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Halloween Monster Make-Up Kit

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♫ fast music playing ♫ Hello and welcome to the Russell Brown Show. (Dracula voice) In this episode, I will be not speaking like this the entire time. (Dracula voice) I will be switching to my normal voice because I want to tell you about a great, great offer I have for you. Here in the Halloween season there's nothing like turning an average-looking kid as you see here on the screen into a monster. (Dracula voice) I will occasionally switch back to this voice when I can. (Dracula voice) Okay, in this project, and of course this show I'm not only showing you how to turn yourself into a monster but I'm giving you all the parts and pieces you would need to do it yourself. Check this out. I've got bolts. I've got monster heads. I've got monster scars, monster wigs, and monster gashes to turn anybody into a monster. This is a fairly simple project but you'll have all the parts you need and you can download them directly from Adobe TV where you're watching this fine tutorial. So let's get started. Let's turn this good looking kid into this monster! (Dracula voice) And it starts, of course, taking all of these images into Adobe Photoshop. Here in Adobe Bridge, let's just select all the parts that I want to combine together to create my monster. I'm selecting those with the Shift key. I'll also select with the Command key or the Control key this Davis character. What a good looking child, isn't he? And so we've got those all selected. Let's bring those open with a Command O or Control O we can open those all up here inside of Photoshop. Now inside of Photoshop, of course we have this great tabbed interface that's happening. Don't forget the key stroke of the tab. The Command key on the Macintosh or the Control key on the PC and the Tilde key on your keyboard. What's the Tilde key? The Tilde key is below the Escape key and it's that little eñe, in niños, you know that one? So we hit the Tilde key and you can go through each of the files which is open. Now that's sort of a difficult way to work because you can't see all of them. So here's a great superuser tip and technique. If you've got a lot of images open and you want to see all of them go here to the View menu. Excuse me, you wouldn't go to the View menu because you're not as foolish as I am. You'd go to the Window menu and down here to Arrange and over here to... You want to Float All Windows. So what that's going to do it's floating all of my images. That's a good start. I can see all of them. But now, under Window this time he does it correctly Arrange Tile. Check it out. I've now tiled them all so I can see them. I can see the different elements and drag them around and use them. Let's move this over here. Just like this. And let's start our project here. I want to grab from my elements. Let's start with this one right here and use our Move tool. So this is a fairly simple project. Even I can do this. So you target with your Move tool. You open up your image and by the way, when you photograph your subject, your victim (Dracula voice) you photograph them straight on in fairly flat lighting. Make sure your background is a little bit soft like mine is. Just like this. And this file size... Let's just check that file size. Because you need to know these things. Image size. My image size is about 4 x 6 at 300 pixels per inch in resolution. Or 1300 by 1900 approximately with width and height. That's good to know that. That's a good size to crop this to. Okay, let's get this started. I click with my Move tool and I can drag this element right over drop it onto my victim like this and put it into position. It's that easy. Now they're not going to be scaled the right size so let's go ahead and do this. When in fact, let's bring in all of our elements. We'd like a mask over his face. We'd like to bring in a little bit of a headdress here, like this. We of course need to have bolts in here. So let's bring those bolts in. Let's leave those there. And what do we have over here? We've got more scars to put in. Oh, a neck scar. It's always good to throw one of those in. Is this easy and fun or what? What's this? Oh, oh. Got to have a wig. Let's drag the wig in. So let's put all of the rough pieces into position and then we can turn those off by turning off our visibility over here. Just like this. And then let's bring up the size of this image overall. With my Command Plus key on the Macintosh or Control Plus key on the PC I can bring up the size within the frame but check this out. With the Option command and the Plus key or the Alt and Control and the Plus key you can then change the overall size. Did you see that? Let's do that again. I can change the overall size of this with the combination but if I just use the Command or the Control key it changes it within the frame. Which is a really nice way of using the scaling features the zooming features here