|Why hello there by good sir or madam! May I inquire as to how you create such delightful imagery for my dashboard? :3|
Oh you bet!
If you’rereading this on my blog, chances are your eyes already hurt because my theme wasn’t made for text. Selecting the text you are reading will reduce eye strain!!!!
The program I use is Adobe Photoshop CS6. I was led to believe this method does not work in lesser versions, but I could be wrong. I will assume you know the basics of Photoshop selection.
First thing you need to do is get a good quality screenshot. The better quality, the easier it will be.
Donnie is going to help us this time :3
Open it in photoshop and make sure you have a black background layer behind it.
Duplicate the main image and hide the original. Always keep a layer with a copy of the original in case you screw up. I’ll tell you right now, DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING! We do not use the eraser tool at all to do this!
We’ll start by using the quick selection tool. This tool works by selecting based on color, contrast, and a bunch of other random factors I don’t even know. We’ll use this to get a rough selection of Donnie. There are options for the tool in the top bar, be sure to utilize them.
It’s difficult to get a perfect selection with this tool, but do your best. As you can see in my example below, some of the carpet got selected, and I couldn’t deselect it easily so I left it. Of course this will be fixed in future steps.
Now we want to save our selection, which is super important so if you mess up you do not have to reselect anything. Saved selections go in the channels menu, which is beside your layers. Control+clicking the “alpha” layer will give you back your selection if you lose it.
Now we’re going to refine our selection using quick mask. That is the icon on the toolbar, just below the color boxes. It looks like a flag kind of.
OMFG don’t panic! By default Photoshop has this in red. It can be changed by double clicking the icon. I like to use pink and orange depending on the edit.
Anything that is colored is NOT selected. If you look at your color bar, you can use black, white, or grey. We’ll stick to black and white for now. If you use black, the area will become deselected, and opposite for white.
This means you can use the brush tool to refine your selection. I think I heard a tablet user squee in the back. It is easier with a tablet, but when I do it at school I use a mouse, and I can do it quite comfortably, so can you!
Use the brush tool to fix up the selection. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but do your absolute best to get it close, it’ll make it easier later. I use a round, hard brush.
Much better, but you’ll see pretty quick it isn’t perfect. Click the quick mask icon again to return everything to normal and make the selection. Immediately save your selection.
In the selection menu there is an option called “refine edge”, go there!
omg, all my flaws are visible. You can adjust them slightly by using the “smooth” and “shift edge” sliders in small amounts, no more than 10 (or less than -10) on either. I’m serious, do NOT go more than 10, no matter how good it looks. You will get the chance to fix your flaws later.
Hit ok and then save your new selection when you are done adjusting.
You are now done making your selections, time to make the mask! This can be done by hitting the “mask” icon at the bottom of the layers menu. Looks like the quick mask icon, only with a solid circle.
Woah, everything that wasn’t selected turned black! Make sure you’ve selected the mask and get ready to touch everything up. If the black background doesn’t work for you, change the black layer to another color. Typically throughout editing you should use black, white, and several other vivid and dull colors in order to check for errors.
Now just like in the quick mask menu, black covers and white shows. Start very carefully cleaning everything up.
Alright, looking good. Save your PSD if you haven’t and then we’re going to get this ready to post. Hide your background layer and crop the image. I save as a .PNG.
Now you can post for all to see! YAY!
I went back and read the tags on some of the reblogs and omfg you guys are silly. Poor Raph.