Doll Man

 
This lesson you'll discover one of the methods of color correction. Also you'll find out how to draw realistic freckles, to change the features, the hair's color, insert the scratches on the skin, cut out the hair and represent the background out of the old wallpapers. Generally, you'll find out how to represent a kind of the next demonstrated doll - man.

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Find a stock photo, I used this photo from deviantart. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

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Make several color corrections, because it has an evident yellow - red tone, a very common effect when shooting with the flash. In this case we'll select the option Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.

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To continue working with this image we need to unlock the background layer.  We can make a copy of the background layer (Ctrl+J) and delete the previous one or just make a double click on the left mouse's button on this layer on the layers panel to unlock them.

Next we'll align the picture, because it is a little turned around. If the rulers are not visible, choose View > Rulers or press Ctrl+R and drag from the vertical ruler to create a vertical guide on the central part of the face. Then rotate the photo, using Edit > Free Transform (Ctrl+T).

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Remove guides from the image using View > Clear Guides. Next we need to insert for the boy his missing shoulder on the picture.

Choose Image > Canvas Size and increase the canvas size of image with a transparent background from right to insert the missing part. Then select shoulder from left using Polygonal Lasso Tool, make a copy of it on the new layer (Ctrl+J) and then select Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal and turn it over, applying Free Transform, just for the shoulder to get its right position.

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Put together the layers by pressing (Ctrl+E) to Merge Down. Then use Clone Stamp Tool to retouching a defect line after combining these two layers.

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Next we need to accentuate the lighting and make the shoulders look not so the same. In this case we need to make lighter one of it, applying the Gradient Tool (G). Then change Blending Mode for this layer to Soft Light and minimize the Opacity till 60%.

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Next we need to get off the rests of the background. Because the most difficult thing is to cut out the hair, we'll start up with it. Choose the Channels panel; examine the hair in the channels to see where it looks better. Usually the green channel is the most appropriate. Make a copy of the green channel. Then make the contrast between the hair and the background in this channel to be more intensive, by selecting firstly Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight with default settings and then Image > Adjustments > Levels (Ctrl+L).

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Back to the Layers panel and create a new layer (clicking on the icon Create a new layer). Then apply the next option Image > Apply Image, choosing the channel we made the corrections on it.

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Select the background on the layer we've got, using the Magic Wand Tool set Tolerance to 20 in Options Bar and then make the inversions by Select > Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I). This way we get selected the hair. Now make visible the colored layer and select Add Layer Mask in the bottom part of Layers panel.

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the Brush Tool (B) set the Hardness on 70% and paint in Layer Mask with black color the rest of the background.

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Drag this layer on Delete Layer icon at the bottom part of the Layers panel. Now we've got a new layer without background. Make the hair look more vital by drawing separate locks and hairs using a small size for the brush. Create a new background layer. Put it under the layer with the boy in Layers panel and fill it with appropriate color.

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We may notice on the picture that the boy's hair is of green nuance. We don't need a kind of nuance like this, so we'll make the necessary corrections, applying the Image > Adjustments > Selective Color.

Let's start the transformation now. Firstly we'll get rid of the eyebrows. In this case we'll copy the skin near the eyebrows using Clone Stamp Tool (S) as if we intend to color them.

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Choose now the Patch Tool (J), make copies of the skin's texture on these places (select the fragment which is necessary to change and move the selected zone on the skin with the appropriate texture).

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Now we need to distort the boy's head, applying Edit > Transform > Distort.

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Pass on the Filter > Liquify (Shift+Ctrl+X), applying here the Turbulence Tool (the tool is not difficult at all, all you need is a little training), change a little the face's features, not forgetting also to change the brush's size. Choose the Bloat Tool to enlarge the eyes accurately.

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Next we'll need the next demonstrated brush type:

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Select the Brush Tool (B) on a new layer to paint the eyes in black color. Then select the white color, changing the Hardness and the Opacity for the brush to insert several highlights.

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Now we'll insert the thickness effect on the skin around the eye, because when applying the Bloat Tool, it was blurred out. In this case we'll choose the skin's color on the light zone, using the Eyedropper Tool and continue drawing it above the eye. Next using the Burn Tool and the Dodge Tool distribute it on the light shadows.

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Insert now a little bit of white color on the inside edge, blurring it out with the Smudge Tool (Opacity on 40%) and paint the top eyelid, applying the Clone Stamp Tool and the Patch Tool (the same way we did by moving off the eyebrows). Finally we'll take the dark - brown color to accentuate the fold and the eye's contour.

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We need to retouch the skin. In this case we'll make a copy of the boy's layer and apply for it the layer's mask. Make sure that the mask is of black color (if it is white all you need is to invert it: Ctrl+I) and select a white brush with smooth edges to paint the forehead, cheeks and the chin and all the open parts of the skin. Pass from the mask on the layer by clicking on it, using here Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

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Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Luminosity, set the Fill to 50%.

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Put together the layers by pressing Ctrl+E to Merge Down and change a little the lips color, as for their contour to be not so evident, applying Image > Asjustments > Hue/Saturation (Ctrl+U) in the Reds channel.

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I wanted to insert some air on the lateral parts. That is why we need to increase the canvas size and as for the shoulder not to look so cut, we'll drawing on them a robe with big strokes, making the color lighter and darker by turn. Change also the brush's Opacity.

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