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First of all - Thanks to everyone that added Snow Leopard to their favourites and thanks to all of my new watchers (as of writing this journal and since uploading Snow Leopard, there have been 281 of you!)

I've had quite a few questions lately as to how I do my photomanipulations. I'm self-taught and my methods have been developed completely out of trial and error. They may not be the best or most efficient ways to get to the end result, but they've served me well so far. I don't really have a proper tutorial, but here's a super quick and nasty ten step guide I chucked together of how I create my photomanips (I use Adobe Photoshop CS5.5):

Step 1:
Get a photo of someone you want to manipulate and once you have that, start looking through the stock photos and photography sections for a photo of an animal, but make sure that the lighting conditions and angle that the photo is taken at are similar in both photos. You may need to use more than one photo and take elements of each for different areas of the face/body. Always make sure you read the rules for the stock photos or get permission if the photo isn't stock photography and ALWAYS give credit to your sources.

Step 2:
Copy the animal's face onto the model's face and lower the opacity of the layer

Step 3:
Use 'Free Transform' tool to resize and rotate the animal's face to fit the model's face better and use the liquify tool to make finer adjustments.

Step 4:
At this point you may want to duplicate the layer of the model and smooth out their face (essentially make her face flat as if they don't have a nose). The patch tool is handy for this, but simply using the eyedropper and painting in the face works just as well. I sometimes smooth out the upper lip too. This is also a good place to start when applying shading for a muzzle if you plan on putting a muzzle on the model.

Step 5:
If the fur of the animal looks blurry, try running the sharpness tool over it, then use the smudge tool using a size approximately the same width as the larger strands/clumps of fur and smudge out the sharpness a bit. Play around with the strength of the smudge tool (I find 50-70% to be good).

Step 6:
Change the blending option for the layer that has the animal face. You may want to use multiply to darken the face. You may find it useful to duplicate the animal layer and play around with different combinations of opacity and blending options (for example, in the Snow Leopard manip, I duplicated the snow leopard photo. The first one used 'Multiply' at 66% opacity and the second used 'Soft Light' at 39% opacity)

Step 7:
Tidy up the picture, use the eraser tool to clean up any left over backgrounds from the animal photo. Use the dodge and burn tools to lighten and darken areas as required. Pay attention to lighting and add shadows and highlights as required.

Step 8:
You may need to paint in fur to make the image more consistent. I don't think I've had a single photomanip where I haven't had to paint in some fur. Start off with a base colour, and then add darker and lighter layers. I personally like to use different layers for each colour of fur that I add. To draw the fur, I just use the dune grass brush, though there are far better ones around if you just do a search here in dA. You may find it useful to set the brush to paint in the direction/angle of the mouse strokes (you can set this in the brush settings).

Step 9:
Paint the lips/eyes/ears/teeth on separate layers as required

Step 10:
If the colour/saturation in any part of your photomanipulation doesn't quite match up with other areas, use adjustment layers to get them blending in better with the other layers. This is usually necessary if you're working with several different photos. I like to use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layers to modify the colours. If you add the clipping mask to the previous layer, it will apply the adjustments to that layer only. If you don't add the clipping mask, the adjustment will affect all the layers.

I also recommend checking out these helpful tutorials:
hitsuji16 - fav.me/d52bwhv
pythos-cheetah - pythos-cheetah.deviantart.com/…
Toledo-the-Horse - khedvu.deviantart.com/art/Mani… (includes a full video)
shakealicious - shakealicious.deviantart.com/a… (Part 1) and shakealicious.deviantart.com/a… (Part 2)

Let me know how you go if you attempt it! I'd love to see the result. Also, feel free to send me a note if you get stuck or need some help/advice :)
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laughingvulcan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAD to fave this...Such food for thought!
Thank you for taking the time to write this and post it! :)

Be well.

Greg
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Good luck if you have a go :)
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Kidaelo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist
So that's how you did that. Cool!
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deisori-nanobug Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what photoshop do u use?
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deisori-nanobug Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nevermind,i found it.....ima blonde.
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obseqium Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I am not much of an artist but thanks for the tutorial, maybe one day...
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for posting this! I look forward to doing it with my ... sucky skills. Thankyou once again.
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thechrisanderson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I made one! Thanks for the helpful tutorial - i'm not really an artist but I had a lot of fun working on this.

