How to Create a Fantasy Creature with Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Fantasy Creature with Adobe Photoshop

Step 28

Make a new layer (set as Clipping Mask) and use the Clone Tool to refine some details on the legs.
Drag this leg from the original image into the main document  again and place it behind the first one.  Blend it with the ground and body using a layer mask.

Step 29

Create a Curves adjustment layer to make the upper of the leg a bit darker. Paint on the rest to keep its lightness. 

Step 30

Make a group for the leg layers and add a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the legs. On this layer mask, paint on the hind of the legs to reduce the lightness.
Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer  and alter the Master values:
Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer and pick the color #aeecb1:

Step 31

Open the bird image and isolate the white hair on the bird's head to add to the head of the creature. Add a mask to this layer to remove the bottom of this hair part.

Step 32

Duplicate this layer three times to place around the creature's head. Add a mask to each of these layers to remove the hard edges and blend them with the existing head.

Step 33

Make a group for these hair layers and add a Color Balance adjustment layer to change the hair color a bit:
Create a Curves adjustment layer to brighten the hair. On this layer mask, use a soft black with the opacity about 5-10% to reduce the highlight on the hair.

Step 34

Make three layers within this group and use  the colors #c5bdac, #efe5cf and #fef7e6 to paint more hair for the giraffe's head.

Step 35

Create a Curves adjustment layer and increase the lightness. On this layer mask, paint on the details which are bright already.

Step 36

Open the wing image and isolate the clothes with the wing to add to the giraffe. Add a mask to this layer and use a medium- soft black brush to remove most of the clothes, leaving a small part of the wing visible below the head only.

Step 37

Make a Curves adjustment layer to increase the light on the front of this wing part. Paint on the shadow behind to keep its contrast.
Add a Levels adjustment layer with the same purpose. Use a soft black with the opacity about 5-7% to reduce the light on the shadow area. 
Make a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Master settings:
Create a Color Balance adjustment layer to give the wing part some yellow tone.

Step 38

Make two new layers on top of the layers and use the soft brush with the colors #fdfaf4 and #c5bdac to paint more details, light and shadow for the wing part. 
Create a new layer below the wing layer and use a soft brush with the color #201b11, the opacity about 20% to paint shadow for the wing on the neck of the giraffe.

Step 39

Open the horn image and  cut out the right horn ( from the viewer) to add to the giraffe's head. Flip it horizontally by choosing Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Go to Edit > Puppet Warp and use the pins to tweak the horn to be more straight. 
Add a mask to this layer to remove the bottom and blend it with the hairy head.

Step 40

Duplicate this layer and set this below the first one. Use its layer mask to erase  the middle of the horn to make it appear on another side of the head. Use Ctrl+T to make it a bit smaller than the first one.

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