Life & Style tutorial: Unlock your freestyle creativity using Photoshop and Illustrator

05. Open up your texture (or use the one I created, from the cover CD) and set it to 800-x-1200 at 300dpi. Use the Move tool to position it on your working document. The texture is key to this piece; set the blending mode to Lighten and leave at 100% opacity.

06. Before we apply any filters, we’ll need to remove some of the texture layer from the focal points of the model’s face. Use the Eraser tool at 75-85% opacity to slowly erase around the eyes, lips and nostril. Do as little or as much erasing as you like.

07. Now let’s apply some basic effects. Select Filter > Distort > Diffuse Glow, setting the glow to between 3 and 5 and the clear amount to around 19. Flatten the layers and save your document, then hit Cmd/Ctrl + A to select the whole image and copy and paste it onto a blank 800-x-1,200 document at 300dpi in Illustrator.

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