How to Create a Stylized Portrait Look From Newspapers

On this video tutorial Aaron Nace from Phlearn shows how to create a portrait composite from newspapers.

This video is more fun and artistic but it can help you get some basic skills that can assist you with retouches in the future. We start with the filter gallery which is full of great ways to add style to your images. In this case we will use the “Cutout” filter to make the image look like an illustration. next Nace  turn that illustration into a series of selections using the magic wand tool (make sure the “Contiguous” option is not checked).

After each selection is made, we load that selection as a layer mask on a new group and place a texture in each group, restricting their visibility to the layer mask selection. We then use levels to adjust the brightness of your texture (newspaper) layers.

We have been looking at compositing a few times in the past here on LensVid including on “Compositing in Photoshop: an In-Depth Look” by photographer Gavin Hoey and “Behind the Scenes Compositing: A Dark Force” as well as “How to Composite Photos in Photoshop” by Nace himself.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section (and you can find a lot more Phlearn videos on our special Phlearn subsection).

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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