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Medusa - making of

This tutorial is quite simple but has some tricks. I made a photo of medusa and wanted to make it blueish, glowing and more unreal. (medusas are unreal creatures by themselves!)

Here is  my original photo. Lets keep it  as is for a while.

Create new document, fill it with blue gradient.

Add new layer, and with very large white brush, put a spot on top of picture.

Apply some blur to this layer, and change its opacity to Soft light or Overlay.

Here is the medusa photo again. I want to get rid of colors (make picture black and white) and the best way for this particular photo is copying information from a channel. Open channels tab, and select the channel that contains best black and white picture (in my case, it was Red).

Copy image (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C) from Red channel to RGB channel. Take a look at your Layers panel - if your selected layer is Background, double-click it and rename to something else (because we will need to add transparency and it's not possible with Background layer). And that's where the trick starts! Watch the shortcuts: Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C (copy black and white image) Q, Ctrl-V, Q (paste into mask) Ctrl-Shift-I (invert selection) Del - remove selection Ctrl-U, Lightness = +100 - make all image white. What we just did? We took black/white image, and converted all black color to transparency (leaving only white).

copy this image to previously designed background.

Duplicate layer with medusa and blur it (say, 8-10 pixels).

And last step - change blend mode of layer with Medusa to Overlay, and blend mode of layer with blurred medusa to Soft Light. That's all! :-)

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Kommentare 23

Kenobi · vor langer Zeit
Wow, very simply , very effective

hama · vor langer Zeit
well done

Rok · vor langer Zeit
Really nicely done. @Daniel: PS is expensive.

orsolox (hungary) · vor langer Zeit
I love this too....!! Congrat!

salina · vor langer Zeit

Cindy Benavides · vor langer Zeit
You guys are just amazing! I looove your designs and your creativity!! I loove the optimism and feeling upon all your art! keep it up! (y)

Daniel · vor langer Zeit
Very nice. I thought that some expensive software was needed.

Sneha · vor langer Zeit
Pure magic! Seems as though you're playing it on the keyboard as though a maestro would!

sandra · 8 Januar 2008
hey there. i just found your site and I love your frosted wallpaper. I tried to rebuild it, but I'm having troubles getting the fractals in my photoshop picture with the gradient... I followed your instructions, but since I'm from germany, I'm not sure, if the shortcuts for getting rid of the black background are the same in the German photoshop, cause it doesn't work that way... could you please give the commands for what I have to do. The translating I will do, of course ;) thanks a lot!

cartergreenfield · 17 Dezember 2009
really cool! but this is too hard foe me:-J but i have only one question... when i'm about to do one of these things using your tutorials I'm folowing them step by step but after I finish them they look much diferent, much uglyer...WHY??:))

Marko to Daniel · vor langer Zeit
"I thought that some expensive software was needed." yes, you need photoshop :-)))

sarmad · vor langer Zeit
it great

rady · vor langer Zeit
Not impressive

aritra bhaduri · vor langer Zeit
simply WOW!

secret say · vor langer Zeit
i congradulate you on this one,very good

semiramiss · vor langer Zeit

Mike · vor langer Zeit
This didn't work for me. Are you using Photoshop CS? I seem to have trouble with Step 7...

Puck · vor langer Zeit
I kind of wish I could see more medusas, I only found one on interfaceLIFT. :-(

Elena · vor langer Zeit
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Steve · 3 Januar 2008
Very nice. :D

sandra · 8 Januar 2008
I just tried it again and it worked, so thanks anyway! ;)

Spazoid · 18 Juni 2009
good tut, I followed the shortcuts but for some reason I didn't get the same "effect" of copy white delete black. I got lost at this step ".....Del - remove selection Ctrl-U, Lightness = +100 - make all image white......"

Pete · 23 August 2009
@ Spazoid: I was stumped there too, my 'medusa' was not white at all. My solution was, after deleting, deselecting (Ctrl-D), that's what Vlad means with 'remove selection'.

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