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Special Illustrative Effects

Go Beyond One-Step Filters for Stunning Results

The project shows how to create 2 special "looks" for an image that simulate a classic illustrative effect. The 1st tutorial shows how to create a film processing effect while maintaining maximum flexibility and control. The project continues with a contrast and "film grain" effect and finally arrives at a unique photo-drawing effect. Along the way you learn how to use:

  • Reverse Curve adjustment layer,
  • Layers and Layer Masks,
  • Difference layer blend mode,
  • Advanced Blending Options,
  • Noise & Gaussian Blur filters,
  • Motion Blur & Unsharp Mask filters.

The 2nd tutorial re-creates a traditional 1960's poster effect. Then, a unique psychedelic effect is added. Along the way, you will learn how to use:

  • Threshold adjustment layer
  • layers & layer masks
  • Advanced Blending Options,
  • Smart Objects
  • Gaussian Blur & Find Edges filters
  • Gradient Maps
  • Difference layer blend mode.

The original photos, as well as, the finished Photoshop documents with all the layers are included with the work files.


Your Instructor


Lee Varis
Lee Varis

Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 35 years. He started working with computer imaging about 23 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.

Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the "Silence of the Lambs" movie poster! His creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines as well as trade journals like PDN, New Media, Micro Publishing News, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging. Most of Lee’s work starts off as photography that is manipulated in the computer using a wide variety of imaging software. Images are often re-combined with digital painting and effects or with additional photo elements to create digital images that transcend the original source materials.

Clients, art directors and fellow artists look for inspiration at Lee’s web site:

http://www.varis.com

There he displays recent imaging work and updates on his numerous classes and workshops, as well as links to his blog and book websites. You can learn more about Lee's extensive career as an imaging artist from his presentation at Adobe:

Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He did two series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with APA, PPA, ASMP, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a touring Creative Production Photoshop roadshow with Mogomedia. You can purchase a video download of a 3-day workshop he conducted at creativeLIVE here:

http://varis.me/Nobunl

Lee’s first book was "Digital Photography for Creative Professionals" with Rockport Publishers 2003. This is an examination of professional applications of digital photography for commercial graphic artists and art directors concentrating on workflow issues and creative solutions for graphics workgroups. His best know book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010. This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer. His latest book is "Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers, Cengage, 2010—an detailed examination of calibrating and shooting for ideal quality in digital captures. He has written numerous articles for Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro.


Course Curriculum



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