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Photo Manipulation Project: Turn a Bottle of Olive Oil Into A Fish Bowl!

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4 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Part 1

    • 3. Part 2

    • 4. Your Student Project!

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Want to turn a simple bottle of olive oil into a whimsical fish bowl?

This class will walk you through each step as we explore creative ways to isolate our fish and make him truly feel a part of it’s new environment.

We will learn how to paint on water, add highlights and shadows and finally adding bubbles to increase the whimsical feel and to add realism to our photo.

Learning Photo Manipulation is key in improving not only your Photoshop skills but I have found it a key skill in working with a multitude of clients needing an endless variety of photo work. 

This class is great for all levels but is gentle enough for a newcomer to Photoshop, so join me for a quick fun class that is sure to up your photo editing game!

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1. Class Intro: want to turn a simple bottle of olive oil into a whimsical fishable. Thats glass will walk you through each step as we explore creative ways, toe isolator fish make him truly feel a part of its new environment. Way will learn how to paint on water at highlights and shadows and finally adding bubbles to increase the whimsical feel in that realism. Toe photo learning photo manipulation is key and improving not only your photo shop skills , but I found it a key skill and working with a multitude of clients needing an endless variety of photo work things. Class is great for all levels, but it's gentle enough for a newcomer to photo shop. So join me for a quick fund class that assured up your photo editing game. 2. Part 1: thing is gonna be our second project. We're gonna turn a bottle of olive oil into this beautiful aquarium for a magic fish. And so we're gonna do all the textures, paintbrushes and details to kind of create this effect of the fish being inside the bottle . So the first thing we're gonna do, we gonna need to photos for this really need our olive oil bottle, and we're gonna need our beautiful fish is the first thing I want to go ahead and do is cut out our fish. We're gonna want to bring that into our olive oil photo. It's gonna unlock this layer, and there's a couple ways we can select this one. This might be easy. It's a very simple background. So I'm just gonna go ahead and see if I can't take my magic wand tool and go ahead and click anywhere and get a perfect selection just like that. So I'm gonna want to reverse the selection, cause this is selecting all of the background sums go to go select and then in verse. There's also a little keyboard shortcut that you could memorize. So I'm just reversing out that selection, and it seems I just need to clean that up a little bit. I'm gonna just take my polygon lasso tool and do subtraction. I just need to subtract a few of these little selections that kind of accidentally made. And then we can clean up this a little bit later. Let me add. It's better to over select and cut out than under select and cut. They have things missing from your fish. So I'm just going around with polygon lasso tool. And I'm just gonna just do some manual cutouts. Course I can always do selected mask and smooth out my selection a little bit. I think that will be okay for where it's gonna go in the glass. The fish is not gonna be zoomed in a significant amount, so that a little bit more of a rough cut out than I usually like. But that's okay. I'm gonna go select and mask. I'm just gonna smooth out my cut out. Just a little bit of a feather. It just a tiny bit and maybe shift my selection inward. A little bit toe. Make sure I don't select. Bring any of that white background with me, so I'm gonna go ahead and copy. So I'm just doing command. See? Copy. Shortcut. Gonna pop that into my olive oil. And let's first see how big this images. Um three. That's great. That's not gonna mess up my computer computer at all. And I have a pretty great computer, but not everyone has, you know, 36 megabytes of RAM that could really mess up your program. If you're working with an image that 6000 by 6000 pixels, it can get to a gigabyte in size very quickly in terms of, you know, just trying to save this space on your hard drive. Okay, So here is this. I could go ahead, command v, the paste of that fish, and I'm gonna go ahead and scale my fish down. Try to find the right placement for our fish. They want him to be too overwhelmingly big either. So maybe you're right about there. Might work. So now you can see the first problem we have right now it looks like he's floating in front of the glass, but he's not inside the glass. So I'm gonna show you a couple of tricks where we can add some highlights on top of the fish to make it look like he's inside, as opposed to just sitting outside of the glass floating. So now we're gonna paint on the highlights with the brush tool. So I'm gonna go ahead and create a new layer. That's gonna be our highlight. Drag that on the top over the fish to grab her brush tool over here, and we're gonna make sure it's a soft round brush. It's gonna have a soft feathered look. We don't want to make it too big. We just want a little kind of skinny highlight that goes down over the fish and in the water to kind of bring that fish inside the glass. Or at least give that effect. So it's good to draw down married, apply a blending mode circuit of use, blending modes a lot. Um, when when you do photo manipulations, let's try a soft light, so that's not gonna wash out the fish. If we were, just do just do it normal and then reduce the opacity kind of gives that washed out look, which is not good. But if you do a