Create a Superhero with your Face Traced Over It
● Combine your head with your favorite superhero and trace everything to make an original creation.
✓ Template Layers in .ai✓ Pencil Tool ✓ Embed Files
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Step #1: Find a Hero Character and Open it in Photoshop ~
✗ Go here or on Google and find a picture of a superhero, something flat, easily traceable, not too many colors and not too complex, copy or save it and open it in Photoshop.
✗ Using the Quick Select or the Magic Wand …
✗ … select everything you don't need and delete it.
Step #2: Open a Picture of Your Face in Photoshop ~
✗ Find a picture facing the same direction as close a possible …
✗ … select the Magnetic Lasso Tool which is behind the regular lasso tool …
✗ … trace around your head, neck and hair.
Step #3: Combine the Images ~
✗ Copy and paste your face into one Photoshop document.
Step #4: Your Face ~
✗ Using Cmd (⌘)+T, adjust the size to fit.
Step #5: Warp ~
✗ Hit Cmt+T again, but this time, hold Cmd down.
✗ Do a Good Job!
Step #6: Save Your Work as a .psd ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save it as a .psd document somewhere you can find it.
Step #7: Move to Adobe Illustrator ~
✓ Open the template for whatever Illustrator project you're doing:
✓ If you're working on a the Comic Book Project, open this template:
✓ If you're working on your CD Cover Project,
open this template:
✓ If you absolutely don't have any templates yet, make your document 800 x 600 px.
Step #8: Place your Photoshop Image ~
✓ In Illustrator, go to: File > Place …
✓ … and place the image into your document.
Step #9: Embed the Picture ~
✓ If you don't Embed your image into your composition it will not save with your work. With your image selected, click the Embed button:
✓ If you don't Embed the Photoshop image, it wont be there when you send it in!
Step #10: Template Layer ~
✓ Now, click the drop down menu in the upper corner of the Layers Palette and select Template …
✗ Changing a layer to a "Template" layer reduces the Transparency to 50% so you can see what you're doing, turns the eye in to the template icon and locks the layer .
Step #11: Create Another New Layer ~
✓ Make a new layer above the template layer by clicking on the New Layer icon .
Step #12: Pencil Tool ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … Double-Click on the Pencil Tool icon …
✓ … and uncheck both Fill New Pencil Strokes and Edit selected paths but leave Keep selected.
✓ Also, raise the Fidelity and the Smoothness:
Fidelity: Determines how close the path is drawn to your mouse movement. Set it at a higher fidelity if your not good at drawing with your mouse.
Smoothness: The higher you set for smoothness, the less anchor point it produces, producing a smoother line.
Step #13: Color ~
✓ Locate your Stroke and Fill colors …
✓ … set your Stroke to Black and Fill to None .
Step #14: Zoom In ~
✓ Zoom in VERY CLOSE on your face by hitting Cmd (⌘) +
Step #15: Begin Tracing ~
✓ Begin tracing your face.
✗ Keep Going! Be Extremely Detailed!
✗ Every line …
✗ Every blemish …
✗ Every hair …
✗ Every eyelash …
✗ The more detailed you are the better the result.
Last Step: Save and Attach your Illustrator Document ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it even if you're not done yet!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
You're not done yet! Go here when you are ready for the next step:
Other Resources: http://jessperna.com/budget_superheroes.html