- Digging Up Material
- Transplanting Parts
- Scaling and Shifting
- Blending the Parts Together
- Adjusting the Lighting
- "Lightning" Elements
- Conjuring Shadows
- Picking Your Brain for a Font
- Inscribing the Photo-chop
- Enhancing the Text
- Making the Text Pop
- Shocking Final Touches
- ITS ALIVE!!! Muah hah hah hah ha!
Step 1: Digging Up Material
In addition to Frankenstein it would be fun to include a picture of his lovely bride. A screaming profile caught my eye like a rusty nail.
We also need the electro-steam-punk style scientific tools that are typical of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.
Step 2: Transplanting Parts
Once all of the elements have been tossed into the cauldron use the selection tool to select and delete the imagery surrounding the parts you want to keep. Keeping a wide margin, select the background that you want to remove. Then delete the selection and repeat this for all of the elements. One of the images should be used as a background layer so keep this image whole without removing any material. The background image should also be cropped down to only show what you want as the background image. The Tesla coil image is what I’ve chosen for my background but you could also use a screen shot from a Frankenstein movie or even the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown special.
Step 3: Scaling and Shifting
One more thing to do in this stage is to crop the entire image to a appropriate size. To do this you may either click on the crop icon in the "Tools" window (upper left hand corner) or click on "Image" then "Crop" in the menu bar.
Step 4: Blending the Parts Together
You can also make the background layers invisible to better see the object you are cleaning up.
Now use the eraser tool and a brush that fades radially from the center and begin slowly “erasing” the extra pixels from around the component. It is also helpful to uncheck the visible background layers for greater precision. Be careful not to erase too much or too little to make the blending seamless.
Repeat this for all of the elements in your creation except for the background layer.
Step 5: Adjusting the Lighting
Step 6: "Lightningâ Elements
Now repeat this same process for the orange/yellow light that appears behind the camera in the Tesla coil image. You can sample the appropriate color using the color selector again and sampling the light cast against the back wall. Apply the same touches of light in the same way we did this for the purple light casted by the electricity.
Step 7: Conjuring Shadows
Using a radially transparent brush with a lot of overall transparency (I used 10%) begin painting the shadows where you think they should appear. Don’t worry about “drawing within the lines”. By placing this shadow layer beneath the object layer any shadows you have drawn on the object will disappear behind it. This is one of those magical properties of layered image editors. Continue to apply multiple brush strokes until you feel there is sufficient shadowing to integrate the elements together.
Step 8: Picking Your Brain for a Font
Step 9: Inscribing the Photo-chop
Step 10: Enhancing the Text
After creating the duplicate layer increase the size slightly using the "Free transform..." tool located under the "Edit" menu item. Now use a nice pale bone color to create enough contrast for the image. First select the color then use the paint bucket tool to fill in the letters.
Line up this slightly larger twin behind its smaller sibling and adjust them to create a high contrast boundary.
Finally give the text that cattiwampus appearance by rotating the two text layers slightly counter clock-wise.
Step 11: Making the Text Pop
Now that the gradient has been prepared draw a line that extends from the center of the image to about 50% beyond the image. This will create a gradient that you can shrink down to the appropriate size.
Now take this gradient and transform the layer to squeeze it down vertically and rotate it to align with the text. You can also stretch this layer horizontally to create the desired effect.
The last thing to do here is to crop the image down to the original size.
Step 12: Shocking Final Touches
Now roughly select one of the arcs, copy it, create a layer and paste this copied arc into the new layer.
Use the "magic wand" tool to select the dark areas of the arc and begin deleting all of these regions. Once you have done a rough cut go back with the eraser tool and take care of deleting the finer details.
Now you can place the arc into an appropriate position on Frankensolo. I chose to connect the arc to his fingers extending out towards the Tesla coil.
You can also copy this later and rotate and scale it to create a second arc striking his neck bolt. The last thing to do here is to add some puple lighting like we did for his lovely bride in step 6.
Step 13: ITS ALIVE!!! Muah Hah Hah Hah Ha!
All that remains now is to flip the switch and ZZZZZAP! You've created a monster! AHHHHHHHHHHH!
And here is an updated version with Princess Leia curles in the brides hair. This was a request in the comments :-).