Photoshop: Make a Simple Portrait of your Dog from a Photo

Photoshop: Make a Simple Portrait of your Dog from a Photo

Hi, this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts.

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show youhow to make a nice portrait of your dog suitable for printing or framing.

This would also make a good remembrance keepsakeof previous dog.

This procedure also works well with a blackand white photographs.

To begin, find or photograph an image of yourdog.

Try and get one where the dog is sitting andthe head is fairly large in the picture.

It will make masking a lot easier if you havea plain, not too busy background such as a wall orsky.

Since you may want to print this image, theresolution should be at least 300 pixels per inch.

Dog Test 1Also if you are photographing the image, make sure there is plenty of light and try andkeep the camera about nose level with the dog.

Load the image in Photoshop.

For this image I used a photo by Akshay Madan,there is a link to it in the description area.

Double-Click the Background Layer and nameit Original To crop the image to square proportions.

Select the crop toolset the presets dropdown to 1 to 1 ratio.

set the overlay options to Rule of ThirdsThen crop the dogs head and upper body as demonstrated.

To Avoid placing the dog in the exact center,I made his left eye appear behind the bottom right cornerof the top grid of the Rule of Thirds layout.

Click the big checkmark to accept the crop.

Next Check the image dimensions.

Choose Image – Image Size from the menuFirst change the resolution to 300 pixels per inch.

then change from pixels to inchesFinally change the inches width to a size you might want to print.

Let's say 8 inches.

the height should change 8 inches also.

Press OK to acceptPress Control Zero to fit the image to the screen.

Next we'll establish the portrait background.

To add a layer below the Original layer,hold down the Control or Command AND Alt or Option Keysand select the add new layer icon.

Name it "BG Color"To sample a color from the dog's coat.

Press B to select the brush tool.

Alt or Option Click over a lighter colorfularea of the coat.

This will replace the foreground color withthe color chosen.

To fill the BG color layer with the foregroundcolor press Alt or Option plus Backspace.

Next we need to separate the dog from thebackground.

We will use the Photoshop Select and Maskworkspace.

Because dogs have varying amount of hair andfur, cutting out the background can be easy ordifficult depending on the contrast, colors, or businessof the background.

There are many excellent Select and Mask tutorialsavailable on Youtube.

I've made a playlist of my favourites.

A link appears in the description areaor you can click on the link that appears above.

In this tutorial, I have used a method thatworks for the dog pictures that I've tested.

However, choosing or photographing pictureswith a flat or contrasting background is the best way for You to make the job easier.

Next to make a preliminary selection of thedog Make the Original layer active.

Choose the lasso tool to select around thedog.

Only select areas around the edges that areall dog, not any hairs or fur sticking out.

When the end of the selection connects tothe beginning, the marching ants will appear.

Choose the Select and Mask Option from thesetting bar If Overlay View is not Active,Choose the View – Overlay or press V.

Set your Opacity slider to about 37%.

Next, we want to move the selection a littlecloser to the "all dog edges" Select the Brush tool.

Click the brush dropdown and change the brushhardness to about 22% press enter to accept the brush changesUse the left and right bracket keys to resize the brush.

Start painting the unselected areas of thedog which are all dog.

If you paint outside of where you want to,Hold down the Alt or option key paint over the mistake.

Now we have a pretty good selection of justthe dog, not any hairs sticking out.

Change the Output Method to "Layer Mask".

Press OK to accept the selection.

Save your work as DogSelect1.

Psd At this point you can continue back to theSelect and Replace workspace by double-clicking the Original Layer mask.

When the mask properties panel appearschoose the Select and Mask option and you will be returned to the Select andMask workspace.

Now we will make a run around the edges ofthe dog not selected (i.

E.

)the areas not red.

In order to bring out the hairs, fur, andwhiskers.

press R to select the Refined Edge Tool.

Increase the size of the brush using the rightbracket key to where the brush is large enough to covermost of the areas not masked in red.

Slowly paint the edge around the head andupper chest.

Don't forget the whiskers.

Switch to the brush tool and brush over anyareas not covered that should besuch as the area below the dog's nose.

