Winged pig in Photoshop

Final result

Source materials:

STEP 1. Create a new document (1000X1000px).
Download the Sky image from the link at the beginning of this lesson and move it to our document, placing it as in the screenshot below:

Apply a correction layer to the sky layer. Color balance (Color Balance). Make sure that each adjustment layer is used as a clipping mask, so the adjustment layer will affect only the underlying layer, not the entire image:

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): +2 / -13 / -6
Mid tones (Midtones): +28 / +4 / -11
Shadows (Shadows): +11 / -4 / -12

STEP 2. We want to focus more on the center of the image. To start, create a new layer, name this layer ‘vignette’.

Using a large soft brush with low opacity (about 10-20%), set the brush color to black, draw around the corners and along the edges of the image:

STEP 3. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘central light’. Using a large soft brush with opacity (about 20%), set the brush color to white, draw a large white spot of white light in the middle of the document.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay). This blending mode should create a gentle illumination in the center of your composition, drawing the eye:

STEP four. Open the Main Pig picture (see the source materials for this lesson).

Separate the piglet from the background using any selection tool you prefer.

Move the selected image of the piglet to our document, scaling and positioning, as in the screenshot below:

If you notice, the piglet legs look flat, as in the original photo, they were located on a flat surface. Now that our little pig must fly in the air, we need to create the impression that the little pig legs naturally hang down.

To achieve this effect, let’s go Editing – Puppet Warp (edit> puppet warp). Using the puppet deformation tool, you will create multiple anchor points throughout the body of the pig. These pivot points will not allow the piglet to move while you are applying deformation to its legs.

Using the puppet deformation tool, move the piglet’s legs closer to each other and tweak the rear legs slightly to create the feeling that they are stuck in the air:

The result of the tool is puppet deformation, you can see in the screenshot below:

STEP five. Apply adjustment layers Levels (Level) and Color balance (Color Balance) to the piglet layer to better combine it with the background:

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
26 / 0.87 / 243

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):
Sveta (Highlights): +6 / -2 / 0
Mid tones (Midtones): -26 / 0 / +4
Shadows (Shadows): +16 / 0 / -9

STEP 6. Create a new layer, name this layer “belt”.

Using tool Pen (pen tool), create a shape in the form of a belt wrapped around a little pig. Do not forget to leave a small open space on the belt, in the form of a square on the back of the pig, so that its back is visible.

You can fill this area with any color at your discretion. I used black color:

Download the skin texture from the link at the beginning of this tutorial. Move the texture to our document by scaling and positioning so that the texture covers the ‘belt’ area:

We want to create the impression that the skin shape is cut out approximately in the shape of a pig body. To achieve this effect, let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (edit> transform> warp). Using the deformation tool, deform the texture, as in the screenshot below:

Make sure that the skin texture layer is on top of the ‘belt’ layer, and then transform the texture layer into a clipping mask. This means that your texture will be trimmed to exactly the shape of your belt, creating the feeling that a beautiful leather belt is wrapped around the body of a pig:

Apply adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance). The adjustment layer should automatically be converted to a clipping mask; if this does not happen, then, convert the adjustment layer to a clipping mask:

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):

Sveta (Highlights): +18 / 0 / -16
Mid tones (Midtones): +32 / 0 / -11
Shadows (Shadows): +2 / 0 / -12

You can see that the skin color is brown:

STEP 7 We need to give our leather belt a bit of light to make it look more natural.

Hold Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the ‘belt’ layer to load the selection of the belt.

Once the selection is loaded, create a new layer on top of all layers, name this layer поя belt shadow ’. Using a soft black brush, draw the shadows at the top and bottom of the belt. Using a soft white brush, move the brush in the center of the belt.

Change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (multiply) and reduce the layer opacity to 50%:

STEP 8. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘belt lightening’.

Using a soft white brush, medium opacity, paint over the center of the belt, creating a light effect:

Change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay) and reduce the layer opacity to 50%:

STEP 9. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘gold stroke’.

Using tool Pen (pen tool), create a selection around the square space at the top of the leather belt. Fill this area with the # ffd800 color tone.

Apply options Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Inner Glow (Inner Glow) to the об golden stroke ’layer:

Settings for option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
Colour (Color): 000000
Opacity (Opacity): 35%
Angle (Angle): 120
Bias (Distance): 5px
Tightening (Choke): 0%
The size (Size): 5px

Settings for option Inner Glow (Inner Glow):

Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
Opacity(Opacity): 20%
Noise(Noise): 0%
Colour(Color): 000000
Tightening(Choke): 0%
The size(Size): 1px

STEP 10. Create a new layer, name this layer ‘pink seta’. Download the Fur brush from the link at the beginning of this lesson.

The idea here is such that the tender ends of the bristle of the pig overlap the area of ​​the leather belt.

To do this, simply select color samples from the surface of the piglet and apply these shades when using Fur brushes. Use several brushes to get a beautiful, free edge:

The last image shows that various Fur brushes were used, which lay on the belt and the background, although we only need a small edge of the bristles that would overlap the area of ​​the leather belt.

To fix this, add a layer mask to the щет pink bristle ’layer, and on the layer mask with a brush, hide the extra areas:

The last image still shows the seam between the edge of the pig’s bristles and the painted bristles.

To fix this, create a new layer, name this layer “smooth transition”. Using a small soft pink brush, paint over this seam line, creating a smooth transition between the edges:

STEP eleven. To make the piglet’s eye stand out stronger, create a new layer, name this layer “glitter of the eye”.

