Create a funny collage with an empty head in Photoshop

?In this tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to create the effect of a broken and empty head in Adobe Photoshop. This effect can be used for any parts of the body: hands, fingers, eyes, etc. With suitable photos, you can easily achieve the stunning effects of broken body parts. Enjoy!

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Let’s start the lesson.

Step 1

Let’s open the image in Photoshop (Ctrl + O) or just transfer the picture to the program.

It is seen that the man is not in the very center of the photo, so with the help of the tool Crop (Crop, Frame) (C) we frame the image so that the head of the person is exactly in the center.

Step 2

Now, with the tool QuickSelection (Fast selection) (W) with a tool diameter of approximately 15 and carefully select the model. If the selection hit the background, you can remove it using the same tool + while holding the Alt.

Once finished, go to RefineEdge (Specify edge).

  • Feather (feathering) we use to blur the ragged edge of the selection.
  • Smooth (Smooth) we use to make the selection line more smooth.
  • Contrast (Contrast) is increased so that the selection line is now clearer.

Apply the settings shown in the screenshot.

Note that after deleting the selected area, a white outline could remain on the head. To delete it, use the setting ShiftEdge (Edge change) shown in the screenshot.


Step 3

Now let’s transfer the background texture to our document and place it under the layer with the man. With the tool FreeTransform (Free transform) (Ctrl + T) reduce the image to the size of the document. Before doing this, the author advises to translate the texture layer into SmartObject (right click on the layer – ConverttoSmartObject (Transfer to a smart object)). This is necessary so that during the transformation the quality of the picture is not lost.

Step 4

Let’s remove unnecessary facial blemishes. To do this, create a new layer. (Ctrl + N), let’s call him Heal and with the tool SpotHealingBrushTool (Healing Brush, J) remove all defects and moles on the face. So much better!

Step 5

Now we will transfer the image with a broken pot in Photoshop and using the tool Lasso (Lasso, L) roughly we shall select its upper broken part.

Copy it Ctrl + C and paste into our document Ctrl + V. The image with the pot is too large, so let’s approximately equal its size, with the size of the head, using the tool FreeTransform (Free Transform / Ctrl + T), having previously converted it to SmartObject (Smart Object). You can name the layer with the pot as you like. The author called it pot“.

Step 6

Once finished, you can remove the white part of the background from the photo of the broken pot. Use the tool QuickSelection (Quick selection / W).

After the author has selected the entire white area, you can simply create LayerMask (Layer mask).

It is possible that after removing the background on the mask, there will be a white outline from the background. You can simply erase it with a black brush, while on LayerMask (Masked layer).

Next, double click on the mask and go to MaskEdge (Edge of the mask). We will be in a similar window, like RefineEdge (Specify edge). Apply the settings as in the screenshot.

Step 7

Let’s make proportional by the sizes the sizes of a pot with a head. Let’s use the function FreeTransform (Free transform) (Ctrl +T).

Now we get an approximate picture and you can erase unwanted pot remains (don’t forget to switch to LayerMask(Mask layer)), pre-selecting them (in this case, this is the dark area of ​​the pot on the forehead). This can be done with the tool. QuickSelection (Quick selection) (Q). Make sure that, together with unnecessary areas, do not retire the necessary ones.

It is possible that after removing the dark area, there remains a thin contour, 1px in size. Nothing wrong. Cancel the previous action (Alt + Ctrl + Z twice or in the palette History (History)), directed removal of the dark area, and in the mode of the highlighted dark area, go to ImageModifySmooth (Image – Modification – Softening). The radius of softening select within 1-2px.

Now you can safely delete the selected area by selecting it and creating a layer mask. I remind you that the necessary areas can stand out, so be careful. If, suddenly, the desired area is still removed, restore it with a white brush on the mask layer.

In order to get a smooth transition from hair to pot, the author uses a soft brush with Opacity (Opacity) 33% and Flow (Pressure) 63% on the layer mask. At the end, erase part of the head in the background, while on the layer mask. This can easily be done with a tool. Brush (Brush) (B).

And also do not forget to see the contour of the pot, because there could be a trace after removal. The author advises to apply LayerStyleStroke (Layer style – Stroke) in order to show the remaining, after removal, contours that must be removed.

Delete them on the layer mask. When finished, simply delete the layer style.

Step 8

We make a small touch. Create a new layer (Ctrl + N). Go to the tab EditFill (Edit – Fill) and fill the new layer with 50% gray and apply the blending mode SoftLight (Soft light). Now let’s go through the instrument. Burn (Dimming) with low Exposure (Exposure) approximately eight%, along the contour of a broken pot in order to slightly darken its edge for greater realism. If necessary, you can reduce Opacity (Opacity) of this layer. The author has reduced to 60%.

Step 9

Well, at the end of the lesson, let’s create a shadow behind our model. Do not forget to go to the layer with the model. Take advantage of LayerStyle (Layer style) DropShadow (Outer shadow) with the settings as in the screenshot.

And here is the result! Using a few simple manipulations, you can see how much progress we have achieved. I hope you enjoyed the lesson and spent your time with benefit.

Author: Andrey Oprinca

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