Tutorial for a Bullet Hole in Photoshop

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Tutorial for a Bullet Hole in Photoshop
Add a bullet hole to a photograph using Adobe Photoshop. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Use Photoshop to create bullet holes in images such as car doors, stop signs and building walls. Adobe Photoshop stores images with support for most imaging options available. You can edit the transparency, add layers, effects and filters. The Photoshop format allows much more flexibility than other formats that restrict content to streamlined functionality. As such, it is possible to add a bullet hole to almost any image with the Photoshop program.

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  1. 1

    Launch Adobe Photoshop. Click "File," "Open" and select "New Document." Make the dimensions 800 by 800 pixels and a resolution of 75 pixels per inch. Click "OK" to save the settings.

  2. 2

    Create a new layer by selecting "Layer" from the top menu and clicking, "Add Layer." Press "D" to restore the default colours to black and white.

  3. 3

    Select "Filter," followed by "Render." Click on "Clouds." Your image now looks like black and white clouds.

  4. 4

    Create another layer and click on it. Use the elliptical marquee tool located in the right-hand toolbar and draw a circle in the centre of the image. Use the paint bucket tool on the left and select the black colour. Click on "Select" from the top menu and choose "Feather." In the "Feather" dialogue box, select 25 pixels.

  5. 5

    Duplicate the layer from Step 4 by pressing "Control" and "J" at the same time while the layer is highlighted. Press "Control" and "I" together to invert the new layer. Use the Move tool from the toolbar and enlarge the inverted circle so that it is slightly larger than the circle from step four.

  6. 6

    Select the layer from Step 2. Use the polygonal lasso tool found in the toolbar to draw a spiked halo around the circle. With the clouds layer still selected, invert the selection by pressing "Control," "Shift" and "I" at the same time. Press the backspace key to delete the selection. This leaves the spiked halo around the circle and deletes the excess cloud texture from the outside.

  7. 7

    Select "Filter," "Sketch" and then "Chrome." In the "Chrome" dialogue box, set the detail at 1 and the smoothness to 1.75. Click on the layer from Step 2 and duplicate the layer. With the move tool, slide the new layer under layer two. Move it a little offset from the first layer to create a downward shadow. Click on the paint tool and select black for the fill colour. Click on "Filter," "Blur" and "Gaussian blur." In the "Gaussian blur" dialogue box, set the blur to 5.8 pixels and the opacity to 25 per cent.

Tips and warnings

  • Save the document as its own image. You can use this bullet hole in any picture by simply dropping it as a layer onto a photograph. This bullet hole is crafted for metal objects such as stop signs, car doors and other signs.

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