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.

Creating vibrant, eye-catching images like this one needn’t be a complex or time-consuming affair. In this tutorial, James White shows how to add a bold, pop culture retro flair to a striking model shot kindly provided by

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You’ll learn to hone your skills with the Layers panel and useful tips in applying masking, Blending Modes and Hue/Saturation. You’ll also learn how layers react with one another when overlayed in certain ways, and how selective colour can be added to enhance the overall design.

Don’t be afraid to leave yourself open to experimentation. Try different things as you go along to see what results you may come up with.

Time to complete 

3 hours


Adobe Photoshop

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