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kristinleigh

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Hello everyone,

I need to edit my company's employee headshots for our wall and for months I have been playing around in photoshop with filters trying to match it up but I cannot figure it out for the life of me. Headshot one is what it is supposed to be. ANY help would save me so much time and frustration.

Thanks y'all



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JeffK

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As an example - playing with posterization:

Headshot_Two edited.jpg

My workflow:

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Method below - skip the Illustrator instructions. Cut out your subject from the background before you start and convert to b/w at the end;

 
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Rich54

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The main effect comes from the Poster Edges filter.
  • If you look at my layers palette below, I first used a Levels adjustment on your photo to boost the contrast. You can see the settings where the red arrow is pointing.
  • Then applied a Black & White adjustment layer above that.
  • As the top layer, I used Stamp Visible (Shft+Ctrl+Alt+E) to create a new image of you. Then I applied the Poster Edges filter to it (Edge Thickness = 0, Edge Intensity = 0, Posterization = 2).
  • Before applying the posterize filter, convert the top layer to a smart object. That allows you to go back and play with the filter settings later.


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JeffK

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One more as easy as can be made:

Open your image, right click, and convert to a smart object:

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Now go to bottom of layers panel, click on that half moon round icon and choose Black and White:

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Now, with the image layer active, go to top menu bar and click on *Image - Adjustments - Posterize.
That will open a Posterize dialog box with a slider. Make sure Preview box is checked. Here I set it to 5:
(*corrected from previous post)

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The higher the number, the more grays are added. You can play with the number or slider and with Preview box checked, you can see what the image looks like
before you click ok.

After you click OK, and you don't like it, you can click on the Posterize smart filter icon in the layers panel that will reopen the Posterize dialog box so you can adjust if you want.

This is think better than first offer I made. Never rush to judgement I always say...and generally ignore... :cheesygrin:
 
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