This also is an invaluable technique for those of us (me) who want to draw anime, but can't for lack of talent.
Step 1: Tools and materials
-Adobe Photoshop (elements, CS3,4,5, Extended) or GIMP
-About 2 hours minimum
-Several Manga/Anime pics for reference. search Google
-A victim...Ah, I mean, a model! yeah!
In this Instructable, I will refer to Photoshop instructions with P, GIMP with G, and both programs with a B.
-Your camera should be of decent quality. I'm not saying you need a DSLR, but you should have a higher-end point-and-shoot at the very least (like a Nikon Coolpix.)
-When I say photoshop experience, I mean you should at least be familiar with this list, which includes, but is not limited to, the following tools: Hue/Saturation, Magnetic Lasso, Magic Wand, Crop, Layers, Filters, paint, dodge/burn, smudge, etc.
-2 hours is minimum. you could spend a real long time if you are trying to make it look really nice.
Step 2: Taking and Importing the Picture
Now, it is time to import and prepare your footage.
P - Import, and start by selecting the background, clothing, skin, and hair and putting them on separate layers.
G - The select tools aren't nearly as sophisticated as photoshop, because hey, the program is free! therefore, simply selecting the person and background will be adequate.
B - Now is a good time to go through and get some measurements for a future step. Create a new layer, and on this new layer draw a horizontal line across the center of both eyes, the center of the mouth, and the bottom of the nose, as in figure 2.