Welcome to my disintegration techniques tutorial. I have packed quite a few different techniques into this tutorial that will help intermediate and even some basic users of Photoshop to create this really cool effect. I have used the disintegration technique in tons of different projects from film posters to ads for cars and food. It's just a fun way to give your client something extra to look at with a little bit of that wow factor.
In this class we'll take a look at the following:
So if you're ready to get started, I have tried to price this course so that everyone has the opportunity to join in. Adding this sort of effect to your Photoshop arsenal of talents will very quickly put you in at another level.
Jason Buff - Instructor
In order for this effect to work, we first need to cut out the head we are working with. No problem, this will only take a few minutes.
In order to create our particles, we need to create a layer with the color of the side of the model's face. Later we will be adding a layer mask so that we only see the particles. The best way to stretch the model's face over is to use the liquify tool.
The key to everything is going to be the disintegration brush that we use. So I'll show you where to find them and how to get started.
Some people prefer to color correct and play with the overall contrast and tone of the image at the very end. But I like to eat my desert first. So Here are the techniques I used to make the image pop a bit more.
After messing around with the colors and contrast, we can see the eyes really get lost. So let's take a moment to bring they back up. After all, the eyes are the key to really connecting emotionally with the model.
There's still something missing here. So I'm going to add a bit cracked mud overlay to the model's face. I'll show you an advanced technique for making the cracks look like they're part of the skin.
That's about it. I hope you enjoyed this quick class. Now go out and make this effect yourself and let me know if you had any problems!
I am the owner of JABU Studio and have been a freelance graphic designer for almost 20 years. My design work has won various awards including a Webby and I currently make a living working for large graphic design firms as well as working directly with clients. I have also been featured in a number of design magazines.
I am also the founder of the Indie Film Academy, an online resource for filmmakers including the Indie Film Academy Podcast available on iTunes.