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Stargate Ori Character Brought to Life in Photoshop
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 29243 Views September 22nd, 2015

If you are a Stargate fan you will probably like this sci fi Photoshop tutorial. I've watched all the Stargate Episodes with a lot of interest, and soon became a big fan of this Sci-Fi series. And I've decided to make a tutorial with Stargate as theme. Even if the Stargate Ori Race was the most evil of all, it inspired me to create this new photo manipulation. I have chosen to digitally transform a real man into a mystic character.


Stock Images Used in This Tutorial

This tutorial is inspired by my favorite sci fi serial movie called Stargate that is very popular among the SF movies's fans. I have found three images that are perfect for my psd tut. I am usually searching the DeviantArt Gallery because there are a bounch of talented people there, that create quality stock images.

Crop Ori Head and Body

Let's start with the Ori Costume and carefully remove the background. I will use the Eraser Tool but you can also use the Pen Tool, make a selection and then remove the background. Use a Hard Round Brush, size 9 px if you use the Eraser Tool. Be careful at the edges not to erase parts from the costume. I use the graphic tablet for this job, wth a mouse it is much more difficult. Quick Tip! If it is hard to erase on a vertical line or on the bottom of the canvas, you can rotate your image, erase and rotate back. You can also use the Zoom In option to see the image in detail. Do the same with the Ori Head. Resize the image to 95% and crop only the face and the neck.

Retouch the Ori Costume

As you can see the Ori Costume contains a man in a costume with a mask on his face. I have to remove the mask and paint over to create the missing parts from the costume. First use the Eraser Tool to remove the mask. Place the Ori Head Layer below like in the following image:

I have to fix the missing parts of the face as realistic as possible. Select a part of the face (left side), copy in a new layer and flip it horzontaly. Place it on the right side and erase to match the two areas. Use Tools like Smudge and Liquify to obtain a perfect blend. Merge the two layers (Ori Head and Left Side Head)

I will use the Smudge Tool to fix the missing neck area. Use a small size brush and try to smudge in the wrinkles, veins direction to obtain a realistic result. Use a round brush and opacity between 90 and 100%.

Hide the Ori's Eyebrows

The next step in turning the young man into an ori is to hide his eyebrows. For that I will also use the Smudge Tool, small size brush. Zoom in to work on every detail, try to make many little smudge lines, from top down and from bottom up.

Retouch the Ori's Costume

As you can see there is a missing part from the costume where the mask was. I will try to remade it using the Smudge Tool first of all. Use the Dodge and the Burn Tools to create the fabric folds. Look at the other fabric to remake the missing part as realistic as possible. My graphic tablet was a real help for this work.

Ori Skin Retouch

In this step I will make some changes regarding the skin color of the Ori. I will change the Hue/Saturation and also the Brightness/Contrast Balance. You can see the settings in the following images:

See the Before and After adjusting the skin color process. Now the skin has a whiter colorless look.

Ori Face Shadow

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17 comment(s) for "Stargate Ori Character Brought to Life in Photoshop"

7:00 AM Thursday, May 05, 2011
Nice tutorial man...thanks for sharing especially the psd file. I'm going to try this on a girl's face and see what I can come up with. reply
7:00 AM Thursday, May 05, 2011
Thanks Carlo, glad you like it! Don't forget to show us the result :) reply
7:00 AM Thursday, May 19, 2011
This is a great idea to recreate Voldemort. I will try to do it. Thank you! reply
7:00 AM Friday, May 20, 2011
Nice tutorial. Thank you very much to share it reply
7:00 AM Friday, May 20, 2011
Hey friend, sorry for repeating the message, but it showed an error when you press the submit button reply
7:00 AM Monday, May 23, 2011
Hi Metaltoon,
thank you for telling me about the error, I will try to fix it !
:) we are programming this site from scratch. We are not an wordpress template so it is hard for us to keep up ! reply
7:00 AM Thursday, June 02, 2011
Thanks for useful post. reply
7:00 AM Sunday, July 17, 2011
What food have u being eating?
Thanks anywAY. reply
7:00 AM Sunday, July 17, 2011
What do you mean SIMON kWEKU? I eat BIO food but what does that have to do with the tutorial? reply
2:17 PM Sunday, March 11, 2012
Uuu i love SG :)) Great work :) reply
2:21 PM Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thanks ! I love SG tooo :) reply
Lynn Burleigh
Lynn Burleigh
5:54 AM Sunday, June 17, 2012
I would like permission to use this tutorial in class with my advanced Digital Arts students. Of course you will be credited.
Thank you, Lynn Burleigh, M.Ed reply
5:59 AM Sunday, June 17, 2012
I am really glad that you like my tutorial and you want to share it with your students. However you must take into account that I don't want my tutorials to be redistributed on the internet on other websites except mine. If it is not an online class than I guess it is ok.

dushyant idhatia
dushyant idhatia
11:13 AM Monday, August 05, 2013
extraordinary tutorial reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
well,this would be a little scary reply
Web Design Sheffield
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I think this would be a great model of Voldemort. Dark and scary, that is always a great combination if you ask me. reply
4:26 AM Monday, October 05, 2015
Thank you for a great lesson. I learned how to create a sci-fi image. I also enjoyed the "adding a tattoo on the skin" part of this lesson. Thank you for the tut. reply

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