Make funny animal photo manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create photo manipulation with an elephant and a mouse that ride skateboards in Adobe Photoshop.

First we create the base scene using two images. Later we will add shadows from the signs on the road, replace the sky and add skateboards. After that we will add an elephant and a mouse, then we will work with adjustment layers, layer-masks and various brushes. Then we will add other elements, such as hats, lollipops and suitcases, also use several adjustment layers to get the final effect.

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the materials for the lesson.

1. Create a base scene.

Step 1

Create a new document 2000 x 1293 pixels in Photoshop with these settings.

Step 2

Open image with background. Drag the image into our work with the tool Move Tool (Moves) (V). Convert this layer to Smart object (Smart Object).

Step 3

Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and set a blur radius of 12 pixels.

Switch to the layer mask of this filter and erase the blur effect in the middle and in the foreground with a soft black brush, leaving it visible only in the background.

Step 4

Create a new layer and apply it as Clipping mask (Clipping mask). Take the tool Clone tool (Stamp) (S) and remove existing shadows from objects on the road. We will change the direction of light, so the existing shadow should be erased.

Step 5

Go to Layer > NewAdjustmentLayer > ColorBalance (Layers> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance) and change settings Midtones (Midtones) as below:

Step 6

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and slightly increase the contrast. On the layer mask of the adjustment layer, use a black soft brush to erase the middle so that it is slightly foggy.

Step 7

Create another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to increase the blurriness of the background in the middle. On the layer mask of the adjustment layer, paint in black above and below, leaving the effect only in the middle.

Step 8

Open the image with the road. Use the tool Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular area) (M) to select the area of ​​the road and drag it into our work with the tool Move Tool (Move). Place it on top of the road in the background layer. Convert this layer to Smart object (Smart Object).

 Add a layer mask to this layer and use a soft black brush to remove the pavement.

Step 9

Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) to the road and set a blur radius of 6 pixels. On the filter layer mask, use a soft black brush to erase the blur effect in the middle.

Step 10

Use adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) to change the color of the road.

Step 11

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to add more light to the road.

Step 12

Create another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to make the road more foggy. On the layer mask of the adjustment layer, erase part of the effect in the foreground.

2. Create shadows from signs on the road.

Step 1

Now add shadows from the objects on the road. First create a new layer and use the tool Polygonal Lasso Tool (Polygonal lasso) (L) to select a character with the letters JCT / 181. At the same time, disable the filter Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) on the background layer to make the sign clear.

Fill this selection with a dark brown color (# 1c190c) and rotate it vertically Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertically). Use the tool Free transform tool (Free Transform) (Control-T) and place a shadow to the right of the sign to match the direction of the light. Make it longer and much thinner.

Step 2

Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 80%, apply Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) and set the blur radius of 8 pixels.

Step 3

Create shadows for other objects: signs, bushes, etc. They should be long and thin.

Step 4

Create another layer and use a soft brush with the same color that you used to draw the shadow (# 1c190c) to draw several shadows for the little bushes in the background.

Select all layers with shadows and press the key combination Control-G to merge them into a group. Reduce the opacity of this group to 30% and turn on the filter. Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) on the background image, which we previously temporarily turned off.

3. How to replace the sky

Step 1

Open the sky image. Use the tool Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular area) to highlight the sky and place it at the top of our work.

Use the layer mask to remove hard edges below and make a smooth transition between the sky image and the sky background. Reduce the transparency of the brush when working on a layer mask near the mark so that the integration looks smooth and natural.

Step 2

Apply to this layer Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) and set the blur radius to 2 pixels.

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) and set the filter color to # ece900.

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) and change settings Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Light) as below:

Step 5

Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten the sky.

Step 6

To make the sky better match the background, create a new layer, take a large soft brush (opacity about 45%) and, using the color # d6c7b3, move the brush in the middle of the canvas. You can use a layer mask if the image looks foggy.

4. Add skateboards

Step 1

Open the skateboard image. Highlight and separate the skateboard from the white background and place it in our work on the road on the right side. Duplicate the skateboard layer and make it a lot smaller, and then place it on the left.

