Surrealism – Bringing Fruit to Life

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Above is the result of this tutorial. Here I have a photo of a red pepper. I think it needs a little life. I’ll take it and drop it into Photoshop: What I need to do is get a photo of eyes and a photo of a mouth. Here I have a photo of eyes that I’ll start with. Family members are good victims for this: I’ll try to make this as easy as possible. For this project I’ll use the clone tool. So, the first thing I’ll do is select the clone tool from the tool box: Before I start to do any cloning, I’ll make a new layer to put the cloned eye onto. Click the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette: I’ll rename the layer to “Left Eye”. To do this I’ll just double click on the word “layer” and type in the words “Left Eye”: Then I’ll click on the eye photo to make it active. I’ll place the clone brush over the left eye, hold down the ATL key on the keyboard to make the selection. One click should do it. Then I’ll click on the pepper photo and start cloning in the eye: The next thing I’ll need to do is to add a mask to the “Left Eye” layer. To do this I’ll click on the mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette: Now I’ll start painting back the pepper around the eye using the paint brush. It’s important to know the when you’re painting using the mask. Black reveals and white conceals: Here I painted back the red pepper around the eye using low opacity. I used an opacity of 45% and I left the mode to normal: Now I’ll follow the same steps to do the right eye: Here I have a photo of a family member’s mouth. I’ll follow the same steps for the mouth as for each of the eyes: Here is what the layer palette should look like at this point, and here is the happy pepper. I’m not quite finished yet though: The next thing I’ll do is combine the layers. To do this without flattening the image, hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-E at the same time on your keyboard to create a “composite” layer. This will merge the layers together into a copy of the combined layers, leaving the original layers untouched. I’ll name this layer “Merged Layers”: The next thing I like to do is put the photo into the liquify filter to make the eyes bigger. I’ll make sure that I’m on the “Merged Layers” layer: Here is the Liquify dialog box: Once I’m in the Liquify dialog box, I’ll use the bloat tool to puff up the eyes: I’ll just click on the tool and then hover over the eye. At this point I’ll click on the center of the eye and I’ll be able to see the eye puff up. I just want to puff it up a little, not too much. See the difference between the left eye that I bloated and the untouched right eye. When I’m finished I’ll click OK: Here is the finished “Happy Pepper” photo: It’s not over till it’s over. There’s still a lot of things I can do to this image to enhance it. It’s fun to play with filters and other tools to see what more could be done. So, take photos of apples, pears, bananas or whatever fruit you like and have fun with it. Enjoy!

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Comments (12)

  • Ben Thomas

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    Cheers that was fantastic. Many thanks for your efforts.

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  • maloi

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    thank you so much..I’ve been looking for this tutorial..h’m glad it’s finally here..:) much gratitude for the effort..i just finished trying it..perfect!! :))

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  • Israel goldstien

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    I belive when a man was born, he comes out good, but in time he is coverd with dust, So it’s easy to make things dirty.
    and i’m happy to see somebody make the the things nice and clean
    tnx for your effort

    maybe i have some writing mistakes i’m sorry
    hope you understand what i mean

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  • JT

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    Woah. This is amazing thanks!

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  • carrolle carter

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    I’m just learning photoshop. I love you page and the information

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  • Anonymous

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    nice

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  • Laser

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    What a great detailed tutorial. Thanks so much. Off to have some fun with family photos!

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  • LuLu

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    It’s LOOKING AT MEEEE!

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  • jullisa

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    omgaaaaah this is so cool one day i want to be like you

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  • Ali

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    Hi,

    I’m a photoshop newbie!
    just did a watermark, so cool
    I love your tutorials!

    I’m going to try some at home this week.
    Thanks for not skipping the small steps 😉

    Thanks!

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  • Rupa

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    Thanks for the great laugh and a fantastic tutorial! Your sense of humor is much appreciated!! Oh my, I can’t wait to try this with my family members who are always acting goofy!

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