How to add realism to photos of Toy Animals in Photoshop

Sarah Hipwell, Photographer + Digital Media

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5 Videos (18m)
    • Introduction

    • Photoshop tutorial Motion Blur and Smudge Tool

    • How I did it

    • Adding texture to the Owl legs

    • Creating the Owl's Talons


About This Class

The aim of this tutorial is to demonstrate that personal projects are an excellent source for creative inspiration and keeping skills honed.

In this case, I undertook to photograph ‘toy animals’ in a natural environment. I wanted to see how realistic I could make them appear in a natural setting.

In Photoshop, I used images of real animals to add texture to the photos of the ’toy’ ones. I also used other tools and techniques such as Blend Modes, Motion Blur, the Smudge Tool and the Warp Tool to give the toy animals a more realistic look!


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Very creative, and something different. I could see your general idea extended to toys other than animals in real settings. You could do toy cars, or other things as well. Not adding fur and feathers, of course, but adding surface textures appropriate to those other objects.
Joseph Francis

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Sarah Hipwell

Photographer + Digital Media

Sarah Hipwell is an independent professional photographer based in Dublin. She specialises in high-quality corporate, stock and portraiture photography. Her background is in Design. She received her BA in Hons Design from the University of Ulster, Belfast. She has many years commercial design experience working as a designer and as a trainer for large multimedia companies. See more of her work at

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