Undressing a giraffe in photoshop

Here is the final image to which this lesson is devoted.

Have you ever wondered how a giraffe will look without spots? If so, then this lesson is for you! Today, we will show how to strip a giraffe and remove its spots. And also how to turn giraffe spots into clothes and spread it out on an ironing board. It sounds tempting, let’s get started!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Let’s start the lesson by creating a new document in Adobe Photoshop. Is the document size 2200? 3200 pixels at 72 pixels per inch. Fill the document with white.

Step 2. First of all, let’s create a simple background. You can create your own, more interesting and multi-layered background, pick up some old wallpaper or you can use the savanna landscape.
We will use gradients and filters. Unlock background (Background) – right-click on the background and select Background layer (Layer from background), click Add layer style (Add a layer style) a small icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Apply these layer styles. Color overlay (Color Overlay) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Use the settings as in the screenshots below.

Step 3. Create a new blank layer above the background layer by clicking the button. Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Select a large soft brush and draw a spot in the center of the document.

Step 4. Create a new layer above the layer where we applied the brush and go to the menu Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render-Clouds). Now apply the following filters for this layer. Blur – Motion Blur (Motion blur) as well Blur Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur).
Add a layer mask to this blurred layer by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette. Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask). Make the layer mask active and fill it with a mirror gradient from black to white, stretching it at the bottom of the document.

Set the blending mode for this layer. Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 5. To give a vignette effect, select the menu – Filter – Distortion Correction (Filter-Distort-Lens Correction) and move the settings for vignetting Effect and Midpoint (Amount Midpoint).

Step 6. Merge all created layers. Make the right side of the background brighter, because the light source will be directed to the right. Enter mode Quick masks (Quick Mask Mode) Q key or icon at the bottom of the toolbar on the left. Select a linear gradient from black to white and drag it from the left edge of the document to the right. The left side should be pink. Make the quick mask inactive (press the same icon or press the Q key again).

Step 7. After exiting the quick mask mode, you will see a selection as in the screenshot below. We use now the settings Levels (Levels). Go to the menu Image-Correction-Levels (Image-Adjustments-Levels). In the settings window, move the gray marker to the left. You can also add some noise to the background layer. This will do in the menu Filter-Noise-Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add Noise) and put in the setting the effect value 4, the distribution is uniform (Uniform).

Note translator: The author does not indicate in the noise settings what needs to be noted Monochrome, but I think that this item needs to be activated.

Step 8. Insert the image of the giraffe. To separate the giraffe from the background, select Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool). You can use other methods, but this one is pretty easy and convenient. Click in the giraffe silhouette area to set the starting point. Continue clicking on multiple endpoints for subsequent segments. To close click the selection border on the starting point.

Step 9. Click the Refine Edge button to improve the quality of the selection edges.

Step 10. Use the following settings. Click OK and invert the selection in the menu. Allocation-Inversion (Menu – Select – Inverse). Now clear the selected background area in the menu. Editing – Clear (Edit- Clear).

Step 11. To retouch and improve the color balance in the image with a giraffe, select in the menu Image-Correction-Shadows / Light (Image-Adjustments -Shadows / Highlights) and apply the following settings.

Step 12. Add new adjustment layers above the giraffe layer. To do this, click on the icon of the adjustment layers in the lower menu of the layers palette. It will be Levels (Levels), Color balance (Color Balance) and Selective color correction (Selective color). After creating these layers, select all these adjustment layers (make them active) and right-click to select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask). Apply the settings for each adjustment layer, as in the screenshot below. For layers Levels and Selective color correction you need to apply a black and white gradient on the layer mask. How exactly, also seen in the screenshot below.

Step 13. Load a selection for the white bars with the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) All at once may not be highlighted, click a few times until you select all the white bars. Then select the menu Select-Modify-Expand (Select- Modify-Expand) by 1 pix. Pay attention to the tool settings in the screenshot.

Step 14. Duplicate the giraffe retouched layer and fill the selected stripes with brown color on the duplicated layer and name this layer “Clean skin layer“. The original layer with giraffe retouching will be needed in future steps, but for now, make sure that the original layer is below duplicate. Use Brush (Brush) with a hardness of 0% (hardness) and while holding down Alt, activate tool Pipette (Eyedropper Tool) and find the right color next to each strip.

Step 15. You should have something like the result on the screenshot below. You can fill white areas with color step by step. Brown color for the bands will be very useful for creating a more accurate and correct result.

