Eventually the piece is covered. Now for the simple step that will transform it completely. Go to your ‘B&W Skull’ layer, set its opacity to 100% and bring it to the top of your layer stack, either by dragging it or by selecting the layer and hitting Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + ]. Now change the blending mode to Multiply.
Once the image is multiplied over the top, it may require some additional tweaking. Play with the levels (Cmd/Ctrl + L) to get more contrast; you may also decide to add some extra black by simply painting straight onto a new layer above the multiplied piece.
Who: Under the pseudonym ‘There Is’, Sean Freeman is constantly seeking new and interesting ways of treating and creating images, as well as type. He has explored materials ranging from flour, milk, and hair gel, to ink in water and his tongue. His work has appeared in various books and magazines and has led to commissions from The New York Times, Esquire and VH1, as well as featuring in Digital Arts’ selection of the UK’s hottest new illustration talent.
Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator and JQuery Library
Time to complete: 30-60 minutes