Archive for August, 2011

Deke’s Techniques: Making a fictional creature with Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, Tigerilla. Sometimes, when you let your imagination run away with you, you learn some really useful Photoshop techniques in the process. This week, Deke delves into cryptozoological pseudo-documentation—that is, Photoshop put to use to create false evidence of a non-existent creature. Why, other than trying to spice up your vacation photos with fake monsters, would you want to do this? Well, first, mixing this gorilla, tiger, and cute little puppy is an exercise in mind-expanding creativity:

Tiger-Gorilla-Puppy

And more practically, in this week’s free movie from Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to carefully use Photoshop’s healing brush in order to mix key features of these three animals to create something wholly other.

Tigerilla

Learning how to heal from one layer to the next, with proper alignment, is a skill that’s bound to take you beyond the creation of fake evidence for your tall tales. And for members of the lynda.com library, Deke’s got an exclusive video in the Online Training Library® this week that shows you how to transform your cryptid creature into something even wilder. Next week, he’ll show everyone how to further fake the evidence of this fierce (but sweet-eyed) being. (Because no claimed Tigerilla sighting is going to work without a properly blurry photo.)

Every week, there’s a free technique from Deke.

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