Set the layer fill to 0% and open the Layer Style dialog. In the Outer Glow menu, set the blending mode to Screen, the opacity to 75%, the colour to solid, the technique to Softer, the size to 16 pixels, and the range to 50%. The colour should be #c6faff. Set the Inner Glow palette’s settings as shown immediately above, in #fefecc.
Create a new layer and use the Matraken Nebula brushes to add some stars and fog around the character and the top. Add the layer styles shown in these screengrabs (drop shadow #ff570d, outer glow #fffecc).
Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color. Add some red and blue around the character’s head and the top lightning with a round brush. In a new layer, set the blending mode to Soft Light, and paint a little around the top right corner with black. Create another layer and do the same, this time adding more black around all the corners and some around the character.
Create a new layer and fill it with black. Add some noise (Filter > Noise > Add Noise) and set its opacity to 40%, then erase small areas around the character and the top and bottom lightning. Now go to File and save your image as a JPEG document.
Now open the JPEG file you created and download the free Actions set 50 Photoshop Postwork Actions by Manicho from bit.ly/6700w9. Experiment with these to get different colour results: when you’ve found one you like, you’ve finished.
Who: Designer and art director Ricardo Ajcivinac works at TBWA Guatemala. He combines Adobe Photoshop with traditional illustration and graffiti principles to create pieces that jump off the screen. Ricardo is also a graffiti writer and has a blog that he uses to showcase street art from all around the world.
Software: Adobe Photoshop
On the CD or download: Files for this tutorial can be found on the cover CD or downloaded here
Time to complete: 2 - 3 hours