In this Photoshop tutorial we will try, step by step, using a few simple tools and basic techniques, to do something like this:
In the process we will use:
2 source images
1 Clone Tool
1 blending mode (Layer Blending Mode)
1 layer mask (Layer Mask)
Open two images in Photoshop; the author used a photo of the face and a photo of a frog.
Separate the frog from the background and move it to the face layer. Press Ctrl + T (free transform) and give the frog the desired size and position.
Add a layer mask on a layer with a frog and remove all unnecessary with a black brush. Once you are happy with the result, go to the Menu. Layer – Layer Mask – Apply (Layer – Layer Mask – Apply)
You can also use an eraser, but it is much more convenient to work with a layer mask, because at any moment you can bring it back if you have removed something extra.
Reduce the opacity of the Frog layer to approximately 40% so that it would be a little visible.
Go to the “Face” layer, select the language and copy it to the new layer (using the Ctrl + J keys), call this layer “Language”, the order of the layers should be as shown. Using the free transformation (Ctrl + T) give the language the approximate shape of a frog (as shown).
Hide the “Frog” layer (by removing the eye on the opposite layer), the result should be something like this:
Now, being on the “Language” layer, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer with the frog (exactly in the place circled in the figure). Formed a selection, take the Stamp tool and fill the voids in the selected area on the “Language” layer.
When finished, press Ctrl + Shift + I and Delete (delete), you can also use the eraser and erase unnecessary edges. Deselect (Ctrl + D). If you no longer need the frog layer, you can also delete it.
If necessary, you can change the size and position of the tongue (the author made it a bit larger); you will also need to smooth out the lower border with the “Face” layer using the Layer Mask, Eraser or Stamp.
Now go to the shadows.
Create a new layer below the “Language” layer, call it “Shadow1” and draw a frog shadow with a black hard brush of a small size (the size of the brush depends on the size of your image).
Apply Filter – Blur – Blur by Gaussat (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of approximately 2 px (again, depending on the quality of your image, the radius may vary) and change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).
Create a new layer, above the “Language” layer, call it “Shadow2”, then, while remaining on the “Shadow2” layer, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the “Language” layer (to make a selection).
Take a black brush and draw a shadow now on the frog itself.
Deselect (Ctrl + D), apply a Gaussian Filter / Gaussian Blur and change the blending mode to Soft Light.
Almost everything is done, only the glare remains.
Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it “Glare”. Take the Stamp tool (in the tool settings, in the sample, you should have All the layers selected) and start to clone the glare from the language. You can of course paint them with a brush, but cloning is easier and faster.
Well, that’s all, the result should get something like this: