How to Create a Pin-Up Effect From a Stock Photo


Creating a pin-up effect, which makes a stock photo of a female appear to have a 50's style in appearance, can be accomplished using a few tools in the Adobe Photoshop program.

  • Select your photograph to transform using the pin-up effect. Choose a photo that shows a woman wearing apparel that resembles that of clothing that would be worn in the 1950's. There are many stock photographs that are available free online (See Resources Below).

  • Download a free version of Adobe Photoshop. If you do not already have Photoshop on your computer, download a free version at Soft32 (See Resources Below). On the Soft32 website you will see a link that says "Download." Click on the "Download" link and your Photoshop program will begin to install on your computer. It will only take a few minutes before your program is ready.

  • Copy and paste your image into Adobe Photoshop. Right-click on your stock photograph and a few choices will pop up. Click on "Copy Image." Then, go into your Photoshop program and click "File" at the top of the page. Select "New." Then, a window will pop up with preselected dimensions for the new image. Click "OK" without changing anything. Next, click "Edit" at the top of the page. Select "Paste", and your stock photograph will appear in the new image.

  • Use filters to change the stock photo. First, click on "Filter" at the top of the screen, and then click on "Blur." This will make the image less detailed and more smooth.

  • Click on the smudge tool, located in your tool box on the left of the screen. This tool appears as a pointed finger. Turn the mode of the tool to be between 4-5%. Smudge the detailed areas that you want to be smoother, looking more like a 50's style photograph. These areas include the hair, the lips, For the hair, size the brush to be a bit larger, and smudge in the direction of the hair. Use a smaller brush for the lips and smudge around the areas that are too detailed, such as the shine and any wrinkles.

  • Create a duplicate layer by selecting "Duplicate Layer" in your layers tool, located on the lower right of your screen. In the layer tool, select the new layer and change the mode of that layer to "Overlay." This will create a more artistic look to the stock photograph. Next, select the background layer, hold down the tilde key on your keyboard, and press the command button. This will select an area to change.

  • Invert the selected areas by holding down the shift key on your keyboard, clicking the command button on your layer, and pressing the "I" key on your keyboard. This will highlight the areas that you want to work with. Press the command button and the "J" key on your keyboard to copy the selection to a new layer, and then turn the blending to "Vivid Light" within the layer tool.

  • Select the new layer you have just created, and make a layer on top of it. On the newest layer, select the blending mode called "White". Deselect the area. Next, change the new layer mode to "Soft Light." Hold down the "Option" key, and click on the selection "Merge Visible."

  • Click on the "Filter" selection at the top of the screen, and go to the selection "Sketch", and then "Photocopy." Click "OK" and do not change any of the variations. Inside the layer tool, click "Multiply."

  • Use the "eyedropper" tool, found in the tool box on the lower left, and select the colors in the woman's makeup. Within the color selector, change the colors to be slightly more vivid. Using a paintbrush set to a lower opacity, brush on the more vivid colors around the areas that the make-up is applied, such as the eyes and the cheekbones.

  • Create a new layer, holding down the "Shift" key and "Delete" key to allow you to make the layer 50% grey. Next, click on "Filter", and in the Filters section go to "Texture" and then "Grain." Next, change the new grey layer's mode to "Overlay."

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