Would you like to fly like birds? Or maybe swim like fish in the ocean? OK, in this short lesson, we will unite these two dreams into one – this is the embodiment of wild nature, which is represented by a beautiful and elegant bird created from water. So let’s get started!
The final result:
Open both source images in Photoshop. We will start with a hummingbird image. We use this hummingbird image only as a guide, so let’s change the shape of the bird using the filter Plastics (Liquify).
First, open the original image with a hummingbird, and then go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify).
Using tool Bloating (Bulge), zoom the head, and then with the tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool (W)), stretch the wings and increase the torso. Try to keep the changes in the shape of the bird proportional, and also try not to stretch the original image too much, otherwise, the image will look unnatural.
Now we come to the most fascinating part of the lesson – it is a spray of water!
First open the original image with a spray of water. Using tool Magic wand (Magic Wand (W)), select the white part of the image, and then press the (Alt + Ctrl + R) keys to clarify the edge of the selected area. Remember to remove any blur on the image.
Press the “Delete” key to delete the white background.
Further, cut out (Cut) and glue (Paste) selected image with a spray of water on our document with the original image of a hummingbird.
Create a new layer with the background below all layers. Fill this layer with white.
Duplicate the water splash layer several times (Ctrl + J). We use these duplicate layers to gradually recreate the effect of the bird image.
Step 4. Construct the body
Let’s start with the head of the bird.
Reduce the opacity of the water spray layer to make it convenient for you to place the spray.
Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform), zoom out, and rotate the image with the spray. During the transformation, hold down the “Shift” key to maintain the proportions of the image. Try to get comfortable with this technique, because we will use it very often. Splashing does not have to be perfect, so just try to find the right position.
Repeat the whole process, but this time spend the action with the torso of the bird. Pay attention to the spray of water, examine its shape.
Try to see how the splashes of water will best fit to recreate the body and movement of the bird. Some parts of the water texture will be somewhere more deformed, and somewhere less than other parts, so just use your scent.
Let’s go Free Transformation – Warp (Free Transform> Warp). Warp the next image with a spray of water to simulate the shape of the body.
Using tool Eraser (Erase Tool (E)), hide excess fragments with water splashes remaining after deformation.
Next, we use another image with a spray of water, this time for the tail of the bird. You may have noticed that some sections of the image look as if they were cropped, just do not rush to correct these areas, we will correct them later. Combine all the layers with the spray, because we continue to recreate the image of the bird.
Now, it’s time for the wings!
Place another image with splashes on top of the bird’s outer wing, keeping its shape.
Warp the spray so that it looks like a wing shape, but not too much. The most amazing thing about this image is that the water already imitates the basic shape of a bird’s wing, so you don’t need to stretch the spray too much.
Duplicate the spray layer to get the second wing. Place a duplicate with splashes behind the first wing.
Step 8. Spray Correction
Let’s clean a little spray of water.
Let’s go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify) and using the tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool (W)), fix irregular areas by shifting the spray towards the main image of the bird. Consider natural water curves as a guide.
Continue the correction process for the remaining part of the bird’s body until you create beautiful flowing shapes. The bottom of the spray of water still looks like it is cropped, so let’s correct the dimensions of the working image.
Correct the image size to 850? 900 px.
Hide the appearance of the original hummingbird image, as we will no longer need this image.
Using tool Eraser (Erase Tool (E)), hide the extra fragment with a spray of water in the left side of the breast of the bird.
Next, use another duplicate with a spray of water to fix the bird breast. Hide excess areas with splashes of water on the duplicate, which may overlap the main image.
Step 11. Color balance correction
In conclusion, we will conduct a color correction of our beautiful bird.
Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance). In the settings window of this adjustment layer, move the slider to Medium tones (Midtones) aside Green (Green) to give the water a more turquoise tone. Now the water texture has a clear and clean look!
And that is all! Our beautiful bird is ready to fly from the water! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!
The final result: