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26 April 2009 @ 05:32 pm
Tutorial: body distortion and coloring  
By way of introduction, here's an example of the Photoshop-fiddling I do at night. It's the kind of picture I don't get to use on the day-job;) I hope the teasers don't freak anyone out... Does this already fall into the not-safe-for-work-category? *bites lip*

Before: After:

This is the original picture:

Made by Louise. Sadly I do not know the model.

Step 1: tattoo removal

Since most of the skin around the area had the same tone I used the stamp-tool to cover the tattoo.

Step 2: from color to black and white

The image was a bit too red for my liking, so I copied the original (tattoo-free!) layer
and lowered the RGB-input levels from 0/1,00/255 to 0/1,00/27.

I set the layer to 'Hue' and lowered the opacity to 65% to give it a little warmth (see below)

Step 3: changing ratio to distort correct (body)image

After staring at the picture during step 1 and 2 I felt something was off and I decided to shorten the lower-arms. I selected the area that seemed too long and adjusted the height (and width) until it made sense.

I also lowered the belly button with the stamp-tool:)

Step 4: jeans

I made an empty layer and painted over the jeans, then set the layer to 'Soft light'.

Step 5: background

I tested darker colors, but ended up with green for the background. In an empty layer I painted the area, then set the layer to 'Color'. (I usually just try all the options to see what works best;)

I set the opacity to 36% to show the original shade in the background.

Step 6: final touches

I painted the bindings red, set the layer to 'Darken' and the opacity to 75%.

I painted the button copperbrown, set the layer to 'Multiply' and the opacity to 50%


Cropped and ready for use. (see below;)

I hope this was educational! (If not, at least you had some pretty to look at;)
I made some goodies for my flist, feel free to grab if you want.

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Click for big picture (1400x1000 - an oversized ratio;)

Was this as good for you as it was for me? I love comments of all kinds!
BflyWbflyw on April 26th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hi and welcome... and thanks for the tutorial!
BeeLikeJ: Bert&Erniebeelikej on April 26th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for inviting me:) I've been checking out old posts, especially the one about the transparant icons. I had been wondering about that. You can expect to see some funky shapes in my user-pic collection in the future;)