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Goal

  • Transform a picture of you into a Na'Vi character from the film Avatar

Steps

  • Watch YouTube clip - using Photoshop to make an Avatar
  • Get a partner to take your picture OR use a picture of you that you like
  • You might find it easier to work with a picture where you are looking squarely at the camera
  • There are lots of Photoshop tutorials out there for this, but we are going to use the one with Tom Cruise's face
  • Watch the demonstration
  • Now try it with your own photo
  • Below is the order of changes to make and the tools to use in Photoshop:

    Note on brush size - The instructions below give the brush sizes for the Tom Cruise Avatar. Brush sizes will be different for your own image.

  • Apply Photoshop workflow

  • Duplicate background layer 2 times

Skin – Brush tool / choose a Dark Blue in the colour picker (0E1B60)/ Mode = Hue / Large Size / 75% Hardness / Opacity 100% (experiment) / Zoom in for accuracy / Use eraser to fix any areas that shouldn't have been painted / Link top two layers (if you erased at all) / Layer/Merge Linked

Eyebrows (if necessary) – Clone stamp tool / Hardness = 20% / Opacity = 100% / Option-click to select copy point / release / paint

Eyes – Lasso (feather on 20 pixels) / Copy / Paste / Command-T / Rotate / Re-size to 118% (W), 118% (H), 15 degree rotation / Erase with soft eraser / Merge top 3 layers (eyes and blue skin layer)

Remove Ears – Brush tool / Mode = Normal / Opacity=100% / Option-click to select black from image / Hardness=90% / Paint over ears

Insert Na'Vi Ears - Open / Ears.jpg / Magic wand to select white / Select/Inverse / Select/Modify/Contract/1pixel / Move tool / Move to face / Command-T / Re-size / Move ear into place / Copy hair from background layer and move that layer to the top of the layer stack (optional) / Right-click on the ear layer / Duplicate Layer / Edit menu / Transform / Flip Horizontal / Move the 2nd ear into place / Merge the two ear layers

Match ear colour to face colour - Command-U (Hue/Saturation) / Change the hue and saturation sliders to match the skin colourt

Copy and paste hair - Lasso tool (feather = 0) / Select the area of hair that is under the ear layer / Copy / Paste / Drag the layer to the top of the layer stack in the Layers pallette / Eraser tool - Hardness = 50%) / Erase, following the lines of the hair / Merge hair and ears with the blue skin layer

Lighten Eyes – Dodge tool / Exposure = 15% / Size = 20 (or same size as iris) / Hardness = 50% / First Midtones / Then Highlights

Enlarge Irises – Select iris with Lasso tool (Feather = 1) / Copy / Paste / Re-size (command-t) / Width and Height to 120% / Move so that the top of the new eye lines up with the top of the old eye / Hide / Lasso Select the bottom of the eyelid / Unhide / Delete key / Return to the blue face layer / Repeat for eye #2 / Link the 3 layers / Layer / Merge Linked

Nose – Filter / Liquify / Zoom in and out / Use a medium size brush (80-100) with brush pressure at 60% / Widen at the top / Pinch nostrils a bit / Play with settings to get best results

Nose – Burn (exposure around 12%) to darken / Dodge to lighten (Exposure = 8%) / Purple brush (Mode = color) for nose & lips

Face – Burn with a large soft brush (Size 30 / Exposure = 12%) to darken shadow areas, especially along side of nose and under eyes / Dodge to lighten - 10% / Highlights

Markings – Stripes = New Layer / Brush tool – Dark Blue / Mode = Normal / Opacity 30% / Size 8 Then Size 3 for points / Hardness = 80% / Change layer opacity to adjust darkness of markings / Try Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur at around 3.5 to blend your stripes in

Dots = New Layer / Brush tool - White / Opacity 30% / Diameter - 2px/3px/4px (for Tom Cruise) / 15px/10px/7px (for you) Mode - normal. Try clicking once, twice, three times - for different brightness.

Criteria

1) Marking - 60 marks

Eyes - /10

Nose - /10

Skin Colouring - /10

Skin Decoration - /10

Overall - /20

 

Name your file in the following way :

  • username_avatar.jpg

2) Journal Entry

Ony one paragraph! What did you find challenging about this assignment? What did you learn?