A result of boredom, an hour and a half playing around in Photoshop following some web based tutorials then painting with brushes.
I met my model at the same house party that featured in yesterday's post, like many people in South Shields we walk for miles on New Year's Eve going from house to house celebrating the New Year and getting quite "merry".
First of all here's the original for you to compare with.
I started by cropping the image in Photoshop and entered the original pixel dimensions into the crop tool's options bar, in this case 6144 px X 4101 px.
Then I made a loose selection with the lasso, hit ctr + j to set it on it's own layer. With this layer now named "face" I used the extract filter (tutorial here) to leave a good selection of the girl's face.
I then switched off visibility to all other layers, and then opened a new file containing a downloaded texture .jpg, and used the move tool with shift held down to drag it onto my image, once in place we used edit>free transform, and dragged the corners until the texture filled the screen, then the texture layer was dragged below the face layer in the layers palette.
I then made the face layer active and carefully followed this tutorial to do the skin retouching.
When the processes were completed, I made the top layer active, and in the layer's palette fly out I merged all of the "face" layers, having first switched off the visibility of the background and other layers below. Then the "face" layer's visibility was switched off, the texture layer was made active, then I merged down to leave me just these two layers.
It was now time to make the "face" layer active again, and using the lasso tool with a feather of 25 pixels applied, I made a loose selection around the left eye, then held down the shift key and made a similar selection around the right eye, hit ctr + j to set the selection on to its own layer and named it "eyes". Now with "eyes" active I went to image>adjustments>brightness and contrast and lightened the eyes a little and gave them a very small contrast boost, I then zoomed in closer and used the lasso again (10 pixel feather this time) to make a tighter selection around the pupils, then chose image>adjustments> hue and saturation, and bumped up the colour saturation of the pupils. Finally at this point I used the dodging brush set to highlights and 5% opacity and passed it over the white of the eyes a couple of times to lighten them, then I merged "eyes" and "face" together and ensured that this layer was renamed "face" again.
Next step was to make a slight levels adjustment to "face" because I thought it was too warm and a little too dark, then on to another tutorial to change and lighten the hair colour, all nice and easy using Quick Mask.
Next step after altering the hair, was to duplicate "face" layer and name it "face copy", this was made active and I then went to edit>transform>flip horizontal and used the move tool to reposition it as a mirror image on the right, the blend mode was then set to overlay and an opacity adjustment was made in the layers palette.
We are now finished with the face layers, time to make the background texture layer active, all I did here was to open up the hue and saturation adjustment , ctrl +U, and played with the hue slider till I got the colour I wanted, then adjusted the lightness slider to relieve the effect a little, finally I went to filter>blur, gaussian blur, and blurred it by 2 pixels.
Next make the top "face" layer active again and create a new layer which opens on top of "face", now it was time to play with some brushes and colours. Each brush and each colour was set on a new layer (so that you can edit them), the blend modes were set to colour or overlay, and the layer with the stars on it was duplicated, the lower of the two star layers was moved a couple of pixels to the right and had some gaussian blur applied to it.
That was about it, after a while just staring at your results and trying to decide if more or less was needed (no need to be hasty), I removed a couple of paint layers and finally flattened.
Lessons to be learned - (a) don't delete every picture that you take, a rescue or transformation can often be made to happen in Photoshop, (b) there are no limits if you are open minded, (c) never say it CANNOT be done, it can, (d) there are almost limitless resources and tutorials on the internet, you only need to look for them, (e) it only takes a couple of hours of your time to learn how to do this.
Finally, most of this can be achieved in Photoshop Elements as well as its bigger brother. So fire up your photo editor and have some fun!
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