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as requested, here’s a tutorial for this sort of cutout graphic.
a like/reblog would be appreciated if you found this useful!
first, open up the caps you want to use. Choosing good caps is pretty important! here’s the two i used:
now we want to cut out the people. (sorry bones, but you’ll have to go). using the magnetic lasso tool, zoom in on the picture and start tracing around the edge. make sure you click at corners and any points where the line doesn’t seem to want to stick, so you don’t miss out anything.
now that you’ve got a selection, drag it over to a new canvas, 500px in width and about 500-600px in height. do the same with any other caps, and then use control/command+T to resize them into a nice size. use a hard eraser tool to smooth out any really jagged edges which might have been left over.
next, colour the cutout caps with a simple curves layer, and make sure you set it as a clipping mask.
i also then put a simple black and white gradient map on tos!jim. clipping masks are your friend.
for the coloured edge effect on the cutout, select the cutout and its mask, and duplicate them. you’ll now have two sets of the same thing. then, choosing the one underneath, move it slightly upwards and to the right. create a new layer - still as a clipping mask - and fill it with a solid colour. I chose red because it’s on his uniform, so it’ll add some consistency to the whole graphic.
now that’s done, we can move on to textures! all credit for these textures goes to their makers. i’m really sorry that i’m not sure who they are because i’ve just got them all saved in one big folder omg
specifically, i’m looking here for a texture that will cover up the straight line at the bottom of the cutout pictures.
this has a nice brush/paint look to it. the bit i want is in white, so screen mode should work the best, but always play around with different blending modes until you get a nice one. I flipped it upside down and cut away most of it to get the part i wanted.
putting a curves layer on top of textures is great, because you can make the grey bits a lot darker so they don’t show up, and you only get the white.
as you can see i used the texture twice, cutting out different bits each time and then putting them together so all the edges look nice. they’re both still on screen mode. it requires a bit of fiddling, but it doesn’t have to look perfect because there’ll be more on top of it.
it’s still looking a bit bare, so we want another texture to put over the whole thing:
i put it on twice, and i think i flipped it upside down the second time. another neat trick is to go to image - adjustments - invert, which inverts the colours on the texture so it looks different!
again, i used screen mode because that always tends to work the best with black and white ones.
the text is always the most irritating part because it never seems to look right. having a lot of fonts downloaded does help! i like this justified look for the text, which i did by physically adding spaces between letters and also messing around with text spacing settings.