Photoshop Tutorial: How To Create A Baby Alien In A Jar



Follow me through the steps of this tutorial, and I will teach you how to make the image of a baby alien in a jar. You will also learn how to create an image using different pictures and Photoshop them into an interesting image.

To achieve your goal, you will be using the following Tools and filters.

* Selection Tools.
* Dodge and Burn.
* Transform Tool.
* Layer Styles.
* Blending Layer Modes.
* Layer Adjustments.

Let's begin.


End result:
How To Create A Baby Alien In A Jar Final Image

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Step 1

This is the final image. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to create something like this.


Step 2

Open a new document 1500 X 1250 px.

Resolution: 125.

Background color: White (FFFFFF).

Leave the name for this layer, "Background", we will be working over this layer for a short time.


Step 3

This image of the mushroom, was provided by pxleyes for a contest.

You can download the image, by clicking with the right side of the mouse over the image.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name. "Mushroom".

Save this file in a place where you can have easy access to it.


Step 4

Bring the file "Mushroom" to your Photoshop document.

Leave the name for this layer, "Mushroom".

Use the Circular Marquee Tool, (M), to make an oval selection from the area marked in red.

Copy (Ctrl + C), and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection. Name this new layer, "Head".


Step 5

This is the shape that we will use to make the head of the little alien monster.

Duplicate layer "Head, name new layer "Body". We will be working with this layer soon.


Step 6

Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Use a 125 px brush, and try to get the form shown in image.

This is the start of forming the little alien's head.


Step 7

Make a copy of liquified layer, "Head". Do not name this layer.

Edit - Transform - Flip Vertical.

Place it below layer you liquified.

Use Filter - Liquify - Warp. Again. Same procedure you did before.

Add a shadow using the Burn Tool (O).


Step 8

We'll start forming the eyes.

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), make a circular selection of the area marked in red.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

Name this layer, "Eye 1".

Use a Bevel / Emboss layer style, with an Inner Shadow. Leave the settings as they are. If the shade does not look as mine, you will have to move the shading little button to the left.

Make a copy of layer, "Eye 1". Name new layer, "Eye 2".


Step 9

TO FORM THE EYEBALL.

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), to make a circular selection. Fill the selection with white color (FFFFFF).

Use a soft brush 30 - 40 px, to color around. Opacity of 50%.

To do this, use color # B7CEDE (Blue color).

Make other circular selection on top of the white color. This time use a gradient of two colors. # 403228 Brown (Foreground) and # EABB23 Yellow (Background).

Add other smaller circle on top of gradient. Fill selection with black color. To add the little highlight. Use a smaller soft brush, and just paint with white.


Step 10

Merge down the three layers used in the making of the eyeball.

Name new layer, "Eyeball 1".

Duplicate this layer, name new layer, "Eyeball 2".

Place the eyes on top of layer, "Head" over the "Eye" layers.

Merge layers "Eye 1, eye 2, Eyeball 1,Eyeball 2", and "Head", and the layer with a Head copy that we placed behind the head. Merge it down too, together to form a single layer. Name it "Head".


Step 11

Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Warp the eyes, on layer, "Head", as shown in image.

Open layer, "Body", and place it behind layer, "Head".


Step 12

Layer "Body", to be warped.

Filter - Liquify - Warp.

Use a 125 brush and a presure of 50.

Try to get the form shown in image. The shape for this form,does not have to be the same, but close to the shape of a bably alien. You can make changes to it later.


Step 13

Place layer, "Head", on top of layer, "Body".

Use the Burn Tool (O), to shade the left side of the body.

Do not burn it to much. Use a soft brush to do the burning.


Step 14

In this step we'll make the arms, and the legs of the little guy.

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), to make a selection of the area marked in white. You'll do this as if you were making the shape of a leg. Fig. 1.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection. Name this layer, "Leg 1".

Use the Burn Tool (O), to burn a little area in the right and left side. Use a 5px hard brush, and draw little lines, like kind of toes. Fig. 2.

Use the Eraser Tool (E), to erase some areas on the leg, in this way you will shape the form, as if it is a leg.


Step 15

Place layer, "Leg 1", on top of layer, "Body".

