A Work in Progress: Electrical communication

This guide was made for entry:
Electrical communication
In Contest:
laboratory bottle

Original image

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Cut out using pen tool and took lid off bottle.
Was unsure whether to use the lid or not and decided against it in the end.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 1
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Desaturate bottle and make it transparent. There are many tutorials for how to make something transparent.
Here are two for those who are unsure how to do it.



I used the method on the second link because it is a more advanced technique.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 2
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I did a rough sketch of a couple of people facing each other. This was simply to use a guide for my warping and shaping of the glass bottle. I deleted this layer once the glass was warped into shape.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 3
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Turned the bottle upside down, duplicated it, copied and pasted the top lip of the bottle to make the neck areas longer. Warped the bottle into face shapes using the puppet warp and liquify tools. Copied areas which I circled in different colors and placed where indicated to give some detail to eyes noses, mouths and ears.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 4
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Made my own background using a blue gradient fill and cloud brushes.
Placed background under transparent glass faces.
Using the smudge tool, I smudged the top of the heads where the bottom of the bottle was showing to give it the impression of some hair.
The flower petal shapes behind the heads are also done with brushes.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 5
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This is a merged copy of the work on a new layer, filtered with glowing edges filter.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 6
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The previous "glowing edges" layer was blended on hard light mode.
Another merged copy was made and added as a new layer.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 7
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The merged copy was filtered with Topaz Glow.
This was duplicated a few times and layers were blended using subtract, multiply, screen and soft light. Masks were applied to various areas to lighten or darken them.

The finished art work was done using only the source image, photoshop tools and filters, cloud brushes from Brusheezy, and other brushes which are already in photoshop.

Creation of Electrical communication: Step 8
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Final result

Creation of Electrical communication: Final Result

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