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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.
All right. So, if you followed along with the previous movie then you've managed to map a dog's face onto a duckbill. But we still need to add some other details here. We need to add the tongue and the lower jaw and the whiskers as well. So, I've gone ahead and saved my progress here as Mallard with dog face.psd. And if you're working along with me, you can hide the guides now, and I'm going to do that by going to the View menu, choosing the Show command, and then choosing Guides. Or we can press Ctrl+Semicolon or Command+Semicolon on the Mac. All right! Notice that I have a couple of layers I've created in advance for you, one of which is called tongue.
Go ahead and turn it on and turn off the Dog layer for the moment, so that we can focus on this yummy Tongue layer here, and I'm going to go ahead and zoom in. Now, we need to mask it into place, and the easiest way to mask the tongue is to just go ahead and hand-mask it, just hand-paint it into place. So, I'm going to click on the Tongue layer to make it active, and then I'm going to click on the Add Layer Mask icon down here at the bottom of the panel, and I'll switch to the Brush tool, which you can get by pressing the B key, right-click inside of the image here and make sure my Hardness value is cranked up to 100%, as it is. We've got a Size value of 60 pixels right now.
That doesn't really matter. I'm going to make it smaller in just a moment. Go ahead and press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac to hide the panel. And I'm going to confirm that my foreground color is black, as it is. And I'll reduce the size of my cursor a little bit. I'm actually going to zoom in a little farther here. And now I'm going to click at this location and just do that Shift+Click thing around the tongue in order to mask the stuff outside the tongue, and then I'm going to Shift+Click down this direction as well. Let's click right about there, Shift+ Click here, and go up toward the inside of this dog's mouth.
This is a tongue from another dog. And I'll go ahead and do this number, so that we're masking away this region, and then I'll just go ahead and paint this stuff away. Now, I'll go ahead and click and Shift+Click like so right there and then Shift+Click my way up. Actually, I just took way too much tongue, so I'll undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac. Click, Shift+Click, Shift+ Click my way up once again. I'm trying to work too quickly here, so that's why I'm ending up scalping stuff that I shouldn't be scalping away. All right! I'm going to reduce the size of my cursor by pressing the left bracket key scalloped-away bits of tongue there. I don't want it to appear sharp and jagged after all. All right! a few times, and then I'll press the X key and paint just to bring back some of those Now, I'll press the X key once again to switch back to black as my foreground color, click, and then Shift+Click right about there.
Shift+Click my way up. I want to keep the inside of that dog's mouth so we can see those teeth because after all, a duck with teeth, that's pretty hilarious. All right! Now, I'll go ahead and paint this stuff away like so. And I might grab the Lasso tool and just kind of grab this little bit right there on the inside of the dog's tongue and then press Alt+ Backspace or Option+Delete in order to fill that region with black and cut it out as well. All right! So, that takes care of the tongue. I'm going to zoom out a little bit so that I can see the bill once again, and I'm going to turn on the dog layer.
Now, we need to go ahead and select that bill and pop it in front of the tongue, and so I'm going to do that by clicking on the background layer to make it active. I've created a mask in advance for you in the Channels panel. So, click on Channels and then if you click on the bill layer, you'll see that alpha channel that I've created in advance. Ctrl+Click or Command+Click on the channel in order to load it as a selection outline. Then return to the RGB image, switch back to the Layers panel, and with the background layer active, press Ctrl+Alt+J or Command+Option+J on the Mac to jump the selection to a new layer. I'll call the layer Bill and click OK. And then I'm going to create a copy of this Bill layer by Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging it to just below the dog layer like so, so that we have a bill layer below the tongue and above the tongue. All right! Actually, we want it below the whiskers, so we'll go ahead and drag it down one.
So, we're sandwiching the tongue between two bill layers, very important. I'm going to turn on the whiskers, and those are some whiskers that I've painted in advance. I created those using a Wacom tablet. Now, we'll click on that lower bill layer to make it active. And you know what? Before we approach that, I'm going to give this Tongue layer little bit of a drop shadow. And that may seem like a weird decision, but I wanted the tongue to be casting a little bit of a shadow onto the duck's feathers. It just looked more organic that way. So, I'll click on the Tongue layer to make it active. I'll click on the fx icon then choose Drop Shadow.
And the color I decided to dial in here is a Hue of 355 degrees, so just a little bit on the magenta side of red. Then I took the Saturation value up to 50%, and I took the Brightness up to 20%. Click OK. Multiply is great. I'll reduce the Opacity value to 50%. You can see that I've got a global Angle setting at 50 degrees, and I decided that that was the right setting, given the light sources that are at work inside the background image. Now, I'll take the Distance value up to 10 and I'll take the size value up to 20, so that we have a very soft, subtle drop shadow going there.
Now click OK in order to create the shadow. Now, we'll grab the bottom bill, and here's what we want to do with it. I'm going to go ahead and Ctrl+Drag it down a little bit, Command+Drag on the Mac. We want to create a kind of lower jaw of bill down here, and we're going to do that using another four-point distortion, just as we did in the previous movie. So, go up to the Edit menu and choose the Free Transform command or press Ctrl+T, Command+T on the Mac. Now, notice this time I did not create a Smart Object, so this will be your typical, everyday, average destructive transformation. That's okay where this specific effect is concerned. All right! I'm now going to Ctrl+Drag these corner handles, like so.
I'm going to zoom out just a little bit here so that I can take in more of this guy at a time. And I'll Ctrl+Drag the top handle in order to skew that bill over a little bit. Then I'll Ctrl+Drag the bottom right-handle to the left and Ctrl+Drag the bottom left-handle over to the right, and those would be Command+Drags if you're working on the Mac. And that looks pretty darn good to me. I might take this edge out just a little bit like so, so that we can see a little more of that bottom jaw. Now, I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that modification.
We have a little bit of extra bill showing through on the right side of the dog's face there, so I'm going to add a layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of Layers panel, and then I'll go ahead and grab my Brush tool once again. My foreground color is black. That's exactly what I want. I should still have a hard brush. And I'm just going to paint that guy away. I might paint up in here just to make sure nothing else is showing through, and that looks good. Now, the only remaining issue is we need a little bit of a shadow being cast by the upper jaw onto lower jaw.
So, with this bottom bill layer still selected, I'll click on the fx icon, and this time because I'm creating a cast-shadow effect, I'll choose Gradient Overlay, which works out beautifully for this purpose. Let's change the Angle to -90 degrees and the standard black-to-white gradient is fine, but we need to set the Blend mode to Multiply so that we're dropping out the whites and we're just using the blacks to darken. I'm going to decrease the Scale value to 20%, and then I'll drag to shadow down here inside the image window to about this location there, and now let's take the Opacity value down to 50% so we have a more subtle effect.
Click OK in order to accept that modification, and the result is an unambiguous interpretation of a popular Internet meme. We've got a dog mask on a duckbill, here inside Photoshop.
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