Step 16. To remove traces from stripes, use the tool Patch (Patch tool). Drag the selection to a clean and textured skin area. When you release the mouse button, the pixels from the selected area will retouch the area that you selected with the patch. Repeat these steps to retouch all stripes.

Step 17. You will have a giraffe without a characteristic coloring.

Step 18 Adjust the layer with “Clean skin Eraser (Eraser) with soft edges to fit neatly onto the original giraffe layer below.

Step 19. Retouch small defects on the skin of a giraffe using tools Patch (Patch Tool) and Spot Healing Brush (Spot Healing Brush Tool).
Select a brush size in the options bar of this tool slightly larger than the area you want to correct. It is more convenient to work this way, because you can cover the whole area with one click of the mouse.

Step 20. Now we can change the skin color and add contrast. We use for this adjustment layers: Gradient map (Gradient Map), Levels (Levels) and Black and white (Black and White). Create for these layers clipping mask (Clipping Mask) relative to the layer “Clear skin“and apply the following settings.

Step 21 Insert the image of the ironing board, it does not require any changes and adjustments.

Step 22 Let’s go back to the Giraffe layer and duplicate it again. From it we will make a jacket for a giraffe, using a new copy. Add a layer mask to this layer and erase the areas with the head and legs on the mask.

Step 23 This is the shape of the future jacket.

Step 24 Give the correct shape of the jacket, using the transformation. Go to the menu Editing-Transforming-Warping (Edit -Transform -Warp)

Step 25. Filter Plastics (Liquify) from the filter menu, helps you create the effect of a flat shape for a jacket. Use a large brush size for the tool. Deformation (Forward Warp Tool) to fix large areas and a small brush size for working with parts such as legs or folds.

Step 26. Now the skin of a giraffe looks like a jacket.

Step 27. Apply free transform Ctrl+T to the jacket, make it shorter and slightly stretch horizontally.

Step 28. Select the upper part of the jacket (above the ironing board), cut out this part and paste it on a new layer. Using free transformation Ctrl+T, pull it vertically as in the example below.

Step 29. Apply perspective transformation in the menu. Editing-Transforming-Perspective (Edit-Transform – Perspective).

Step 30. Cut a part of the jacket above the upper edge of the ironing board and copy to a new layer (in the screenshot, layer 20). And again pull the upper part of the jacket in a vertical direction.

Step 31 Again apply perspective transformation in the menu. Editing-Transforming-Perspective (Edit-Transform – Perspective).

Step 32 Make active the top layer of the jacket. Using the layer mask, delete its upper part as in the screenshot. Try also to simulate the shape of wrinkles.

Step 33 Draw a white line with the tool. Line (Line Tool – radius about 13 pixels) on a new layer above the layer with the jacket. Apply filter Blur-Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 10 pix.

Step 34 Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 35 Copy the neck area from the layer with the original giraffe and paste it on a new layer. Below the layer with the ironing board. Flip it vertically and fit with respect to the jacket. Next, apply a layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Settings below.

Step 36 In the final part of our work we will create the shadows for the giraffe and the ironing board. Load the selection on the layer with the original giraffe (Ctrl + click on the layer icon). Create a new layer below from all the visible layers of the giraffe and fill the selection with any color.

Step 37. Apply the transform to the created shadow. Go to the menu Editing-Transforming-Distorting (Edit-Transform-Distort). Move the top edge and bottom left corner to the left and down. Try to combine the shadows and legs at the right points. Clean up with an eraser to correct the shadow of the legs in the center.

Step 38 This is the result of our transformations.

Step 39. Set the parameter Fillings (Fill) 0% and opacity (Opacity) about 20% for a layer with a shadow. Apply a layer style to this layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Activate the quick mask (Q) and fill the layer with a linear gradient, as in the example below.

Step 40. Click the icon Quick masks (Quick Mask) and apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) on the selected area on the layer with the shadow.

Step 41 Duplicate the shadow layer and apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 50 pixels, and also change the layer opacity to 70-75%.

Step 42 Create a shadow for the ironing board using the same method. Download a selection of ironing board and jacket. On a new layer, fill with any color. For this layer Fill (Fill) 0% Apply a layer style to this layer. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) with settings as for giraffe shadow. Blur the layer by 10 pixels. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Duplicate the layer with the shadow of the board and jacket and apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) with a large blur, and also change the layer opacity to 75%.

Our work on the lesson has come to an end and I think you will have something similar to this!
Final image

Author: Alexandra Fomicheva

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