In this tutorial, I am going to demonstrate how you can create a polygonal portrait in Adobe Photoshop with the aid of Adobe Illustrator.

Step 1 – Preparation: 00:03:05
Step 2 – Tracing: 00:05:10
Step 3 – Convert strokes to paths in photoshop: 00:20:32
Step 4 – Coloring: 00:24:45
Step 5 – Finishing touches: 00:35:12

Enjoy and be creative!

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P – Pen Tool
A – Direct Selection Tool
I – Eyedropper Tool
X – Toggle foreground and background colour in menu
G – Gradient Tool (Paint Bucket tool)
B – Brush Tool
V – Selection Tool

Cmd (Ctrl PC) Shift A – Deselect active stroke in AI (with pen tool active)
Cmd (Ctrl PC) Shift N – Create new Layer in PS

Cmd (Ctrl PC) L – Create new Layer in AI
Cmd (Ctrl PC) Y – Toggle Outline and Preview mode
Cmd (Ctrl PC) C – Copy
Cmd (Ctrl PC) V – Paste
Cmd (Ctrl PC) N – New Document
Cmd (Ctrl PC) Z – Undo
Cmd (Ctrl PC) D – Deselect active selection in PS
Cmd (Ctrl PC) A – Select All
Cmd (Ctrl PC) W – Close document

Scale + alt + click and drag on point – Scale up (with free transform active)

Toggle Paths Visibility Away – Press Enter (with pen tool active)

Tutorial by Gareth David Studio.
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