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Unique Portrait Treatment Tutorials

Portraits are personal. They focus on the face of the subject. They strive to capture their personality, individuality, or current mood. A portrait can be stunning in its accuracy, or fantastical, depending on how the subject wishes to be portrayed.

Photographers go to great lengths to select the right location and set up prop objects for the portrait scene. Every person is unique, and there will always be details that distinguish one portrait from another. Endless possibilities are employed using distances, lighting variations, camera angles, and posing techniques.

Enhance your portraits with post-photography techniques using Photoshop, Illustrator or both. Treatments using brushes, textures, layer blends, adjustment layers, gradients can be applied in just the right balance. No one wants a portrait loaded with effects or excessive enhancement. The challenge is to determine what treatment would fit your portrait subject best.

The following tutorials demonstrate various treatments in which to render portraiture. Whether it be a vector portrait, enhanced photos, composites, or even self-portraits, these treatments will spark fresh ideas for your next project:

How to Apply a Plastic Mask Effect to a Portrait, by Stefka Pavlova

How to Apply a Plastic Mask Effect to a Portrait by Stefka Pavlova

Creating a Vector Portrait with Curly Hair in Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

Creating a Vector Portrait with Curly Hair in Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

Super Easy Typographic Portrait in Photoshop, by Abduzeedo

Super Easy Typographic Portrait in Photoshop, by Abduzeedo

Create a Sparkly Female Portrait in Illustrator, by Daryl Feril

Create a Sparkly Female Portrait in Illustrator, by Daryl Feril

How To Create a Beautiful Vector Portrait in Illustrator, by Chris Spooner

How To Create a Beautiful Vector Portrait in Illustrator, by Chris Spooner

Money Style Illustration in Photoshop, by Abduzeedo

Money Style Illustration in Photoshop, by Abduzeedo

A Classical Portrait Painting Tutorial, by BMC PhotoArt

A Classical Portrait Painting Tutorial, by BMC PhotoArt

Turn a Portrait Photo Into a Painting, by Martin Perhiniak

Turn a Portrait Photo Into a Painting, by Martin Perhiniak

Perfect Vector Portraiture, by Simeon Elson

Perfect Vector Portraiture

How to Create a Glamorous Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

How to Create a Glamorous Portrait Using Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

Texture Effects for Vector Portraits, by Charles Williams

Texture Effects for Vector Portraits, by Charles Williams

Eroded Fashion Portraits, by Pete Harrison

Eroded Fashion Portraits, by Pete Harrison

How to Make a Photo Look Like an Oil Painting in Photoshop, by Simon Stratford

How to Make a Photo Look Like an Oil Painting in Photoshop, by Simon Stratford

How to Create a Line Art Based Symmetrical Portrait in Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

How to Create a Line Art Based Symmetrical Portrait in Adobe Illustrator, by Sharon Milne

Design Amazing Mosaic Effects, by Mark Mayers

Design Amazing Mosaic Effects, by Mark Mayers

Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting, by James Qu

Transform Normal Portrait Image into Artistic Painting

Create a Pencil Photo Sketch in Photoshop, by psddude

Create a Pencil Photo Sketch in Photoshop, by psddude

Advanced Compositing Techniques in Photoshop, by Becha

Advanced Compositing Techniques in Photoshop, by Becha

Produce a Portrait Inspired by Billy and Hells, by Ben Secret

Produce a Portrait Inspired by Billy and Hells, by Ben Secret

Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper, by 10steps

Creating an Abstract Watercolor Wallpaper

Freestyle Human Portrait Manipulation in Photoshop

Freestyle Human Portrait Manipulation in Photoshop with Brush Painting and Layer Masking

How to Create a Self-Portrait in a Geometric Style, by Beto Garza

How to Create a Self-Portrait in a Geometric Style, by Beto Garza

Design Vintage Artwork with Old Newspaper and Watercolor Brush in Photoshop

Design Vintage Artwork with Old Newspaper and Watercolor Brush in Photoshop

Create a Pop Art Style Poster with Urban City Background in Photoshop

Create a Pop Art Style Poster with Urban City Background in Photoshop

Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps, by Nathan Brown

Create a Dragan Style Portrait Effect in 5 Steps, by Nathan Brown

How to Use Brushes to Enhance Your Portraits in Adobe Photoshop CS5

How to Use Brushes to Enhance Your Portraits in Adobe Photoshop CS5

One Moment – Manipulation Tutorial, by Andrei Oprinca

One Moment – Manipulation Tutorial, by Andrei Oprinca

New Tricks for Vector Portraits, by Daniel Caballero

New Tricks for Vector Portraits in Photoshop, by Daniel Caballero

Create a Dark and Surreal Poster Using Your Own Portrait, by Constantin Potorac

Create a Dark and Surreal Poster Using Your Own Portrait, by Constantin Potorac

How to Turn Humdrum Photos Into Cinematic Portraits, by James Davies

How to Turn Humdrum Photos Into Cinematic Portraits, by James Davies

Tracing a Vector Face From a Reference Photo, by Jesse Hora

Tracing a Vector Face From a Reference Photo, by Jesse Hora

Self-Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CS6, by St. George’s Web Design

Self-Portrait in Adobe Illustrator CS6, by St. George's Web Design

Henry Has

Written by Henry Has

Digital Matte Painting Tutorials

Tutorials for Using Textures in Digital Designs