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Style Bird Creation using Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create interesting, fluid elements using the Liquify filter. Using just a single image, you can create a whole variety of effects by pushing, pulling, rotating, reflecting, puckering and bloating any area as subtly or drastically as you wish.

The process used here is extremely random, so you’ll be able to achieve surprising new results each time you use the command, making it ideal for abstract experiments.
 

 

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01 Start by opening the bird.png file provided in the support files, or select a bird image of your choice. Place it on a new Photoshop document with a white background.
 

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02 Duplicate the layer and hide the original, select the duplicated layer, go to Filter>Liquify and select the Mirror tool (M). With a big brush, click-and-drag on the inner sides of the bird: the objective here is to open holes in it. To do this, make circular movements with your mouse, while at the same time preserving the top area. It’s all about experimenting.
 

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03 Duplicate the layer and go to the Liquify dialog again. Now, with a bigger brush and using the Mirror tool, we want to create some liquid effects. Use the Push Left tool (O) and make clockwise movements to drag the image. You can also experiment with the Mirror tool by making clockwise movements with a smaller-sized brush.

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04 Now that you have some elements, start making a composition. Duplicate the last layer a few times and place it in different positions. Remember that we want a fluid look, so it’s important to place the duplicated layers in a way that gives a sense of movement to the composition.
 

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05 Duplicate the layer from step 02 and go to the Liquify dialog. Select the Bloat tool (B) and, with a brush that’s a little bigger than the bird’s beak, place the cursor on the yellow area and drag in an anticlockwise direction until the area stops expanding. Now select the Mirror tool and make anticlockwise movements to create a fluid look. Keep experimenting with clockwise and anticlockwise movements.
 

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06 Move the image around until you’re happy with the result. Erase any unnecessary areas and create some background shapes – I went for a black triangle and a yellow circle here.
 

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07 Duplicate the layer from step 02 and repeat the process – this time we want a circular thin element. Use a relatively big brush and click-and-drag on the empty areas, making anticlockwise movements. Keep doing this until you have a circular shape.

 

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08 Duplicate the layer a few times and place the duplications around it to increase the liquid effect. Erase any unnecessary areas.
 

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09 With the main composition finished, we can start with the details. Click on the Brush tool and select a big, circular brush set to 100% hardness and with a black colour. Go to the Brush panel, check Shape Dynamics with Size Jitter set to 100%, and check Scattering with Scatter set to 1000%. Create a new layer below the bird layers and above the yellow circle, and paint some circles.
 

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10 Create a new layer on top of everything and repeat what we did in step 09 – but this time with Color Dynamics checked and 100% on Foreground/Background Jitter. Use #D52327 for your foreground colour and #FFE429 on your background colour, and paint some circles around the image.
 

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11 We can use several techniques to give movement to the illustration. Motion blurs are very effective, so go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur and choose a Zoom blur method, and set the amount to around 5. Set the blend mode to Color Dodge and we’ll get some nice glowing orbs. Duplicate the layer, decrease its size and move it around.
 

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12 To make the image glow even more, you can create a new layer, set its blend mode to Color Dodge, select the Gradient tool (G) with 100% to 0% opacity, and paint coloured gradients onto different places – I used #D52327 and #FFE429. Paint them on light areas, next to dark areas, to create backlight effects.
 

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13 We can go even further with the detail. Create a new layer on top of the yellow circle, select the Brush tool with a small-sized circular brush and paint a random line around the canvas – be messy. Go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur and apply a Spin Blur with a small amount (I used 5).
 

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14 To make the glowing orbs more visible, we will add a soft background to the illustration. Create a new layer on the bottom of the image with 25% opacity and paint soft gradients in different places. Use the colours from step 12 and play with the opacity until you can barely see the glowing orbs.
 

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15 To finalise the illustration, flatten the whole image (Layer>Flatten Image), duplicate it, go to Filter>Other>High Pass and select a radius in which you can barely see the contours of the image. Press OK and set the blend mode to Overlay, or Hard Light if you want a very strong sharp effect.

 


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