Crazy Hare in Photoshop

“I’ve seen hats before, – she thought– Hare, of course, much more interesting! And then, after all, it’s May, not March, – maybe he has already recovered, has become normal … “
Lewis Carroll “Alice in Wonderland”

In this lesson we will learn how to create a fabulous illustration of the Crazy Hare from the work “Alice in Wonderland” from ordinary photographs:

Initial materials for the lesson:

STEP 1. Let’s start with the preparation of the model. Open image model.jpg from the archive. For the illustration, we will only need the upper part. To get rid of excess, use the tool. Cropping(Crop tool). This tool can be accessed by pressing the key. [C] on keyboard. Highlight the desired area and click. Enter.

STEP 2. Layer with model is fixed. For further work, we need to unlock it. Double-click the left mouse button while pressing [Alt] on selected layer. If the action is activated, you will see that the image of the lock on the layer has disappeared.

Using a polygonal or rectilinearLasso(Polygonal Lasso Tool) get rid of the excess background in the photo.

Rename the layer, name it “Model”.
Clean with tools Stamp(Clone Stamp), Curing brush (Healing Brush) and Patch(Patcn) snow from the frock coat model.

STEP 3. Drag the texture into the working document. Place it under the “Model” layer. Tool Cropping(Crop tool) determine the image format. Name the layer “Background”.

STEP 4. It is time to make “vegetable” cufflinks. Open the image with broccoli. To extract the cabbage, use the mode Quick mask (Quick Mask Mode). The quick mask can be called up by pressing the key. [Q]. Then take a solid black brush. [B]) with 100% opacity and fill the image with broccoli. Press again [Q] will load the selection. Invert it [Shift + Ctrl +I] and remove the white background [Delete].

Via Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]) reduce and place the cabbage in place cufflinks on the sleeve. Duplicate the cabbage cufflink [CTRL +J] and place a copy of broccoli on the other sleeve, reflecting it horizontally and vertically [CTRL + T].

STEP 5. After the vegetables it’s time to take the hare’s head. Place the image with the hare in the working paper. We only need his head. As in the previous step, use Quick mask(Quick Mask Mode) and remove the head. Via Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]) adjust the size to your liking and place the bunny face at the right place. Erase Eraser(Eraser) unnecessary head of a man in a top hat.

Translator’s Note: The author omitted these steps, but in order to create greater realism, I think they are necessary.
1. Load the “Fur” brush from the set with the initial materials for the lesson, and “walk” it along the entire circumference of the hare’s head. Do not forget to take samples of color Pipette(Eyedropper) from the closest to the painted area. To do this, with the brush active, press the key [Alt] (so the pipette is activated). Clicking on the desired area determines the color. When lowering [Alt], you return to the brush.

2. To make the head not “sticky”, make a shadow under the muzzle of the hare. To do this, create a new layer under the layer with the “head”, assign a blend mode to it. Multiplication (Multiply). Take a gray soft translucent brush and draw a shadow.

STEP 6. Now let’s “hang” the portrait of the Queen of Hearts on the wall.
Move the baguette image to our working paper and position it above the “Background” layer. Select an unnecessary white background with Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) and delete it [Delete]. Name the layer “Baguette”.

Place the image with the queen between the “Background” and “Baguette” layers. Using Free transformation (Free transform) rotate the map with the queen 90 ° clockwise. Adjust the brightness and contrast of the map. To do this, use the command Image> Correction> Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast). Install Brightness (Brightness) at 9, but Contrast (Contrast) at 91.

Also use Levels (Levels [CTRL +L]), to adjust the image with the queen. Black slider move up to 21, and gray to 1.61.

STEP 7. Add gold to the portrait of the queen. Transfer the gold texture to the document and place the layer above the layer with the Queen of Hearts. Set him blending mode Overlap (Overlay). Highlight with Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool) excess edges that extend beyond the baguette and remove them [Delete]. Now you can merge these two layers – [CTRL +E], highlighting both.

STEP 8. Load the image with the white mouse and move it to the document. Activating Quick mask (Quick Mask Mode), remove the head of the mouse, then place it in the left ear of the hare. Take advantage of Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]) to turn her around and create the impression that she is looking at her surroundings with curiosity. Applying Eraser (Eraser Tool [E]), erase the edge of the mouse head from the bottom, for more natural placement in the ear.

STEP 9. It’s time for a jabot of salad. Place the lettuce over the “model” layer in the document, release it from the white background in a convenient way for you (for example, as in the 6th step – baguette), and, using Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]), reduce to the desired size and transfer to the desired area. Do the same with carrots.

STEP 10. Since the carrot should be located behind the book, erase part of it. Set the layer with carrot opacity (Opacity) about 30%. Take an opaque Eraser (Eraser Tool [E]), set the rigidity (Hardness) – 100% and erase the part of the vegetable that should be hidden. Bring the opacity back to the carrot layer 100%.

STEP 11. Let’s start creating crazy eyes.
Take polygonal or rectilinear Lasso(Polygonal Lasso Tool) and highlight the right eye of the hare. Create a new layer and fill the selection with color – ededee. Next, give volume to the pupil. Take a soft brush with an opacity of about 20% and shade the area around the circumference. Choose pink color for the inner corner of the eyeball – eaa5a4, and for external – 6f6265.

STEP 12. Take a black brush with a diameter of about 8 pix, set the rigidity (Hardness) for the brush to about 30% and opacity (Opacity) to about 70%. Put a dot on the eyeball to give the hare an even crazier look.
Draw a crescent squirrel on the second eye of the hare.