Draw a small white spot on the eye pupil. (There is already a white spot on the eye pupil, but we want it to be more saturated):

STEP 12. Download the winged image from the link at the beginning of this tutorial. Cut one of the wings and paste on our original document. Using a soft black brush, process the lower part of the wing on a layer mask to create a smooth transition between the wing and the back of the pig:

Copy and paste the second wing, place the layer with the second wing below the layer with the first wing. Name the layer with the first wing ‘frontal wing’, and the layer with the second wing name far wing ’.

The far wing is not quite perfect, so let’s go. Editing – Transformation – Deformation (edit> transform> distort) to make the wing look better:

STEP 13. We want to give light sweeps to the far wing to simulate a flying pig.

Select the layer with the far wing and go Filter- Convert for Smart Filters (filter> convert for smart filters). This action converts the layer into a smart filter and allows you to apply filters without losing image quality.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (filter> blur> motion blur).
Angle(Angle): 30
Bias(Distance): 4 px

STEP 14. Apply adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance) to both layers with wings. This correction will give a light pink hue to the wings, combining them with the pig:
Sveta (Highlights): +9 / -8 / -5
Mid tones (Midtones): +53 / -18 / -57
Shadows (Shadows): +12 / +1 / -13

STEP 15. Duplicate the front wing layer. Let’s go Editing – Transformation – Deformation (edit> transform> distort) and deform the wing so that it is within the radius of the wing flap during flight.

Using a layer mask, hide the upper tip of this wing, creating a gradual opacity transition:

Apply a filter to this layer. Motion blur (motion blur) to mimic the movement of fluttering wings:
Angle (Angle): -66
Bias (Distance): 100 px

Repeat this step, creating a second blurred wing for the front wing, while shifting the wing slightly lower.

Also for the ‘far wing’ layer, create two blurred duplicates of the wings.

Every second duplicate of each wing (the most diffuse wing) reduce the layer opacity so that the second duplicate of the wing is barely visible than the first duplicate of the wing:

STEP sixteen. To complete the work with the wings, it is necessary to combine their basis a little better with the back of the pig.

To do this, select a square piece from the surface of the pig skin and copy / paste it onto a new layer, placing this layer on top of all layers. Rename this layer ‘fur for the wing’ and place this square piece of fur over the joint between the wings and the pig:

Using a layer mask, process this part of the fur, creating a smooth transition between the base of the wings and the back of the pig:

Apply adjustment layers Levels (Level) and Color balance (Color Balance) to the layer ‘fur for the wing’ to match the shades:

Settings for the adjustment layer Levels (Level):
56 / 0.76 / 247

Settings for the adjustment layer Color balance (Color Balance):
Sveta (Highlights): -2 / -2 / +4
Mid tones (Midtones): -1 / +6 / +5
Shadows(Shadows): +32 / +16 / +11

STEP 17. Next, create a new layer, name this layer ‘brighten / darken the main piglet’.

You are going to apply lightening / darkening to our little pig without loss of image quality.

Let’s go Editing – Fill (edit> fill) and fill the layer with 50% gray. Then, change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). This mode will hide your fill with 50% gray, but will allow you to make light correction without harming your image.
Usually use a soft black brush with low opacity (about 10%) to create shadows and a soft white brush with low opacity (about 10%) for lightening.

In the screenshots below, you can see the ‘bleaching / darkening’ layer under blending mode Normal (normal) and overlay mode Overlap (overlay):

The idea is such that it is better to combine the pig with the background. Try to identify the source of light coming from the sky and emphasize the shadow where necessary:

STEP 18. To further match the piglet with the background, we are going to add soft color shades as additional lighting effects.

Select a large soft brush (color: ffca55) and draw a few orange spots on top of our image. Again, try to determine where this orange light comes from in terms of your background:

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 20% and change the blending mode to Overlap (overlay). This should give a very delicate orange shade to your piglet’s area:

Repeat this technique using additional layers and additional violet / dark orange color shades:

STEP nineteen. Repeat the technique you used when creating the main piglet and add the second piglet, larger in size, place it in the lower left corner of your document.

We want only the pig’s head to be visible, since we simply use it to create some interesting developments and create the depth of the composition.

The screenshot shows the pig’s head after applying adjustment layers, color correction and lightening / darkening:

Let’s go Filter – convert for smart– of filters(filter> convert for smart filters).

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur by Gauss(filter> blur> gaussian blur). Apply a blur radius of 6 px. This will help create a sense of depth, since the larger pig is closer to us and is out of focus, respectively:

STEP 20. Create a new layer, name this layer highlight ’. Fill this layer with black and then go Filter- Convert for Smart Filters (filter> convert for smart filters).

Then go Filter – Rendering – Blick (filter> render> lens flare) and apply Lens type (Zoom flare) 50-300mm, Brightness (brightness) 100%.

Try to position the highlight over the back of the pig:

Change the blending mode to Lightening (screen), which will hide the black background of the layer, while revealing the highlight itself. Also reduce the opacity of the layer to 50%, making the effect more gentle:

STEP 21. Finally, apply an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map). In fact, we want this adjustment layer to be applied only to our main background, since we don’t want to oversaturate the piglet’s hues too much.

To solve this problem, simply convert the adjustment layer into a layer mask and hide the correction area around the piglet on the mask layer using a large soft black brush:

Settings for the adjustment layer Gradient Map (Gradient Map):

Gradient (Gradient): by default, within the color range from purple to orange
Opacity layer(Layer opacity): 10%
Mode overlay(Layer blend mode): Normal(Normal)

And we finished the lesson!

You can view the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

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