Step 2

Combine skateboards into one group and change its blending mode to Normal (Normal) 100%. The light on the wheels of skateboards is not suitable, since the light source on our work shines from the other side. To fix this, you need to create a new layer and change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication) 100%. To paint the light on the wheels, use a yellow brush (# b8ab0).

Step 3

Use another layer (blending mode Multiply (Multiply)) and paint the metal parts under the board to make them darker, while using color # 5e5847.

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to change skateboard colors.

Step 5

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to add more light to skateboards. Hide the bleaching effect on the layer mask of the adjustment layer from the bottom of the skateboards that are under the board.

Step 6

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) for the same purpose. In the image below, you will see where you want to hide the effect from the adjustment layer.

Step 7

The main light goes straight, from left to right, so the shadow will be only from the skateboard board. Create a new layer under the skateboard group and using Polygonal Lasso Tool (Polygonal lasso), highlight a large skateboard board and fill the selection with color # 1c190c. Convert this layer to Smart object (Smart Object).

Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer up to 60% and then press the Control-T (Free Transform) key combination to make the shadow longer and position below the skateboard.

Add a layer mask to this layer and erase the left side of the shadow. Also make the shadow on the right more translucent.

Step 8

Apply Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) to the layer with the shadow and set the blur radius to 3 pixels. On the layer mask of this filter, erase the blur effect on the left side, because the shadow should look more clearly there.

Step 9

Duplicate this shadow layer and place it below the small skateboard. Reduce the size of the shadow to match the size of the skateboard. Use a layer mask to erase the shadow from the left side, and to the right to make it translucent.

5. Add an elephant

Step 1

Open the image of an elephant. Select and copy an elephant in our work and place it above a large skateboard. Resize it to fit your skateboard, and remember to convert this layer to Smart object (Smart Object).

Step 2

Now we need to turn this adult elephant into a baby elephant. In Google, you can find photos of little elephants and analyze their structure. As you can see, the elephant’s head is more round at the top, the legs, torso and trunk are shorter, and the skin is smoother and less wrinkled.

First, we change the pose of the elephant a little. Go to Edit> Puppet Warp (Edit> Puppet Warp), then create anchor points on the top of the head and drag them down a bit until it becomes more round. Also lift the back and legs slightly.

On the filter mask using a black brush, hide your eyes and legs.

Step 3

Add a layer mask to the elephant and, using a medium hard brush, remove the trunk and lower legs to make it look like the elephant is on a skateboard.

Step 4

We will take the legs from the original image. Reduce them first to make them look shorter and plumper. Select the front foot from the original image and add it to the same position as the existing one. Use the Control-T key combination to place it slightly higher.

Use a layer mask to create a smooth transition between the leg and the existing body.

Step 5

Add the other legs and chest using the same method.

Step 6

Add a trunk to replace the old one. Use the Control-T key combination and select the mode Warp (Deformation) to make it shorter and slightly raised.

Step 7

It’s time to get your skin on to make it smoother. Highlight the area of ​​the skin where there are less roughness and wrinkled folds, copy the selection to a new layer. The trick is to use a brush with reduced opacity (about 50-60%) to use it to make a smooth transition between the cloned area and the body of an elephant. It is necessary to try to leave a smooth texture of the cloned part of the skin, but at the same time some original details and textures of the elephant should be visible.

Step 8

Create a group for these layers. Use adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) and change the values Midtones (Mid Tones):

Step 9

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to slightly change the color of the elephant.

Step 10

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to add more light to the elephant. Hide the brightening effect on the shadow areas and behind the ear.

Step 11

Use another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to make the elephant’s shadow darker. In the image below, you will see where to erase the effect of the adjustment layer.

Step 12

Create a new layer above the group with the elephant. Change the blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) 100% and fill it with a gray 50% color:

Take the tool Dodge and Burn tool (Brightener and Dimmer) (O), set Range (Range) Midtones (Mid Tones), Exposure (Exposure) about 15-20% and draw light and shadow on the elephant. In the image below, you will see how I did it with the blending mode. Normal (Normal) and final result in mode Overlay (Overlap).

Step 13

Create a new layer under the group with the elephant. Use a soft brush with color # 1c190c; set the opacity to about 45% to draw the shadow from the elephant’s legs on the back of the skateboard.

