[Tutorial] Gears of War 2 Effect (Photoshop)
After seeing Shadow's thread on this i noticed a few people wanted to know how to achieve this in photoshop.
Well heres a quick guide to achieve the same effect, with a little more scope in terms of the contrasts you can achieve depending on the image.
1) Find the image you wish to use.
2) Render the image using your method of choice, for most photoshop users I would recomend the pen tool as it is incredibly flexible and gives the best results 9 times out of 10.
3) Desaturate the image. We wont be using a colour pallete for the image itself so using greyscale allows us better control on the contrast without warping the composition of the image.
And so here is our image all desaturated and ready for the next step... Curves!
4) Before we move on Fill the layer undernieth with white to be able to better see the effects of the curves and remember, we want to see some white bleed in and out of the render for a more seamless final image.
5) Ok on to making our image more defined... How do we do this? With Curves! Now I am aware some of you may have never used curves so I will explain to you there purpose and why I am using them.
Curves allow the user great freedom when determining the contrast of an image. The reason we use curves instead of the usual brightness/contrast filter is that unlike the brightness/contrast filter where you have 2 sliders, curves allow you complete control as to the amounts of black and white saturation as well as the depth of these values and this makes for a more flexible outcome allowing us to pick up on smaller details that would be missed using brightness and contrast.
So... Here we go
Select Image > Adjustments > Curves
You will now see a Dialogue box pop up within this you will see a diagonal line, this is where we define the Shape of the curves this will vary from image to image but i will show and example of the curves used in this tutorial.
In order to make a curve, simply drag the diagonal line to your desired destination. Experiment here untill you are happy with the results.
And so here is the result all white and black. I left a tiny bit of midtone grey behind to soften the effect, as I feel its a better representation and doesnt loose all of the facial detail either.
6) So, Now all thats left is to change the layer blending mode to darken/multiply. Doing this allows only the black or less than white values of the layer to be visable when layered on top of another layer.
7) Once this is done simply add a suitable background and sharpen/soften to taste.
i needed that and i was going to try and figure it out
I feel...bad about mine
Your's kicks mine's ass
Last edited by Shadow the Hedgehog; 05-10-2008 at 04:53 AM.
I did mine a whole different way. But this one looks so much easier.
Originally Posted by Vengeance
I actually did it the same way. Really effective.
Just to note, this skill is also useful when doing graffiti-inspired art.
Sweet, that seems to give a much cleaner edit than the way I was doing it.
My finished product:
where do you get that red paper style
just red sucks
cool effect, but, where is the paper effect pattern from? Just red is stupid.
Last edited by Lestat_the_vampire; 06-21-2008 at 02:37 PM.
Cool, I made this as an example.
here's one I made real quick.
Thanks for the tut, really helped.
Last edited by Techne; 06-22-2008 at 04:32 PM.
This Tut. RULZ! And It works for Gimp!
I made dis
Old fashioned paper mario ftw!
Last edited by StinkyNelkin; 06-23-2008 at 12:01 PM.
an I get an exact on what you had each of those curves set to if you remember?
I made this for an upcoming box. THis is cool.
thanx for the tutorial its really cool heres my example
First box I've made in 2 years, check it out.
found an easier way
just go to adjustments then threshold...
Is this ok?
Thinking of doing Gears of War Box...
wow that was an awsome tutorial, and for the record im not a big obama fan. Just the first image I found.
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