When done, press K to see the results withthe black and white view.

If an area still need to be covered.

Stay in the Paint Brush tool.

This will act like white brush does in a maskto bring back the selection missed.

Paint white in any areas inside the dogs bodythat are black.

If there are any white areas outside the bodythat should not be selected, hold down the Alt or Option key and paintover them with black.

Press Y to get On the Layers View.

It's time to start inspecting for problems.

To remove unwanted areas hold down Alt orOption and brush over them with the brush tool.

You can hold down the space bar and drag aroundthe image as needed.

When done, Change the Output option to LayerMask.

Press OK to accept the selection.

Close the Properties paneland save your file to dogSelect2.

Psd to clean up a bit Rename the top layer to"Dog" Next we will add the White mattingSelect the BG color layer then hold down Command or Controlplus Alt or Option while selecting the add a new layer icon.

Name it "matting".

Since white is the background color you canfill it with white by pressing Command or Control plus Delete.

Move to the BG color layer.

Press Command or Control plus T to open theTransform Tool.

Hold down the Shift and the Alt or Optionkeys while dragging in on a corner to make it smaller.

Press the big checkmark to accept.

Once done, Command or Control click the BGcolor layer to select the colored border.

Add a Stroke Layer style by clicking the Fxicon and selecting "stroke"I used a stoke size of 18 for this image, yours may be different depending on its sizeand resolution.

My stroke was Black, you could experimentwith other colors.

Click OK to acceptdeselect the selection.

To resize the dog, Move to the dog layer.

Open the Transform Toolthen to shrink or expand the dog as needed to fit nicely inside the background.

Hold the Shift and Alt keys while draggingin or out as necessary.

Once resized, you can adjust the placementby dragging with the mouse inside the bounding box.

The picture usually look best if it is somewhatoff center.

Click the big Checkmark or press Enter toaccept We will now apply a fade to the bottom ofthe dog.

While still on the dog layer, make the DogMask active.

Press G to select the Gradient Tool.

Setit to Black and White, linear gradient,the mode should be Multiply.

By setting the mode to Multiplyit allows us to make mulitple gradient passes.

Place the cursor somewhere in the area belowthe head and drag down.

You can also drag down on an angle as demonstrated.

Next, to place the dog's name.

choose the text tool.

Choose an appropriate font.

I used Candara, Bold, at 48 points, Strong.

With a color set to black.

Toggle On the Character and Paragraph Paneland change the tracking to 100 Toggle off the PanelType in the dog's name somewhere below the dog and above the matting.

Click the big checkmark to accept.

To center the text select the text layer,then while holding down command or control select the background layer.

Then choose the move tool and select the alignhorizontal centers icon.

select the hand tool which will turn off themove tool.

Finally we will enhance the background a bitby adding a radial glow to the center of the background behind thedog.

Select the background layer.

Choose the Gradient Overlay from the FX menu.

Choose the Foreground to Background gradient,blend mode should be Soft Light.

I used a Radial Gradient with reverse checked.

an angle of 168 degrees and a scale of 93%.

Adjust the angle and scale as you see fit.

The idea is to have a slight glow behind thedogs head.

Press OK to accept.

At this point we can reposition or resizethe dog Select the dog layer choose the TransformTool.

reposition and resize the dog as needed.

Press Enter or the big checkmark to accept I have noticed that I have missed some hairabove the dogs left ear.

You may have a similar problem.

So I'll show you how to fix it.

Double-Click the dog mask.

When the mask properties panel appears,choose Select and Mask.

Press O or choose the onionskin view.

Start the Transparency slider at 100%Zoom in to see the left ear area then Drag the transparency sliderto where you can see the missing area in this case I used 50%Choose the paintbrush at 22% hardness Slowly paint back areas of the ear that areall dog not the hairs sticking outChange to the refined edge brush at 22% hardness carefully brush over the area of hairs stickingout.

The Output method should still be Layer MaskSo press OK to accept the selection.

Fit the image to the screenClose the Mask Properties Panel.

Here is the final image.

Here is my friend ShiloThis concludes the video, hope you liked it.

Source: Youtube