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How I Made: Fractured 02

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How I Made, by Mark White
July 5, 2016

Discover how Pete Harrison created this beautiful painted photomanipulation


1. Setting up


I started off with the base photo I would work from. I wanted to create a piece from the side view as opposed to straight on. My image was black and white originally but I added my own colour later.

2. Masking the model


I began by cutting out the model with the Pen tool so she was on her own layer. Next, I added a coloured background and masked out the areas that I wanted to add effects to. The coloured background let me clearly see which parts I had masked.

3. Emphasising the fracture


Once this was done, I duplicated the model layer and applied a Hide all layer mask to it. Next, I hand painted areas on the mask that I wanted to keep to further emphasise how her skin was going to be fractured.

4. Splatter effects


I converted the background back to black and white and applied a layer mask, then added some gradients to the background and added noise to those. I followed this by adding some paint splatter effects to the image, erasing areas I didn’t need.

5. Fracturing the model


I added some effects underneath the model layer, so it looked like the inside of the subject’s body was being fractured and torn apart in some areas. I also worked more on the head and got some of the main background structures down on the model.

6. Adding particle effects


The next step was to blend the paint splatters into the skin, add noise and texture so they looked more like skin, and add some dust particles falling off from the model. I then painted in some fake hair around the head where it had fractured.

7. Finishing touches


I added the coloured background and some minimal lighting effects. Here i also checked if i could add any more to the model. i then made any finishing touches before i applied the colour.

8. Final gradients


To create the finished piece, I applied several gradient maps and large colour spots behind the subject, making sure all the gradients were smooth and then finally cropped the image.