blending mode and go down to soft light, it gives you the highlight, but without washing out the fish are looking super obvious. So now just with that one change, it kind of brings the fish inside a little bit. We're gonna also do some other things to help bring that fish inside. So next we're gonna change the water or the oil in this case and to water. So there's a couple things we need to do. So I have my layer, my olive oil layer selected, and I'm gonna want to isolate this bottle. Now we need to dis actuate the bottle to get rid of any traces of that green olive oil. So we're gonna de saturate before we start to paint on our blue water. So there's a couple ways to disasterous and there's one special way we're going to do it to retain kind of the lightness in the highlight of the bottle. So there's a couple ways we could do this would go to image adjustment. We could de saturate, but you notice how dark it makes everything. You kind of lose all the highlights of the photo. So we're gonna go back and try something a little bit different. You got a hue and saturation, and you can diss actuated this way, but you still have the same issue. So there's one more thing we can do is go to image adjustments and we couldn't go toe vibrance going click on the vibrance, and we're gonna reduce the saturation that way. So you notice how it dis saturates it, but it also retains a lot of those beautiful highlight colors. It doesn't make it really bright, so I just went toe vibrance and reduce saturation that way. So now we're ready to paint on our blue water before we paint on our water. I wanted to clean up her fish selection a little bit. It's a little rough here at the bottom, and I really wanted to make that look smooth. We could take the eraser tool and we could try toe manually. Smooth out that selection by using a soft around brush, or we can take the eyedropper tool. Do a little trick. I would go and sample this white color right here to sampling the color that we want a race it would go up to select and then go down to color range is gonna select everything in this particular color range. We can adjust the fuzziness to make it accurate or a little less accurate, the less range selection down the image. So just kind of you don't really have to change a whole lot. Just kind of mess with Faison this and see how much you want to select. And sometimes sometimes this is mostly trial and error. So go ahead and click, OK, and you notice how it selected a lot of that white stuff out. But see, it's going to select a lot of white stuff in the fish that we like that we don't want our race. We don't want to erase that. So if I click on delete, it erases that and it leaves these holes in there, All we want is this to be trend trimmed off. So we're gonna keep that selection. But we're just going to de select the rest of the selection. So I'm just gonna take a polygon lasso tool or I can't even take my lasso tool and go ahead and get my subtraction selection. And I look, subtract anything. I don't what to disappear in the fish, right? So I do want all of that bottom area to go away, but none of the top. So not gonna press delete and it deleted that little bit of that color age. And look how smooth that cut out looks. Does that not look really smooth, So that's kind of an easy way to smooth it all out for you. So I just went up to select color range and isolated that that white part I wanted to trim off and then just de selected anything I didn't want to cut off up here. So now comes the really fun part. We get to paint water onto this bottle, so we're gonna create on the very top layer. Actually, I think highlights gonna remain on top, so it's gonna be above the fish. We're gonna add a new layer. That's gonna be our water that we're painting on. And we're gonna get our paint brush tool. Let's go ahead and grab her paint brush tool right here and we're going to select. We continue to use this soft around brush. We're gonna get a nice big brush. Argues 300 pixels for this. So it's nice and round, and we're gonna pick a nice, beautiful watercolor. So this is where it's gonna works. Have to experiment a little bit to find the right shade. We could make it more purple, make it more light. I think more realistic water, especially in a bright environment like this, is gonna be more on the lighter sky blue color. So that's what we're gonna trial with. So I'm gonna go ahead and just make sure where at 100% opacity and there's one more step so we have our soft brush on. We want to put a blending mode on this entire layer before we start painting so we can see how the water's gonna look as we paint it. So instead of a normal, we're gonna go down and try soft light. So this is gonna let it's gonna be a blending mode that's gonna allow, um, it's gonna paint on and make it look more realistic. So go ahead and paint our color on. Let's make sure we had 100% opacity. See her water coming to life a little bit. We go outside. Don't worry. We can always just use the eraser eraser tool and get it color. Shigenori. See kind of a nice layer. You can also make it more rich. You could even add another layer and paint on another color. By using the soft light, we could paint on top of the same layer, maybe add a deeper color. Certain areas kind of add a richness to it kind of painting on to continue to add color and depth having more than one color. You notice how used about three different shades of blue to paint? I'm still on the same layer and just doing a soft light brush. So now one thing we need to do is we need to take your eraser tool and make that a big soft brush We're gonna race, actually, maybe not quite as big, just kind of erasing anything that went over. And so here's the trick. So we want to erase anything in this bottom area because this is just part of the thickness of the glass that's not gonna actually