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eyes of the tiger blend

eyesofthetiger-14.pngA very long tutorial on how to make this lovely, complicated blend. This tutorial emphasizes composition (blending of textures) and colour-editing.
Level: Intermediate ~ Advanced.
Requires selective colouring.

 

Be prepared for a long tutorial on how to make this.

For this blend, I have used the followings images:

MAKING THE BASE

STEP ONE

th_eyesofthetiger-1.png

Open up a 800x600px canvas with a black background. Then using a lasso tool with a large feather, cut away some parts of the Model.

STEP TWO

th_eyesofthetiger-2.png

Using the Tiger stock, cut away all except for the right eye / eyebrow part of the tiger. Then, transform and rotate it so that it’s eye-shape and perspective is similar to the model’s eyes. Then, find a frontal picture of a tiger and put it beside the model, erasing (using lasso tool) the left side of its face.

STEP THREE

th_eyesofthetiger-3.png

Arrange the Tree, Texture 4 and Architecture stock. Set the mode of the architecture stock as “screen”.

STEP FOUR

th_eyesofthetiger-4.png

Use lasso tool to cut away the parts on texture 3. You need to duplicate the texture 3 layer and move it so that it covers the bottom right corner. (Total, you have 2 layers of texture 3) Again, use lasso tool to erase and blend into the previous layers.

STEP FIVE

th_eyesofthetiger-5.png

Place texture 2 on top. Flip horizontally. Then use lasso tool and cut away everything (including parts to reveal the tiger, model and architecture) except for the red parts. Then set the mode of this layer (texture 2) to “difference”.

STEP SIX

th_eyesofthetiger-6.png

Place texture 1 on it. Take lasso tool, cut away parts revealing the model, tiger, architecture and texture 2.

STEP SEVEN

th_eyesofthetiger-7.png

Again, take texture 1 and cut away almost everything except for a small part on the bottom. Then, set the mode to “tint”.

STEP EIGHT

th_eyesofthetiger-8.png

Take Flower stock. Duplicate 2 times (total: 3 layers). Use lasso tool to erase unneeded parts (to reveal tiger and model). Then set mode of all 3 layers to “difference”.

STEP NINE

th_eyesofthetiger-9.png

Take tiger picture (the one that YOU found, the one that I DID NOT provide) then lasso tool erase everything except for a small area of its fur print.

STEP TEN

th_eyesofthetiger-10.png

Take texture 1, rotate 180 degrees CCW, then use lasso tool to erase unneeded parts.

STEP TEN

th_eyesofthetiger-11.png

Take Architecture, re-size smaller and duplicate it. (Total: 2 layers). Then set mode of both layers to “screen” at 55% opacity.

STEP ELEVEN

Duplicate all layers, then merge them (the duplicated layers) so that it becomes only ONE layer. Name this “Base Layer”.

COLOURING

COLOUR FILL 1

#f8fccc

Mode: Soft light

Opacity: 65%

COLOUR FILL 2

#2f0707

Mode: Exclusion

Opacity: 32%

PHOTO FILTER 1

Cooling Filter (80)

Color: #006dff

Density: 17%

SELECTIVE COLOUR 1

REDS: -66/+24/+16/+19

YELLOWS: +19/-14/+18/+22

CYANS: 0/0/0/+90

BLUES: 0/0/0/+90

MAGENTAS: 0/0/0/+89

WHITES: +25/-20/+48/-44

NEUTRALS: +9/+1/+5/-1

BLACKS: 0/0/0/+5

SELECTIVE COLOUR 2

REDS: 0/0/0/+79

YELLOWS: 0/0/0/+53

WHITES: -19/+11/-22/-20

NEUTRALS: -7/+9/-2/-1

COLOUR FILL 3

#e193c8

Mode: Luminosity

Opacity: 34%

LEVELS 1

Channel: RGB

Input Levels: 5/1.20/255

Output Levels: 5/245

CURVES 1

RGB

Input: 126, Output: 132

Input: 68, Output: 62

RED

Input: 132, Output: 126

Input: 55, Output: 76

GREEN

Input: 135, Output: 126

Input: 62, Output: 65

BLUE

Input: 126, Output: 132

Input: 73, Output: 58

BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST 1

Brightness: -15

Contrast: +5

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-11-1.png

DUPLICATE BASE LAYER

Duplicate Base Layer and set mode to “soft light” (opacity: 100%)

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-11-2.png

CURVES 2

RGB:

Input: 182, Output: 172

Opacity: 20%

COLOUR FILL 4

#f59c7d

Mode: Soft Light

Opacity: 40%

COLOUR BALANCE 1

0/0/+24

Opacity: 50%

COLOUR FILL 5

#181402

Mode: Difference

Opacity: 45%

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-11-3.png

DUPLICATE BASE LAYER

Duplicate Base Layer and set mode to “soft light” (opacity: 100%)

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-11-4.png

GRADIENT FILL 1

Color: #FFFFFF ~ #382717

Style: Radial

Angle: -143

Mode: Hard light

Opacity: 23%

COLOR BALANCE 2

-9/+11/+21

DUPLICATE BASE LAYER

Duplicate Base Layer and set mode to “soft light” (opacity: 100%)

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-11-5.png

COLOUR FILL 6

#b71c7e

Mode: Exclusion

Opacity: 17%

DUPLICATE BASE LAYER

Duplicate Base Layer and set mode to “overlay” (opacity: 72%)

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-12.png

DUPLICATE ALL LAYERS

Duplicate ALL layers, merge them into one layer. Name this layer, “layer 0”

HUE / SATURATION 1

0/-100/0

LEVELS 2

Input: 37/1.08/255

Output: 0/255

DUPLICATE ALL LAYERS

DUPLICATE ALL LAYERS, merge them into one layer. Name this layer “greyscale”

DUPLICATE LAYER 0

DUPLICATE GREYSCALE LAYER

then use lasso tool and erase parts to reveal the color (of layer 0)

Now, it should look like the following:

th_eyesofthetiger-13.png

ADD TEXT

Basically, I duplicated the “eyes” text (total: 2). Then, rasterized the first “Eyes” text layer and filter it on “motion blur”, then set this layer to a lower opacity. The second “Eyes” text layer (this layer is ON TOP of the layer that was filtered with motion blur). AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

THE END!

Ahhhh, that was very VERY long and I apologize for that. I tried to keep my writing brief and concise so that it wouldn’t overwhelm you. Thus, if I didn’t explain something properly, do ask and I will explain.

Now you know how long it took for me to make this. Hopefully, seeing how I made this may help you learn how to blend textures and stock together to make an interesting composition.

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by Vivien — January 24, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

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  2. Comment by Katy — June 10, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    Thank you soo much ! I’ve been making graphics and really trying to improve to the next level, and this tutorial helped SO much. Thank you again !!

    Oh and I love your site. It’s beautiful. ♥_♥

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