Learn how to merge animals in Photoshop with this tutorial that will teach you how to chop photos and blend them together. This is a simple tutorial but to get great results, you’ll need some patience, an eye for details, and some imagination. Read this tutorial and find out how you can easily create your own animal-vehicle creation in Photoshop.
Preview of Final Results
- Crocodile1 – SXC
- Crocodile2 – charadestock
- Crocodile3 – frostdragon64
- Old car – achatinastock
- Background – SXC
- Bird – rml-stock
- sign1 – discordia-stock
- Sign2 – ecathe
Open the background image and place it on the right. Because the image in not wide enough we need to duplicate it and complete the empty space with the same photography. Duplicate the background layer and place it on the left. Create a clipping mask and erase the edge of the duplicated layer.
Now you will see that some parts are repeating themselves , such as clouds and bushes. Select the clone stamp tool and cover them up.
In this step we will cut out the car using the pen tool and place it in the desert. Remember cu cut out the windows also .
Erase the front part of the car using a brush on the layer’s mask. We don’t need this part because it will be replaced with the crocodile. Always use a mask when you want to erase things in photoshop because you never know if you want it back.
Create a new layer under the car an, using a basic brush , paint the windows white. Set the opacity to about 15-20%.
Let’s create the car’s shadow. Create a new layer. Use your imagination to see how this will look. Use the pen tool for this and fill the path with black. Go Filters-Blur-Gaussian Blur and set it to 2,5. Now the the layer’s opacity to 45%.
The car needs to have a small and darker shadow, so on a new layer, using a basic brush add a small shadow. Use the image below for guidance.
In step 4 you will need to create a few clipping masks for the adjustment layers so we will adapt the car’s colors to the desert. Go to Adjustment Layers-Levels. Make the presets as you see below, and remember that this is a clipping mask, so it only affects the car ( to create a clipping mask you need to press the alt key and click between the layers you want to clip together.)
Adjustment Layers-Photo Filter Adjustment Layers- Gradient mask . Both layers are clipping masks.
Open the first crocodile photo. We will use the tail from this crocodile. So cut out it and place it at the back side of the car as you see in the image below.
Use a clipping mask to add to make the tail look darker, so go to Adjustment Layers-Curves. You have the presets in the image.
We need to add some shadow to the tail so using the pen tool create a shape that resembles to the tail’s edge. Fill the path with black and the opacity to 70%.
Using the same techniques as you did on the step before this , create a bigger shadow. Set the opacity to 28%. Remember that the tail casts a shadow in the inner corner so create a shadow there to. Set the layer’s opacity to 84%.
Open the second crocodile photography. We will use this crocodile’s torso for the front of the car and his back will be the texture that we will use to cover the entire car. Also his back leg will be in front of the back wheel.
Cut out the leg and place it in front of the back wheel. Use the image below for guidance. The fingers are in the light but this is not possible since the leg sits in the car’s shadow. Go to the adjustment layers-curves and add some shadow to the foot. This layer needs to be a clipped to the foot’s layer.
Open the second crocodile photo again and place it in front of the car. Using the layer’s mask erase all the parts that you don’t need. Be careful to leave the front wheel uncovered.
We need to create 3 clipping masks to adjust the crocodile’s colors, so go to the Adjustment layers-Photo filter, Adjustment layers-Color balance ( use the presets as you see below) and Adjustment layers-Hue/saturation.
In this step we will cover the car with crocodile texture. For this we will use the texture from the crocodile’s back, so using the pen tool cut out the back the marked part.
Clip this part to the car’s layer and leave only the part that covers the door. Remember to leave out the upper wheel. This wheel casts a shadow on the door so using the burn tool we will create that shadow. Use the image below for guidance.
Now we will cover the roof top of the car using the same crocodile texture we used for the door. Place it on top of the roof and clip it to the car’s layer. Erase the part that covers anything else but the roof top. Next change the blending mode to soft light.
Now we will need to cover up the metallic line under the windows, so we will use the same texture but we will change the blending mode to overlay.
Next we will cover the back door using the same texture, clipped to the car’s layer. Go to the adjustment layers-curves to darken the back door.
Now you see that there is a small part of the car’s hood that remains uncovered. Cut out the back of the crocodile. We will use the same texture to cover the part in front of the windows .This layer should be placed under the crocodile’s one. Erase on the layer’s mask some parts to fit better.