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How to Create a Hologram Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a hologram effect in Photoshop. The effect will look like it has come straight from a sci-fi movie and can be used with any picture you want. Here’s the effect we will be creating:

Hologram Effect

To create a hologram effect, you’ll need:

  • A recent version of Photoshop

Step 1

First up, open the image you will be using as your background. I will be using this stock photo.

Hologram Effect Background

To brighten this image, first click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and select Curves from the list that appears. Then, grab the white color picker from the Curves option box and click on the area that you want to become the lightest point of your picture.

Hologram Effect Background Curves

Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use the settings shown below.

Hologram Effect Background Gaussian Blur

Now, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option at the bottom of the layers palette and select Photo Filter from the list that appears. Use the color #001eff and use the other settings shown below. Then, change this layer’s blending mode to Lighten.

Hologram Effect Background Photo Filter

Step 2

Open the image of your model. I used this one. Using the Quick Selection Tool, select the model and then, tidy up your selection by using the Refine Edge sliders.

Hologram Effect Quick Selection Tool

Copy and paste this selection onto your background, then resize it and position it into place. Duplicate the model layer twice. Name the original layer “glow”, the first duplicate “blur” and the second duplicate “hologram”.

Hologram Effect Duplicate Model

Hide both of the duplicate layers. Then, double-click on the glow layer and use the settings shown below.

Hologram Effect Glow Layer Style

Use #001eff as the color for both Outer Glow and Inner Glow.

Hologram Effect Outer Glow

Hologram Effect Inner Glow

Step 3

Make the blur layer visible again. Then, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use the settings shown below.

Hologram Effect Blur

Change this layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.

Hologram Effect Blur Soft Light

Step 4

We will now create a pattern for the hologram texture. To do so, create a new 1 x 10px document and select the top half of the image using the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Then, create a new layer, go to Edit > Fill and use the settings shown below.

Hologram Effect Fill

Delete the background layer, go to Edit > Define Pattern and give a name to your hologram pattern.

Hologram Effect Define Pattern

Step 5

Go back to your original document, make your hologram layer visible, and change its opacity to 30% and blending mode to Color Burn. Then, add a layer mask to your hologram layer, go to Edit > Fill, choose Pattern for the Use option and then choose the hologram pattern we just saved in the last step for the Custom Pattern option.

Hologram Effect Fill Pattern

Duplicate the hologram layer and change the duplicate layer’s blending mode to Overlay.

Hologram Effect Hologram Duplicate

Select the duplicate hologram layer’s mask thumbnail and go to Image > Adjustments > Invert.

Hologram Effect Invert

And we’re done! You have created your very own hologram effect!

Hologram Effect

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Tabish Shaikh

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