Step 1. Selection of material.
The selection of the right material is 50% of the work done. That is, if you take a photo of a person who has a high hair, then the statuette should have approximately the same hair height.
If, on the contrary, in the photo is a man with a good volume of hair, then you will have to choose a statue with a similar hairstyle.
As the author writes, he tried many times to give the hair a stone structure, but each time he did not achieve a realistic result.
Author for the sample took a photo of the actor Anthony Hopkins
And such a statue.
Step 2. Use the Layer Mask.
Remove the background behind the statue. Go to the image of the statue. Unlock a layer by double-clicking on it and renaming it.
Create a new layer (Shift +Ctrl +Alt +N) and fill it with black (D, Alt +Backspace). Swap layers. Go to the layer with the statue and create a layer mask for it by clicking on the icon layer masks on the layers palette.
Take Brush , black color, stiffness and size, adjust depending on the places to be processed. And, being on the Mask layer, paint over all around the statue.
Also, the author removed the metal tube that was on the image.
Create a new layer, take the tool “Stamp“ Clone Stamp (in the settings of the tool put – All layers) and with a soft brush, cloning adjacent areas, remove the tube. Now put the image of the actor in the document with the statue. This can be done as follows: open a photo with the image of Anthony Hopkins and the tool “Move” Move (or just holding the key Ctrl) click on the image of Anthony Hopkins, drag it to the document with the statue.
Duplicate the actor layer and hide the duplicate (we will need it later). Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer and place the image so that the actor’s chin and the statue coincided. Slightly reduce the actor’s face in size (Ctrl +T).
Do not worry if the eyes, nose and mouth will not match, the main thing is to combine the chins. Add this layer Layer mask and erase all around with a black brush. Also erase the hair and ears of the actor.
Step 3. Finger tool (Smudge).
Now the most crucial and important part.
Go to the thumbnail image of the layer (if you stay on the thumbnail of the Layer Mask, then nothing happens). Enlarge the image, take the tool “Finger“ , Intensity set thirty%, brush size is small, somewhere 7px., rigidity 0% And start jerky strokes, smooth the skin.
This should be done in the form of wrinkles, forehead, nose, thereby not going to lose the shape of the face. The main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise the face will look blurry and the whole effect of the texture will be lost.
Here is approximately what result you need to strive for:
Step 4. Filter – Color Contrast.
Now a little trick. We will use the Color Contrast filter.
Go to Filters – Other – Color Contrast (Filter – Other – High pass) Set the Radius to approximately 90px. Click – Yes.
The face should lighten up.
Step 5. Correction.
At this stage, we need to remove some chromaticity. To do this, go to Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image – Adjustments – Hue / Saturation) Ctrl +U lower saturation to -70.
Now we need to achieve a marble shine on the face. To do this, go to Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast (Image – Adjustments –Brightness / Contrast). Set contrast +thirty, but since it’s too bright, lower the Brightness to -ten.
* for those with a CS3 version or higher, check the box against – Use the old*
These settings are very sensitive and individual, experiment, as they will be completely different on each image. Somewhere Brightness more, somewhere Contrast less.
Step 6. Brightening the shadows.
The face already almost fit into the overall picture, but still this is not the end result. Shadows on the face are too dark, a bit not natural. In order to fix this, we need to lighten them with color.
Create a new layer and link it to the face. To do this, hold down the key Alt, click between layers.
Change this layer mode Overlay on “Light replacement“Lighten and Opacity reduce by 40%.
Now you need to choose a color. The author found it by selection and eventually settled on color: # CAB7A6
Take Brushlarge in size, and paint your face with this color. Do not worry about what might not turn out neatly and climb over the edges. Since we created “Clipping mask“- this layer will affect only the layer with the face, and the Layer Mask will not allow extra color to come out beyond the edges of the face.
Step 7. Tools Dodge (Dodge) and Sponge (Sponge).
The chin was slightly darkened and without bright highlights. To fix this, go to the face layer, take the “Clarifier“ :
Brush – not large 20 peakc.,
Range – Medium tones
Exposure – thirty%.
And lighten up your chin a little.
Now take the tool “Sponge“ , Mode – Reduce saturation, Pressure – 26%. And on the same layer, go to those places that still have color.
Step 8. Color tone alignment.
The colors on the face and the statue itself are a little different, let’s try to fix it. Create a new layer above all layers. Change it Overlay mode on Chromaticity (Color) and reduce Opacity layer on 50%.
Choose a color, such as #D0BDAD and Brush paint over the entire statue.
Try different colors and change the layer opacity.
Step 9. Eyes.
Go to the duplicate layer with Anthony Hopkins, which we turned off visibility. Make it active by returning the eye. And a selection tool, for example “Lasso” (Lasso (L)), highlight the left eye.
Copy the selection (Ctrl +J). Turn off the visibility of the layer from which you copied the eye. Place the layer with the left eye below the layer we made Clipping mask. Thus, the layer with the left eye should automatically become attached to the face layer. (If this does not happen, click between the layers holding the key Alt).
Reduce the layer opacity with Free transformation (Free transform (Ctrl + T)), reduce and place the eye in the appropriate place for it. Return the opacity to the layer. Create him Layer mask. Black Brush erase everything around, except the protein with the pupil.
Go to the layer thumbnail and apply to it Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) (lower Saturation) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). In this case, try, on the contrary, increase the brightness and reduce the contrast.
Do the same for the right eye.
The author decided that nothing terrible would happen if he simply duplicated his left eye and placed it on his right eye (using the Free Transform – Flip Horizontal (Transform – Flip to horizontal)).
Step 10. Ears.
The ears of the statue stick out strongly, while the ears of Hopkinsa are of normal shape.
We repeat the same method that we have done with the eyes, but slightly change the principle.
Go to the thumbnail of the image of the statue, and using any selection tool, select the right ear of the statue, then copy the selection to a new layer (Ctrl +J).
Move the layer from which we copied the eyes below the layer with the ear and turn on its visibility. Reduce the opacity of this layer with Transformations (Ctrl +T) adjust the size of the face on this layer to the overall size. (return the opacity to the layer)
Go to the layer with the ear, reduce its non-transparency. With the help of Free Transformation – Distortion (Transform – Distort), or simply holding the key Ctrl, press it against your head, placing Hopkins in the shape of your ear. You can also correct some of the nuances in Plastic Filter.
Create a layer mask for this layer and remove the excess around the ear.
Repeat the same with the second ear.
Remove visibility to the layer from which the ears were copied. Now the ears of the statue need to be removed so that they do not stick out because of the new Hopkins ears. Go to the thumbnail Layer Mask, on the layer with the statue. Black brush erase too much.
Step 11. Finishing Touches
In this step. The author added three more Corrective layers: Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Curves (Curves).
Experiment with the settings of these layers to achieve the desired result.
You can also use the tool “Sponge“ in order to remove too dark places from this or that Corrective layer. And reduce the opacity of the face layer.
I wish you good luck in execution.