Revive old images with new masks

Using simple masks to create complex images is both visually effective and efficient.

It's an approach that I used to create the cover for this very magazine's Photoshop issue (issue 161, May 2009) which has attracted a lot of questions about how the final result was reached.

In this tutorial, I'll show you what is a powerful and very useful method to recycle and remix any kind of image, including a 3D render of your past works. By using a single image, you'll be able to create a large range of different and unexpected outcomes. One example of this method is my illustration 'El Robot Atomico', which was made using only a single image of overlaid circles inside triangular masks. I'll also explain some useful techniques that will help you make nice details and add final touches to your images.

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