Making anime-style portrait in Photoshop


In this lesson I will tell you how I turned the adorable Christina Ricci into an anime character.

Step 1

First of all, you need to find a photo with high resolution, the higher – the better. Here, for example, I used a photo of 2272 by 1704 pixels.

Note: photo in source materials in size 1664 by 2496 pixels

Step 2

Duplicate the background and reduce it – this will be the basis of the image. Do not delete the original, as in the next steps we will use the parts cut from it.

Step 3

Cut out the eyes from the original image and place them in the workspace. In order to precisely position the eyes on the layer with the base, I usually reduce the opacity of the layer with the eyes and combine the inner corners of two pairs of eyes. Lay the layers well on top of each other so that the transition is not visible. I use brush (brush) with opacity set to Pressure (Press), then apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with a small radius. This process can take a lot of time, therefore, it is better to be patient :)

Oops! I seem to have lost part of my brow because of the size difference. In this case, I will simply copy this part from the original, reduce it in size, place it and change the blending mode to Darken (Blackout).

Step 4

Then copy the area with the nose and reduce it. Place this layer under the layer with the eyes and adjust the position – for example, I watch if I put my nose correctly on the lip of the groove. Because of the new size, the nose needs to be turned quite a bit clockwise (for this image), which makes the nostrils look a bit uneven. I’ll take advantage Liquify (Plastic) to fix it.

Step 5

Time to correct the chin. To begin, duplicate the lower part of the chin with the neck and lift it up. Next, copy the original image (from Step 2) and use Liquify (Plastic) to align the layer with the chin. Then, duplicate the part with the lips, reduce in size and move down. Smooth abrupt transitions that appeared as a result of our previous actions.

Step 6

Now her face looks too wide, you need to fix it. Remove the copy from all layers (Shift + Alt / Opt + Ctrl / Cmd + E). Duplicate her left side of the face with the chin to the right and slightly upwards. Smooth the transition.

And now we need to fix the section with the neck. As before, from the merged layer, duplicate the required area and change it using the tool Distort (Distortion) so that it coincides with the edges. Smooth out.

Again, make a copy of all layers, soften the angles of the chin, and make the lips a little more plump using Liquify (Plastic).

Step 7

I really do not like the dark shadows under her eyes and near the nose, so I get rid of them with Levels (Levels) and overlay mode Lighten (Lighter). I use a tiny brush (2-3 pixels) to gently lighten the pixels at a very large approximation.

Step 8

Next, I want to make her lips shiny. Create a layer Curves (Curves) with blending mode Screen (Screen) and draw a shine with a brush that is comfortable for you, then using a translucent brush, draw a shine.

Then duplicate the last merged layer and use Surface blur (Blur over the surface) with a small radius. Bleach the layer. Use Plastic wrap (Filters – Artistic) (Filter – Filter Gallery – Imitation – Cellophane Packaging). Play with the sliders until your lips look wet. Change the layer blending mode to Vivid light (Bright light), set the opacity to your taste. Use layer mask Hide all (Hide all) and leave the effect on the lips.

Step 9

Let’s make the eyes brighter. I usually start with a correction layer. Exposure (Exposure) (of course, we only need the effect on the iris, so use a mask), blending mode Overlay (Overlap). I add Color balance (Color balance) (as a clipping mask), blending mode Color (Colour). And, to complete, let’s add some sparkles with an opaque white brush on a new layer, blending mode Overlay (Overlap).

Step 10

Time to add bright makeup on a new layer.

Step 11

Now we will change the hair color to a more interesting one. To begin with, I drew the color on the same layer as the makeup, added some color variations for the highlights and shadows.

It looks a little dim, so I strengthened the light with a layer Levels (Levels) and added some small bright highlights.

To achieve this, I created a new layer by setting the blending mode to Screen (Screen) and opacity at 75%, and then painted with a brush with the following tinctures Spacing (Interval) 60%, Size jitter (Size Swing) 100%, Pen pressure (Pen pressure). Add to layer Outer glow (External Glow), here I used the following settings: opacity 75%, color – white, size – 5 pixels, Spread (Range) – 0%, Range (Oscillation) – 31%, a tick in the column Anti-aliased (Smoothing).

Step 12

I could dwell on this, but I decided to add her cat ears: D
I found suitable ears, cut and pasted them. You can not bathe and do not leave wool, specifying the outline, but simply draw it later. I will not go into the details of this process, since the Internet is full of lessons on the topic of adding wool. Just say that I combined Smudge tool (Finger) and painting with a brush, both with the help of brushes for painting hair.

Now that her ears are beautiful and fluffy, I need to adjust the color. Exposure (Exposure) will make the ears bright, and with Color balance (Color Balance) (Blend Mode – Normal (Normal)) can adjust the color. I did not like the color of the skin inside the ears, so I used Levels (Levels) overlay mode Screen (Screen) to make her pale pink. Finally, I added more colors for the light and shadows on the new layer.

Step 13

Add details – hooray! : D I decided to add decorative elements on the face and hair. On the face, add rhinestones, on the hair – plastic flowers. Of course, they need to add shading, slightly increase Exposure (Exposure) and add shine to the new layer. I also added a little color to the eyelashes and eyebrows, so that they fit the hair, on the color layer. And, of course, I could not resist, and added shine on the lips and around the eyes.

Step 14

Almost finished, there were final touches. Use Levels (Levels) to darken its right human ear so that it is not visible. Her left eyebrow casts a strange shadow closer to the bridge of the nose, and to fix it, I used Levels (Levels) and a tiny (about 2 pixels) brush set to pressure – this is how I brightened the area. Also reduce her shoulder to make her body look smaller.

Step 15

Finally, I want to add shine to the eyes, lips and hair. Create a stamp layer, click Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast). Select a small value so that only clear contour lines are visible. Change the blending mode to Vivid light (Bright light) set Opacity (Opacity) at 75%. Create a mask, and leave the effect only on the eyes, lips, and in some places on the hair.
Done! :)

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