Create a mechanical mosquito in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a prototype mosquito with a microscope.

Techniques that were used to create the prototype:
1. Transformation to fix parts.
2. Layer blending modes to create light and shadow.

Final result:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. This is the image of the microscope that we are going to use to create our insect.

Step 2. Using tool Pen (Pen tool), select the microscope and separate from the background. Tool Pen (Pen tool) – the best tool for accurate selection on a dark background, especially when you highlight the technique. When selecting a tool Pen (Pen tool), do not forget to activate the window Contours (Pathselectionmode). After selecting the image, press the keys Ctrl+ Enterto load the selection. Next, click Ctrl + Alt + D. Next, a window pops up. “Feather the selected area” (‘Feather Selection’, enter a radius of 1 or 2 in the value. I usually prefer ‘1’ to highlight the technique.

Once you have separated the microscope from the background, break it apart, as shown in the screenshot.. Also make a copy of the selected microscope image.

Step 3. This part of the microscope resembles a head. Therefore, this part will be the head of our monsters.

Step 4. Next, flip the head horizontally and add an eyepiece, as shown in the screenshot. Plot. marked in red must be filled with gray in order to connect the two parts together. Using tools dimmer and clarifier (burn and dodge ), give the volume of the created part.

Step 5. I created a new layer and made a small sketch with lines and circles to create a shape that will serve as the basis for the shape of the insect we are going to create.

Step 6. And now, let’s place the rest of the body of our insect.
Using tool “Dimmer” (burn tool) add shadows to give the steel parts a depth of volume.

You can also apply clipping mask (clipping mask(Create a new layer and click (Ctrl + G)a blending mode multiplication (multiply mode) to darken any items.

When you use overlay mode multiplication(multiplymode), this allows you to darken the object without losing its texture. To do this, use a brush with an opacity of 10-15 dark gray.

Step 7. Creating paws.
Using a simple transformation, I used parts of the microscope as pads. Be careful when warping.. Try not to spoil the texture. I temporarily added a light gray background to see our insect more clearly.

Step 8. We are finished with paws. And now we will create abdomen.
Cut the selected part out of the microscope. It is slightly darker, but we will adjust it a little. Make a copy of the selected or cut part, because we are going to use the same material to create insect eyes. Now we go Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast (image-adjustments- brightness / contrast). Increase the brightness until you get the result, as in the screenshot. Next, let’s color the abdomen. First, discolor the image. (Ctrl + U).

Translator’s Note: you can simply discolor the image by pressing Shift + Ctrl + U), and then call the color balance by pressing the keys (Ctrl + B).

Increase the shades of red, purple and yellow. In the end, we should have a bloody hue. Therefore, experiment with the color balance options until you get the desired result. Next, place our abdomen under the last segment of the mosquito body. Tool Deformation (Warp tool is the best option for this operation. Otherwise, you will have to use the function distortion and rotation (rotate and distort) and also use the tool Pen (pen tool) to get a neat shape.

Next, apply a clipping mask to the existing layer. (Ctrl + Shift + N) and put a tick in the box “Use previous layer to create clipping mask” (use previous layer to clipping mask option) and set the blending mode Overlap (overlay).

Step 9. Now let’s create a background.

Step 10. Create a new layer under the “floor” layer and draw the shadows, use the tool Pen (pen tool) to create shadows. You can fill the shadows with black color and reduce the layer opacity to a value so that the shadow matches the background.

Step 11. Well, that’s it, the mosquito is ready to disturb us.
Thank you for reading this lesson.


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