have water in it. So we're gonna want to delete that. That kind of adds a little bit more of a realism to to everything kind of knowing how reflections work, shadows work kind of helps and doing photo manipulations. But it will. That is the start of the glass and you will see water there, but not down there. Same with this very edge right here. We don't want it to go all the way over. And I think I've seen Blue that spilled over just cleaning up my selection. Same thing with his top. So that's not always reflect the blue. Okay, Now we have our water and to kind of add a little more realism and help bring that fish inside the bottle a little bit more. We're gonna pain on some bubbles. But we're also gonna bring in a space star texture to kind of add a little bit element of bubbles to kind of bring some depth to this water because right now it's just static water . You don't you can't tell there's anything in it cause there's no bubbles. There's in the waves, there's no action. So we're gonna add that next 3. Part 2: so you'll be able to find this photo and the resource guide. You can download this story image photo from pixels dot com and what I like to do and love to use space photography to add kind of a rich texture to water in other kind of elements. So I'm gonna go ahead and drag this photo in. It's gonna be gigantic. So I'm gonna zoom out, go ahead and get it to the right size. So I have my space photo on top of here. We're gonna use a few blending modes to try to blend this in a little nicer. So once again, we're using blending modes a whole lot in this class. So I'm up here and I'm gonna try to preview what I think would look really good. So let's kind of previews. Who so far enlightened is looking pretty good. Screen looks a little too washed out. That's too harsh, so we're just kind of going in. Looks like overlay or so soft light. Soft light is something we really I really use a lot because it's really a blend of not too dark and not too washed out. That's got that's really interesting right there color. But it depends on what you're going for. I think soft light is going to be the winner Was gonna take our race or tool, make it nice and big. We're just gonna trim off the rest of this texture that we don't need anymore. We don't need that anymore. We don't need it up here and we don't need it down here. Let's get rid of all that excess texture. I'm also going to get rid of the texture down here below. I believe there's like some kind of landscape that was getting in the way. I don't want that to show through. So there we go. It's really starting to come together as a couple of the things we could add our own bubbles so we can, you know, maybe. Maybe you don't need the texture over the entire glass. Maybe it's only on certain parts can always just take their race or tool and get rid of certain areas. Just like that, we can add additional bubbles, so call this bubbles. We're gonna go down to our brush tool and there's gonna be some preset brushes should come already included with your version of Photoshopped. They're special effect brushes. This might be when I downloaded Kyle's splatter brushes. Um, if so, I'll provide a link in the resource guide to these. Or you could download any kind of bubble our circles bladder type brushes to use. So I'm gonna use these splatter brushes. Remember, zoom in at a few more bubbles that are gonna be around the fish, and I may need to reduce the amount of that texture of space. So it's used a little more subtly because right now it's a little too mitt, too much of the texture. So here's my bubble layer. It just could have popping a few bubbles. I need to make sure they're white, and I need to make sure that probably small just gonna add a few little bubbles where I think the fish will be. You have a lot right here. What's great about adding these bubbles on top of the fish? It's just one more thing to help bring the fish inside the bottle as opposed to just existing on top of the bottle. So it's just one more element toe lay on top of the fish, so let's go ahead and take our Let's see, where is our probably should name use better bubbles? Highlight. There it is. There's our space photo, so I'm gonna go ahead and take the eraser tool. Or I could just reduce the opacity a little bit. So it's not as strong. Get a nice big brush for our eraser tool. It's kind of race some of the bubbles area, so it's not quite as intense. It's kind of adding a nice highlight around the fish. When I do that, here we go. So now our water is coming together. We can make our water more rich. We can change the color. We have our little color right here. We could simply go up to image adjustments. We can do the vibrance weaken, do saturation. We could add more vibrance to our blue. We could to saturate it. You can add more saturation, but I don't want to over saturate it. I should go and do anything to your objects of photo filter. You can add a warm tone to it, so you see what that did. That was before. That's after. So that adds a little bit more realism in terms of the color of the water looks more realistic, but if you're going with kind of a magical theme that looks really brightened, beautiful. This starts to tone it down as a little orange to that bright blue and kind of softens it a little bit, doesn't it? I think I'm gonna stick with may be softening a little bit. I think it looks a little more realistic that way, so I like how the fish is cut out. There's just a few little areas I might do the same thing where I select this little area and do the same thing where I select the color range. Click on OK and I Have that selected does have to de select this area with a lasso tool because I don't want to cut out all these wonderful areas of the fish was trying to isolate that little bit You, you lassoing bless o love the lasso tool next, selecting