Adobe Photoshop Assignments For College

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The wonders of Photoshop are limitless! We hope this article shed some light on some amazing Photoshop techniques perfect for beginners and beyond. If you find yourself utilizing any of these techniques, feel free to let us know your experience in the comments! 

 For today's walkthrough, we're going to show you how to make a cow fly in just a couple of quick and simple steps. Read on to find out...



First off, prepare these set of images:






 Update: Use this picture as the background,



...instead of this. 






Let's begin...


Step 1

Separate the legs, the tails, and the head from the body.


Step 2

Reposition them and and create bends at the legs. We can copy part of the leg out, and transform it. Slowly mask out the connecting areas to look seamless.


Step 3

Enlarge the head a little, and liquify the body.


Step 4

Further liquify the head. Pull out 2 stubs so that it can fit the horn.


Step 5

Extract horn from source image and place the horns on the head. Fit it nicely in the stubs.


Step 6

Since we will be shining lights from above, increasing shadows adds realism. Draw black shades on the body just under the legs.


Step 7

Duplicate another layer. Set the top layer as 'Multiply' and the other as 'Overlay'. Play around with the opacity for both to achieve a desirable shadow tone.


Step 8

Draw more shades of black on the cow.


Step 9

Similar to the steps above, duplicate another layer and change their blend mode respectively.


Step 10

The hind right leg looks a little too bright, so we will add more shade to it.


Step 11

Further add shadow and highlights, by creating a new 'Overlay' layer (Filled with Overlay neutral color). Use white brush to add highlights and black brush to add shadows.

We will have something like this:


Step 12

The black edge on the tip of the right ear just won't do, so we will further add white lines there, resembling highlights.


Step 13

Extract wings from the dove. We'll only be using one side of the wing, duplicate and flip so that it resembles a pair.


Step 14

Copy part of the right wing to fill up the gap.


Step 15

Combine the cow and the pair of wings. The wings should be place underneath the cow layer.


Step 16

Use the healing brush to join the connecting area.


Step 17

Import background into your canvas, and place the winged cow accordingly.


Step 18

Change the contrast and color of the background according to these settings.


Step 19

Create an elliptical shape using the selection tool, feather it and fill it with black.


Step 20

Again, duplicate this layer, one with 'Overlay' blend mode and 'Multiply' for the other.


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