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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey gang! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week, complete and utter lunacy intersects with a whole lot of fun. We're going to take this picture of me with my big old nose and we're going to turn it into a ninja turtle. Yes, we're going to make ninja-turtle noses. They are all the rage with the kids these days. Here, let me show you exactly how it works. I am going to start things off by showing you how to draw the initial ninja- turtle cartoon, and then also you have to assemble it as well as a few other layers to create the final composition.
So here's that photograph of me. You can see that it's a three- quarter shot, which works out really nicely. So in other words, I am not directly facing the camera, a little off and to the side. Any subject with a big nose and big nostrils is going to work best, by the way. So if you've got a person with a sharp, pointy nose or a little nose or something like that, it's not going to work quite as well. Fortunately, I have got this bulbous nose right here, so I have got the perfect nose for a ninja turtle. Now, I've set up some layer comps in advance that will walk us through how I drew the turtle, and I have created a keyboard shortcut to advance through those comps.
Now, the first thing you want to do is create a new layer so that you're not painting directly on a photograph, and then you will paint on that layer. And you're going to be best off, by the way, if you have something along the lines of a Wacom tablet. It's going to be very difficult to create a halfway decent cartoon if you're working with a mouse. And that's how I ended up creating this shape right here. So you want to start by drawing these jowls for the animals around the nostrils, and notice that I traced a little beyond the nostril over here on the left-hand side, so you don't have to exactly adhere to the shape of the nose if you don't want to.
You do want to go ahead and drop this chin down underneath the nose,like so. Up here we've got this smooth top to the animal. And then notice that we have these little ripples which represent the sides of the mask. And the side of the mask over here on the head side is higher than it is over here on the jowl side, so just something to bear in mind. All right! The next step, after you get done drawing that initial outline, is to go ahead and trace the nostrils. So notice that I've pretty much exactly traced the nostrils right here and underneath the nose and then around the other nostril like so--that represents the animal's mouth of course--and I also went ahead and traced down the round portion of the nose here in order to create the front of the animal's face.
Notice that the mask rises over the nose like so. This is also the turtle's nose incidentally. And then it drops down and rises again over here on the jowl. The bigger the difference between the head here and the jowl, the funnier I think the cartoon ends up looking. And I also went ahead and traced up above the eyes, so you can see that there's a rise above the bridge of the animal's nose and there's a rise associated with each one of the eyes as well. All right! Next, I went ahead and added the eyes themselves, so there they are.
And I also added this little detail right there along the side of the eye. I also added this little sort of cut to the mouth, around the jowl, as well as this lower lip, just to give the animal some additional character. Next, you add the folds in the mask, as well as these ties that are coming off them. And then finally, I just went ahead and added some crosshatching like so, in order to finish off the animal. All right! So that's how you go about creating the cartoon in the first place, that initial cartoon. Now, let me show you the other elements that are required in order to create this tattooing effect, and then finally the coloring effect as well. All right! I am going to switch over to this other image, and you can see that I've got this layer called ninja, and that is the cartoon itself. And currently, it's a black line drawing.
I am going to go ahead and zoom in on it so that we can see it even more closely. And notice that it's just a piece of black line art. Everything outside of the black lines is transparent. So if I we're going to turn off this photo layer down here at the bottom, we can see it's just black against transparency. That's exactly what you want. All right! Now we want to colorize this line art a little bit. So I will bring back my photograph. And because this is a sepia-tone image, I decided I wanted to lift a shade of sepia that I would use to colorize this artwork here, and I did that by grabbing the Eyedropper tool and making sure that Sample is set to All Layers, and now I'll go ahead and click, let's say down here in this lower lip region of my face in order to lift the shade of brown. And I am going to bring up my Color panel and I am going to dial in a better color here.
Notice I am working with the HSB values here. A Hue value of 30 degrees works great for this image. I set the Saturation of 35%, and then I set the Brightness to 25%. And now you want to replace the black of the line art with this shade of brown, and to do so, you press Shift+Alt+Backspace, or Shift+Option+Delete on the Mac, and that just goes ahead and replaces one color with the other. All right! The next step is to change the blend mode and blend mode that I ended up using is Hard Light, in order to create this effect. And then I decided if it was really a tattoo on my nose, it would have a little bit of a bleed associated with it, where the ink is sort of leeching into the skin. And I created that effect by dropping down to the fx icon, clicking on it, choosing Outer Glow, and then I changed the glow color by clicking on that little yellow color swatch.
