blending Options>Outer Glow

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Blending Options>Stroke

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Hide for a while again both layers this time of the same DJ. Create a new layer that must be positioned under the DJ’s layers. The new layer should be painted in white with the Paint Bucket Tool (G). Use after that the Brush Tool (B) to draw a brushstroke of black color.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Set the next parameters for the layer: Filter>Pixelate>Color Halftone

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Set also the next option: Select>Color Range (eyedropper on the white color)

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Press OK and the Delete button. Select after that the Free Transform option to move the patch on the right bottom corner, setting the next parameters for the element. Blending Options>Color Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make visible now both DJ’s layers:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make three copies of the layer containing the red patch. Apply also the Free Transform selection for the copies’ layers to change their sizes and the positions on the picture. Change also the color of the copies. The copies’ layers should be situated lower than the DJ’s layers (on the layers’ palette).

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make one more copy of the red patch’s layer from the right bottom corner. Select after that the Free Transform option to place the copy on the left bottom corner.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Select on this stage the Custom Shape Tool (U) to represent several rays of white color, placed lower than the DJ’s layers.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Set the next demonstrated parameters for the layer containing the rays: Fill 33%
Blending mode-Color Dodge

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make a mouse click on Add a Mask option on the same layer from the bottom part of the layer’s palette. Select then the Gradient Tool (G) to dark out the lowest half of the rays.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make another copy of the layer containing the red patch from the right bottom corner of the picture. Select the Free Transform option to place the copy on the left top corner.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Create now a new layer that must be placed upper than the rays’ layer, but lower than the DJ’s layers.
Download out of Internet a set of ready to use brushes for Adobe Photoshop, named: Swirls_And_Flowers_Brushes_PS_by_Coby17.
On the new layer we shall apply the brushes of white color.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Create one more new layer (Create new layer), using on it the Brush Tool (B) out of the above mentioned brushes’ set. The brushes have the white color too.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Choose the same parameters from below for the last made layer: Blending mode-Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Next we should create a loud speaker, choosing the Ellipse Tool (U).

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Blending Options>Stroke

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Using the same instrument, try to make the next layer of the loud speaker.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Next we shall draw the inside element of the same loud speaker, applying the same tool and black color.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

The layer’s parameters: Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Using the Ellipse Tool (U), it’s possible to represent four black rivets on the speaker’s corpse.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Combine in a group all the layers containing the loud speaker (press Ctrl button to mark out the corresponding layers and keep pressed the left mouse’s button while taking the marked layers down on Create a new group selection). Make three copies of the group containing the loud speaker. Using the Fee Transform option, it’s possible to change the copies’ sizes, placing them as it is shown below:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make a copy of the layer containing the red patch situated on the right bottom corner of the picture. Change the layer’s color on white and then choose again the Free Transform option to situate the copy as below:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Set for this layer Fill 70%.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Make three copies of the layer containing the white patch on the left bottom corner. Select the Free Transform option to make some changes on the copies’ sizes, placing them the same way demonstrated next picture:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Create a new layer again on which we shall use the Brush Tool (B) out of the set Swirls_And_Flowers_Brushes_PS_by_Coby17

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

On the last stage we shall represent several shining fires. In this case we have to create a new layer, using on it the standard brush.

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Select the next parameters for the layer containing the fires.
Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Gradient’s parameters:

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

 

An Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

The final result!

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