Photoshop Tutorial: Create a dangerous Prototype Mosquito using a Microscope

In this tutorial I show you how to manipulate a microscope in to a Prototype mosquito.
Techniques used:
1. Transform options for fixing the parts.
2. Layer blending modes for the highlights, and shading.

End result:
Create a dangerous Prototype Mosquito using a Microscope Final Image

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Practice tutorial

Step 1

This is the Microscope image, that we are going to manipulate in to our insect. You can download the high resolution image from here. Also check the other awesome entries.

Step 2

Use a Pen tool for extracting the Microscope from the background. Pen tool is the best tool for an accurate masking from dark backgrounds, especially when masking machines.
Make sure that the Pen tool is in Path selection mode . After making the path over the image, hit Ctrl+ Enter in keyboard to load selection. Now Press, Ctrl + Alt + D . Now we will have a window named ‘Feather Selection’ Enter a radius of 1 or 2. I usually prefer ‘1’, for machines.
Once U have the extracted Microscope, Break it into parts again as shown in the figure. Also keep a copy of the extracted image.

Step 3

This Part of the microscope itself forms a shape of head. So this will be our DANGEROUS guy’s head.

Step 4

Now flip the head part horizontally and add the Lens part under it as in the figure. The red marked area is going to be filled with a gray color, so that to blend each parts together. Use burn and dodge tools to give some depth to the filled part.

Step 5

I have created a new layer and made a rough sketch with lines and circles to form a basic shape of the creature that we are going to create.

Step 6

Now place the parts for the rest of the body.
Use the burn tool to add depth to the steel parts.
You can also use a clipping mask ( Make a new layer and Press (Ctrl +G) in multiply mode to shade any objects.
When you use the multiply mode, It allows you to shade an object without loosing its texture. Use brush opacity of 10-15 with a dark gray color for doing this.

Step 7

Using the simple transform options, I have placed the microscope parts as legs. Be accurate in distorting. Try not to loose the texture. I temporarily added a light gray color in the background so that to see the white creature more clear.

Step 8

We have completed the legs. Now we are going to make his anterior.
Mask out the selected portion from the Microscope. It’s a little darker at this time. So we will be adjusting it a little bit. Keep a copy of the masked part. Because we are going to make his eyes with the same material.
Now go to image-adjustments- brightness/contrast. Increase the brightness until you get a result like the one in the picture. Then we will colorize it. Here de saturate the image (Ctrl+U) and then go to color balance (Ctrl+B). Increase the Reds, Magenta's and Yellows. We need a blood like output. So experiment with parameters until you get the result. Now place it under the last segment of the mosquito body. Warp tool is the best option to do this. Other wise use rotate and distort options and use a pen tool to get the accurate shape.
Now create clipping mask (Ctrl+Shift+N, and Check the ‘use previous layer to clipping mask option’) layer over the current layer with blending mode overlay.
[In Overlay mode the base color is mixed with the blend color to reflect the lightness or darkness of the original color. So this is the best option for adding highlights on objects]

Step 9

Now let’s start making the background.

Step 10

Create a new layer under the floor layer, and draw some shadows. use a pen tool for creating the shadows. You can fill the shapes with black and lower the layer opacity to adjust the darkness with the background.

Step 11

And we have him ready to disturb us... :-D Thanks for reading this tutorial.

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avatar nishagandhi

well done

(5 years and 2051 days ago)
avatar steed
steed says:

Well explained,going to try this!

(5 years and 2051 days ago)
avatar dekwid
dekwid says:

I can imagine what a fun you had there while you were making this stunning creation.....I wait for this kind tut....great !

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
avatar arca
arca says:

What an amazing amount of patience. The creation is stunning and so is the Tutorial. I could follow this and would love to give it a try. Very professional grade work!

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
avatar Chalty669
Chalty669 says:

Really nicely explained!

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Your imagination does not have limits. Very creative and will explained SBS, as usual. Thanks Anoop for sharing your outstanding work with us. As Arca says......"Very profesional".

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

great one ........

(5 years and 2047 days ago)
avatar IDt8r
IDt8r says:

This would be an easy tutorial for a beginner in Photoshop to follow. Very detailed and well explained. Great job on the tutorial, Anoop!

(5 years and 2046 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Wow! Great tut! Congrats, my friend Looking forward to see it in the exclusive section

(5 years and 2046 days ago)
avatar Lamantine
Lamantine says:

Wonderful job !!!

(5 years and 2045 days ago)
avatar erathion
erathion says:

Perfect creation and very very good tutorial....

(5 years and 2045 days ago)
avatar enblanco
enblanco says:

Great, thank you!!

(5 years and 2044 days ago)
avatar shaiju1974

Very nice tut!!!

(5 years and 2043 days ago)
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zeeshan [banned] says:


(5 years and 2042 days ago)
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nathan [banned] says:

That’s a fantastic tutorial! Perhaps you would be interested in my new Photoshop Training Tutorial on How to Create a Lightsaber!

(5 years and 2041 days ago)
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Nice Tutorial as a whole.

(5 years and 2040 days ago)
avatar locale
locale says:

Nice one.. Appreciate your patience..

(5 years and 2036 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Impressive image and tutorial. Thank you!

(5 years and 2034 days ago)
avatar vlewis25
vlewis25 [banned] says:

Nice tutorial, I tried to attempt this but got stuck when It came to creating the legs I just couldnt change them right. def not for beginners like me lol thanks tho- it was a challenge

(5 years and 2007 days ago)
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[banned] says:

This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you.

(5 years and 1986 days ago)
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Guest says:

nice idea

(5 years and 1979 days ago)
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Guest says:

very very nice idea man...
good job..
i'm like it..
please, lesson for me..

(5 years and 1777 days ago)
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[banned] says:

Simple and very functional thanks

(5 years and 1740 days ago)
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(5 years and 1659 days ago)
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very Professional!. I like it!

(5 years and 1543 days ago)
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[banned] says:

pixel eyes create for professional man.


(5 years and 1375 days ago)

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