This tutorial will teach you how to create a holographic projection using a very easy technique. For this tutorial we will be re-creating the effect of R2-D2 projecting a holographic image, but this effect can be used in a wide array of digital artwork.
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Open a new or existing document in Photoshop, here is the image l will be using for this tutorial: As you can see l've placed two images onto the background here.
Next we want to create a Scan Line, to use as a texture for our digital artwork.
Press CTRL+ N on your keyboard to create a new document, set the size to 2 pixels by 2 pixels:
Set your foreground color to black (#000000). Get out the Pencil Tool () and set it up like so:
Zoom in as close as you can to your 2x2 document by pressing CTRL and the + sign repeatedly, and draw a 1 pixel line across the top of the document as l've done here:
Next set your foreground color to white (#FFFFFF), and draw a 1 pixel line on the bottom of the document as l've done here:
Go to Edit->Define Pattern, and name this patter "Scanline":
And click "Save".
Okay go ahead and close this 2x2 document, and move back to our original document.
Get out the Lasso Tool () and set it up with a feather setting of 6 pixels as l've done here:
Using the Lasso tool, make a selection around the image you'd like to apply this effect to, as l've done here:
Press CTRL + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation tool, and apply the following settings: Note: Make sure "colorize" is checked
Do not deselect the selection.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.
Go to Edit->Fill, and apply the following settings: Select "Pattern", and then select the "Scanline" pattern we had created earlier in this tutorial
Click Okay. Now change the blending mode of this layer to "overlay" and drop the opacity down to around 80 percent as l've done here:
Go ahead and press CTRL+ D on your keyboard to deselect the selection. Press CTRL+ SHIFT + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.
Here we'll enhance the effect a little more. Go ahead and get out the polygonal lasso tool (), and make a triangular selection as l've done here:
Set your foreground color to #88CBFF, get out the Flood Fill Bucket () and fill this selection. Press CTRL+ D on your keyboard to deselect the selection, result:
Go to Filter->Blur->Gaussian Blur with a setting of around 10 pixels, this really depends on the size of the photos you are working with:
Now drop the opacity of this layer to around 50 percent as l've done here:
Here is my final result:
As you can see this effect is very easy to produce, but the end result is a very unique, nice looking effect. I hope this tutorial has given you some ideas on different ways you can apply this technique to your many different digital artworks. If you enjoyed this tutorial, please be sure to read the rest of our great tutorials.