Hamster – Jolly Roger

In this lesson, you will learn how to combine a glass image with your work. We will learn a good technique of incorporating glass in a photo collage while creating a funny hamster-pirate on sea waves. Let’s start!

Lesson details
Program: Photoshop CS3
Difficulty: for beginners
Estimated time to complete this lesson: 1 hour
Look at the image we are going to create.

Selection of stock images
The final photo collage in this tutorial was created using the following stock images:
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Step 1. I will not dwell on simple things, as they are obvious. First, open two images that will create our background and flip them horizontally. (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally)) and place them exactly as I did in the image below. There is no need to adjust anything in the images, since they fit perfectly together.

Step 2. Now let’s give the background dynamics with the tool. Deformation (Warp) (Editing> Transformation> Deformation Edit> Transform> Warp)).

Step 3. Since the tool Deformation (Warp) gave our image a flat view, we need to make some waves, so go to Plastic (Liquify) (Filter> Plastic Filter> Liquify)). Use the image below as an example of how the waves should look after being filtered. Plastics (Liquify).

Step 4. Cut a funny hamster with a tool Pen (Pen) and place it in the center of the ocean.

Step 5. Go to Select / Color Range (Select / Color Range) and click on the brightest color in the image (glare on the glass). Set the parameter Scatter (Fuzzinness), as in the image below.

Step 6. Click OK in the dialog box. Color Range (Color Range) and you will see an active selection. Then make sure you are on a layer with glass and press Ctrl / Command + J to create a copy of the glare from the glass. If you hide a layer with glass, your selection will look something like the image below:

Step 7. Press Ctrl / Command + D to make sure nothing is selected, then go to the glass layer and duplicate it (Ctrl / Command + J) and drag down opacity (opacity) layer up to about 60%, as in the image below. You will see that now the glare has become sharper, and the white, like on real glass, is neither transparent nor gray.

Step 8. Now we need to get our rodent back in place. You could use a tool Pen (Pen) and cut it out, but there is a faster way to do it with the same good result. Place the original layer with the glass in front of the glare layer and before copying the glass layer. Create a layer mask and paint it black, leaving the areas with the rodent white. Make sure that you do not pass with a soft-edged brush near the rodent.

Step 9. Select the three layers (“original glass” (original layer with glass), “glass copy” (copy of the layer with glass) and “glass highlights” (glass glare)) and press Ctrl / Command + E to merge them. Then create layer mask (layermask) and paint over the bottom of the glass, so it looks like under water. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can lower opacity (opacity) brushes and paint over some areas on the glass where you think they should be more transparent.

Step 10. Add a flag. It is necessary to change the glare on the flag pole. Select them as in the image below, press ctrl / Command + J and move the highlights to the left of the pole, and then paint over the color brown (pick up the shade on the pole with the eyedropper) from the original.

Step 11. Using the tool Brush (brush) black, create the shadows as in the image below and lower opacity (opacity) up to 45%.

Step 12. Cut the pirate’s hat and change its size to fit it under the hamster’s head (1). Then on a new layer under the hat layer, draw some shadows on the hamster’s head using a soft-edged brush and lower it. opacity (opacity) black brush (2). Then on a new layer in front of the hat layer, draw some shadows on the hat, again using the low opacity (opacity) and soft edges at the brush (3).

Step 13. In this step we will add a shark to make this image more fun. Cut out the shark’s fin and place it under the hamster layer. Hide it with layer masks (layermask) and draw a black shadow on the new layer. Install it opacity (opacity) by 30-40%.

Step 14. Then cut a section of the sea behind the aquarium and place it as I did in the image. It looks like water through the glass of a round aquarium.

Step 15. Now let’s give this image a normal look with filters and adjustment layers. To get started go to Adjustment layers> Curves (Input: 91, Output: 41) (Adjustment Layers> Curves (Input 91 Output 41)), then erase the middle layer masks (layermask).

Apply adjustment layer (AdjustmentLayer)> Photo Filter (Photofilter) (Orange (orange) thirty%).

Apply adjustment layer (AdjustmentLayer)> Gradient Map (Gradient Map) (Opacity) 60%).

Apply adjustment layer (AdjustmentLayer)> Hue / Saturation (Saturation) +57).

Apply adjustment layer (AdjustmentLayer)> Color Balance (Levels (Levels) -19, -16 and -34).

Step 16. Take the tool Smearing (Smudge) (intensity) 90% and brush size 2-4px) and start smearing the hair of the hamster, as I did it below.

Step 17. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filters> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (6px) and change the blending mode to Soft light (SoftLight). Use the image below as an example of what this step should look like. layer mask (layermask).

Step 18. Go to Filter> Blur> Radial Blur (Filters> Blur> Radial Blur) and use the settings shown below. Click OK, lower opacity (opacity) This layer up to 50% and mask it in the center. This will give the image light dynamics.

Conclusion
The final image below.

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