I am using my old Photoshop 7.0 to convert a photograph into a Japanese-style woodblock print.
1. Open the image. Go to Image on the toolbar and click “Image Size”. Set the image to the size you want it to be when it is finished.
2. Open the layers palette.
3. Double click on the background image in the layer palette to “unlock” it. Click OK in the “Layer 0” dialogue box.
4. Using the Lasso tool, select the part of the image you want to turn into a woodblock image. For example here, I selected the structure. Copy the selection (file/copy) and then paste it (file/paste). The selection will now appear as Layer 1.
5. Click Layer 0 on the palette. Go to Filter on the toolbar, click Artistic, and click Poster Edges. Click OK in the Poster Edges Dialogue Box.
6. Click Layer 1 in the Palette. Either double click this layer to open the Layers Style dialogue box OR go to the toolbar on top and click Layer and then Layer Style. In the Layer Style dialogue box, double click Stroke. Change the color of the Stroke to a dark blue, Set the Size to 2 pixels. Change the position to Center. Then click OK. This will add a blue outline to the image, a common feature in woodblock prints.
7. With Layer 1 highlighted, go to the toolbar and click Layers, then select New Adjustment Layer, and then select and click Color Balance. In the New Layer dialogue box click OK. A Color Balance box will now open. Click Shadows and move the bottom slider a bit towards Blue and the top slider a bit toward Cyan. This adds a blue cast to the shadows of the image.
8. In the Layers Palette make sure this new layer is highlighted. Again, go to the toolbar and click Layers, then select New Adjustment Layer, and then select and click Color Balance. In the New Layer dialogue box click OK. The Color Balance box will open again. This time click the Highlight. Move the top slider a little towards Red, the middle slider a little towards Magenta, and the bottom slider a little towards Yellow. Click Ok. This will create a sepia cast to the highlights.
9. In the Layers Palette, double click this second new adjustment layer to open up the Layer Style dialogue box. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply. Then new the bottom of the box where it says “Blend If” move the “This Layer” slider to the right. You will see that the image begins to lighten. Click OK.
10. Once more, in the Layers Palette make sure the newest layer is highlighted. Again, go to the toolbar and click Layers, then select New Adjustment Layer, This time select Threshold. A new layer will appear that shows the image in Black and White. Move the slider towards the left. You want to make a simple black outline of the image. When you are satisfied with the outline, click OK.
11. In the Layers Palette, slide the Opacity down to 10%.
12. In the Layers Palette, click the small triangle in the top right corner to open a drop-down menu. Click “Flatten Image”.
13. Again, double click on the background image in the layer palette to “unlock” it. Click OK in the “Layer 0” dialogue box.
14. Select Image from the toolbar, then Adjustments, and then select and click Brightness/Contrast. Slide the Brightness towards the right to lighten the image and Contrast also to the right but not as much.
15. Finally, go to File, click Save AS, change the Format from Photoshop to JPEG. Give it a new name (don’t forget to do this or you will save over your original image). Click Save. You’re done!
Lori (c) 2008