12. You can now add extra textures to the background – to download the one I’ve used here, go to http://tinyurl.com/yufz2v. To use this texture, open the file, place it in the document above the others, then select Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Change the blend mode to Hard Light.

13. With the Eraser tool (E), delete some areas that were on top of the spy photo. Then if you want to, you can add more elements, such as text. The idea for this tutorial was to transform a regular photo to a composition combining vector-style images and elements that appear to be hand-drawn. It’s a very simple process and it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to create that, but it’s a nice trick to have in your arsenal.

Who: Based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fabio Sasso is a graphic and web designer. As well as running Zee, a small web-design studio, Sasso has a creative arts blog, Abduzeedo, which he uses for tutorials, experiments, and articles about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other creative applications.
Contact: abduzeedo.com
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time to complete: 20 minutes