6. Add a mouse

Step 1

Separate the mouse from the background and place it above the small skateboard. Use Puppet warp (Puppet deformation) to raise the head slightly.

Step 2

Use the layer mask to remove the bottom of the mouse legs from the skateboard board.

Step 3

Change the color of the mouse using the adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance).

Step 4

Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten up the mouse. In the image below, you will see where you need to hide the effect of the adjustment layer.

Step 5

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to darken the mouse. Also hide the effect of the adjustment layer with light areas.

Step 6

Create a new layer, change the mode to Overlay (Overlap) 100% and fill it with 50% gray. Use the tool Dodge and Burn tool (Brightener and Dimmer) to work the light and shadow of the mouse.

Step 7

Create a new layer below the mouse layer. Hold down the Control key and click on the thumbnail of the mouse layer to create an active selection.

Fill this selection with color # 1c190c and rotate it vertically. Make it a little longer and place it over the shadow of a small skateboard.

Apply a filter to this layer. Gaussian blur (Blur according to Gauss) and set a blur radius of 2 pixels. Also use a layer mask to remove the shadow from the legs and make a smooth transition between the shadows.

7. Add hats

Step 1

Select the hat, copy and place it over the elephant’s head. Duplicate the hat and make it much smaller. Place it above the mouse head and then flip horizontally.

Step 2

Create a new layer below the layer with the hats. Take a soft brush and use color # 1c190c to draw hats shadows.

Step 3

Create a group for hats and add an adjustment layer. Color balance (Color balance). Set preferences Midtones (Midtones) as below:

Step 4

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to lighten the hat. Use a soft black brush and erase the brightening effect in those parts of the hat where there is a shadow.

Step 5

Create another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to enhance the shadow on the hat. On the layer mask, erase the blackout effect from light areas.

8. Add Lollipops

Step 1

Open the candy image. First select and copy a candy stick and place it at the bottom of the elephant’s trunk. Use the Control-T (Free Transform) key combination and rotate the wand to match the direction of the trunk.

Select and copy the candy and place it under the wand.

Step 2

Create a new layer and apply it as Clipping mask (Clipping mask) to the candy layer. Use the tool Dodge tool (Clarifier) ​​on this layer to brighten the top of the candy.

Step 3

Merge these layers into one group. Use adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -55:

Step 4

Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) and change settings Midtones (Mid Tones):

Step 5

Use adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to add more light to the candy.

9. Add Suitcases

Step 1

Highlight and copy a suitcase and place it on a large skateboard, between the elephant’s front legs.

Use a layer mask to erase the bottom of the suitcase.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and set the settings shown below:

Step 3

Create a new layer and use the tool. Dodge and Burn tool (Brightener and Dimmer) to enhance the light and shadow on the suitcase. Also draw a shadow from the pen and on some small details to match the light source.

Step 4

Open the image with another suitcase. Select and copy into our work and place his small skateboard to the right of the mouse, also change its size. Use the layer mask to hide part of the suitcase from below.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to slightly discolor the suitcase.

Step 6

Use the tool Dodge tool (Brightener) to brighten the suitcase, as it looks too dark.

Step 7

Create several new layers, take a soft brush and select color # 1c190c, then draw the shadow from the handle of the suitcase, also the shadow from the mouse on the suitcase and skateboard, do not forget to draw the shadow from the feet of an elephant on a large suitcase.

10. Final adjustment

Step 1

Create a new adjustment layer. Color fill (Layer-fill) on top of the layers and fill it with # 18011c. Change the layer’s overlay mode to Exclusion (Exception) 100%.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) and choose colors for the gradient # e10019 and # 00601b. Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 20%.

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) and change the values Midtones (Mid Tones) and Highlights (Sveta):

Step 4

Create an adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) and set the filter color to # d4a383.

Step 5

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to add light and increase contrast for the entire scene.

Step 6

Create another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) To add more light to the left side of the scene, on the right, you will need to erase the effect of the adjustment layer.

Step 7

Use adjustment layer Vibrance (Vibration) to improve the end result.

Congratulations, everything is ready!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new that will help you in creating your own projects. Feel free to share your results or leave comments below. Enjoy Photoshopping!

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