How to Create an Animal Portrait of a Human in Photoshop

How to Create an Animal Portrait of a Human in Photoshop

Learn how to create this contemporary portrait with a color accent war paint. You'll learn techniques for combining images, add some war paint that conforms to the face, then finish it off with a subtle color effect.

What you'll be creating

Today we'll be diving into photo manipulations. Here I will be introducing the basic methods and tools you can use to create your own as well as some tips about working with different textures. You'll need Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial.

Tutorial Resources

  • EagleFreeImages.com by doc_
  • Lion FreeImages.com, a great resource by ltshears.
  • Woman Shutterstock - However free sites can offer similar results.
  • Brushes A nice set of dry paint brush brushes from Blog Spoon Graphics.
  • Dust Texture A Great texture pack from PSDBox by Andrei Oprinca! Check out his stuff!
  • Concrete Texture - Feel free to use the one you like best in combination with your color scheme.

Step 1

Let's start by making a new document. We'll go to File > New and set it up to 11in X 17in and 300 Pixels/Inch. But remember these are just my settings and others will work! Then we're going to bring in the concrete texture (or any similar texture you may want to use). Rasterize the layer if its not already (right-click on the layer and click rasterize) and then we'll blur it to give is a nice soft background with some dynamic to it. Go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur, you can see the settings I used below but different backgrounds may require some changes. Also, we're going to create a new layer above the blurred concrete layer and run a white to black radial gradient from bottom to top setting that layer to overlay on top of the blurred texture. This will give us a nice little background to work up from, go ahead and group these layers together by Shift+Clicking on both of them then Layer > Group Layers and name and even color the group. When working in big documents its good practice to keep stuff organized.

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7 comments on “How to Create an Animal Portrait of a Human in Photoshop”

  1. Hmm, very interesting take on this. I think a person would have to be quite creative to even have an image like this in their mind.

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