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This Photoshop Tutorial is about creating a skateboarding freestyle feel wallpaper using some shapes, stock images and a few filters. Basic Image Extraction is the only required knowledge here and at the end of the tutorial, with your creativity it will give you an idea how to use some photoshop tools such as Free Transform Tool, Pen Tool, Move Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, Brush Tool, and Rectangle Tool to design your own Skateboarding Wallpaper with a nice Freestyle touches that uses several cool Photoshop Brushes, nice Font and an awesome Free Texture.

By Supercolor, on October 16, 2010, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

This Photoshop Tutorial is about creating a skateboarding freestyle feel wallpaper using some shapes, stock images and a few filters.

Basic Image Extraction is the only required knowledge here and at the end of the tutorial, with your creativity it will give you an idea how to use some photoshop tools such as Free Transform Tool, Pen Tool, Move Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, Brush Tool, and Rectangle Tool to design your own Skateboarding Wallpaper with a nice Freestyle touches that uses several cool Photoshop Brushes, nice Font and an awesome Free Texture.

  • Resources needed:
  • mj02 Texture Pack by masterjinn LINK
  • DC Skateboarders - Cool I by morganglines LINK
  • Splat Brushes on deviantARt LINK

Final Result Preview

 
 

Step 1: THE New Document

 

Let's Start by opening photoshop and create a new document, I choose 1280x1024px with a white background.

 
 

Step 2: Background Texture

 

In this step we'll use a texture made by Masterjinn, download the texture pack then open the first texture in the folder and drag into your document. To resize or rotate it use the Free Transform Tool (Ctrl+T). Rename the layer Texture.

 
 
 

Step 3: Skateboarder Stock Image

 

Next I used a skateboarder stock image from morganglines flickr gallery, download the photo and open it in photoshop. Next we'll cut out the skater from the background of the photo, I used the Pen Tool but you can use the cut out technique you prefer. When you've cut out the skater drag it into your original document and place it in the centre. Rename the layer Skater 1.1 and place it in a new group called Skater.

 
 
 

Duplicate the skater layer Skater 1.1 and rename the new one Skater 1.2, next desaturate the image by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U then Ctrl+Shift+F, enter 50% for the value.

 
 
 
 

Step 4: Purple Highlight on Skater

 

Create a new layer, rename it Skater 1.3, then make a selection of the original skater, select the Skater 1.1 layer then Ctrl+Click on the small thumbnail in the layer box, you should have a selection of the skater, select the Skater 1.3 layer and fill the selection with a purple tone, I used #b855a9.

 

Apply a Gaussian Blur filter on the layer, Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur with about 40px for the value, then add layer mask on the layer, make the same selection we did previously on the original skater layer and create a layer mask, Layer - Layer Mask - Reveal Selection. To finish place this layer in a new group and change the group blending mode to Color.

 
 
 
 
 

Step 5: Skater Stroke

 

In this step we're going to create two sorts of strokes behind the skater one blurred and the other one plain. Start by creating a new layer, make a selection of the original skater layer like we did in Step 4 and fill the selection on the new layer with white, place this layer behind the Skater 1.1 layer, rename the layer Skater 2.1, select the Move Tool (V) and move the white skater stroke a little bit on the right.

 
 

Next create a new layer place it under the Skater 2.1 layer, rename the layer Skater 2.2, make the same selection than previously, fill it with a blue tone, I used #41cecb then apply a Gaussian Blur Filter, Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, with about 2px for the radius, select the Move Tool (V) and move the blurred stroke on the left.