I have to give this project a solid 10.2! I feel like my noble steed is magical! My favorite thing about this piece has to be the eyes on Charley. I didn’t like the clouds behind him because it was hard to patch in Photoshop. The tools I used include, quick selection tool, lassos, clone stamp, brush, magic wand, refine edge, healing, spot healing, and various masks. I learned how to combine animals in a realistic way.
Step by Step Recap
First thing I did after I had all of my images was remove the main animal or horse from my background with the quick selection tool. After I had the selection I clicked the refine edge to make sure the selection of my horse was as close to it as I could. I used a brush with opacity down to leave the feet on the background image because I wanted them to stay the same color. After I had the horse on its own layer I used the clone stamp and spot healing brush to remove his harness I clicked alt on the area I wanted to use to cover the horsed face. Then I spot healed it so that it would blend. Next I opened the rhino image. I quick selected its horn and refined edge and brought the contrast up. I drug the selection in the horse image. Then I used the move tool to position the horn on the top of the head. I moved the horn layer behind the horse layer so that the horn would appear in it. I then used the healing brush to the edge of the horn that touched the face of the horse, then I used the spot healing brush to blend the fur more. after the horn looked like it was actually supposed to be there I put a hue and saturation mask over the horse later and horn. I held alt and clicked between the horse and mask. Then I brought the brightness up and moved the hue bar to find a brighter brown color. I opened the deer image and used the quick selection tool to select the deer’s antlers and used the polygonal lasso to get some of the hors I couldn’t select with the quick selection tool. Then I refined edge to check it. I used the move tool to drag it into the horse image. Then I moved the antler layer behind the horse layer. I used the free transform tool to rotate and scale the antlers to the back of the horse. I copied the antlers and pasted them again to make another row in the side. After the antlers where positioned I used the clone stamp to make humps where the antlers came out of the back. I then used a layer mask and a black brush to erase the parts I didn’t need on each. I used the spot healing brush to feather the horn fur to the back fur. After the back looked well I opened the bunny image. I selected a patch of fur from the bunny with the polygonal lasso. Drug it in the horse image with the move tool. I but the layer effect overlay to give the fur of the horse texture. I used the warp effect on the patch to fit the horse. Next I spot healed the horses eye with the spot heal brush. And went over it with the healing brush, after the face looked well blended I opened the rabbit image and used the quick selection tool to select the rabbits eye. Then I clicked refine edge and moved the feather over so that when I drag it in it will already blend a bit. Then I dragged two eyes into the horse image. I positioned them and scaled them down with the move tool and the right click free transform command. Then I used the spot healing brush to touch up the outside a little more..