Intro: Using Photoshop, using parts from three distinctly different animals combine them to create a fictional animal. Pay attention to ways the animal parts will connect and that they lighting matches in all images used. Photoshop techniques (layer mask, clone stamp, puppet warp) will be used to combine images and make the ‘Trimal’ look as realistic as possible.
Tutorials for Trimal Techniques: Selection 101 | Selecting Areas of a Photo | Basic Selection Techniques & Options | Selecting Soft Edge objects with Refine Edge | Adjusting Content within a Mask
1. Select 3 animals you would like to combine in your Trimal. Sketch out what the finish result may look like. Think of several different ways you can combine the animals.
2. Make a folder in the G: drive called Trimal. You will save all of your images and work here.
3. Use Google Images to search for photographs of the animals you will be using. Make sure to search for LARGE images only. Right click on the image and select ‘Save As’ and save to your ‘Trimal’ folder on G:
4. Open Photoshop: Start menu > Programs > Adobe Master Collection CS5.5 > Adobe Photoshop
5. Create a new document (CTRL + N): File > New > 12”x18” or 18”x12” @ 200ppi
6. Open your images in Photoshop (CTRL + O): File > Open > Select your image from your Trimal folder
7. Using the Move tool (v) drag and drop your image in to your new composition.
8. Resize images using free transform (CTRL + T) and use the corners while holding down shift to maintain your aspect ratio. You can also rotate your image by placing your cursor just outside of the corner anchor points.
9. Using the Quick Selection Tool (w), select the area you want to 'cut out' or isolate. Click and move your cursor around and area you’d like to select. If the tool selects unwanted areas, hold down ATL when using the Quick Selection Tool to deselect an area.
10. Once area is selected, select ‘Add Layer Mask’ to apply mask to isolate the part of the animal you want to use.
11. Use the Mask options to feather the edge of the mask, giving it a softer edge. See 'Refine Edge'
12. Make sure the mask is selected by clicking on it in the Layer tab.
13. Use the paintbrush to further refine the mask, use black to mask or ‘erase’ areas and use white to make areas reappear.
14. Use the Clone Stamp (S), Puppet Warp (Edit>Puppet Warp) and Cast Shadow (see tutorial below) to finish your Trimal and make it look as realistic as possible. How to use Clone Stamp / How to use Puppet Warp / Create a Cast Shadow
15. Add your Trimal’s name using the text tool (T). You can use the text options to change the font and size of the text.
16. Add copyright using the text tool. To add the copyright symbol, hold down ALT and type in 0169 in order on the number pad. After the symbol add the year the work was created and your First and Last name: ©2012 Your Name
17. Save your Trimal as lastname_firstname_trimal.psd (the .psd extension will be added when you select to save as a Photoshop document)