Make a Badass Photo in Photoshop Pt.1

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Making a Photo Badass

Badass is kind of hard to define. Most of the time you know it when you see it, but there are some tricks to getting the look that you want.

Here is a short list of things that can help your photo be more badass:

  • Subject Material – You are going to have a hard time making a dandelion look badass. Choose a subject that people already feel is badass and you will be on your way. Here are a few things you can try on for size. Motorcycles (obviously), Death Metal, Lightning, Stormy Skies, Lens Flares, Patent Leather, skin tight pants, The American Flag, Guns, a file hidden in a cake, pitt bulls, shaved heads, fast cars, machined aluminum, anything LOUD, and bacon.
  • Lighting – You are going to want a lot of points of light in your image. Here we have a sun and the headlight of a motorcycle, both accented by rain.
  • Editing – Make sure to limit your colors to dark moody tones and colored highlights. Don’t go too crazy with this effect, just enough to get the mood across.
  • Make Badass Friends – Find someone who is already badass and ask then what they think would be cool. Then do it.


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