Create a Weird and Unholy Hybrid Animal in this Easy Photoshop Tutorial

    ●   This is a very useful and fun tutorial to introduce Photoshop to beginning computer artists

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Zoom Tool Opacity Free Transform Warp

•   This tutorial is part of the Portrait Project

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Step #1: Find 2 Photos ~

Open 2 pictures: 1 animal - 1 people - or whatever unholy combination you which to create in Photoshop.


Step #2: Side by Side ~

When you get them both open in Photoshop, go to: Window > Arrange > 2-up Vertical

Step #3: Lasso your Face ~

Get the Lasso Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

lasso Tool

… lasso around your face.

Step #4: Move it!

Click the Move Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

move tool

… and combine the photos into one Photoshop document using the Move Tool .

Name your layers - animal and face!

Step #5: It's Too Big! ZOOM OUT ~

You may be saying: "My face is way too big (or small)! What do I do?"

First, you must Zoom Out by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd - (minus)

Get the Zoom Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (z) …

… and click Zoom Out on the menu bar.

Then go to: Edit > Free Transform or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T to shrink it down.

Grab the corners and squeeze your face down to make it fit.

NOTE: Holding the shift key down while adjusting the size keeps the image proportionally correct.

Hit Enter or click the in the upper right.

Step #6: Lower the Opacity ~

Lower the Opacity on the top layer by moving the slider bar …

… until you to see the background through your face.


Step #7: Warp ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T again …

ctrl t

… hold Cmd(⌘) cmd key down while dragging the corner of the box …

then Right-Click and select Warp

… and align your face with the animal.

Line up the eyes as your guide.

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Hit Enter when done.


Raise the Opacity back up …

Step #8: The Eraser ~

Get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (E) …

eraser tool

… pick a soft round brush …

… and begin erasing away the parts of your face you don't need.

Do a good Job! Blend your face with the background so it looks realistic.

Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~

Go to: File > Save for Web … and save it as a .jpg

Save it as a .jpg approximately 500 pixels wide

Save the file as YOUR NAME! so we know whose it is.