STEP 13. Change the color of the left eye of the hare.
Highlight the eye with Lasso (Lasso Tool) or Quick Mask Mode. Then open the dialog box Hue-Saturation (Hue / Saturation), command Picture> Hue / Saturation (Image> Hue / Saturation) or, much faster, with a keyboard shortcut [CTRL +U].
Tick ​​on Toning (Colorize). Make these settings Tone (Hue) – 202, Saturation (Saturation) – 86, click OK.

STEP 14. For the completeness of a crazy image we will draw a crazy mustache to the hare. It is quite difficult to draw wavy hair (or mustache) if you do not have certain skills in digital drawing. Here is an easy way to do it without much effort.

So create a new layer above the head layer. Call it a mustache. Take an opaque (Opacity– 100%) hard (Hardness– 100%) black brush with a size of about 4 pixels. Then call the brush settings panel [Ffive]. Set the following settings:

Draw a mustache.

STEP 15. On the mustache layer, open the module. Plastics (Liquify). It is located in the tab. Filter> Plastic (Filter> Liquify). You can also call it by simultaneously pressing a key. [SHIFT + CTRL + X]. Take the tool Deformation (Forward warp tool). It takes pixels from the brush area and blows them away in the direction of movement of the tool. Adjusting the size of the brush, bend your mustache to your own taste. When the result satisfies you, click OK.

Invert image with a mustache – [CTRL +I], and you will see how they turn white.
Team Image> Tone / Saturation (Image> Hue / Saturation or[CTRL +U]) lower Brightness (Lightness) layer with a mustache to -16.
Take Soft eraser(Eraser Tool or [E]) with stiffness (Hardness) 0% and opacity (Opacity) about 30% and slightly wipe the ends of the whiskers on both sides for a more natural impression.

STEP 16. Before we move on, we will merge the layers that make up the hare figure. To do this, we need to turn off the layers with the background and the picture by clicking on the “eye” icon on the desired layer in the layers palette.

Now, being on the top layer, click [CTRL + SHIFT + E]. All visible layers will merge, and you will get a solid image of the hare on one layer.

Then turn the “background” and “picture” back by clicking on the corresponding icons in the layers palette.

STEP 17. Now is the time to adapt the hare in color. For this purpose we use Levels (Levels). Click [CTRL +L]. In the dialog box that appears, the default is the RGB channel, move the gray slider to 1.06. Then select the red channel, put the same value on it – 1.06, and in the window of the blue channel move the average slider to 0.63. You will see that the color of the hare has changed.

STEP 18. Download the Caption.png file from the set. Move it to a working paper. Take advantage of Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]) to put the title on the cover of the book. Use transformation tools such as Distortion (Distort), Scaling (Scale), Perspective (Perspective) that are in the menu Editing> Transformation (Edit> Free Transform).

STEP 19. Apply a style to the “Rabbit” layer. Drop shadow (shadow) using the menu Add layer style (Add layer style) by clicking on the corresponding icon at the bottom of the layers palette. The settings are as follows:

STEP 20. We need to add light and shadow to our picture. We use tools for this purpose. Dimmer(Burn Tool) and Clarifier (Dodge Tool). Set the brush diameter to about 400 pixels with stiffness (Hardness) – 0%, set the exposure (Exposure) to 8-10%. By adjusting the diameter of the brushes in the course of the work, lighten the areas that are indicated by white arrows and darken the areas marked by gray arrows.

When using these tools, proceed very carefully not to overdo it with the effect.

Alternative option. To do without losses, you can make light and shadows on a separate layer. To do this, create a new layer. [Ctrl + Shift + N], then go to menu Editing> Run Fill (Edit> Fill). Set – 50% gray and fill the layer. Change the layer blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). Next, using the tools Dimmer (Burn Tool) and Clarifier(Dodge Tool), follow the scheme described above.

STEP 21. We are nearing completion.
Put the texture from the source kit into the work. With help Free transformation (Free transform [CTRL + T]a) rotate it 90 degrees and scale to the size of the document.

Set the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).
Duplicate the texture layer. [CTRL +J].Name the first layer “Texture 1”, and the second “Texture 2”. Go to the “Texture 1” layer. Then open the dialog box Hue saturation (Hue / Saturation) keyboard shortcut [CTRL +U]. Tick ​​on Toning (Colorize). Set these settings Tone (Hue) – 360, Saturation (Saturation) – 33, Brightness (Lightness) – -12.

Then go to the “Texture 2” layer. Again [CTRL +U]. Now without option Toning (Colorize) set these settings: Saturation (Saturation) – -100, Brightness (Lightness) – +12.

STEP 22. On the top layer, press the simultaneous shortcut [CTRL + Alt +SHIFT + E], so all visible on one layer is printed. Then go Filter> Rendering> Lighting Effects (Filter> Render> Lighting Effects).
The settings are as follows:

Lower the opacity of the layer to 85%. Print the visible again. [CTRL + Alt +SHIFT + E]. Then go again Filter> Rendering> Lighting Effects (Filter> Render> Lighting Effects). This time we shift the radius down.

Take advantage of Levels (Levels [CTRL +L]), to adjust the image. Black slider move up to 15, and gray up to 1.14.

The result of the author:

Translator result:

From the translator:
It is known that Carroll’s book “Alice in Wonderland” is one of the most illustrated: the book has more than three hundred sets of illustrations made by artists from different countries, and this number is increasing year by year. Adventures about Alice excite the imagination of artists, animators and filmmakers.

Polish designer Katarzyna Niewinska showed us her fantasy about Ochumel (March) Hare. And how do you represent it?

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