From Photo to Graphic Art By Lesa Snider

2 hr 26 min

Lesa will show you how to quickly and easily turn ordinary photos into unique pieces of graphic art.

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From Photo to Graphic Art
Accentuate your focal point by draining color from an image and bringing it back in one area.
Using a gradient mask to fade an image from grayscale to color.
How to add color where there was none.
Add a non-destructive color tint and finish it off with an Olan Mills style dark-edged vignette.
Using the lens blur filter to produce a selective focus effect similar to that of a tilt lens.
How to turn a photo into a beautiful pencil sketch; also great for saving sub-par images!
Give your image depth by adding a reflection beneath it.
How to make a non-destructive, creative, resizable photo frame by placing an illustration as a smart object.
Using filters and brushes to make interesting photo edges, plus how to paste stock art into a layer mask.
How to easily pop a photo into a real-world, digital picture frame, tilting it, adding a drop shadow and a new background.
Fading an image into another. The world's easiest non-destructive collage technique using a gradient mask.
Background Swaps - Using blending modes to zap white backgrounds.
Grunge Collage - Creating a multi-layered collage with nary a selection, just blending modes!
Mapping an image to the contours of another and creating a digital body using a displacement map.
Using the Quick Selection tool and a layer mask to turn loved ones into statues.
Che Guevara effect - Recreating the famous revolutionary's high-contrast face on a red background.
Just like the pop artist. Let's learn how to create this effect.
Painting color blocks onto a high-contrast face, and setting up a document for a 3 x 3 poster.
Setting up a spatter brush to use with a layer mask.
Antiquing, streaking, and adding blotches to photos to take them back in time.
Selecting and accentuating eyes the non-destructive way.
From Photo to Graphic Art
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Lesa Snider


Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She’s the author of several books including the best-selling series, Photoshop: The Missing Manual, iPhoto: The Missing Manual (, and The Skinny Book series of eBooks ( Lesa has a...

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  1. Profile photo of ldmattephotos ldmattephotos

    Lesson 10 seems to be going out on the filtered edge example right as Lesa says add layer mask and skipping to Lesson 11 at this point. It seems to me much is missing on lesson 10. Love Lesa’s style of teaching but would really like to see the complete Lesson 10. Thanks!

  2. Profile photo of Ulana Ulana

    This is most useful photoshop course that you have. Its clear and step by step. The instructor is one of the best in explaining each step and the logic behind it. I would like to purchase this one for future reference. You should allow a couple of free downloads for each annual subscription.

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