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How to do this background effect?

I seriously have tried to do this but...Uhm...I suck apparently.

I wanna do this in icons aswell but I have no idea how to do it. Do I cut the people I want and add it to a gradient background? Meep. Help!


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Aug. 10th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
A lot of people cut out whatever they want, and then put it on a background, but I always use masks. Either way works. :)

If you want I can make a tutorial for you.

Edited at 2011-08-10 08:32 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Masks are my best friend on PS now, I always use them if i can't extract correctly.
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
I know, it seems bizarre to me that anyone would do it any other way. Then again, I've never tried another tool-I don't know how to use any other tool. I tried with masks and they worked so well for me that I just stuck to that. :P
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to butt in a conversation, but if you would be willing to make the tutorial using masks that would be awesome!

I can do a little with masks, but would love to learn to do this particular kind of graphic using masks. Cutting them out isn't my forte and I hate doing it.
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no problem, I'm working on one now! I know that you can use masks for other things, but I only know how to use them for this sort of effect, if that's okay.
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
That's perfect. Thank you so much for doing one!
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)

no problem! if you've got any more questions, feel free to ask and i'll help to the best of my ability! :)

Edited at 2011-08-10 10:42 pm (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Trying it out now. ;)
Aug. 10th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
it's easy :)
the way i do it is i open a new document and put a picture that i wanna use the grab a little bit of the top (or sides) of the picture and then press crtl + t and then stretch it out then crop.


hope that helped!
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
o_O WOAH! I've never seen it done like that! WOW! Thanks so much I'll try this too! XD

*Hugs u*
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how to do this too :)
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
I explained how to do it above (you can cut out the image and paste it on a bg, or use a mask ) but if you don't know how to use either of those tools I can make a tutorial for you. :)
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
I've tried with cutting before and it comes out looking shitty. How do you do it with Masks?
Aug. 10th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've only tried once or twice, and I can never get an exact cut b/c my hands are so shaky. Which should mean I definitely shouldn't be able to do it with masks, but somehow it works for me. I'll make a quick tutorial - I don't know that I'd be able to explain it properly without images. :P
Aug. 11th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
dfhewdhfbhesdbfhsb! OMG! YESSS! Thank you so much! This helps A LOT! YEEE!

*Hugs u tight*
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
thanks :)
Aug. 28th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Well you could use the Single Row Marquee (Selection) Tool, click the last bits on the top, and then Define Pattern. And then fill the negative space above your subject or wherever with that pattern and then gaussian blur it (big amounts to get a smooth and gradient-like feel, I guess).
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