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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 Diek Mclelland. Welcome to Diek's Techniques. Now it's getting to be Halloween, believe it or not, which is why in this movie, I'm going to show you how to take these two obvious non-zombie posers. I mean, it's a great make-up job and everything, but we're awfully puffy to be zombies don't you think? And we're going to turn them into these credible members of the undead night clubbing scene. Now, what you'll want to know. Is that we're going to be applying liquify as a editable smart filter in order to get the gaunt as it were, which can only be done in Photoshop CC.
Brrr, how scary is that? Here, let me show you exactly how it works. Alright, here's the final version of the zombie couple. Just so you have a chance of seeing them on screen. I'm going to start off inside of that fairly disappointing, original photograph right here. The first we're going to do is apply the liquify filter. So as you know, you gotta subscribe the creative cloud to apply it as a dynamic smart filter, that's the way I'm going to go. If you have a non-creative cloud version of PhotoShop, then you can just apply it as a static effect. Anyway, I'm going to start things off by pressing Ctrl+Alt+J, or Cmd+Opt+J on the Mac.
And then I'll go ahead and name this layer, Adam 13. Because that was the name of the event at which the photograph was shot. And then I'll right-click inside the image window and choose Convert to Smart Object. Next, I'll go up to the Filter menu and choose the Liquify command. Which will bring up the screen eating liquify dialog box right here. And basically what I did at this point was I did a lot of warping with the Warp tool. And so I'm going to go ahead and just zoom in on my face here, and the big idea was to make me look gaunt.
So, as a matter of kind of lifting my gels up a little bit and shoving my face in as well, and I kind of did it over on this side at the expense of Colleen's face a little bit as you can see there. So, I decided I wanted to do the same thing with her other eye, and take that out a little bit. And I also did some, you know, fun stuff with her mouth, so that she looks ravenously hungry or something like that And I lifted up her fangs a little bit like so, and I spent a little bit of time on this actually in terms of trying to make sure that I'm taking the teeth down like so without making a mess of things.
So you sometimes have to go back and forth with this, which is. Why it's such a great thing that you can now apply liquify as an editable smart filter, so you can go back and change your mind later. Because, it's virtually impossible to get things right the first time. Anyway, I lifted up her nose as well just to give her a little bit of a snarl, because she's as much vampire as she is zombie, where I'm just straight ahead zombie. So, I'm going to go ahead and take my mouth down so I kind of have this sagging expression on my face.
And I also spent some time working on my lips so that they don't end up sort of puckering all over the place, so they don't ripple. And I took this part inward as well because I thought that gave me more of a slack jaw look. And so, you're going to have to work at it a little bit if you're working on this image. Or even your image, of course. You will, want to look as zombified as possible there. Anyway, I did go ahead and save these settings in advance. And you can do that by clicking on the Advance mode check box right there.
And then clicking on Save Mesh. And that way you can come back to your settings later. In my case, just to show you how great it is that this is a smart filter. I'll just go ahead and click OK. And at this point, I'm not sure if I'm a zombie actually, or just, you know, Billy Bob Thornton. So, let's say I decide to change my mind. Then all I need to do is double-click on Liquify. And then in my case, I'm going to click on the Load Mesh button, because I've already created this file Zombie expressions.msh in advance. And then I'll click Open in order to apply that pre-saved effect.
And I'm also going to zoom in just a little bit here, again on my face, and on Colleen's. And notice over here that we have some sort of rippling action going on in Colleen's mouth. And if you want to calm that down, once again, in the most recent version of Photoshop. You can use the Smooth tool right here which is only going to show up when the Advanced Mode check box is on. And then, I'll reduce the size of my cursor, and I've modified the brush radius as well. I've taken it down to 50, and then you can just kind of click.
In a couple of different locations here. Maybe you reduce the size of my cursor as well and click down here a couple of times. And I also went ahead and clicked once right there on my mouth. Now click OK in order to apply that modification, and we end up looking like this. Now, we're going to have a ton of layers going on here inside of the Layers panel. I want to save space, so I'll go ahead and right-click on this empty Filter Mask thumbnail. And I'll choose Delete Filter Mask in order to get rid of it.
Then I'll turn on the Shadows layer that I've created in advance, which is just a bunch of, soft brush strokes as you can see and it looks terrible. But what you can do is turn it into a kind of burn effect by changing the blend mode to overlay and then press the Esc key. So the blend mode is no longer active here on the PC and I'll press the 2 key to reduce the opacity to 20% and now if you turn shadow off. This is what it looks like without the shadows and this what the image looks like with the shadows.
So, it makes a pretty big difference in terms of the overall quality. Now, I want to darken the image a little bit so, I'll drop down to the little black white circle at the bottom of the Layers panel. Press the Alt key or the Opt key on the Mac, click on the on the black white circle and then go ahead and choose the Curves command. And because you had Alt or Opt down that'll bring up the new layer dialogue box and I'll call this layer darken and click OK. And then inside the Properties panel, you want to going to go ahead and make this guide big enough so that you can see the entire graph.
And then I clicked right about here I'd say and dragged down a little bit and an input value of 31 is just fine. I'm going to press the down Arrow key a couple of times here, in order to reduce the output value to 17. So input is 31, output is 17. And then I wanted to raise the highlights back up again. And so I ended up having an input value of 192. And then I want the output value to be 191. That works out. Just a little bit of darkening in the darkest regions of the image.
And then I'll go ahead and hide the Properties panel. And then next I want to brighten my eyes so they look weired and ghoulish. We don't need to worry about Colleen's eyes because her eyes are closed. So I'll go ahead and switch back to that Adam 13 layer and I'm going to zoom in on my eyes a little bit here. And this is probably the most complicated part except for the liquification I guess, because we've got to select those eyes and the easiest way to do that is to grab the Elliptical Marquee Tool. And then just kind of drag around the iris like so.
