Intro

In this tutorial we will be taking a look at masking and how you can give your work a sense of depth using this technique, as well as layering textures and elements to help lift your piece – in this case using paper to create rock and mountain-like elements.

This tutorial is an example of how a few simple techniques can be used to create more elaborate illustrations using multiple layers, masking, the Pen tool, some basic lighting and one simple texture. Using the processes here, you will be able to apply the same techniques to your work, hopefully giving you the confidence to use masks and create your own textures to give greater scope to your work.

For this masterclass you’ll need a headshot of a model. Max Spencer has used a shot by Pasi Lehtinen (designsapiens.com). You’ll also need access to a digital camera and some paper, though we’ve included Max’s photos of scrunched-up tissue paper in our project files.

Time to Complete

2 hours

Software

Adobe Photoshop

Project Files

(it’s free!)