Source pic, from which I cut out the hat strap for the watch.
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Warped and erased the strap to fit around the wrist.
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Pocket watch stock photo.
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Cut out the watch and pasted it over the strap. Added in the background which I then blurred with lens blur. Sharpened the watch and added drop shadow to both the strap and the watch.
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Used clone stamp/healing brush/content aware to delete the entire face of the watch, save for the notches.
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Cut out the ornament from the marine hat and pasted it as the center piece to which the watch hands would be attached.
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Copied a small piece of the ornament and warped it straight. This will be the base for forming the watch hands.
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Duplicated it a couple times...
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...and liquified it into a very unusual watch hand.
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As you can almost see at the top of this screenshot, I've attached another two hands in similar fashions. I now cut out the bottom wing piece of the ornament which will also decorate the hands.
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Liquified into an arrowhead for the top-left hand. The right hand's helix shape was simply made by duplicated, flipping, and further liquifying the original.
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Here I pretty much just copied the watch face and shrank it to fit in the upper-right corner. Added in a couple of miniature hands, one of which I later delete out of preference.
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Hid the hand layers for a minute and typed in four sets of roman numerals: 12, 3, 6, and 9; XII, III, VI, and IX.
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Used perspective transformation and guassian blur to make the numbers blend into the watch.
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This was a bit of a complicated shape to make...basically I just drew two circles, subtracting one's selection from the other.
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Added a radial gradiant overlay of blue/green/red, as in some kind of pressure guage. (Don't ask me what it's for--ask the guy who made the watch.)
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Put on a layer mask and erased part of the guage, shrinking it at its tail end in the blue.
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Also used some guassian blue on the entire guage and raised it ever so slightly with bevel.
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Some final touch-ups on the watch: liquified and re-shaped the center piece, moved the hands, and added in a mirroring ring of text (arch warp at 100%, duplicate, and vertical flip) to decorate the watch face. Can you see what it says? Now tell me what it means. :)
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Another move made a bit complicated since the watch and the watch face are both on the same layer. I selected the watch face and filled the selection with a white/transparent gradiant on a new layer
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Reduced the gradiant layer opacity and flipped it, considering that the glare should be coming from above. I also pasted in the button from the hat which I will use as a watch knob.
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Warped the knob a bit and duplicated it to give it a fancier look.
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Here's the mouse stock photo...
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...and the zoomed-in mouse after being pasted into the image.
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Used a splatter brush of various sizes to smudge out the hair of the mouse, especially the whiskers.
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Selecting the shape of the mouse, I made a new layer and filled the selection with black, then reduced opacity.
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Warped the shadow to fit over the arm...
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...and painted in another layer of shadow above it. I also erased the tip of the shadow and guassian blurred the whole thing.
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Added in the original marine hat and fitted it on the mouse. Painted in two layers of shadow to go with it.
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Cut out the glasses from the stock photo...
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...and also fitted them over the mouse. I had to erase what was left of the glasses beams upon realizing that I had no conveniently placed ears on which to rest them.
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Warped the glasses to fit and also added some shadow.
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Used the same process as with the watch to create the gradiant that would serve as the glasses' lenses.
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Reduced the opacity of the lenses. I also copied out the parts of the eyes behind the glasses and magnified them
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Alot of curves work and shading here. Nearly finished.
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It was at this point that my good friend the mouse pointed out two errors: one, that the watch's knob was on the wrong side, and two, that it was missing those...little things...that usually support the watch strap on both ends.
I added in the "strap supports" which are basically, once again, liquified copies of the hat ornament. Tried as best as I could to blend them in with the watch metal.
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Finished adding in all the "strap supports," with shadow. Before anyone complains about them looking unrealistic, they're basically ornamental covers for a bar that runs beneath the strap. The strap, in turn, threads over the strap and under the watch, emerging from the other side in the same manner. My, that was an unnecessarily long explanation.
I also deleted the knob from the one side and added a new one on the right. It's same button, just in a different position.
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Copied and merged all layers, duplicated that, then used high-pass.
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Set the high-pass layer to overlay and added some streetlamp-like lighting effects. Lastly, added a very dense warming filter. And it's done!