Photoshop tutorial: Stylise photos using colourful shapes

Step 8 Now we’re going to add a ‘shattered’ effect to our image with the Polygonal Lasso tool (L). Select small areas of the image, press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + C to copy a merged version of all the layers below your selection, and then paste it to a new layer. Move this layer around and repeat this step as often as you like.

Step 9 Finish off by adjusting the colours and adding a few Pencil tool strokes to harden up the overall look. You could achieve a similar effect quickly with Filter > Stylize > Find Edges, but this can give patchy results. As luck would have it, it works rather well with this image as the pattern of shadows and colours chosen is easy for the filter to trace.

Mart Biemans

Who: Mart Biemans is a digital artist, illustrator and graphic designer from the Netherlands. Almost everything this young creative (he’s 18) has learned he taught himself. What started out as a fun pursuit at the age of 14 has become a very important part of his daily life.
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS or higher
Time to complete: 6 hours

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