DIGITALLY COLLAGE A CAMOUFLAGE
Compiled by <<coldbing>>
This tutorial demonstrates how to control the placement of patterns to blend an image into the
background, as camouflage. It also shows how to make that same pattern pop out and mold into
realistic texture in other areas of the design. Let's take a look at a workflow to achieve this
Recently, I wrote an article on Repeating Shapes and Patterns. This article shows some uses of
patterns in design and illustration. The section on Camouflage Techniques discusses the
blending of the foreground and the background of an image by using patterns. The article also
shows some artwork that influenced this design.
This tutorial uses vector masks and the Burn Tool to achieve many of the effects presented. If
you're not familiar with these tools, you will be by the end of this tutorial. It shouldn't take you
much longer than an hour to complete, even if you're a novice. Let's get to it!
Download the two photos we'll be using for this tutorial: model and torn paper. I downloaded
the medium size. Now create a document 1132px by 1696px (these are the same dimensions as
our model pic).
Place our texture background in the back and turn its visibility off for now. Also, place a copy of
our model photo behind and hide it as well, as we will be using a destructive editing technique,
so it's good to keep a copy. We're going to use techniques found in this video to extract the
model from the background.
Select the "model layer" in the Layers palette. Then go to Filter > Extract. Grab the Highlighter
Tool and outline the hair with an 80px Brush Size. Outline the rest of the model with a 10px
Brush Size, zoom in when necessary. Then grab the Fill tool and Click inside the image. Then hit
OK. The result is the last in the series below.
Tip: We use the Extract Filter because it gives us professional results quickly. After applying