How to Create a Broken Black Mirror Effect in Photoshop

In this video tutorial, watch as Abbey Esparza shows you how to fill an image with shards of glass. Esparza is a photo manipulator from the States who specializes in dark and conceptual work whilst also creating tutorials for Envato Tuts.

In the video Esparza advises you on the best glass stock to use, and how to extract the glass from the texture using the pen tool. If you do not use the pen tool yet, it is hands down the best tool for making extractions. Another tool used in the video is free-transform, which Esparza uses to pleasing effect.

With tutorials like these, it is always good to learn with stock, and all the stock links are provided so you can edit along at the same time. Which makes learning easier, so you can apply these methods to your own photographs. Finally, the video finishes with some painted reflections and rim lights on the glass. It is the first time I have seen this done in a tutorial and Esparza lays it down in a charming but educational way.

This tutorial is great for beginners who want to learn how to start using and getting to grasps with more advanced techniques. As a photo manipulator or creative of any kind, you need to constantly up-skill to make sure you are growing as a creative, and not being left behind. the creative industry is overflowing with new talent.

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