Creating a DJ Rock Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

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I wanted to introduce a very unique command in Photoshop. It is called Displace. This is a creative method of adding a motion type effect but in a completely different way.

To show this command in a proper manner I have created a photo-manipulation of DJ. There are many other effects also used here, for example you’ll learn how to add a tattoo, you’ll also learn how to glowing lights.

I’ll try to make a resource post for Displace Maps on this Thursday, but it’s not a promise as this  is a very rare resource.

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Placing the Images

We open the initial Image in Photoshop.

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Add the DJ and remove it’s background using simple Marquee Tools.

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After placing the DJ over the background.

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Please study this screenshot deeply. You can see three brush strokes of a 400px soft brush applied on a layer above the previous two layers. After all this we change the layer mode to Overlay.

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Displace Command

This image (displacement map) is stored on your computer. That’s it. You’re not placing it in the file.

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Click on the Filter menu>Distort>Displace When you click on Displace Open File dialogue box will open. Select the Displace Map file and click Open. When It opens, this is the result we’ll get. You should try the same effect on other images to understand this tool’s usage.

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To add a little foggy misty effect around the corners, I’m adding a Clouds filter. After that selected Eraser tool and removed the edges of the clouds.

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Light Glow

Displacement is done, now we are adding a glowing light. For that we’ll add a curve using Pen Tool. If you have been following my tutorials you should have a good command on Pen Tool by now. After creating the path, we’ll stroke this path with hard 3px brush.

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Now we’ll add an Inner Glow and Outer Glow. You can see the values in the picture.

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We added two copies of the same path stroke to add a little glow.

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Tattoo

I just grabbed a tattoo like image over the DJ’s face and converted the layer blend mode to Overlay.

Tip

After adding the tattoo the eyes are looking dull. Did you notice that??? You should!! and always make these refinements such as  sharpening the eye-balls.

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Eye Enhancement

Add a marquee circle around the eye-ball in a new layer and fill it with white color. And as usual, we’ll change the blend mode to overlay. (I love overlay)

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Final Result

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