I will change the Hue value to 30, the Saturation to 35, and the Brightness to 25%--that same color I dialed in just a moment ago. Now I will change the blend mode from Screen to Multiply, and then I changed the Opacity value right there to 33%, Aa Size value of 5 pixels is just fine. I am going to go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. All right! So you could stop right there if you wanted to. You can just create this kind of tattoo on the face without any coloring whatsoever.
However, if you decide you do want to add some color, here's what I suggest you do. I am going to go ahead and zoom on in again. I just want to take it in wide for a moment. Now, I am going to go ahead and turn on this green skin layer right there. And notice that this is a separate layer-- very important--and then I just went ahead and painted green into the skin. And just to give you a sense of what shade of green it is, I will press the I key to switch the Eyedropper tool, click inside of that skin, and you can see that I set the Hue value to 90 degrees, the Saturation to 100%, and the Brightness value to 50%, and then I also went ahead and painted a red mask, again on a separate layer.
That's very important. This color, by the way, if I click in it, it has a Hue value of 0 degrees, a Saturation of 100%, and I actually set the Brightness value to 50%, for this one. All right! So, having done that, notice that the colors sort of leach out a little bit into the lines so the fill colors that I painted in actually overlapped the lines a little bit, and I don't want that, because if I leave that in there, things are going to appear a little sloppy. You can already see a little bit of sloppiness going on as it is. So to get rid of those overlaps, here's what you do. Press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac and you click on the thumbnail for that ninja layer, which represents the line art.
Then I am going to press Ctrl+H or Command+H on a Mac to hide the selection outline, so I can see what I am doing. I will select the mask layer, and I will press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on a Mac, to get rid of the red inside of the line art, and then I'll just do the same thing for the green skin layer. I will click on it to make it active, press the Backspace key, or the Delete key on the Mac, in order to get rid of the overlap there as well. All right! Now I can press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac to deselect the image, and I'm going to change the blend mode for both of these layers to Overlay, and I'm also going to reduce the Opacity value to 50%.
So I will go ahead and repeat those steps for the mask layer, I will press Shift+Alt+O or Shift+Option+O on the Mac to change the blend mode to Overlay, and then I will press the 5 key to reduce the Opacity value to 50%. All right! The last step is to go ahead and brighten up the mouth and the eyes. So I am going to start by selecting those regions using the Lasso tool. And I am going to zoom in even farther here, and I am going to press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and click. So I'll keep that Alt or Option key down as I'm clicking around this first eye.
I want to add this eye to the selection, so I will release the Alt or Option key--very important--then press the Shift key and begin dragging-- this is a weird trick here--begin dragging, keep your mouse button down, release the Shift key and then press and hold the Alt or Option key, and now you can click around the eye once again. If you didn't quite get that, here's how it works once again. Press the Shift key, the Shift key alone, and begin dragging with the Lasso tool. Then keeping the mouse button down, release the Shift key, press and hold the Alt key on a PC, or the Option key on the Mac, and then click around, for example, the right portion of this mouth, and then we're going to repeat that one more time.
I'll Shift+Drag a little bit. Then I will release Shift, press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac and click around this region right here in order to select it. All right! Now, click on the background layer to make it active. Let's go ahead and collapse the Color panel for a moment. I am going to press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and click the Black/White icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and then I'll go ahead and choose the Brightness Contrast command, and I'm going to call this new layer brighten, and then click OK. Now I will click inside the Brightness value and I will press Shift+Up Arrow five times in order to increase that Brightness value to 50. All right! I am now done with the Adjustments panel so I will go ahead and hide it, and I'm going to change the blend mode for this layer from Normal to Screen, and notice what a bounce we get inside of these details.
Now once again, I can see the edges of my layer mask. What was formerly a selection is now a layer mask for this adjustment layer. In order to fill in those overlaps, go ahead and press the Ctrl key or the Command key on the Mac, click on the thumbnail for that ninja line art layer. Then go ahead and press Ctrl+H or Command+H on the Mac, so we can see what we're doing. Make sure that layer mask for the adjustment layer is still selected. Presuming that your foreground color is black, as it is for me, press Alt+Backspace or Option+Delete on the Mac in order to fill the selection with black, which masks away those areas of overlap.
Then press Ctrl+D or Command+D on the Mac in order to deselect the image, and that, friends, is the final ninja-turtle nose, a wacky, but very popular Internet effect, created here inside Photoshop. All right! So the thing about ninja turtle nose is they're kind of this big Internet meme. So I thought for those of you who are members of the lynda.com Online Training Library, that we would pursue another Internet meme that goes by the name of All Ducks Are Wearing Dog Masks. And once you realize that, and especially if you do this to the duck, then you never look at ducks the same way again.
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