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How to Create a Pirate Image Manipulation

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 23962 Views September 17th, 2010

This is the first tutorial from a list of tutorials that I am planning to write with the theme 'World of Pirates'. I am a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean and of course the movie was a inspiration for me.Let's get started!

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Stock Images : Pirate Hat , Sea Landscape ,

Man Photo , Earring , Skull , Warships Brushes

Preview of The Final Image

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Step 1 - The Background

Open a new document with the size 700 / 600 pixels. I am not sure if this is going to be the final size of the image. Sometimes I like to crop the image to improve it! As you can probably suspect I am writing the tutorial while I am working in photoshop because it is easier for me to remember everythig that I do .

So copy the Sea Landscape large size and scale it to 70% (edit – transform – scale). Name this layer Sea Landscape and change the opacity to 80%.

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Step 2 – Fix The Background

As you can see in the image above there are white areas that need to be filled. For that I think the best tool is the Clone Stamp Tool. Create a new layer and call it Background Extension. With the Clone Stamp Tool try to fill the empty area vertical and horizontal. Make sure to have Sample All Layers checked so you clone the images from the other layer Background Layer.

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After you have covered all the empty space it is time to merge the two layers : Background Layer and Background Extension Layer. As you can probably see the cloning process is not perfect so with the Smudge Tool try to fix the clouds with circular moves.

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Step 3 – Bring the Pirate Man into the Scene

Copy the Man Photo from Flickr into your scene. Scale the image to 55% and call this layer Pirate Layer. I will put all the layers that belong to the pirate photo manipulation, in a new group. Place the pirate in the right corner of the image. Now with the Pen Tool trace the man contour. We have to remove de background. For the shape a new layer was created…call it Shape Layer. Change the opacity to 0% while you are tracing the contour to see the man image.

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Now press CTRL and click the Shape Layer Thumbnail. A selection was made. Take now the Magic Wand Tool and right click in the selection. Make sure to work in Pirate Layer. Choose Select Inverse and press Delete.

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With the same method delete other parts of the backgroud(hair area). You can use also the Eraser Tool to do that.

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Step 4 – Add the Hat

Copy the Pirate Hat photo into your psd file. Scale it to obtain similar sizes (equal face sizes).

Now take the same Pen Tool and draw the shape of the hat. As shown in the previous step we will delete the background.

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I have selected the shape, choose select inverse and delete the background. As you can see in the image below I have added a red stroke to the Hat Layer because I will have to delete with the Eraser Tool parts from the hat to blend with the pirate. The red line helps me to see better where is one layer and where is the other. When I will finish the retouch I will remove the Stroke option.

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12 comment(s) for "How to Create a Pirate Image Manipulation"

Jamie
Jamie
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Great! I will be coming back for more! 10x reply
Allen
Allen
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I like it a lot ! thanks for the tut & brushes reply
PSDDude
PSDDude
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Font : http://www.dafont.com/pieces-of-eight.font reply
Olly
Olly
7:00 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2010
very interesting colors combination reply
John
7:00 AM Thursday, March 11, 2010
I really like the tutorial but there are things that need improvement...make the eye patch more convincing by adding a texture maybe leather and a shadow; blur the shadow of the hat...
other than that is GREAT reply
PSDDude
PSDDude
7:00 AM Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thank u all! So, John you have an excellent point so i am working on improving the tut as we speak :)
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John
7:00 AM Thursday, March 11, 2010
I can really tell that you have improved your technique over time and your tutorials are better and better every time reply
MarkSpizer
7:00 AM Sunday, May 02, 2010
great post as usual! reply
Norma Barron
Norma Barron
7:00 AM Monday, November 22, 2010
Is there a second part to the Caribbean Pirate tutorial? My screen cut off in the middle of step 9 and I was really enjoying the tutorial. I do not know how to finish. Please advise. reply
PsdDude
7:00 AM Monday, November 22, 2010
Dear Norma, i am glad you like my tut. We have recently changed the design of our blog and appeared some problems like this one.
Thank you for telling me, now it is fixed! reply
PSDDude
10:31 AM Wednesday, September 07, 2011
You are probably right, everything could be done better, there are some other details that doesn't look so realistic :)
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Some Guy
Some Guy
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
You could stamp water more believable. reply

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