Photoshop: Turn Yourself into a GOLD Statue!

Photoshop: Turn Yourself into a GOLD Statue!

August 10, 2019 36 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform yourself
into a golden statue. Before we begin, if not already a subscriber
to Blue Lightning TV, smash that small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right corner! If you want to use the same background that
I’m using, I provided its link in my video’s description below or in my project files. Open a well-focused, high resolution photo
of someone that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. We’ll drag it onto the background. If your Move Tool isn’t active, press “v”
on your keyboard. Drag it onto the tab of the background and
without releasing your mouse or pen, press and hold “Shift”, drag it down and release. Pressing Shift kept it centered over the background. To resize it, open your Transform Tool by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. If you want to reposition it, just drag your
subject. Then, click the checkmark at the top or press
enter or Return, twice. We’ll separate our subject from its background
by making a selection around our subject. There are many ways to do this and I covered
them all in prior tutorials. In this case, since the background is a solid
color: white, I’ll use the Magic Wand Tool. If you’re using this tool as well, make its Tolerance: 10 pixels and make sure “Contiguous” is checked. “Contiguous” will prevent the inside of your
subject from being selected. Click on the background to make a selection
of it and invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. Press “Q” to see
it as a quick mask. If you have areas outside the quick mask,
we need to fill them in. Before we do, check your foreground and background
colors. If they’re not black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. You can fill the empty areas outside your
subject in a variety of ways, however, for this example, I’ll use the Paint Bucket Tool. I’ll click on each side twice to ensure that
it’s filling the areas completely. Revert the quick mask back into a selection
by pressing “Q” again. Go to “Select”. If you’re using version 2015.5 or later, you
can either click Select and Mask or Shift-click it to open Refine Edge. If you’re using an earlier version, click
Refine Edge. I did in-depth tutorials on both Refine Edge
and Select and Mask, so if you’d like to watch them, I provided their links, as well. We’ll smooth out the edges by dragging the
“Smooth” slider to the right approximately this much and check “Decontaminate Colors”. This prevents color fringing, which is when
the background colors leach into our subject. Slide the amount to 100%. Output it as a “New Layer with Layer Mask”. Then, click OK. We’ll convert our cutout subject into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click, “Convert to Smart Object”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. An Adjustment layer affects all the layers
below it, so if you want to restrict it to affect just the one layer beneath it, we need
to clip it to that layer. To do this, either click the “Clipping Mask”
icon or press Ctrl + Alt +G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. You can also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. There’s even a fourth way which is to hover
your cursor between the adjustment layer and the layer beneath it and press and hold Alt or Option. When you see your cursor change to another
icon, left-click. We can target and automatically adjust the
brightness and contrast of specific colors of our subject by clicking this icon in the
Black and white properties panel and dragging our cursor over areas you want to add more contrast to. I did an in-depth tutorial of this filter,
so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its link, as well. For example, I’d like to brighten the highlights
of her skin a bit, so I’ll place my cursor on a highlight and drag it to the right. This slides the colors in the properties
panel associated with the placement of my cursor. Conversely, I’d like to darken her skin’s
midtones, so I’ll place my cursor on a midtone and drag it to the left. Next, we’ll smooth out the skin by removing
grain in the photo and her skin pores. Make the cut out face active and go to Filter,
Blur and Surface Blur. Make the Radius: 20 pixels and the Threshold:
20 Levels. Go back to Filter an this time, click “Noise”
and “Dust & Scratches”. Make the Radius 1 pixels and the Threshold: 0. Make the top layer active and click the Adjustment
Layer icon. Click “Invert” and clip it to your cut-out
subject. Change its Blend Mode to “Difference”. Make a copy of the “Invert” adjustment layer
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J and clip it. Shift-click your cut-out subject to make it
active, as well, and concert all the active layers into one Smart Object. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the “Artistic” folder and click “Plastic Wrap”. Make the Highlight Strength: 10, the Detail:
1 and the Smoothness: 15. Convert it into a Smart Object. If you want to brighten your image, click
the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Levels”. Clip it and adjust its Input Highlight. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again and
this time, click, “Hue / Saturation”. Then, clip it to the layer. Check, “Colorize”. For its “Hue”, type in 50 and for “Saturation”,
type in 70. Shift-click your cut-out subject and convert
all the highlighted layers into one Smart Object. Go to Image, Adjustments and “Shadows / Highlights”. Check “Show More Options” to see the Highlights
and Adjustments. Make the Shadows amount: 60%, the Tone: 60%
and the Radius: 30 pixels. The Highlights amount is 0, the Tone: 50%
and the Radius: 30 pixels. Make the Adjustments color: 100. I’d like to make the black areas of the statue
a bit lighter. If you want to do this to your statue, as
well, double-click the thumbnail of the Smart Object to open its source. Click this Smart Object to open its source
and click the last Smart Object to open its source. Reduce the opacity of the Invert copy to 90%. Close its tab and when you see this message, just click “Yes” to accept the changes. Close this tab, click “Yes” and repeat it
for this tab. Repeat it for this tab, as well. Double-click an empty area of the Smart Object
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Inner Glow’. The color box is white. If it isn’t click it and pick white. The Blend Mode is Color Dodge and the Opacity
is 100%. The Tehnique is “Softer”, the Source is Edge,
The Choke is 0 and the Size is 50 pixels. Click “Outer Glow” and the color box. In the hexadecimal field, type in: FFFF03. Then,click OK. The Blend Mode is “Soft Light”, the Opacity
is 100% and the Size is 50 pixels. To remove the glow across the bottom of our
gold statue, open your Transform Tool and when you see this message, it’s just letting
us know the Smart Filters will be temporarily turned off as we use the Transform Tool. Just click OK. Enlarge it a bit and press Enter or Return. To slide our statue down, press “v” to open your Move
Tool and press the Down arrow. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!