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Make an Amazing Portrait Effect in Photoshop

Make a cool colorful portrait effect in Photoshop using nebula stock images and adjustment layers. This effect can be applied to any portrait so you can use your own images. Enjoy

Final result

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Portrait stock image by: Rick Berk -

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About Andrei Oprinca

Yep that's me :) I like Photoshop and Spotify 2 years ago I said to myself I will fill this with some useful info about me but I never had the chance to do it XDDD
  • Jamie

    The link to the Nebula’s don’t work. I would really like to try this…

  • Julieta

    Hi Andrei,

    Your work is awesome! There is no doubt you are very talented man. :) I am working on this tutorial but I am having some issues in the minute 11:35 of the tutorial. When I tried to apply the Gradient Map, there is just a small change on the hair’s line only. It seems that it should turn out like the photo has been inverse but I am not able to do so. What am I doing wrong? :)

    Thank you for your time!

    • Julieta

      Never mind! I fixed it! Soooo happy! :)

  • Farzaneh

    hi , It was awesome Andrei . I did it on my photo and It worked great on it . thx . you are a great artist .

    • saeed

      khaste nabashi ;-)

  • Kai

    very nice tutorial, thanks Andrei

    here is my version:

  • Lawrence

    I didn’t follow the whole tutorial though but i did learn a lot of new tricks. Thank’s Andrei!

    Here are my results.

  • Mostafa

    Thank you so much for this incredible tutorial! this is what i made, hope you like it ;)

  • Riffath

    Thank you for the Amazing Tutorial!
    Here is the result I got! wouldn’t fbid=373021869423390&set=a.271673616224883.67356.252415648150680&type=1

    I didnt include the lines. I thought that the lines wouldn’t go with the straight hair!

  • Tim

    Hey there,

    For some reason when I’m at the colour layer, the colours only come out as black. Do you know how I can solve this?

    PS Your work is awesome, keep it up!

    • Andrei Oprinca

      It would help me more if you could tell me at what minute in the video is that so that I can figure out what could it be.

      Maybe you have the layer below the black & white adjustment layer. Make sure this adjustment layer is set as clipping mask (right click and choose “Create clipping mask”)

      • zainab ismail

        make sure your mode is set as RGB colour. Go to image >mode>RGB color