In this tutorial, you will learn how to combine different images on the same background and how to create a funny cartoon character from an ordinary frog photo.
For the passage of the lesson will need such materials.
Now let’s transform a frog’s photo into an illustration.
Insert a frog image into a document with a size of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels with a resolution of 264 pixels / inch. The size of the frog should be about 500×450 pixels. Remove the background around the toad with a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) and flip the frog horizontally in the menu Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal).
Add adjustment layer Gradient (Gradient) above the frog layer and add a clipping mask to it by right-clicking on the layer, selecting Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask). On the mask of the correction layer, erase the area on the frog’s belly. Also change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply).
Now make the frog layer active and apply a filter to it in the menu. Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (Filter – Blur – Surface Blur). You can merge the frog layer and the adjustment layer before applying this filter.
If you use non-Photoshop CS6 which has a filter in standard filters Oil paint (Oil Paint), then you can install the Pixel Bender plugin for Photoshop CS5, in the set of which there is a filter we need.
Duplicate the frog layer and apply a filter. You need to duplicate the layer with the frog, so that if necessary you can return the original outline of the frog shape.
See the filter settings in the screenshot below.
Load the selection of the original layer with the separated frog, invert it Shift +Ctrl +I and remove overflowing areas. Then apply the standard filter in the menu Filter – Imitation – Oil Painting (Filter – Artistic – Paint Daubs). Settings, see below in the screenshot.
In order to stylize a frog into a cartoon character, use the filter Plastics (Liquify) and its tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool) using different brush sizes. Then correct the changes with an ordinary brush, selecting colors from the frog Pipette (Eyedropper Tool).
The second screenshot below shows the areas that the author has processed in green shades.
Add translucent light green circles in selected areas along the edges of the frog. Use for this tool Brush (Brush Tool) with settings Opacity (Opacity) and Push (Flow) about 50%.
Now go to the menu Image – Levels (Image – Levels) and move the right white and middle gray markers to the left, and the black marker slightly to the right. This will make the image lighter and more contrast.
Create a new layer and add new translucent light green specks in the marked areas.
Using tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) create a circle and apply layer styles to it Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).
Correct the eyeball by removing the excess from the upper and lower eyelids.
Add a new black circle on the new layer.
And one more little white circle:
Do the same for the second eye.
Merge all the layers with the separated frog and the eyes created for it and apply layer styles. Internal glow (Inner Glow) and Stroke (Stroke)
Insert an image with the sky and flip it horizontally in the menu Editing – Transform – Flip Horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal).
Go to the menu Image – Auto Contrast (Image – Auto Contrast.). Then Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation) and apply these settings:
Now paste the image with stump above the sky layer in the layers palette.
Add a layer mask to this layer, and fill the top of the mask with a black and white linear gradient. Also on the mask, you can smooth the edges between the sky and the forest line with a large translucent tassel. Now add two adjustment layers to this layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Levels (Levels). Add clipping masks to them by right-clicking on the layer, selecting Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask).
To hide a large bright spot on the background, duplicate the layer with stump and grass and flip it vertically in the menu. Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical). Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Move this layer a little lower to create a kind of reflection on the water. Go to the original layer with stump and tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) click on the light area with water. Now go back to the copy and add a layer mask to it. You should only see the area with a reflection.
Take the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) and a big soft brush with Exposure (Exposure) about 50% make the corners and edges of the background darker.
Also darken the opposite side of the forest, and leave the light area in the foreground and on the grass.
Now merge the background layers with sky, stump and grass and add an adjustment layer to this layer. Color balance (Color Balance). The settings are below in the screenshot.
To draw branches, the author used a semi-transparent brush with small changes in settings. Shape dynamics (Shape Dinamics).
Insert an image with a mushroom and duplicate it. Reduce the copy, then erase the background around, leaving only the mushrooms and some grass.
You can process the mushrooms with a translucent brush to tint them slightly.
Process the edges of the grass using the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp) with a translucent tassel. Take grass samples from areas around the stump.
To create depth in the composition, add moss of different color shades using the loaded brushes suggested at the beginning of the lesson.
Moss can be added on separate layers so that it is possible to change the blending modes for each individual layer and an individual change in opacity.
Insert a web image into the document. To make the surrounding black background on the web invisible, change the blending mode to Screen (Screen).
To add small glowing lights, select a small round brush with the following parameters in the settings.
Finally, insert a spider image into your document, select and delete the white background.
Now flip the spider vertically on the menu Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit- Transform- Flip Vertical) and draw a 1 pixel white line.
And here is the result!