Summary:

Make yourself into an Alien in Photoshop

    ●   Then Animate yourself into an Alien using Photoshop's gif Animation features.


Learn About:

Scale and Transform Tool Healing Brush Settings
Add to Selection with the Lasso Tool Lasso Tool Animation

  •   This tutorial is part of the Monster Mesh Project.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

animated alien example

Step #1: Open a Picture of your Face in PhotoShop ~

Get a photo of your face and open it in Photoshop.

image

… get the Crop Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (c) …

… and crop your Photo. You only need your head and shoulders.

Then go to: Image > Image Size and set the resolution to 72 pixels per inch.

resolution

Also, lower the size to about 400 pixels high.

image size


Step #2: Duplicate the Layer ~

Right-Click the layer and hit Duplicate.

Turn the visibility off and lock the Background layer.


Step #3: Eyes ~

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

… and select one eye. You want a large part of the eye and the face as shown:

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Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+C and then Cmd(⌘)+V to copy and paste the eye onto another layer.

image 8


Step #4: Free Transform Tool ~

Go to: Edit > Free Transform or hit the keybord shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T to select the eye with the Free Transform Tool.

With the eye selected, locate the Reference point location, Width, Height, and Rotate settings in the Menu bar.


Step #5: Reference Point Location ~

First, set the "Reference point location" - if you're working on the right eye, this: image 13 or the left eye to this: image 12 

reference point location


Step #6: Rotate ~

If you are working on the right eye, try rotating it to -10. If you're working on the left eye, it's +10

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Step #7: Width and Height ~

Still using the Free Transform Tool, turn off the link between the Width and Height by clicking "Maintain aspect ratio." …

maintain aspect ratio

… change the Width to approximately 115% and the Height to around 120% - or any settings that look good for your needs.

width height eye


Step #8: Select the Other Eye ~

Hit Enter enter key to exit the Free Transform Tool and select the Background copy layer again.

background copy layer

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

lasso tool

… select it, copy and paste it onto a new layer by hitting Cmd(⌘)+C and Cmd(⌘)+V .

image 16


Step #9: Repeat the Scale from the Other Eye ~

Hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T, set the "Reference point location" = left eye is image 13 and rotate to approximate +10. Right eye is image 12 and rotate -10, and finally change the Width to approximately 115% and the Height to around 120% - the same basic settings from the other eye …

right eye scale


Step #10: Clean UP ~

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

eraser tool

… and click on Brush Preset picker in the Menu Bar …

… select a Soft Round brush …

… and erase around the eye just enough that it blends in. Try to erase as little as possible.

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Step #11: Merge Layers ~

Select ALL THREE LAYERS: The Eye Layers and the Background copy layer by holding Shift (⇧) shift key, and then clicking each one …

Then Right-Click and select Merge Layers or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+E.


Step #12: Eyebrows ~

Get the Spot Healing Brush Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (j) …

… click the Brush picker

brush preset picker

… lower the Brush Hardness a little …

… and erase the eyebrows by dabbing the brush.

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Step #13: Liquify ~

Go to: Filer > Liquify or hit the keyboard shortcut letters Shift+Cmd(⌘)+X

… in the Liquify menu, locate and click on "Show Backdrop" …

image 65

… set the Brush Size using the slider bar (if necessary) …

… and carefully lengthen and widen the nose.

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It's easy to overdo it with the Liquify Tool, so you can always hit Reconstruct or Restore All if needed.

reconstruct image

Go back to: Filters > Liquify and try the Bloat Tool by hitting the shortcut letter (b) …

bloat tool

… make the brush size slightly bigger than your eye and gently bloat the eyes a little.

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Step #14: Skin Color ~

Get the Lasso Tool again - keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

lasso Tool

… and draw around your face and all of your exposed skin.

 

 

Copy the selection by going to: Edit > Copy Merged … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift+Cmd(⌘)+C

 

 

Then go to: Edit > Paste … or Cmd(⌘)+V

 

Go to: Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation or Cmd(⌘)+U

Drag the hue marker to the left and right to see your skin color change.

Click on OK when you have it the color that you want.

Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …

 

If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.

 

Blending Modes are awesome!

