In this tutorial I am going to attempt to show you how to make a Reality Manga gal out of Kristin...from this……to this! Bear in mind that I used PSPv9, however it should not be too difficult to find the same tools in Adobe.At this point, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a high quality source file to work with!
In my first step I have 2 copies of the same file open. One of them I reduced in size to 65%....like this...Note that the smaller file is now your work in progress and the larger copy is solely for copying the bits you need.Now copy the top half of the larger copy of Kristin's face and paste it into the smaller version...
We are now only working on the smaller file copy. (Here I need to add that I also like to enlarge my canvas size so that I have room to work - some of the latter pictures will show that).Using the Raster Deform Tool (Edit/Transform/Perspective in Adobe...once it looks right, apply the transformation), alter the perspective of your recently pasted layer by pulling in the corners until the edges of the face line up with the original layer of the smaller version. Only alter the bottom of the layer...do not alter the perspective of the top of the head.Now duplicate the background layer (Layer/Duplicate Layer in Adobe)and raster deform (as explained above) the perspective of the bottom of that layer too. This is how the chin, mouth and nose get smaller and more manga like.Your image should now look something like this...See the arrows along the edges of each layer? Now blend in the layers at these areas by alternately erasing at 9% opacity and smudging (on a new layer in PSP) (healing brush in Adobe) at about 45% opacity until the face and neck look seamless.Now line up the strands of hair very carefully (I did this by using the warp brush in PSPv9...in Adobe use the liquify tool).
Now it's time to give her the BIG eyes. Go back to your original file and copy and paste her eyes (one at a time) onto your working file. Here I only used her left eye because it was stunningly clear and the lashes were perfect. I duplicated the eye and mirrored it and then lined them up in the right place. Make sure that they are not too close together or else she will just look squint!Now your image should look like this...Again, alternately erase at 9% opacity and smudge (on a new layer in PSP) (healing brush in Adobe) at about 45% opacity until her eyes are also blended in and look natural. I bumped up the contrast just a little on her eyes to give them more va-va-voom!
Now it is time to colour the hair...I used the Change to Target brush at about 65% opacity, chose a nice purple colour and brushed on the colour where I wanted it (In Adobe add a new layer and set the blending mode of this layer to "Color", then paint on your desired colour).Extra tweaks include cloning over fly away hair, using the warp brush again I made her nose smaller, her lips more pert and her chin a little more elfinish (in Adobe use the liquify tool). Now crop the file to get rid of the extra border space......Et Voila!
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