In this tutorial we will make an ordinary little frog …
here is such a mutant!
This is what the palette of layers we should have at the end of the work:
I have to say, the lesson is a bit confusing, but I will try to paint everything as clearly as possible.
Step 1. Preparing the background
First, let’s unlock the layer, double-click it and rename it to “Original”.
Duplicate the layer (Ctrl + J) and rename it to “Clone.”
Create a new group by clicking on the folder icon in the layers palette, and drag both layers into it, look so that the order of the layers remains the same. Call it “Background”
Make the “Clone” layer active, take the stamp tool (clone tool) with a diameter of 20-35 px, slightly reduce the rigidity and, cloning the background, remove the right eye from the frog.
Do not worry if the edge of the frog’s head is uneven, at this stage it is important that the background behind the frog is natural.
Duplicate the “Original” layer, name it “Without Eyes” and place it above the “Clone” layer
Apply a layer mask to the “Without eyes” layer by clicking on the mask icon in the layers palette. Take a brush, set the color black, 100% hardness and begin to mask the right eye. Zoom in on the image, reduce the brush to make the frog’s forehead even in shape, press the X key to change the color from black to white if you slightly overdo it with erasing the eye.
Now on the “No Eyes” layer, click on the layer thumbnail (on the image with the frog) so that the mask layer becomes inactive. Take the Clone tool 20-35 px, with medium rigidity and clone the skin of the frog, remove the left eye. Do not forget that you can reduce the size, stiffness and opacity of the brush to get a smooth, realistic transition.
Step 2. We remove the eyes.
Hide the “Without Eyes” and “Clone” layers for a while. Make the “Original” layer active by clicking on it. Take any convenient for you selection tool.
Highlight the right eye, capturing the area around it. Press Ctrl + C (to copy the selection) and Ctrl + V (to paste the copied), so we get a copy of the right eye on a separate layer. Name this layer “Right Eye”
Once again, activate the “Original” layer and select the left eye, also with a margin of the area around it, Ctrl + C (to copy the selection) and Ctrl + V (to paste the copied). Name this layer “Left eye”
* pay attention to the name of the layers of the eyes, the author called the eyes (left, right) in terms of the frog *
Create a new group and name it “Eyes”, drag the layers with eyes into this group, add a layer mask to each layer to remove the excess around the eyes.
Take the tool to move the key “V” and place each eye, approximately at the place where they will be located on the legs. Bind both layers together (holding down the Ctrl key, click on the second layer with the eye, this is so that both layers are highlighted). Using the free transform (Ctrl + T), while holding down the Shift key, reduce the size of the eyes. Apply the transformation (by pressing Enter). Separate the layers (by clicking on any layer) and once again place the eyes in their intended place.
* the picture is specially darkened to show exactly the eyes *
Bring the opacity back to layers previously hidden.
Step 3. Leg of the right eye.
Copy the “Without Eyes” layer and rename it to “Right Leg”. Drag it into the group “Eyes”, placing below the layers with eyes. Apply a layer mask (right click on the layer mask \ apply a layer mask)
Take the “Stamp” (preferably in the settings in the sample, it was “All layers”) with low stiffness and make an approximate shape of the leg. To make the leg more voluminous, select the frog legs with a cloning source.
Do not worry that the edges are uneven and sloppy, we will fix it all. Add a layer mask and fill it with black color (Alt + Backspace), it turns out that all of our painted leg will hide. Take a white brush and begin to paint the leg again, only now make it the desired and even shape, changing the diameter, stiffness and opacity of the brush.
Add a new adjustment layer to the “Right leg” layer (yin \ yang circle on the layers palette)
Select Levels there and set the values as shown in the picture:
Click ok. Name this layer “Right Leg Levels”.
The whole image is darkened, in order to darken only the leg, hold down the Alt key and click between the layers (“Right leg” and “Right leg Levels”)
Switch to the mask on the “Right Leg Levels” layer and remove the excess with a black brush to create a three-dimensional image.
Step 4. Leg of the left eye.
We do the same with the left foot. Here is an example of a layers palette that you should get:
One nuance. After you copy the “Without Eyes” layer, apply a layer mask, rename it to “Left Leg” and place it in the layers palette, above the “Right Eye” layer. Before moving on, do the following: use an eraser or using a layer mask (but then be sure to click on apply a layer mask) to erase the background that will cover the already made, right eye of the frog.
Now you need to make a shadow from the left eye. Create a new layer and place it above the “Right eye” layer, rename it “Left eye shadow”.
Take a brush with a diameter of 35 px, reduce the softness and black color draw a shadow.
Set the “Shadow of the left eye” layer to an opacity of about 45%
Add a layer mask and a black brush with an opacity of 50% make the border of the shadow smoother.
Step 5. Finishing Touches
Roll up the group “Eyes” and “Background” and hide them by removing the eyes.
Go to the “Background” layer, make it active (having returned the eye) and press Ctrl + A (to select everything that is in the group), now Ctrl + Shift + C (to copy everything selected) and Ctrl + V (to paste). The combination made will create a new layer and place it above the Background group. Rename it to “Ready Background”. Hide all layers.
Go to the “Eyes” layer and make it active (turn on the eye) and do the same: Ctrl + A, Ctrl + Shift + C and Ctrl + V, this will create a new layer and place it above the “Eyes” layer. Rename it to Ready Eyes.
In the “Ready eyes” layer the image will be in the middle of the canvas. You need to be on the layer “Ready eyes” using the tool move to combine it with the original image.
Now hide the “Eyes” folder and make the “Ready Background” layer visible.
Place the layers as shown:
Why did we need to group the eyes in one layer? In order to smooth out some sharp boundaries, so that they do not seem “as cut”.
Take the blur tool with a diameter of 3-5 px, pressing force 30% and remove sharp corners on the layer “Ready eyes”.
Well, in conclusion. Press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge the two visible layers. The new layer must be on top of all layers. Apply to it: Image \ Correction \ Dynamic Contrast (Alt + Shift + Crtl + L). You can experiment with this layer, applying different effects to it to get a good result.
Another way, without using levels, to make a volume on the legs for the eyes:
Duplicate the “Right Leg” layer, make sure that the layer thumbnail is active and not the mask, fill it with black color, apply a layer mask (right-click on the mask mask layer / apply mask). Reduce the layer opacity to 50% and add a new layer mask. black brush, adjusting the size, opacity, achieve the effect of volume.
I wish you good luck in execution.
From myself I want to add that this is just one example of how to achieve this effect, the settings on different photos will be different, do not be afraid to experiment. Remember that the lessons do not just need to copy, they need to be used as the basics for the performance of their work.