DDA Photoshop Project - Ricky Pontello

Introduction: DDA Photoshop Project - Ricky Pontello

The materials you will need for this project is Adobe Photoshop and patience.

Step 1: Select Your Photos

First select photos that you would like to be in your photo shopped image then use the quick selection tool or lasso tool to select the part of your image you want. When you have selected your image use the vector mask tool to separate it from its original background.

Step 2: Get Rid of Anything You Don't Want in Your Image

If you need to get rid of anything that you don't want in your image you have a couple options. First you could use the magic wand tool which automatically selects what it thinks you want to select, once it has selected you can use the quick selection tool to de-select or select anything else you would or would not want in your image. Second you could also use the healing brush or the eraser tool, the healing brush tool is used by holding down the Alt button and click on a point that you would like to cover what you are trying to get rid of. The eraser tool is used by holding down and dragging your mouse to delete what you don't want.

Step 3: Organize and Transform Your Photos

If you need to rotate or resize you image, go to Edit then transform and select how you would like to transform your image. I used the scale option to resize my image and the rotate option to rotate my image the way I wanted it.

Step 4: Make Your Character Green

To make your character a different color you need to select the part that you would like to edit using the quick select tool or lasso tool. Then use the vector mask tool to make a new layer, next use the background tool right next to the vector mask tool to change the color, lightness, and saturation. Then adjust the color, saturation, and lightness/darkness adjustment tools to how you would like it to look. My saturation was pretty high and my lightness was low because of the UFO glow effect it has on the skin.

Step 5: Make UFO Glow Effect

For the UFO glow effect you are first going to create a new layer then use the polygonal lasso tool to make the border of your glow. When your border is selected go to the background tool and select the curves option. Then you will adjust how visible/bright you would like your beam of light to be. Once you have done that go to filter at the top of your screen and select the filter option and click on the blur tool. Next pick the gaussian blur tool and adjust the amount of pixels you would like in your beam of light (Higher more quality, lower less).

Step 6: Customizing How Light/dark You Want Your Backround

First you are going to create a new layer, make sure that layer is above your background image so that it will actually apply a contrast. Next go to the background option then go to the Hue/Saturation tool to adjust how light or dark you would want your background to be.

Step 7: Dispersion Effect

First you are going to create a new layer then select your first layer and hide your second. Use the lasso tool to trace around your image that you would like to be dissolved, then right click on your selected part and click on the fill option. Hit Ok and the part of your image should disappear, hit Ctrl D to de-select and then make your top 2nd layer visible again. Select your 2nd layer and then use the quick selection tool to select the part of your image that you would like to be dissolved. When it is selected hit the select and mask tool at the top of your screen, when you have done that select the refine edge brush tool and go around your image to refine it (be very careful!). Under output settings there will be a output to option with the word selection next to it, hit selection and choose layer mask. Once you have done that hit Ok.

Step 8: Dispersion Effect Part 2

Duplicate your 2nd layer by hitting Ctrl J and on your 3rd layer right click on your vector masked image and select the apply layer mask option. Duplicate your 3rd layer, hide your 2nd layer, select your 3rd layer, go to the filter option at the top of your screen and select the liquify option. Use the forward warp tool and stretch your image, stretch your image to a length that you would like the range of the dispersion particles to go. Hit Ok then hold Alt while you click on the vector mask option. Select your 4rth layer and click the vector mask option at the bottom of your screen, select your vector masked image and make sure your foreground color is black.

Step 9: Dispersion Effect Part 3

Select the brush tool and go to the top of your screen and select the brush settings panel. Select the kind of dispersion you would like to use on your image. Start applying the brush to your image and it should start making a dispersion effect in your image, make sure to rotate your brush to make it look better. Then select your 4rth layer vector masked image and make sure your foreground is white. Then start applying the brush tool next to your image (this will be the particles that are coming of your image). Then your done!

Step 10: Finished Product

Thank you for reading this project! Told you that you would need patience!

Ricky Pontello

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