Making a High Quality Meme.
Not just any meme though! This one will be legendary!
In this blog post we are going to learn how to use some of the tools in photoshop to make an extremely high quality meme. We will use many techniques like masking, blending modes, extending the image by duplicating then clone stamping/masking/warping/blend brushing and finally combining layer effects to create stunning text for your custom made memes. I suggest that if you are not familiar with photoshop and navigating all of it’s powerful tools, you familiarize yourself with it first because I won’t be explaining how to use the tools much here. I will only be explaining how to use certain tools to achieve a quality end product. I am planning on covering some of the tools within photoshop in a later blog post so keep your eyes on this forum!
Something I have learned is that pretty much everything in the art world has already been done before. So a good way to stand out as an artist is to take something someone has already done and re-create it in your own style.
Memes are a perfect example of this. Look at all the different variations out there of any 1 meme in particular. Chances are there will likely be more than 1. In some cases hundreds to thousands of memes all on the same subject. So in order to stand out from the rest of the crowd we are going to learn some valuable techniques you can apply to your memes and much more to make your work stand out from the crowd.
Since I just finished creating this meme and all the steps are still fresh in my head we are just going to use this one for today’s tutorial. I just pretended his wife left him with the dog to change things up for the tutorial. We will also use a different background to demonstrate just how easy it is to create something entirely different.
A very important thing to take into consideration when gathering content for memes or any project is copyrighting. A good way to avoid running into copyright issues is to use either copyright free content from free stock photography services such as pexels. Or pay for a subscription service such as Adobe stock. The following are 2 links for the assets we will use today. 1st the background: LINK TO BACKGROUND Next the model: LINK TO MODEL
Now we’ll start the masking. Use the Object selection tool and highlight the entire model. It should automatically select the entire person saving us some time. Next in the upper menu bar click select, look for modify, and then select expand from within the available options. Set the value to 3px and press ok. The reason we are expanding the edges is to gain full control over the object we are masking and get a cleaner outline by using the brush tool. With the area selected press the add new layer mask button. If you don’t know where to find this it is at the bottom right of the screen and looks like a rectangle with a circle in the middle. If by chance it reversed the mask and the person dissapeared just press ctrl+i on a PC or cmd+i on a Mac to invert the mask and fix this problem quickly. No need to worry. Finally use the paint brush tool to mask off the small grey area between his phone and his hand holding the phone. We’ll also take care of the thin bits of grey around the outlines and touch up the whole outline while we are at it. Pay close attention to anywhere skin is exposed as the grey background we are getting rid of will really show up there. To do this click on the mask box next to the image box in the layers panel. Set your paint brush color to black and use a hard round brush with opacity settings of 100% and us the paint brush to “paint” away the areas you don’t want to see. Mine looks like this. Yours will probably look something close.
Let’s get our background in there. We’ll also use the scaling tool to size it to our scene, the blending modes option and duplicating to give it more life, as well as scaling and positioning our model where we want him to be in the scene. Don’t worry if the model appears to be cut off at the bottom we will deal with that in the next step of this tutorial.
Adding a Background.
Thank you for showing interest in my meme tutorial. I hope that you found it useful! If you learned anything new or found it very helpful let me know in the comments. I’d be happy to hear about it! Also if you have any suggestions for improvements you can let me know about that as well. I am striving to produce the best content possible so suggestions for improvement are welcomed.