Making a Pirate Face Picture
|Have you ever wanted to be a pirate? Perhaps when you were young, the idea of wearing a patch over an eye, firing cannon balls, and amassing huge chests of plundered gold appealed to you. If you don't have the energy or motivation to find a ship or get a crew together, don't fret. You can still act the part! In the following tutorial, I will show you how to manipulate a photo of yourself to make it look as if you've been swashbuckling across the open seas.|
- Take a new file (3000px X 2400px) and name it as âpirate face manipulationâ. Take an image of a pirate character. We have taken a sample from âhttp://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EVi6vQeqaFc/Te5apUYYlMI/AAAAAAAAIME/YHYYkZ0_7Oc/s1600/03-best-background-movie-desktop-wallpapers_Pirates-of-the-Caribbean.jpgâ. Drop it on the âpirate face manipulationâ file.
- Keep the pirate character out of the image and remove everything else, using âpen toolâ. Now we have a pirate character with a blank face and we can put any face in the place of the devoid face. Please notice the layer, named âpirate costumeâ.
- Now we should take another image to have the face which will be put into the empty location under the âpirate costumeâ layer. We have taken a sample from âhttp://th95.photobucket.com/albums/l150/grantaholic/angry.jpgâ. Letâs name the layer as âpirate faceâ.
- Rotate the new Pirate face image as needed to fit best.
- We should adjust the color balance [ Image> Adjustment > Color Balance (+44), 0, (-36) ]. Also we need to adjust the brightness and contrast [Image> Adjustment >Brightness/Contrast, brightness: (-49) and contrast: (35) ]. The parameters may vary with your chosen image.
- We should now remove everything else except the facial portion at layer âpirate faceâ, using âeraser toolâ.
- Take the âeraser toolâ [ soft round ] and erase the unnecessary portions of the âcostume layerâ so that the âpirate faceâ layer merges intimately with the âcostume layerâ.
- You should able to see some differences between the two layers and they are not yet merged correctly. We have to make some more adjustments of the properties [ hue/saturation, brightness/contrast, color balance ] of the two layers. For example, we have adjusted the âsaturationâ [ (-16) ] here, in the layer âpirate faceâ.
- Now we should take the âburn toolâ and burn some areas of the face, so that it looks more natural and some parts of the face take a âsun burnâ look. We set âburn toolâ at âRange: midtonesâ and âExposure: 15%â. Again at âRange: highlightâ and âExposure: 15%â.
- We should again adjust the âsaturationâ [ Image>Adjustment> Hue/Saturation, (-9) ] and finally the face is totally merged with the costume.
- Now we should take an image of a skull. We have taken a sample from âhttp://dc338.4shared.com/img/MRszJAjG/s7/real_bone_human_skull_male_s.jpgâ. Crop the skull from the image and drop it over the âpirate costumeâ layer. Decreasing the âopacityâ, we should move and rotate the skull so that it fits to the pirate face.
- Adjust âbrightness/contrastâ of the skull, brightness: 64 and contrast: (-36). Set the âskullâ layer at âhard lightâ mode.
- Now under the âskullâ layer, right beneath the eye socket, draw a black hole with âbrushâ [ soft round ]. Also erase the unnecessary parts of the skull.
- Use âdodge toolâ to raise up some parts of the skull. Set the âdodge toolâ â at âRange: midtonesâ and âExposure: 20%â.
- We are almost done with the pirate face manipulation and now we shall be putting a relevant background to enhance the image. Here we have taken a sample from âhttp://www.all2need.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/old-ship-at-sunset-near-swamp-at-the-coast-wallpaper.jpgâ.
- Now we should edit the âbrightness/contrastâ of the background image. We set the parameters at âbrightness: 100%â and âcontrast: 42%â.
- We select all the layers without the âbackgroundâ layer (old-ship-at-sunsetâ¦). We create a group (Ctrl + G) with the selected layers. Rename the group as âPirate Lightâ.
- Adjust the âsaturationâ (-48) of the background layer. Burn some areas of the background layer and make it darker.
- Now duplicate the group and rename as âPirate Darkâ. Darken the layer âPirate Darkâ and erase some of the vital areas e.g. face, sword etc. so that we can see the brighter parts of the lower image. Merge both the groups.
- Merge both the âPirate Darkâ and âPirate Lightâ layers and rename it as âPirateâ layer. [ Points 17, 18, 19 and 20 are for advanced users ]
- Now âburnâ [ âRange: midtonesâ and âExposure: 30%â ] both of the âbackgroundâ and âPirateâ layers.
- Create a new adjustment layer at the top of all layers. Go to layer Ã new adjustment layer Ã color balance (-17),(3),(54). Thus we should adjust the color balance of the whole image.
- Again adjust the âSaturationâ of the background by going to image Ã adjustment Ã hue/saturation. Set the saturation at (-44).
- Now we should some smokes to create a more mysterious atmosphere. We shall take a new layer above the old ship background layer and draw some smoke using âsoft roundâ brush.
- We should go to filter Ã liquefy. Use âforward warpâ tool and âtwirl clockwiseâ tool to create some to create some smoke effect.
- After applying the âliquefyâ tool, we should decrease the âlayer opacityâ to around 50%. Now we should erase some areas using âeraserâ setting the âopacityâ to 50%. After erasing the smoke, we can get a more natural mystic sea-shore atmosphere.
- To finish the whole process, the last job that we have to do is to apply some lights on the pirate character and the ship behind. We can do this using either the âbrushâ or âpenâ tool. For pen tool, we should select the areas and right click on the screen, apply stroke path Ã tool Ã brush [ simulate pressure ].
- Finally, we are done with this manipulation.
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