Hint: You can scroll through the different Blending Modes by hitting Alt (⌥)+Shift+Plus:


Step #15: Lips and Nose ~

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

lasso tool

Select the tip of the nose with Lasso Tool …

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Then click "Add to Selection" in the menu bar …

add to selection

Now you can select your lips by adding to the selection …

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Copy the selection by going to: Edit > Copy Merged … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Shift+Cmd(⌘)+C

 

 

 

Then go to: Edit > Paste … or Cmd(⌘)+V

 

Lastly, hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+U to open the Hue/Saturation menu again and adjust the colors of the lips and the nose.

Lower the Opacity of the Lips and Nose layer too, if needed …


Step #16: Eyes ~

Make a New Layer

layer-new-layer.png

… and using the Brush Tool, paint the iris yellow or whatever color works for you …

image 20

Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …

 

If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.

 

Blending Modes are awesome!

Repeat for the other eye. Lower the opacity of the yellow layer so that it isn't so saturated. Adjust the layer as you see fit.

image 23


Step #17: Stripes or Patterns ~

Copy the zebra stripes below (Right-Click > Copy) or go find some animal patterns or stripes of your own …

zebra pattern avatar

… and paste the pattern as a new layer.

paste zebra stripes


Step #18: Liquify ~

Go to: Filter > Liquify

… click on the Forward Warp Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (w)

forward_warp_tool.png

… and warp the shape until it roughly fits over the face.

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Step #19: Symmetrical Pattern ~

Get the Rectangular Marquee Tool

erase right

… and select half the shape and delete it.

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Using the Move Tool duplicate the object by holding Alt (⌥)/Option and dragging …

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Then go to: Edit  > Transform > Flip Horizontal and join them like so:

zebra avatar

Merge the halves and set the Opacity to approximately 18%. You may need to Liquify the stripes one more time …

stripe shape

Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …

 

If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.

 

Blending Modes are awesome!


Step #20: Sparkles ~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

… and click on the Brushes panel icon in the upper right menu bar.

Select a small, soft round brush.

Then click on Shape Dynamics.

Raise the Size Jitter up high …

size jitter

Next click on Scattering …

Raise the scattering randomness …

Lower the Count …

tip count

Make a New Layer

Set your colors to yellow or pink or whatever …

Lower the Opacity of the stroke …

Use a small brush, make may dots of different sizes.

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They’re generally pretty heavy on the nose, brow, under the eyes, at the corner of the mouth and running down the neck.

Step #21: Ears ~

Click here and copy these ears or download them by clicking on the image below:

ears

Paste them in your file, then isolate each one by using Lasso Tool, and re-size and place where you need.


Step #22: Merge Layers ~

Hopefully you still have the original layer at the bottom with the visibility turned off …

original layer

Click on one of the layers that IS visible and go to: Layers > Merge Visible or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift+E so that you only have 2 layers left.

merge layers


Step #23: Animation ~

Then go to: Window > Timeline and the Timeline window appears click "Create Frame Animation" (if necessary) …


Step #24: Delay Time ~

First, click on the "Selects frame delay time"

selects frame delay panel

… and lower the Frame rate to approximately 0.01 Seconds.


Step #24: Add a New Frame ~

Click the "Duplicates selected frames" icon at the bottom to add a new frame.

With the Duplicate Frame selected, turn the visibility ON in the Original layer of your Photoshop document and the visibility OFF on the other layer.

layer vis

Click the "Duplicates selected frames" again, turn the top layer back ON and the bottom OFF so you have 3 frames than look something like this:

3 frames of animation


Step #25: Tweens ~

Now select the middle frame …

middle frame

… and click the Tweens animation frames button …

tweens animation frames

… and set the Frames to Add number to approximately 10.

tween

Select the last frame and add 10 frames there too.

last frame tweens


Step #26: Add More Time ~

Click on Frame 1 again and slow to about 1/2 second.

delay 1st frame

Click on frame 12 (or whatever your middle frame was) and delay that to 1/2 second also.

middle frame delay

Lastly, set the Looping options to Forever.


Step #27: Save for Web …

Go to: File > Save for Web … and save your work as a .gif …

gif

Check the file size in the lower left hand corner.

Animated gifs are supposed to be small - that's their purpose. To make your file smaller, shrink the pixel size to 140 or 150 …

Hit OK and save the file as YOUR NAME! so we know whose it is.

Attach it.


To view your .gif, right-click on it and open a web browser.

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Other Resources: http://www.webdesign.org/photoshop/photo-editing/angelina-jolie-as-a-na-vi-from-avatar-movie.18062.html

http://www.icanbecreative.com/create-james-camerons-avatar-movie-poster-in-photoshop-tutorial.html