You can press the Shift key if you want to, to constrain it to a circle. That's not absolutely necessary because irises are perfectly circular. And then I'll go ahead and use the space bar to move this guy into place, and then I'll go ahead and release the Mouse button, in order to create that shape. And next you want to grab the Lasso tool, and then press the Alt key or the Opt key on the Mac. In order to deselect the part of the image and just drag across the top of the eye like so. And you could also drag around here with the Alt or Opt key down, in order to get rid of that little bit.
So I'm trying to select just the iris and nothing more. And then go up to the Select menu, choose Modify and choose Feather. And you want to enter a feather radius value of 0.5 pixels, so just a little bit of softness. Then click OK. And now jump that guy to a new layer just by pressing Ctrl+J. Or Cmd+J on the Mac. In other words, the name of the layer right now doesn't matter. Then switch back to the Adam13 layer and we need to grab the other eye. So I'll press the M key to switch back to the last used marquee, which is the elliptical marquee.
And I'll drag around this iris, which doesn't lend itself as well to pressing the Shift key, so I'll just leave the Shift key off And if necessary, you can use the spacebar in order to exactly align your ellipse to my iris. And then you want to go ahead and press the Shift and Alt keys, that's Shift and Opt on the Mac. And draw another bigger ellipse that's tracing along the bottom edge of my eyelid, is what we're trying to accomplish here. And as soon as you release you will just keep the intersection of those two selections.
Then switch back to the Lasso tool, press the Alt key or the Opt key on the Mac and kind of drag along here like it's so underneath the eye lashes in order to create something along these lines. Then go up to the Select menu, chose Modify and chose Feather once again. And that same feather radius value is just fine. Click OK. And this time press Ctrl+Alt+J or Cmd+Opt+J on the Mac in order to force to the display the new layer dialog box. Call this new layer Eyes and click OK.
And then click on that Layer 1 which is the other eye. And press Ctrl+E or Cmd+E on the Mac in order to merge those two layers together and keep the name of the lower layer which of course is eyes. Now, I'll go ahead and zoom out. Perhaps not that far. And, I'm going to change the blend mode for this layer from normal to screen, in order to produce this ghastly effect here. And now we need to trace around both eyes with a kind of shadow. But, because we want to trace all the way around the eye, we want to use the glow effects.
So, click on the FX icon and choose Inner Glow for starters. And click on the little color swatch. And a hue of 60 is just fine. I'm going to take the saturation value up to 50% and the brightness down to 30% and then I'll click OK. And now you want to change the blend mode to multiply and we want to take the opacity value down to 35%. And you can leave the size set to five pixels, which is the default, then click on Outer Glow to select it, click on the Color swatch, dial in that same dark yellow, which is 605030.
Click OK. I'll take the opacity value down in advance here, and then change some blend mode once again to multiply. And this time we're going to take the size value up to 35 pixels. Then click OK. And you can see the Size layer now makes a big contribution. This is what the image looks like without it. Which is pretty boring and this is what it looks like with it, which is extremely weird. Now, what we want to do is add a little bit of a blur, so I'm going to zoom back out here.
And then I'm going to press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E or Cmd+Shift+Opt+E on the Mac to merge all the visible layers onto a new static layer right there. And I'll go ahead and rename this layer blur. Press the Enter or Return key to accept that name. Then, right-click inside the image window and choose Convert to Smart Object in order to turn this guy into a smart object of course, so that we can apply a smart filter in the form. Of Gaussian Blur, and then go ahead and change the radius value to 20 pixels, so a big whopping radius.
Now, I don't want to affect all the image like this, so I've created a mask in advance. It's this guy right there. It's called blur mask. If you take a look at what's going on here, I'll go ahead and load it up by pressing the Ctrl key or the Cmd key on the Mac, and clicking on it. And that will convert it into a selection outline. Then you can switch back to the RGB image, and I'll switch back to the Layers panel as well. And notice that I'm essentially just tracing the flesh tones. So I'm leaving Colleen's cheek out of it. My eyes are also out of the equation as are our mouths.
And so now I'm going to convert the selection to a layer mask by clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the panel, and we end up with this effect here. Again, I don't want the Filter Mask, so I'll right-click on it and choose Delete Filter Mask. We want to assign a couple of blending changes here. For one thing you want to change the mode to overload and then we also want to take the heat off of the shadows there. So I'll double-click on an empty portion of the layer in order to bring up the layer style dialog box. And then I'll take this black slider triangle, that's associated with the underlying layer slider, up to 110.
So that excludes anything that has a luminous level of 110 or darker, and then I'll press the Alt key, or the Opt key on the Mac, and separate this right half of the black triangle and bring it up to 180. And then I'll click OK in order to accept that change. I'm going to zoom in just a little bit here, and for the sake of comparison, I'll also Alt click or Opt click on the eye in front of the background. So that's the before version of the image in which we very much look like regular, live people pretending to be undead.
And if I Alt click or Opt click on that eye again, here's the truly undead couple. Thanks to our ability to liquify and shade the image here inside PhotoShop. Alright, so we've made some great progress, but we're not quite done yet. Which is why, if you're a member of the lynda.com online training library. I've got a follow-up movie in which I show you. How to create this final effect. Using a combination of smart sharpen field blur for the depth of field, and a texture overlay.
If you're waiting for next week's free movie, I'm going to show you how to create this dripping gooey ghost type. Deke's Techniques, each and every week. Keep watching.
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