Contour Mapping for Cash in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques by Deke McClelland

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke uses a variation of his Photoshop contour mapping experiments of the past few weeks in order to create an etched engraving portrait reminiscent of good ole’ American cash.

He begins with this soon-to-be-elder-statesman portrait from our friends at Dreamstime.com:
Image 102481930 from Dreamstime

Then, he creates some contour map candidates by saving off versions of each of the Red, Green, and Blue channels. Turns out, the Blue channel–based map gives the best “etching” results when applied as a contour map here:

Portrait with contour map lines in Photoshop

And if you’re a member of Lynda.com or LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got an exclusive movie in which he shows you how to add that “American Cash” green tint to really sell the effect:

A cash-appropriate color gradient applied

Deke’s Techniques
, on the money every week.

Next entry:Simulating an Adjustment Layer in Adobe Illustrator

Previous entry:Riffing on Your Contour Map in Photoshop

Comments

Share your feedback, work, homages, questions, wisecracks, advice, critiques, riffs, derision (within reason), frustrations, and love of all things graphical. Log in (or register) to lend your voice.