take a lot of trouble to align the edges. After you
add the layers, your picture should look something
like Figure B.
5. INCREASE CONTRAST
Now we’ll increase the contrast in the photo. First A
click the little eyeball symbols in the Layers Palette
to hide the layers you created — except for Layer 1,
which must remain visible.
Click on the name you gave to Layer 1 to make
it active. Open the Curves dialog box and drag 2
points to make an angular S shape, as in Figure C.
The curve has been highlighted yellow, to make
it more obvious. The steeper the middle section
is, the more contrast you’ll get. Move the anchor
points left and right until you can see the main
facial features in the photo, but not too much
shadow. Press Enter when you’re done. C
6. ALLOW BLACK TO
Now in the Layers palette, process each layer like
this: click the eyeball to display the layer, click its
name to make it active, and pull down the little
menu near the top of the palette to change from
Normal to Multiply. This will let the black parts of
the image show through, just like a Warhol print
where black ink showed through transparent col-
ored ink that was laid over it (Figure D).
7. FINAL TOUCHES
Time for some cleanup. You can adjust the color
edges, and maybe lighten the black areas of the lips
on Layer 1. Tweak the color of any layer by using
the Hue/Saturation feature. I went down to the
Background layer and retrieved the pattern of the
dress, to make the green area more interesting.
Does my Warholized photo stand up to a comparison with the real thing? Will yours? You’ll probably E
find that his art was actually a little more difficult
to create than it looked. And consider this: he did
it the hard way, without an Undo command. In the
age of Photoshop, that’s something to think about.
Fig. A: A suitable photo should have few shadows.
Fig. B: Lay on the color, without being too fussy about
the edges. Fig. C: Use Photoshop’s Curves feature so
that most gray tones are changed to solid black or
solid white. Fig. D: With each layer in Multiply mode,
the black details show through. Fig. E: After some
tweaking, you have the Warholized Marilyn effect!
James Grant creates silk-screened T-shirts in Colorado.