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    Part 1 - The Face

    I was going for a water effect, but I wasn't sure how to get exactly what I wanted.

    I started by cutting out my face from a picture of myself, using the Polygonal Lasso Tool and smoothed out the edges with the eraser tool. Then, I took the base image and smoothed it a little in the forehead using the smudge tool (see Figure 1).

    Next, I did a Gradient Map of the resulting image using blues, and did a Plastic Wrap of the entire selection, resulting in the rough water look in Figure 2

    Next, I duplicated the base image (in Figure 1) using Ctrl+J and did Ctrl+Click on the new Layer to select everything. I did a Gaussian Blur to smooth out the beard, then did a Plastic Wrap resulting in the Image in Figure 3

    Then, I put that layer above the dark blue layer and changed the layer's Blending Options to Luminosity. (See Figure 4). Note - this figure shows the top layer alone (without the rough water layer below it).

    Next, I duplicated the base image again, and put this layer to the top again. I airbrushed and smudged the surface to get a nice ripple to it, an plastic wrapped it again. Then I set the layer's Blending Mode to Soft Light. (See Figure 5).

    Finally, I turned off the base layer, and turned on my 3 top layers together. The result is Figure 6
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    Part 2 - The Hair

    For the hair, I didn't want to use any crappy fire rendering software, because they all look the same. Too perfect to be real.

    So what I did was search the net for a nice photo of a fire that would look good as my hair.

    Then, I used the Clone Tool to put chunks of fire over the image of my face, and feathered out the edges with the Eraser Tool set to Airbrush for style.

    Next, I did a Ctrl+Click on the face layer and hit delete while on the hair layer was selected, which cut out any overlap of the face.

    Finally, I airbrushed in some reflections for the face layer on a new layer to mimic the fire reflecting in the glassy face.
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    Part 3 - The Eyes

    Basically what I did for the eyes was I cut them out using the Polygonal Lasso and put them on their own layer. Then, I eliminated the eyelashes and smoothed everything out using the Smudge Tool.

    Finally, I did a selection of each iris and changed the color using Hue / Saturation Settings, and cleaned everything up with the smudge tool and paintbrush tool.

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    Part 4 - The Lips

    All I did for the lips was cut them onto their own layer and chage the Hue / Saturation.

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    The Final Image


    Here it is!
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    The Original Image

    I think I deleted the original image, but it looked something like this. It was taken at the same time.
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    Woohoo! Sunkist orange soda!
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    Gotta love it :-P

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    you have way too much time on your hands!! :laugh: but good job submitting this detailed tutorial - i will surely be reading it in the future :classic:

    also we don't have sunkist here in england i think we used to have it it might be called Fanta or Tango now i don't know! lol
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    Wow, thanks transio. Now I might try this on my own, but I'll use my own images (gotta be slightly original, don't I?) If I make anything half-decent, I'll post it. Thanks again!


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