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How to Easily Make a Photocopy Effect in Photoshop

How to Easily Make a Photocopy Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop Photo Effects

Sometimes you need to digitally replicate the appearance of a photocopy for an image for a design project or simply to achieve a more artistic effect. The process of creating a photocopy effect can often seem challenging, but there is a quick and easy way to mimic this effect in Photoshop. And you can do it using only the default tools, making it more appealing by adding only one texture. Today, I will show you how easy is to achieve a photocopy effect in no time.

But before we begin, and if you want to follow this tutorial exactly as described, please download the following free texture from TextureFabric: Download.

Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Press "D" on your keyboard to reset the Foreground and Background colors.

Step 3

Press "Ctrl+J" on your keyboard to make a copy of the Background layer and rename the copied layer "Photocopy".

Step 4

Go to Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object.

Step 5

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery.

Step 6

Select the "Grain" effect on the Texture folder and apply the following settings.

Step 7

Still in the Filter Gallery window, click on the "New effect layer" icon.

Step 8

Select the "Stamp" effect under the "Sketch" folder. Apply the following settings and click OK.

Step 9

You can end here if you wish or add more detail to the image by overlaying a photocopy texture. Go to File > Place Embedded. Locate the Photocopy texture on your computer and click on "Place".

Step 10

Resize the texture to cover your whole image.

Step 11

Lastly, set the texture blending mode to "Screen" and reduce the Opacity to about 35%.

Some Final Notes

Now you know how to make a Photocopy effect in Photoshop, you can simply replace the Smart Object image by another one and have the effect applied without having to apply any filters again. Also, you may change the photocopy texture by another, play with different blending modes or simply change the Opacity of the one we used like in the following example.



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