March 11, 2016

Tutorial: Security Camera Image

  1. Open the image
    ….File > Open
    Direct Link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:12072012_Jefferson_Memorial_04.jpg
  2. Make a copy of the image (CTRL + J) and name it Base
  3. Make a fisheye view of the picture and darken the edges
    Go to Filter > Lens Correction
    ….Click on the Custom Tab
    ….Distortion: -30
    ….Vignette Amount: -100
    ….Vignette Midpoint: 39
  4. Add a grainy effect to the image
    Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Grain
    ….Intensity: 50
    ….Contrast: 50
    ….Grain Type: Clumped
  5. Make a new layer and name is Lines
  6. Click on the foreground color
    ….Hue: 0
    ….Saturation: 0
    ….Brightness: 50
  7. Fill the image with the foreground color (ALT + DELETE)
  8. Make the scan lines
    Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch > Halftone Pattern
    ….Size: 1
    ….Contrast: 40
    ….Pattern Type: Lines
  9. Go to Select > Color Range
    ….Select: Highlights
  10. Make a new layer and name it Scan Lines
  11. Make sure your background color is white and fill the image with white (CTRL + DELETE)
  12. Delete the selection (CTRL + D) and drag the Lines layer to the trash
  13. Make the Scan Lines Layer active and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 1
  14. Change the blend mode to Soft Light
  15. Click on the Adjustment Layer button and choose Solid Color
    ….Color: Light Green (I used eef3e7)
  16. Change the Blend Mode to Color and make the Opacity 70%
  17. Go to View and make sure rulers and snap are checked
  18. Drag out a vertical guideline to 35 pixels inside the left border of the image
  19. Drag out a vertical guideline to 765 pixels inside the right border of the image
  20. Drag out a horizontal guideline to 386 pixels inside the bottom border of the image
  21. Drag out a horizontal guideline to 35 pixels inside the top border of the image
  22. Make a new layer and Choose the Type Tool and open the Character Box to choose the font and size (I used Alterebro; 20pt; White) (If needed, us the Horizontal Scale and Tracking to make the text closer together) and type out the date
    Direct Link (Font): http://www.dafont.com/alterebro-pixel-font.font
  23. Choose the Move Tool and move the text until it snaps to the lower-left hand corner guides
  24. Make a copy of the text (CTRL + J) and choose the Move Tool – drag it until it snaps to the lower-right hand corner guides
  25. Double-click the layer to highlight the text, and type out a camera number (use the Move Tool to realign the text if needed)
  26. Make a copy of the text (CTRL + J) and choose the Move Tool – drag it until it snaps to the upper-right hand corner guides
  27. Double-click the layer to highlight the text, and type out a time of day (use the Move Tool to realign the text if needed)
  28. Make a copy of the text (CTRL + J) and choose the Move Tool – drag it until it snaps to the upper-left hand corner guides – you will need to move it to the right to leave enough space for a small circle you will make later
  29. Double-click the layer to highlight the text, and type out REC (use the Move Tool to realign the text if needed)
  30. SHIFT-click on the bottom text layer to highlight all the text layers
  31. Right-click on the selected layers and choose Rasterize Type
  32. Make the top text layer active and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 1
  33. Click on each text layer and repeat the blur (CTRL + F)
  34. SHIFT-click on the top text layer to choose all the text layers
  35. Drag the layers onto the new group icon and rename the group Text
  36. Make a new layer and name it Record
  37. Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool and holding down SHIFT + ALT drag out a small circle (16 pixels)
  38. Click on the foreground color and choose a bright red (I used fd0303)
  39. Fill the selection with the color (ALT + DELETE)
  40. Delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  41. Use the Move Tool and move the Record button to the left of the REC text – snapping to the guides. (Adjust the REC text as needed)
  42. Make the REC Layer active and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur
    ….Radius: 3
  43. Hide the guidelines (CTRL + H)
  44. Make the Scan Lines layer active and make a new layer above it – name it Box
  45. Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag out a box around the time text to the edge of the image
  46. Make the foreground and background color default to black and white (Use the black/white icon)
  47. Fill the selection with the foreground color (ALT + DELETE) and change the Opacity to 50%
  48. Delete the selection (CTRL + D)
  49. Go to Filter > Blur > Gausian Blur
    ….Radius: 1
  50. Make a copy of the Box layer (CTRL + J)
  51. Use the Move Tool to move the copy Box layer to the left to cover the record text and button (Use CTRL +T to adjust the width of the Box as necessary)

Final Render:

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