On this tutorial, I’m going to show you the basics of making a capspam, but the truth about capspams is that they are all about being creative and choosing interesting caps, sometimes playing a bit with textures & applying the right coloring to each cap and of course having a clear concept of what you want to transmit with the capspam.
About the Screencaps: This is probably the most important thing because without screencaps there wouldn’t be a capspam to start with. Always try to choose screencaps that looks visually cropped or that you may find interesting or weird, those are the best ones to work with and also try to give them an interesting crop.
About the coloring: On my capspams, I usually color each cap individually, I give them a personal treatment but at the same time you have to always make sure that they harmonize when you put them all into a canvas.
About the textures: In my opinion, textures are optional sometimes you can make magnificent things without the need of textures but sometimes if you add some it may give them that something extra and make it wonderful. I always go with simplicity above all even thought sometimes a lot of textures may be needed but that’s completely up to you and what you feel like doing.
EXPERIMENT; Explode your creativity, never settle, keep trying, be original & never stop learning.
I’ve got many messages on how do I make my capspams (which I find no big deal) and also on how to make them colorful and look pretty.
Like I said before, on my capspams (you can find them on chaoticroad), I usually color each screencap separately. I know it seems tedious & stressful but it worth it and if you are really bored believe me, you’ll have the time of your live (That just reminded me of Miley’s album,Lol). I as well, I sometimes apply many textures and play with the colorings and stuff, the point it’s to be creative as possible.
Some of you may be like “OMFG, where do I get the caps?” lol well, for that you can check on my masterpost on the Screencaps section.
1) Create a canvas with the measurements of your choice, mine usually are 500x600 px but this one will be 500x440.
2) Time to crop your caps, I use the crop tool (Shortcut: C) and write the measurements I want on here:
The width it’s always 250 and the height you can get it by dividing the height of the canvas with the number of pictures you are going to add on each row. By example, 440/4: 110.
Make your selection with the crop tool and go to image>crop & tada, here’s my cap:
3) For the coloring, start with some curves, level & brightness/contrast until you think the cap is well lighten.
4) Next open the selective colors and adjust the color you want to stand out, on this case I want the orange a bit more vibrant so I go to the “reds” and adjust it, this were my settings:
then the “Yellow”,
Last but not least, the “neutral”
4) Then I added some vibrance, and I lowered the saturation because it was too much for my taste:
5) In order to get more contrast I added another levels adjustment and here’s the final result:
here's the psd, in case you wanna check it out.
6) I won’t be using any textures because I wanna make this as minimalist as possible.
7) Smart Sharpen & Flatten your cap. ( I used the topaz like effect) and then dragged the picture to the canvas we made on step 1,look:
8) Keep doing that until you’re done & that’s it! hope you find this helpful.