Create in Photoshop poster in disco style

In this tutorial we will create a crazy disco effect using textures, blending modes and a touch of creativity. So let’s get started!

Final result

Used program: Photoshop CS3

Step 1

Open the original image with the face of a man. We will create a disco effect on this image.

Step 2

Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) to make the image more vivid and eye-catching. Set the gradient that is shown in the screenshot below. You can create a new adjustment layer at any time, just go for it. Layer – New adjustment layer -…. (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> …) and select any adjustment layer.

Step 3

Let’s add effects. Open the original Disco Lights image. Select the entire image (Ctrl + A). Now press the keys (Ctrl + C) to copy the selected image. We return to our working paper and press the keys (Ctrl + V) to paste the image with the disco lights.

Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), apply scaling, and position the lights as shown in the screenshot below. To maintain the aspect ratio of the image, hold down the ‘Shift’ key while scaling.

Step 4

Now let’s combine disco lights with our image. There are several ways to combine, but my favorite way is to use blending modes. Change the blending mode for the disco lights layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 5

Open the original image with light effects. Select the entire image (Ctrl + A), and then copy / paste (Ctrl + C) / (Ctrl + V) onto our working paper. Apply scaling as shown in the screenshot below, and then change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge). As you can see, the effect looks good, but it’s too saturated in the center. We will fix this in the next step.

Step 6

To the layer with light effects, add a layer mask, for this we go Layer – Mask Layer – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal all). Choose a tool Brush (brush tool), in the settings of this tool, set a soft round brush. Change the foreground color to black, and then click on the layer mask so that it becomes active. Now just brush over the specified area (lower center of the image) to hide the area where the light effects are too saturated.

By painting with a white brush on a layer mask, we restore the image, and by painting it with a black brush, we hide the image, therefore, painting it with a black brush over the image, we thereby hide this area. The only thing to do is not to forget that the layer mask should be active (just click on the thumbnail of the layer mask that is located to the right of the layer thumbnail in the layers palette) before brushing it up — no need to paint it directly on the image.

Step 7

Open source image with abstract effects. Select the entire image (Ctrl + A), and then copy / paste (Ctrl + C) / (Ctrl + V) onto our working paper. Apply scaling as shown in the screenshot below, and then change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen). Reduce value Fillings (Fill) up to 41% and using a layer mask to hide the abstract effect in the face area.

With this step, we added detail to our scene, making it more interesting.

Step 8

Now let’s improve the light glare on the man’s face. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N), change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Using a standard soft white round brush and opacity (opacity) 30%, paint over bright highlights on the face. If the effect is too saturated, then lower the layer opacity.

Step 9

Create a new layer, load brushes. Light effects, for this, double click on the file .abr. Select the Morning Dawn brush from the downloaded brush set (F5), reduce Opacity (opacity) brush up to 30%.

Change the blending mode for the layer Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Select a color swatch from the image area (hold down the t Alt ’key and click on the color tone you like to select it as the brush color). Paint over the light effects throughout the scene, changing the color of the brush 2 or 3 times.

Step 10

Let’s combine and enhance colors with a texture. Open the original paper texture, copy / paste this texture onto our working paper. Change the blending mode for the paper texture layer to Darkening basics (Color burn) and then decrease the value Fillings (Fill) up to 21%. The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 11

Now let’s apply the main effect to our image – the effect of linear blur. Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E), and then apply a filter to the merged layer Radial blur (Radial Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 12

To the layer with the effect of linear blur, add a layer mask and using a soft round black brush and opacity (opacity) 100%, paint over the man’s face (remember to switch to the layer mask before brushing) to hide the effect in this area.

Step 13

Add adjustment layer Black and white (BlackWhite). Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Set the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below. Thus, we slightly darken the scene, and also add contrast.

Step 14

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), drag the lower right slider with a left arrow to increase the brightness.

Step 15

Next, add an adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter) to add warm tones to the image, as well as enhance the color shades. Set the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 16

Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E). Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 45.6 px. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) to give the image a dreamy look and slightly enhance the contrast.

Step 17

Now let’s add some sharpness to the image. Apply filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask), for this we go Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). Set the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 18

Now to the layer with the effect of sharpness, add a layer mask and using a black brush with 100% opacity, paint over the edges of the image, keeping the effect of sharpness only in the center of the image.

Step 19

Choose a brush Star (Spark) from a set of brushes Light effects (F5). Create a new layer, draw white stars around the man’s face.

Step 20

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Reduce value Fillings (fill) up to 76%, and then take a sample of any color shade from the part of the scene that you like (hold down the ‘alt’ key and click on the image to select a color shade sample for the brush). Paint over the sections of the image where you think it is necessary (reveal the artist in yourself). Select different color shades to get the effect you like.

Step 21

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Select a bright green sample from the image. Using a soft round brush, try to draw the rays emanating from the face of a man. To create this effect, I used two layers with different color shades, but you can use as many color shades as you like.

And that is all! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!

The final result:

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