is CS4. Okay, let's learn about the basics of transforming. Because once you bring these in you want to transform them so that they fit over the face. We know our simplest transformation tools of course, are under the Edit tool and Free Transform. I chose free transform because then I can slide this up and I can start to slide and distort this. In fact I can distort it and squeeze it or stretch it from any of these points to start getting this to work. I'm going to get this pretty close right there. That looks pretty good. And let's use my Arrow keys on my keyboard to reposition this. So I'm using a combination of the Arrow keys and nudging this around until it fits just right to get the eyes to go through. Before I hit the Enter key I want to show you something else that's really nice for controlling and working with shapes like this. If we go to the Edit menu and down to Free Transform I can always go over here and I can warp my image. Another great capability. Select Warp. Warp lets me grab right in on this mask and move this around if I want this to be a little bit lower so that the eyes fit in here. Just like this. Check that out. Or I can move the head up a little bit. So you've taken this mask against transparency... That's right. You get all of these masks on Adobe TV. Well back to the show. Okay, so we've got the mask. We hit the Enter key. So I used a combination of a standard transform and I used the warp capabilities. Now his skin isn't looking quite green enough so I'm going to add a little bit of skin tone here. One of my favorite ways to add a little bit of skin tone of course, is to go in here and create a new layer under... Right here at the base of my layers tab panel I created a new layer. I set the new layer to a Mode of Color. This is a little bit advanced for me. (high-pitched voice) Is it a little advanced. Mode of color on a new layer and I can go in with my Brush tool select a nice slimy green value here and I can start to paint in a green shade over my subject. So I'm just going in and I'm tinting my subject. Just a simple way of tinting your subject and you can turn it on and off and then now if we start to lay in our overcoat here, so we've got that little bit of green tint happening underneath there, that's looking better. Oh wait, wait. I colored his eyes. You can always use the Eraser tool to go in and we don't want his eyes to be green so we're going to go in here and take that out of there. Let's bring up our eraser size a bit and take that out of there. That's much better. How unprofessional of me. Green eyes. Who knows? Okay, moving on here. We have the... Let's bring in the forehead here. Let's use our Move tool. Let's move this into position. Let's deselect if I have any selections. You have to select your forehead in order to move it as you see here. We can then move this down into position like this. You know I always like to use the Arrow keys on my keyboard to nudge this into position. And that looks great. Now his head is not high enough. Let's do a little bit of Command T on the Macintosh or Control T on the PC. In fact, let's go right up to the Edit menu and back down to Free Transform again. Because that's easier. And I want to free transform his head up. That's much better. Let's drop this back down a little bit so you can stretch this around just like that. Perfect. What control! Let's bring in our hair. Let's bring the hair back in. Target the hair. Position the hair. As you can see, this demo is all about using the transformation tools because everything is against a mask already for you. That looks great. We've got that going. What else are we missing? Oh, scars. Scars are us. Ooh, that's great. (Dracula voice) Target the scar. Move the scar. And of course you can adjust the layers if the scar needs to move down in layer. Let's move the scar down so it's underneath our layer... Oh, nah, let's bring it up one more. Right there. You can continue to move those and stack those so you get different effects as it moves over your subject. This is looking great. (Dracula voice) And what about our final touch? (Dracula voice) Would be our bolts. (Dracula voice) Drop those bolts in. Move those into position. First you have to target the bolts transform the bolts and move them in. We're almost done. (Dracula voice) We transform them in. We put them into position. We're set. Incredible! So there you saw a great way to simply and easily drag these different files together to create the monster of your dreams. Here, on the Russell Brown Show. Until next time, I'll see you in Halloween Land. (Dracula voice) ♫ fast music playing ♫

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Duration: 10 minutes and 50 seconds
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 6, 2010

In this special “Halloween” edition of the Russell Brown Show, you’ll learn how to turn people into monsters. Russell even gives you the files you’ll need to do it!

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