James White is a visual artist and designer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With 11 years of experience, James has worked on an array of personal art projects, and has worked with clients including Toyota, Nike, Google, VH1, Armada Skis and Wired.

He owns and runs Signalnoise Studio, specializing in all things colourful.

In this tutorial I will walk you through the steps needed to create the cosmic lady opposite, complete with overlay effects, colour treatments and elements that you can easily create in Photoshop. The project is based around a photograph from, which they’ve kindly provided in the tutorial files.

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We will move fast, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with colour and form. Make this image your own by trying out ideas that may occur to you along the way.

This tutorial relies heavily on using overlaid objects in order to change and bring about new colour palettes. We will be making frequent use of the Layers panel and blending modes.

Throw on some music and let’s get rockin’.

Time to complete

2 hours


Photoshop & Illustrator

Project Files

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