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In this tutorial we are going to create a mutant warlord who conquers the kingdoms and hangs the skull of the king in his court which shows his brutality.
This tutorial covers many interesting topics such as:
-Digitally painting the hair, beard and Fur.
-Designing and creating the Throne.
-Skin texture painting.
-Intense lighting and shadow effects.
and many more interesting techniques.
As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:
1) Import the image of the old court house on to the Photoshop canvas.
2) Using the Burn Tool (O) darken the edges of the pillars as shown.
Now import the image of the king on to the canvas and place it in the center as show.
Note: While cutting the king’s image from the original, there is no need to be accurate while cutting the head and neck part, because they will be covered with Hair and the Crown later in the procedure.
In this step we will be placing the crown on the king’s head.
1) Import the image of the crown on to the canvas and place it on the king’s head.
2) Create a Curves adjustment layer to the crown layer and set the RGB curves as shown.
3) Using Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the crown set the Saturation level to -46.
4) Now by using the Exposure Adjustment layer to the crown set the Exposure to +1.15 and Gamma Correction level to 0.61.
5) Now paint the dark shadow on the left side of the crown as shown.
In this step we will be digitally painting the fur to the crown.
1) Using the brush tool paint a random fur round fur bush. The goto Edit>Define Brush Preset and name the brush as “Fur Brush”.
2) Select the Fur brush from the Brushes Palette and paint the fur as shown with white paint.
3) Now duplicate the fur layer and hide the main fur layer. Then erase the duplicated layer into half as shown.
4) Unhide the main fur layer. Then select the duplicate fur layer and add an Exposure Adjustment layer then set the Exposure level to -2.36 and Gamma Correction to 0.60.
5) Now slightly reduce the brightness of the main fur layer by setting the Exposure level to -0.50 and Gamma Correction to 0.75.
6) Now by using the fur brush paint very thin fur over lapping on the dark side of the fur.
In this step we are going to morph the king’s face with a lion’s face.
1) Cut the nose and mouth part of the lion and place it on the king’s face as shown. Name this layer as “Lion Jaw”.
2) Using the Curves color correct the lion jaw layer as shown.
3) Now by using Exposure Adjustment layer to the Lion Jaw layer set the Exposure to -0.05.
4) Again by using another Curves adjustment layer color correct the lion jaw layer to match the king’s skin.
5) Select the Burn Tool (O) and darken the right side of the nose as shown.
6) Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to the Lion Jaw layer and set the Saturation level to -4.
In this step we will learn how to paint hair and digitally paint White beard to the king’s face.
1) For this step you will need a pressure sensitive pen tablet. You can see the result of the stroke using a pressure sensitive and non-pressure pen tablets. To get perfect hair details you need to draw consecutive random strokes as shown.
2) Create a new layer above the Lion Jaw layer for the beard. Then by using the previously explained technique paint white beard in the king’s face as shown.
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