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What you'll need:
  • Textures: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
  • PSD(not necessary, just my end result): click here
  • NOTE: The psd is given as a courtesy. Do not use my psd for anything commercially.Results vary when following the actual tutorial as far as placement goes and the image(s) you use. It does not include sharpeningor pixelating.

  • Credits: Textures: 1,
  • Step 1
    **Before you begin you need to cutout the photos you are wanting to use for this. To keep things uniform in coloring there must be an absence of background.
    Open a new document. Mine is 800x470. If you want to go a little larger go for it. Fill your canvas with this funky green color(#6a6045). Place your cutout in the center or if you have multiple position them how you feel looks best. At the end I will provide examples of both the header I made during the tutorial as well as one made with multiple cutouts.

    *NOTE: the background color I chose was from the photo I'm using so I will not be cutting out this image. Do as I say, not as I do.
    Now with cutouts you might have edges. If you do use your feathered circle eraser to blend them out. Don't go too far in or else you'll erase to much. You just want the edges to fade out.

    Step 2
    Alrighty now make a new layer and fill it with the same color as your background. (#6a6045) Set the blend mode to Color at full opacity. You'll end up with what I have below.
    Step 3
    Take the first texture here and place it over your image. Set the blend mode to saturation at full opacity. This will honestly kill most of the green.
    Make a new layer, fill with black. Set it to saturation at 49% opacity.
    Step 4
    Take the second texture here and place it towards the bottom edge of your cutout(s). Set it to Lighten at 39% opacity.
    Now take this texture here position it however you want really. I like the frame kept center personally. Set it to Lighten at full opacity.
    Step 5
    This next texture I scaled down to fit my image the way I wanted. You can use it at full size if you would like but you'll still need to blend it out into a solid color so paste this overtop your canvas turn the opacity down a bit to position it how you would like over your subject. Now turn the opacity back to 100 and use your brush tool in #999999 in all the spots that 1. surround the edges of your image and 2. overlap the cutout. Try to be careful. You want the texture to still look good overtop. Here's how my texture ended up looking scaled down, positioned, and brushed in.
    If this is just for a sign you can skip brushing out the edges. It's just this is a header tutorial and a solid color background is much easier to make seamless than something heavily patterned. Set your texture layer to overlay at full opacity.
    Step 6
    Take this texture and paste overtop your canvas. Set it to lighten at full opacity and erase any orbs/colors that cross the edges of your canvas.
    Now this one here. Blend mode should be color burn at full opacity. You can place it wherever you think it looks best.
    Step 7
    The next texture you will be using multiple times. Position this flower where you want it, duplicate it, scale down position again. Do this as many times as you want.
    Merge one layer down onto the other. Set the blend mode to lighten at full opacity.
    Notice how some of the flower is obstructing the view of the model's face? If you have the same issue go in and erase with your feathered circle. Do the same thing for any part of the texture where there's a hard edge. I included a screenshot of how mine is erased here (click it Keep in mind hard black edges are fine. They will not show due to the blend mode we're using.
    Step 8
    *NOTE:This following step determines how the coloring on your whole header will look at the end. If you do it at 100% opacity it will be dark blue . If you do it 30% it will be tan. 84% will give you purple.
    Alright carry on my wayward son. Make a new layer, fill it with #111111. Set it to soft light at the opacity you want. At the end i will show examples of all 3. I'm using 84% for the tutorial from here on out.
    Now for the lightbulbs texture. Take this and place it wherever you want. Like we did the flower before you can duplicate and scale it down and use it multiple times. Merge the bulb layers onto one another and set it to Lighten at full opacity. And again like the flowers we did earlier use your eraser to get rid of any odd edges or things that go where you don't want them. I included a screenshot of how mine is erased here (click it
    Step 9
    Last texture I promise. Paste it overtop your canvas. LAST ONE It will not cover the whole canvas. Get your brush tool on feathered circle and using #c4c4c4 fill in all the areas around and get rid of the funky edges. You'll have something like mine when you do.
    Set the layer to color burn at 18% opacity.
    Step 10
    Now we start the coloring. (If you prefer the coloring in any part of this more than my end result, feel free to stop at any time.) Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective coloring. Match your settings to mine below. Be sure to match the color in the drop down to the screenshot you're viewing.
    This will leave you with something similar to mine below.
    Step 11
    Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance. Match yours to mine.
    All this did was mildly saturate things.
    Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer. Match your settings to mine below. Again remember to match the dropdown to the correct color in the screenshot. You made it this far don't screw up now.
    And this is what you'll have.
    Step 12
    Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance. Match yours to mine.
    Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Coloring. I only included the ones that need adjusted so check the drop down for the color.
    This will leave you with:
    Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Coloring.
    Step 13
    Merge all layers. Get your Elipse marquee tool. (hold down your mouse on the rectangle marquee tool and it will pop up) Set feather to 20. Hold down shift and select three or four areas around the header. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic. Set it to 7. Then with the selections still intact go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen.
    Deselect the circles. (CTRL+D or Select > Deselect. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen


    As promised here are the tutorial version of the header divided by the color options as well as another using multiple cutouts vs just one. Click to see full size.