a lot easier than the polygon lasso tool. Sometimes you don't have as much precision, but it's nice if you just want to circle a few elements really quickly, press enter. Perhaps we need to highlight my fish layer. Press enter and magically it's gone. So we don't want to select that. So let's de select all that beautiful top of the fish. And now we're ready to delete. So I just want to show you that how I did that again and it's going to zoom out So no one's ever gonna look at this really close up. So some of the selections, they don't have to be perfect. This is how they view it. There's one other thing I want to do. This obviously looks like a grayscale image, but we can change that. Next. I'm gonna show you how to add some color to our cork. So let's paint on our court color. I'm just gonna create a new layer and name it court, and we're going to select a brown tone color or tan color that we think would match the color of a court. So I'm just kind of doing have a tan gold color kind of here on the color picker. We're gonna grab my paint tool just like we did the water. We're gonna select this and make it a soft, light blending mode. So when we painted on, it's not gonna cover it up completely, and we want to make sure we have our soft round brush and make it. That's probably a good size would be a little bit bigger. We're just gonna paint it on and magically it turns to color, right? And then we could make it. A deeper color is that might not be deeper. Deep enough have can always go to hue and saturation and adjust the hue. We think it has too much green in it, which I think it does. We can bring some more reds and saturated a little bit more enlightening. Click OK, and there we go. Now we now have a colored cork, so it makes this photo look less like a black and white photo with blue water. But it looks like it's an actual photo, So one more final touch we could do. We're pretty much ready to go. It probably had more bubbles and do a whole bunch of stuff. But for this background layer, I wonder if I could go toe adjustments and apply a little bit of a photo filter to it. Add a little bit of that sepia kind of makes it less of a black and white photo, and it makes it a little bit more like a riel foot or just a little bit. Just a little. Just so it's not start black and white. We could do the same thing. Hero. Can you paint a very subtle color around here? Um, but so far I'm pretty happy with kind of how it looks. Weaken. Kind of adjust our water one last time. Good. A hue and saturation. What could do any color imaginable with you gotta Hugh. So I love about hue and saturation. It's one of my favorite adjustment options that gives it a little more awkward appearance. I don't know. This is where I really have a tough time being a photo manipulator. Is there so many great options? That looks great. But also when we had before, I don't know. I don't know what color to do. They always great. So, um, so there we have it. There's our little fish in a bottle. I'm gonna go and show the final that I came up with us to spend another couple minutes with it, came up with her final, just added a little bit more highlight to our bottle. Um, I got to go upto layer. I'm just gonna duplicate our highlight layer. I just really want to make sure that highlight pops out a little more and reduce it. Just kind of messing around with that. So just to really make sure that fish looks like it's inside the bottle and never just hanging out floating outside the bottle, let's not the point. I wanted to do one more quick thing, and I know I keep adding new things, but this is all showing you new techniques I wanted to add do the same thing we did. You know how we painted. We used the blending soft blending mode, um, soft light to be able to paint the water. Let's paint another layer to kind of add some highlights in some dynamic effects around the fish. So I'm gonna drag this thing. This layer is gonna be highlight what everyone call it. So this is above the fish, and I'm gonna add a really beautiful bright orange, something really vibrant. I'm gonna get the paint brush tool making a really big brush. Okay, so right now I have it on soft lights of soft light paintbrush, and it's a nice, soft round brush, so I'm just good click once, somewhere down on the tail, that kind of add a little bit of a highlight. So notice how it kind of get that's before, and that's after it's really small. It's a really small effect, but it kind of really brings out the fish quality a little bit more than that. Makes a little more rich, magical. So I'm just clicking and I'm doing command Z to kind of go back. If I don't like that, certain look doesn't always have to be orange. It could be, I think, had a little bit more to that pinkness. So whatever you want, I really just like doing the tail a little bit. That doesn't have to be super strong. You can reduce the A passage e this quick once kind of bring out some of that effect a little bit, you just go back to blue. This is all still the same layer on a dark of the fish, a little bit with that blue, and that adds things on top of the fish to once again. Bring that fish more inside and said, living outside. So I'm happy I'm finished. I'm done. This is what the final looks like. No, we're messing around with it, and I'm excited to move onto the next project 4. Your Student Project! : Now it's your turn. I want you to recreate this project using your own unique style. The photos used throughout the class are located in the project section of this class. Feel free to substitute for another item or another fish photo. If that's your desire. I want this to be a fun, unique project for you that can help you practice the powerful tools we just reviewed in this class. And remember, have fun and poster project of the project section so other students can see your amazing work.