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Me (Original):

Me (Fractured):

Walking Dead – Rick (Original):

Walking Dead – Rick (Fractured):

Extra Credit (Original):

Extra Credit (Edited Version):

Steps To Success:

  • To start off, download the brushes in the following link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=2596022
  • Then simply load the brushes into photoshop.
  • I would also advise to use an image with a white background, or simply make one yourself in photoshop as it looks much cleaner.
  • Now grab the ‘Quick Selection’ tool and select the whole body of the image you are fracturing by clicking and holding the left-mouse button.
  • After, press the ‘Ctrl + J’ keys on the keyboard to duplicate that layer and you should now have two layers in the layer list, one with your image in the background, and one with the cut-out of your image.
  • Now hide the top layer in the ‘Layers List’ (the cut-out image) by left-clicking on the “eye” icon in the “Layers List”:
  • Now make a new Layer by going to the ‘Layer’ tab> New> Layer and name it “White” in the window that pops up.
  • It is now time to use the downloaded paint brushes, so select the paint brush icon and choose the paint style highlighted in the image below:
  • Then go to the ‘Window’ Tab> Brush, to bring up the brush panel for editing this brush.
  • Now it all depends on the size of your picture, you may have to play around with the ‘Size’ of the brush until it is a size as large to your cut-out’s head (if you’re using a person).
  • As for the Spacing, adjust it to about 90%:
  • Now in that window click on where it says “Shape Dynamics”: and change all those percents to about 50%, so Size Jitter, Minimum Diameter, Angle Jitter, Roundness Jitter and Minimum Roundness all to about 50%:
  • Now simply use the paint brush and paint along the side you wish to fracture and you should have something that looks like this (also make sure you are using a white paint brush; meaning white foreground color and black background color) :
  • After that change the brush style to brush number 3:
  • Now go to the Brush Panel again ( ‘Window’ Tab> Brush) and adjust the settings similar to the first brush you used and simply just apply a bit to the side you painted, to end up with something like this:.
  • Now in the ‘Layers List’, simply copy the middle layer (the one with the cut-out of your image) by pressing “Ctrl + J” with it selected:
  • Now with the copied layer selected press the ‘Ctrl + T’ keys on the keyboard to enter free transform mode on that layer and drag it out by clicking and holding the left-mouse button on the handles of the free-transforms borders. It should look something like this:
  • With that layer still selected go to the ‘Filter’ tab> Liquify, and using the forward warp tool (it should already be selected by default) grab a side by clicking and holding the left-mouse button on it to increase it’s size, thus letting more of those parts be able to show in a step not to far from now.Simply then hit OK once done and let it render.
  • Now with that layer STILL selected go to the ‘Layer’ tab> Layer Mask> Hide All and that should hide that distorted portion of the layer becuase we don’t want to see all of it, we just want to see “bits flying off”.
  • Then select the brush tool again and change the style to brush number 2:
  • Now depending on which part you have painted on you can adjust the angle by clicking and holding the left-mouse button on the compass itself into the angle that corresponds your image (make sure white is also your foreground color or else you won’t see anything). Then simply click behind the image (the painted side).
  • After you have clicked on the painted side a few times select the final brush that wasn’t used “Paint Spatter-4” and adjust the angle and size, then simply click somewhere behind the painted side again and it should end up looking similar to this:
  • However, some parts are a bit to solid so simply make sure BLACK is your foreground color this time and select “Paint Spatter-1”, rotate it to about 90 degrees in the brush panel and adjust the size if need be. Now with a few clicks on the paint at the back it will break up those solid areas into smaller chunks. It should then look similar to this:
  • Although, now you can notice a fairly large white band between (the person in my case) and the “flying fractured bits”. So to get rid of that simply left-click on the “White” layer in the layers list and then go to the ‘Layer’ tab> Layer Mask> Reveal All. Then using the same brush with the black foreground color, click on that white band are to break it up so it isn’t a sold white line any more. It should then look something similar to this:
  • Now if there is some paint on the person that is unnatural like in his eye, simply find the layer that has that paint on there, and play around with the foreground color (either black or white) and simply paint on that area using the paint brush tool with the default paint brush style.
  • Now on the layer that is not visible, simply make it visible by clicking on where the eye icon used to be and drag it in between the layers with the layer masks:
  • Then change the blend mode by left-clicking with the mouse on where it reads ‘Normal’ and change it to ‘Color Burn’.
  • To end it, go to the ‘Layer’ tab> Layer Mask> Reveal all, with that layer still selected and with an ordinary paint brush (the default one with black as the foreground color) paint over (the person in my case) EXCEPT for the edge with the white paint, the fractured side. The final image should look something similar to this:

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