In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an illustration in the style of the movie “Sin City” using a simple photo-editing technique in Photoshop. So let’s get started.
Source materials for the lesson
First, open the ‘Model’ image in Photoshop. Next, with the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection tool), highlight the model image … ..
… and then with the tool Refine edge (Refine Edge), improve the selection border around the model image.
Create two new layers, and then paste the copied image of the model on each layer.
Go to the topmost layer with the model, we use it to create the contour lines of the model.
Discolor model image using correction Brightness / Contrast (Brightness and Contrast).
Next, go Filter – Gallery of filters – Imitation(Filter – Filter Gallery – Artistic), and select the filter Outlined the edges(Poster Edges).
Set the value Edge thickness (Edge Thickness) to maximum, value Intensity (Edge Intensity) 6, and value Posterization (Posterization) 6. Click OK.
Next, go Picture – Correction – Isohelium(Image> Adjustments> Threshold). Set the brightness threshold 1.
Open again Filter Gallery (Filter Gallery), this time select the filter Application (Cutout).
Set the value Number of edges (Number of Levels) 2, value Simplicity edges (Edge Simplicity) 6, and meaning Edge sharpness (Edge Fidelity) 1.
Next, go Image – Correction – Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) and using the tool Pipette (color picker tools), select the areas you would like to make completely white (for example, a shirt), and completely black.
Next, select the eyedropper tool. Sample on the image to determine the white point (white color picker), then, using a pipette, select the image area where you would like this area to become completely white. Further, the author will change the blending mode and the white areas will become transparent.
Change the layer with contour lines to Multiplication (Multiply), so white areas will become transparent.
Go to the second layer with the model. Bleach this layer.
We use this layer to create shadows within the boundaries of the image of the model.
Next, go to Filter Gallery (filter gallery) and select the filter Application (Cutout).
We need the shadows to be as simple as possible, without distorting the model’s facial features, so choose the right balance, as shown in the screenshot below.
As soon as you apply the filter Application (Cutout filter), enhance the contrast of the image so that the model’s shirt becomes completely white.
Next, we need to get rid of all the gray areas, so that our model image becomes completely black and white.
Using tool Fill (paint bucket tool), fill with black all areas with gray shadows on the face, as well as on the shirt model.
Next, with the tool Eraser (eraser), hide the hair on a layer with gray shadows, this will make visible a layer with contour lines, which is located on top of a layer with gray shadows.
Next, with the tool Fill (paint bucket tool), fill all areas with gray shadows on the model’s boots with white.
Strengthen the contrast to 100 to make sure that there is not a gray area left.
So, we have completed the model image correction.
Next, we will work on the background.
Create a new layer, create a selection around the image of the fence. Fill the selected fence image with white.
Below the fence layer, add an adjustment layer. Colour (Color Fill), fill color is black. Or create a new layer and then fill it with black.
To create a glowing cigarette, simply draw a red oval shape.
Open the image with cigarette smoke. Move the smoke image to our working paper. Apply scaling.
Next, go Image – Correction – Isohelium (Image> Adjustments> Threshold) to reduce the smoke to the base shape so that the smoke is visible.
Next, change the blending mode for the smoke layer to Lightening (Screen).
Next, we will create rain using Spray brushes, which you can download from the link at the beginning of this tutorial.
Create a new layer on top of the model layer. Using the Spray brush, paint the effect of rain. Change the blending mode for this layer to Difference (Difference).
We return to the layer with the fence. Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso), create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below, to hide sections of the fence, creating a shadow effect.
Next, with the tool Line (Line Tool), set the line thickness to 4px, draw white lines imitating the wooden boards on which our heroine stands.
Add splashes to the boards, imitating where the raindrops fall.
Download the revolver image from the link at the beginning of this lesson.
Use the same technique that you used when working with the model image. Discolor revolver image, strengthen Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) at about 25.
Using correction Isogelium (Threshold), enhance the contrast to the maximum … ..
… and then apply the filter Application (Cutout filter).
Move the processed revolver image to our working paper. Turn the revolver, and also apply the scaling.
Either you can use an eraser, or a layer mask to hide the portion of the revolver that covers the model’s hand, creating the feeling that the model is holding a revolver.
Create a new layer on top of the layer with a revolver, convert this layer into a blending mask to a layer with a revolver.
While on a new layer, using a small diameter eraser, add a contour around the drum of the revolver, as well as around the trigger, so that the revolver stands out from the black pants of the model.
As well as using a black brush, draw a contour around the handle of the revolver so that the handle stands out against the white shirt of the model.
Finally, add a couple of white rectangles to add text. The font for the text can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of this lesson.
That’s all! Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.