Hey all Derek Johnston here,
Started off with a simple cut out of the subject and changed the background. I cut him out using quick selection tool to make a rough selection. After I then went into quick mask mode and refined it with a brush that was around 90-95% hard. I did that for all hard edges. Once the selection was made i then used the refine edge tool to mask his hair.
Next was a skin clean up. I used the healing brush for a first pass. Then frequency separation to smooth the tones on one layer and take out any spots etc on the texture layer. Fixed his teeth and whitened them a little. Finally used some dodge and burn to give him some shape. I wanted him to have a synthetic/plastic, almost android look.
To make the pixels and add the digital feel i duplicated the guy's later and enlarged it. Using quick mask to make selections I added the mosaic filter at different amounts to create different size pixel's. I then masked out bits to reveal the original layer.
Stuck some HUD's (Heads Up Display) around the eye's and face. They were created using some free brushes I found on deviant art. Digital iris's were also created here using the same collection of brushes using white and set to overlay.
Here's the full completed character:
Hope you enjoyed this short half attempted tutorial. Maybe in future if there's enough interest I'll write more in depth ones for any future awarded photo's. Would you guy's like that? Let me know!!!
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