Step 14 Next, let’s create some noise. Create a new layer at top of the layer stack and fill it with white. Click Select > Filter > Add Noise. I’ve added 5% monochromatic Noise on with the distribution set to Gaussian. Select OK, change the Noise layer’s blending mode to Multiply, and set the opacity to 60%. Lock this layer as it’s at the very top and if left unlocked, auto-select will keep choosing it.

Step 15 Let’s add a vignette. Reset your foreground and background colours to default (D). Click the Gradient tool (G) and set it to Radial. Set the white stop to 80% and the black stop to 100%. Set the white’s opacity to 0% and black to 100%. 

On a new layer create the gradient by clicking and dragging from the centre to the top edge of the canvas. Set the layer’s blending mode to Vivid Light. Lock this layer too.

Step 16 Finally, add an adjustment layer to tighten up the overall look of the illustration. Select Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer (it’s at the bottom of the Layers palette). You can add multiple adjustment layers if you feel you need them. Here, I’ve added a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, boosting the Brightness by 5 and Contrast by 25. 

To further integrate the model with the background, add a shadow behind her. We’ve positioned this to match the studio lighting of the model shot.

About this tutorial

About the author: Based in Sydney, Australia, Karan Singh has travelled extensively, working with everyone from small boutique studios to large international agencies and brands. A member of the international art collective Depthcore and the Keystone Design Union, he’s constantly evolving his work believing that there is no style like freestyle.

His website is online at

Time to complete: 4 hours

Software used: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop

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