New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Learn it fast with expert-taught software and skills training at See what you can learn

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Making a fictional creature with Photoshop

Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, Tigerilla. Sometimes, when you let your imagination run away with you, you learn some really useful Photoshop techniques in the process. This week, Deke delves into cryptozoological pseudo-documentation—that is, Photoshop put to use to create false evidence of a non-existent creature. Why, other than trying to spice up your vacation photos with fake monsters, would you want to do this? Well, first, mixing this gorilla, tiger, and cute little puppy is an exercise in mind-expanding creativity:


And more practically, in this week’s free movie from Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to carefully use Photoshop’s healing brush in order to mix key features of these three animals to create something wholly other.


Learning how to heal from one layer to the next, with proper alignment, is a skill that’s bound to take you beyond the creation of fake evidence for your tall tales. And for members of the library, Deke’s got an exclusive video in the Online Training Library® this week that shows you how to transform your cryptid creature into something even wilder. Next week, he’ll show everyone how to further fake the evidence of this fierce (but sweet-eyed) being. (Because no claimed Tigerilla sighting is going to work without a properly blurry photo.)

Every week, there’s a free technique from Deke.

Deke’s Techniques  courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

Learn it from the experts.

With online video courses at, you can reach your goals faster. Learn software, improve your skills, and get an inside look at how the professionals work.

See what you can learn

Share this article:

Tags: , , ,

Get the latest news

  •   New course releases
  •   Pro tips and tricks
  •   News and updates
New releases submit clicked

You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info

All articles

Featured articles

A membership includes:

Unlimited access to thousands of courses in our library
Certificates of completion
New courses added every week (almost every day!)
Course history to track your progress
Downloadable practice files
Playlists and bookmarks to organize your learning
Become a member

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.