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  • .PSD PHOTOSHOPVOL.3 NO.11ISSUE 11/2010/(23)

    SECRETS OF PHOTO RETOUCH by Ylenia Peronti, Tina Foster and Soffa Gsladttir





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  • @8?D?=1>9@ECreating a Cyborg 4

    Benjamin Delacour

    9>D5BF95GNarendra Keshkar 14


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    Photoshop CS4 | avanced | 90 min@8?D?=1>9@E


    Benjamin Delacour

    Im a graphic designer with over 10 years experience.

    Passionate of graphics design and picture alteration

    (retouch), I work today as a freelance designer for widely

    renowned organizations. My spare time is devoted to

    Photoshop, one of my favorite tools by far!


    1: THE BASEAfter selecting the photo you want to transform into a

    cyborg, start with opening a new document with fol-

    lowing parameters: 30 cm wide by 40 cm high at 300

    pixels and RGB. Copy your photo into this new docu-

    ment, and position it in the center.

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    2: ADJUST THE FORMATIn my case, picture lacked fur on both

    sides, so I duplicated and enlarged it to

    have more of it on both sides. Then with a

    Mask I removed the inside of the mask to

    leave the base image undistorted. You may

    have to adjust the brightness with Curves

    to match the two layers. I blurred the layer

    with the new fur to give it a volume as if it

    were more of it in the front.

    3: MAKE-UPTo give cheeks more volume we will have

    to add a little white to them. To do that

    well use large brush and reduced Opacity.

    Then on the new layer we add little bit

    of pink on cheeks, also in harsh light.

    Adjust the layers opacity to complete the

    cheeks. Choose a light blue and a layer

    set to Color. Add color over the eyelids to

    enhance the look. Do the same for the lips

    and soften the selection with a mask after

    copying it to a new layer. Use the Plastic

    wrap filter and select the layer mode to

    Hard light. It will give more contrast and

    there will be more reflections.

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    4: THE LOOKWith the Pen make a path to select the

    eye. Copy on a new layer and set its mode

    to Density, than adjust the opacity to settle

    the effect. Draw two circles on the iris of

    the eye. Choose a white brush with a width

    smaller than the size of the iris. On a new

    layer with the selected path in the Window

    tracks options you will find the option

    Contour plots uncheck it. Simulate the

    pressure and accept. You have just created

    two white circles on the iris. Switch the

    layer mode to Overlay. I did the same but

    with black to mark the edge of the iris.

    5: SKINCopy and duplicate layers by moving the

    new layer icon. Flatten it to get a new

    working basis. Clean the skin with the

    Stamp tool and Spot Healing Brush tool.

    Duplicate this layer and apply the blur

    filter. With a mask limit its effect to the

    skin of the face. Keep up the edges. Now

    you have the original layer and the layer

    with the smoothen skin. You can use the

    Spot Healing Brush tool to smooth out

    some details.

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    6: LIGHTS AND COLORSCreate a new folder and name it Light. In

    this folder you can place different layers to

    illuminate the model and to give it different

    colors. I added yellow fur set to Bright light

    at 20% Opacity. I added the blue in the

    picture with a broad brush in color mode

    set to Density. Then I adjusted the Opacity

    to 15%. I also added black on the edges

    with a layer mode set to Multiply and white

    on the upper face with a layer mode set to


    7: CONTRASTS DETAILSAdd a layer settings Brightness/Contrast

    and adjust the Contrast to 24%, and the

    Opacity to 25% to mitigate the effect. Add

    the Curves adjustment layer and play with

    different settings to obtain a green and blue

    atmosphere that fits well with our theme of

    Science Fiction. I also added a layer with

    black hair to less visible at the bottom and

    another layer in which I painted in white on

    the collar to make it shine.

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    8: LIPSNow we will darken the lips. To do it, open

    new layer, select a brush and paint the lips

    with black. Set it to 60%, as shown. On a

    new layer I added on eyes and lips some

    white with a fine brush to add reflections.

    I duplicated this black layer and set it to the

    Color mode at 100% Opacity to desaturate

    the lips while keeping the reflections

    visible. I added a little black on another

    layer to erase the last faults.

    9: CUTTINGWith the Pen tool draw rectangular shapes

    that follow the natural line of the face to

    break it into several pieces. Get your first

    selection line and complete it with black

    on a new layer. Add a drop shadow to this

    layer. Repeat the selection, complete it

    with white and move the new layer down.

    This will give the impression that the skin

    was cut. By holding [Ctrl] and clicking on

    this layer, retrieve the selection of the white

    layer and using the Eyedropper paint colors

    of the surrounding skin. You can also add

    some black to give more volume. Repeat

    these steps on all of the lines that cut out

    the character. Remember to respect the

    general direction of the light.

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    10: REFLECTIONS AND DETAILS.On a new layer add the black finish for the

    crossing of face cuts. Take the Pen and

    draw shapes that follow the curves of the

    edges of the cuts. Fill them with white and

    add outer glow layer effect. Soften the

    edges if necessary with a Mask. I also filled

    the nostrils with black and white reflection

    to restore volume. Fill a layer with black at

    50%. Add noise and pass the layer mode to

    Overlay. Set the Opacity to define the grain

    achieved with the noise.

    11: OPENINGTo accentuate the Cyborg, make a circle on

    a new layer and distort it so that it follows

    the line of the face. Set the Opacity to 50%.

    Duplicate the layer and then move it under

    the previous layer to create a white outline.

    Select the outline and erase the circle that

    we created in the firt step here. It will create

    the depth effect. Duplicate this layer and

    blur it slightly to Brighten.

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    12: OPENING VOLUMEBy recovering the selection of the first

    circle, create a new layer above the

    previous one and with a broad brush

    add the gradient with white top and black

    bottom. Keep the selection on a new layer

    and add a shadow on the top of the circle.

    Move the selection and the new layer filled

    with black up, to retrieve the selection of

    the first circle and delete the extra pixels.

    Set the Opacity to 50% and youll get a cut

    in shadow on the top of our opening.

    13: DEPTHGroup the layers from the first round

    in a folder and duplicate it. With the

    Transformation tool, reduce the size of the

    file copied to create a second circle inside

    the first one. By recovering the selection

    of the first circle I created a new layer filled

    with black that I enlarged. To dig inside, I

    used the menu Selection>Modify>Contract

    which reduced the selection. Now you

    just need to cut the pixels inside the

    circle. Adjust with the Transformation tool

    if needed. Finally, with the use of mask

    layers I created a line that split the

    small circle.

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    14: FINAL ADJUSTMENTSAdd an adjustment layer to adjust the

    Saturation of the color mask of the Cyborg.

    The goal is to desaturate the mask against

    the skin. I added a Photo Filter adjustment

    layer to change the overall color of the

    picture with a sepia tone to 35%. I then

    finished with a layer of Brightness/Contrast

    to strengthen once more the contrast of the


    15: FINAL STEPTo finish up, flatten your image and

    duplicate it one last time using the Plastic

    wrap effect with an Intensity of 5 on a detail

    and smoothing in order to achieve a soft

    effect. Add a layer mask and invert the

    black to clear plastic packaging. Then with

    a white brush at 50% Opacity paint robot

    parts on the mask. This will highlight the

    effect only on selected parts of the image.

    You just go over the layers mode lighter

    color. Thats it!

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