Learn how to create this scene in space using photographs. The author will show you how you can photograph objects around your house to create this photo manipulation then finish it off with a comic book effect.
Preview of Final Results
Comic Book Styled Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial
Before we get started, make sure that you keep your images in layers and groups. For example, each model in the image would have one group with several layers inside the group.
Start by getting photographs of the models. For this, I photographed pictures of myself in different poses. The background and floor is covered with some sheets to make it easier to create a cutout of myself in Photoshop.
I also photographed a fan in different perspectives. These fans will be used to create the space outfit. Make sure that the perspective of the fan is similar to the photos of the model so that you can put them on the models back.
I also photographed this foldable chair. Like the fan, photograph it in the same perspective as the model.
Create cutouts of the model using any method you like. This can be with the selection tools or with the Pen tool. I used the Pen tool to create a path around the model.
Once you’ve created a path around the model, right click on the path then choose Make Selection. This will turn the path into a selection.
Choose Select > Inverse to inverse the selection so that it is selecting the area around the model. Press Delete on your keyboard to remove the selected area (which should be the background of the photo). Repeat this step for the rest of the images. For the image of the fan, I used the Color Range tool (Select > Color Range) to create a selection of the fan.
Here’s how to put the images together to create the explorer. Remember, keep the images on their own separate layer then put all three images into a group. Rename this group to “model”.
Make sure that the layer with the fan is on the top of the group. Add a layer mask to this layer (Layer > Add Layer Mask > Reveal All). In the layer mask, delete the area where the foldable chair is so that the fan looks like it is held inside the foldable chair. Add a layer mask to the layer with the foldable chair then erase the area around the models hand so that it looks like it is behind the hand.
I’ll give this model a special device. Only for this model because the others are turned away and you cannot see it. For this special device, I photographed my heater.
I made a cutout of the display and placed it into the group with the model. It is positioned in front of the models body. Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl+T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize the special device so that it is the right dimension. I also used the Burn tool (O) to make the edges darker.
Select the layer with the fan then choose Filter > Artistic > Poster Edge. Use the settings shown below to give it a comic book effect.
Photograph a picture of a mountain landscape like the image below. The image I took below was shot by accident. I was on vacation with my Fujifilm Finepix S602Z when I accidently reset the settings. Since I always photograph in Manual mode, the white balance was set to the default which gave this image a bluish tint. You can experiment with different white balance settings to get the color that you like.
Place the landscape photo into the current document then position the model so that it is standing on the land. Pay attention to his feet and place him on a spot where it looks correct.
Erase some areas around the bottom of his shoe so that some of the rocks appear to be behind his shoe.
Now we will repeat the previous steps to create the second and third model. Here’s some tips for cutting out the models. When you create a cutout, you may have tiny pixels left over that you may not see. To make it visible, right click on the layer, choose Blending Options, then add a 1-2px red stroke. This will show you the areas with leftover pixels that need to be erased. Once you’re done, you can remove this layer style.
After you deleted those leftover pixels, your cutout should look clean like this image.
For the fan, use the Color Range tool (Select > Color Range) to create a selection of the fan. Choose Select > Inverse then press delete to delete the background from the fan.
Same idea for the frame. Cut it out and use the technique to ensure it is properly cut out.
Put the three images together like this.
Like what you did with the first model, erase parts of the fan, foldable chair, and model so that you get results similar to the image below.
Give the fan a Poster Edges filter (Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges).
Repeat the same process for the third person in the picture. Place the picture of the fan behind the third model.
Cut out the foldable chair and place it over the fan.
Make sure the layer with the metal frame is over the fan. Then add a layer mask and use the Eraser tool to erase over parts of the frame shown in the image below.
Select the layer with the cooling fan and delete the area on the bottom.
When you’re done creating the two models, you can position them in the landscape.
Look for a stone in the landscape and duplicate it into a new layer. Move it so that it is in one of the models hand. This is to make him look like he is inspecting the stone. To make this stone stand out, use the Exposure tool (Image > Adjustments > Exposure).