The part where the human is shown. I have the original image in color and want to convert it into the red effect. What is the effect called and what technique is used.

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    Please try to describe the effect in the title or at least the body of the question. Otherwise, it will be useless for anyone else in the future, cause it wont be searchable.
    – K.L.
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 9:47
  • I do understand that, but if you read the question carefully I am not very much aware of what the effect is called.
    – Nikhil
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 7:46
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    Thats why I said "describe" not "name" :)
    – K.L.
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 16:06

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The image you have attached was not created using an effect - this is actually a well-executed vector illustration. You may achieve similar look in Photoshop but the outcome will be nowhere near the provided illustration in terms of quality.

  1. Create a new layer above your original photo, fill it with the color you wish (red in your case), and set the blending mode of this layer to Screen.
  2. Select a layer with your photo, choose Image > Adjustments > Threshold and drag the threshold slider until you achieve a satisfactory result.
  • If we were to do it in Illustrator, how should we proceed. Though the method shown by you is also satisfactory
    – Nikhil
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 7:47
  • This method of colorizing in Photoshop (Step 1) is applicable to any b/w image (just paste your vector illustration below the red layer instead of photo). If you want to do it completely in Illustrator, you may follow the steps suggested by @Yisela (works in Illustrator as well, just substitute layers with objects) and then just draw a large red rectangle underneath your vector work.
    – Const
    Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 8:52

For a more detail result, you would have to redraw the image. You can do it in Photoshop, but it'd be much easier in Illustrator.

Steps in Photoshop:

  • Open the original image and duplicate the background layer,
  • Hide the original one, and bring the new duplicated one to 30% opacity or so (at this stage you can play with your adjustments to bring more contraste to the image. This will make the next step easier),
  • Create a new blank layer on top of you image,
  • Using the Pen Tool, draw the darker parts of the image.

The process will kind of look like this, excuse my poor execution, but hopefully the idea is clear!:

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