[link]
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! The lighting looks pretty accurate and the proportions of the face look pretty good too. It came out very well, especially for a first attempt :D
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thechrisanderson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thanks so much, that means a lot coming from you. I'm totally baffled by how you achieve such realism. I have no artistic talent/experience so this was truly a labor of love that I worked long and hard on. In retrospect I realized that it was too ambitious going for the head shot of the glamour girl with bright lighting and lots of blur - I was worried it would not come out at all.
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I use a very different method (i.e., I don't use photos of animals, ever; mine are more like sculpting the image) and I don't do catgirls (lol), but I put together a video/audio photomanipulation tutorial that can be found here [link] if you want to include it!
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes of course! How could I forget your great video tutorials! Which also reminds me that Shakealicious also has a cat girl tutorial somewhere.
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hehe, glad you like them! Honestly, sometimes I feel that doing catgirls is the only way to be noticed, especially since DA has gotten so sprawling; even my mediocre first manips back in 2006 got more attention, in general, than my best today. Ah well! XD
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose a bit of it is about being aesthetically pleasing to the eye for and catgirls are popular, if a little overdone (however I don't plan to stop just yet, I haven't done a lynx yet).

If you are after some more exposure, I would suggest submitting your art to a few of the larger anthro/furry groups. I have no doubt your photomanips would gather a large following. You have a real knack for getting the perfect perspective in your manips and that can only really be achieved with some great imagination and digital painting skills.
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hm, are there any particular groups you'd recommend?

(And the funny part is that I rarely paint anything in my pics, hehe! :D )
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's largely from scratch, using a photo as reference then using smudge and liquify etc vs plonking an image over the top whicu is reliant on being able to find a suitable image to use
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yup, that's it :)
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfurclub::iconanthrocommunity::icondeviantfur:
:iconanthro-inc::icontfclub::iconanthro-junkies::iconanimal-art-community:
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! I'll have to be more diligent in submitting :)

Good luck with future manips, and I might try your method sometime ;)
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the suggestions! I will check them out :)
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Shookso Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, so much! This is extremely useful and I will attempt to do something more like this next attempt I take at photo manipulating something. Just one quick thing, why erase the edges over masking them? I find non-destructive masking to be much more useful to remove unwanted portions of whatever. Is there an advantage to erasing in terms of doing your technique?
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a large brush at 0% hardness to create a softer edge. By the time I do the masking properly, I find I may as well have just used the eraser.
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Awesome! I may try it... Though I'm more of an illustrator then photo artist.
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, send me a link if you do something. I'd love to see it :)
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kantuck-nadie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I printed it, and may attempt some, next year.
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FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I can bet the model looks pretty funny right around the time where you smooth away their noses xD. Great quick tutorial ^^.
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Trunchbull Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   General Artist
the link to both Snow Leopard links doesn't work. it just redirects to this journal.
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, made a mistake when I was creating the links. Should be working now :XD:
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pythos-cheetah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's the link to my own tutorials, so we can have everything in one place. I follow ~hitsuji16's for a lot of it, but it's a step by step tutorial in 4 parts. I use some of the same techniques as =OdysseusUT, but we've definitely got some different ways of doing things (my faces aren't nearly as good).

[link]
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I added yours to the journal too :)
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Cristacake Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gonna be really helpful to a lot of people :) If I had photoshop I would love to try it out for myself. Maybe one day! :D
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OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can actually get the older version of Adobe Photoshop CS2 from here now: [link]
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Cristacake Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, I got it yesterday! :giggle: I've been wanting photoshop for a while so as soon as I saw the opportunity I knew I had to get it! Thanks for the hint though, I appreciate it :)
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fallen-angel93 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I'm nearly that talented. XD note me?
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LoveKellyRebecca Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student
Thank you for posting this! It's an answer to my prayers...I can't wait to give it a shot!
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