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:
To create a hologram effect, you’ll need:
- A recent version of Photoshop
First up, open the image you will be using as your background. I will be using this stock photo.
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.
Next, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use the settings shown below.
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.
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.
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”.
Hide both of the duplicate layers. Then, double-click on the glow layer and use the settings shown below.
Use #001eff as the color for both Outer Glow and Inner Glow.
Make the blur layer visible again. Then, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use the settings shown below.
Change this layer’s blending mode to Soft Light.
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.
Delete the background layer, go to Edit > Define Pattern and give a name to your hologram pattern.
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.
Duplicate the hologram layer and change the duplicate layer’s blending mode to Overlay.
Select the duplicate hologram layer’s mask thumbnail and go to Image > Adjustments > Invert.
And we’re done! You have created your very own hologram effect!