Making a musical giraffe in Photoshop.

In this tutorial, we’ll turn an ordinary giraffe image into wallpaper with giraffe disappearing in musical notes. This work was used by me to participate in the competition AudioJungle Wallpaper Competition and was able to take a place in the top twenty, which made me think about what Photoshop fans would like to know how I did it. Well, let’s get started!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. The first thing we need is to find some materials for this lesson, an image of a giraffe that can be found in the archive. We will also need some brushes with musical notes.
Note: unfortunately, the link pointed to by the author does not work. Alternatively, you can always find on our website in the section “Brushes”, here are some of them.
Now that we have these materials, we can begin working in Photoshop. Create a new document of 2000 pixels in width and 1000 in height. Set the background color to black.

Step 2. Open your image with a giraffe in Photoshop and take the tool Pen Tool (P) (Pen). Make sure the option is selected. Paths, since we will cut a giraffe using a tool Pen Tool (P) (Pen), so we can achieve quality edges. Zoom in a little bit of the image to be able to see all the details of the giraffe (I’ve approximated about 300x to better trim the edges).
Now you only need to hold the pen around the giraffe, not paying attention to the shadow and tail. Just move in one direction around the giraffe until you complete this action at the starting point.

Step 3. As soon as you complete the outline, right-click inside it, and a drop-down menu will appear. Click on option Make selection “(Create selection), then a dialog box appears, set Feather Radius to 0 and press OK. A selection appears in the form of a moving line around the giraffe. Now go to the menu Edit> Cut (Edit> Cut) (Ctrl + X) and paste (Ctrl + V) in your document.
If your page is not Ruler (Rulers), you can simply call her by pressing Ctrl + R. After you have set the giraffe to the right position and have given it the desired size, rename the layer with it to “Giraffe” (Giraffe).

Step 4. Now look at this giraffe, the color seems a bit flat. So let’s make it a little richer! In order to do this, we will need to use Curves (Curves). Go to menu Image> Adjustments> Curves (Image> Correction> Curves). You will notice a diagonal line extending from the lower left corner to the upper right corner, it represents the current color.

When you click on a line, you will see a small “dot” appearing on the line, this is what you need to use to change colors. If you move this point to the right, you will see that your image will become darker, and if you move it to the left, the image will become brighter. Curve (Curve) – A very good way to adjust the contrast of a photograph, and it is an important tool that photographers use to produce fantastic black and white and brighter colors.

Although it is a great tool, it is also quite complex in the sense that it greatly influences the image even with small adjustments, so be careful with your image. The image below shows which adjustments I made, but you can create your own if you want to get a different effect. As soon as you finish your effect, click OK. Now we need to slightly increase its sharpness, so go to the menu Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen (Filter> Sharpness> Sharpness), to clarify the edges.

Step 5. Now it’s time to create a gradually disappearing section. We will do this using mainly the tool. Clone Stamp (Stamp) (S). Create a new layer above the “Background” layer and rename it to “Clone 1” (Clone 1). Choose a tool Clone Stamp (Stamp) (S) (make sure that you return to the giraffe layer while defining your cloning point), and then hold down the Alt key and click on the giraffe’s mane.
Now go back to your “Clone 1” layer (Clone 1) and start cloning, start with a small brush, and then smoothly move to a larger one. It is also better to change the image scale little by little. So continue until you have a large cloned area, as shown in the second image below, which will be turned into musical notes.

Step 6. We will add contrast to different areas of the cloned layer to add effect. Take the tool Dodge tool (Clarifier) ​​(o) and apply the following changes: start randomly passing over the sections of the “Clone 1” layer, make small areas brighter, and leave the rest as they are.

Step 7. Do the same with the tool. Burn tool (O) (Dimmer), Try to apply it to areas where you have not previously changed the brightness. I also blurred some areas between which there was too much contrast, with a tool Blur Tool (R) (Blur).

Step 8. Now that we have completed the effects for the cloned site, we are ready to move on to adding layer mask (layer masks). Layer masks (layer masks) are very accessible to use, because they protect the layer you are working with, covering it with a mask, and allow you to hide parts of it.
In this case, if you make a mistake, you can delete, manifest or just fill the mask with black color and do what you wanted again. So let’s try now. Select the layer “Clone 1” (Clone 1) and click on the button Add Layer Mask. You will notice that an icon appears in the layers panel next to the thumbnail of your layer, this is a mask. At the moment it does not do anything, but when you fill it with black, using a combination keys Ctrl + Backspace or tool Paint Bucket Tool (G) (Fill), everything on your layer will disappear.

Step 9. If you have not downloaded the brushes in the form of musical notes, then this step will help you install them (skip it if you have already installed them).
1. Click on the tool. Brush Tool (B) (Brush)
2. Click on the dropdown arrow. in the settings panel (option bar)up
3. Now click on the arrow on the right, which will bring up another drop-down menu, go to Replace Brushes (Replace brushes)
4. Now your musical brushes should appear there.

Click on the tool Brush tool (B) (Brush) and select one of your musical brushes (not from the piano or large images that you find in the brushes). Consider for example brush 316. Open panel brushes (brushes palette) and apply the settings shown below. Now, on the masked layer, set the foreground color to white, then you need to adjust for drawing …

Step 10. Now, with drawing, you need to be careful, because you need to make the cloned area look like a lot of different notes, small and large, gradually turning into a smaller number of small notes. Do not forget to periodically change brushes, do not use only one, change their positions and adjust the settings to get a different effect.

Gradually reduce the size of the notes as they are removed from the giraffe. Try it. In addition, if you want to work with the original “clone” layer, you can do it. To do this, right-click on the layer mask icon and click on Disable Layer Mask (Disable Layer Mask), then make your changes. This will not affect the mask. Remember, if you made a mistake, you can fill the layer mask with black color and start all over again.

Step 11. Now this image looks pretty good, but there are some adjustments that we can make. The edges of the cloned layer need processing. I noticed that they are sharp, so we will create a new layer with notes to get rid of the sharp edges.

Create a new layer above the “Clone1” layer (Clone 1) and rename it to “Clone2” (Clone 2). Take the tool again Clone Stamp (Stamp) (S), then click on the “Clone1” layer (Clone 1) and determine the cloning point (Alt + click on the region). Now go back to the “Clone2” layer (Clone 2) and start painting.

Note: it is reasonable to apply a little diffuse to the layer using Brushes Palette (panel brushes) with the same settings that were used before, just reduce scattering (scattering) up to about 320% and spacing about 180% or less.

Step 12. Now the image looks much better, but there are still a couple of shortcomings that I would like to correct. The edges of the giraffe’s neck, turning into the cloned area, are too sharp, so let’s try to fix it. On the “Clone1” layer (Clone 1) go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Hue /Saturation (Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation) and adjust the colors of the notes so that they mix with the colors of the giraffe.

There is one more thing to do. On the “Giraffe” layer (Giraffe) take the tool Blur tool (Blur) (R) and just go around the edges of the mane to mix it up a bit. If you want, you can take Smudge tool (Smearing) (R) and spread some edges like I did. Finally, take the tool Dodge tool (Clarifier) and walk once on the mane on the “Giraffe” layer (giraffe) to lighten it a little.

These effects can be applied to almost any image to create a fantastic result and bring some energy to your photos and illustrations. You can see the final image below or a larger version here.

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