Make a copy of layer, "Leg 1", by dragging the layer to the Create a New Layer icon, at the bottom of the layers window.

Change the name of this layer to, "Leg 2", place this layer below layer, "Body".

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to place this layer as shown in image.


Step 16

To form the arms, you'll use layer, "Leg 1" or "Leg 2". Name new layer, "Arm 1". Fig. 1.

Filter - Liquify - Warp. To get a shape as shown in Fig. 2. Place this layer behind layer, "Body".

Duplicate layer, "Arm 1", to form a new layer, name it, "Arm 2". Fig. 3/ Place this layer, on top of layer, "Body".

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to place the arm as shown in image. Fig. 4.


Step 17

To make the tail.

Just use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), and make a selection from the body. Fig 1.

Try to get a shape like I did. Do not name layer.

Use the Burn Tool (O), to give the little tail a dark area. Fig. 2.

Place this layer behind layer, "Body". Fig 3.

Merge down all layers used to make the little alien. Name new layer, "Alien".


Step 18

You should have something like this.

Use a small 3 px hard brush and white color, to draw little lines to form the teeth. This does not have to be in a new layer. Do it on top of layer, Head, now that layer is merged down, do it over layer, "Alien".


Step 19

This picture of the cracked wall is from Pxleyes stock, and it is credited to Emik member of pxleyes. Here is the link to the original picture.

http://www.pxleyes.com/picture/25286/crack.html

You can also download the image posted in the following step by doing the following:

Click with the right side of the mouse over the image of the wall.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name, "Wall".

Save it in a place where you can have access to it.


Step 20

This is the image of the cracked wall you can download.


Step 21

Open the file you just saved as "Wall", and bring it to your Photoshop document.


Step 22

Name new layer, "Wall.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 100
Output: 20

This will darken the wall. You will darken the wall a little more later, almost at the end of this tutorial.


Step 23

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), to make a rectangular selection of the area marked in white.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

Name new layer, "Ground".


Step 24

Edit - Transform - Flip Horizontal.

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to place this laye to the right as shown in image. The idea is not to leave the layer similar to the layer, "Wall".

Image - Adjustments - Curves.

Input: 70

Output: 40


Step 25

Blur the top part of the layer "Ground", by using the Blur Tool (R).


Step 26

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a rectangular selection, as shown in image. Fill the selction with a two gradient color.

Foreground color # 2ABDC4
Background color: # DA7379

Add a layer style: Inner Shadow.
Opacity: 75%.
Angle: 160.
Distance: 60.
Choke 25.
Size 80%.

Name this new layer "Jar".


Step 27

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) again, this time to make a thinner, rectangular selection. Fill the selection with a two color gradient.

Foreground color # 4FC4CB
Background color # FFFFFF

Add a laye blending mode: Screen.
Opacity: 55%
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. Radius 4.0

Name this new layer, "Highlight".


Step 28

Add a layer blending mode Hard Light to the "Jar" layer.


Step 29

This is the image of a rusted metal. The picture can be found at Pxleyes stock, and belongs to mqtrf, member of pxleyes, whom I credit for letting me use it for this tutorial.

Here is the link, where you can find the high resolution of the pic.
http://www.pxleyes.com/picture/6616/rusted.html

Or, you can download the pic, by doing the following:

Click on the right side of your mouse over the picture.

Save Image As.

Give the file a name, "Rusted".

Save it in a place where you can have access to it.


Step 30

Now you can save your image.


Step 31

Bring the file "Rusted" to your Photoshop document and name it, "Rusted".


Step 32

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), to make an oval selection of the area marked in white.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

You can select any area from the rusted metal to work with.


Step 33

Name this new layer, "Lid".

Add a Bevel / Emboss layer style.
Outer Bevel.
Depth 400 %.
Size 10.
Shading Angle 45.

Use the Dodge and Burn Tools (O) to give highlights and shadow to the lid.


Step 34

Make 3 more copies of layer, "Lid". Merge the layers down, to form a single layer, Name it, "Lid".

Place the merged layers, on top of layer, "Jar". Use the Eraser Tool (E), to erase the areas shown in image.


Step 35

Make a copy of layer "Lid". Place this layer behind or below layer, "Jar", as you can see, there is kind of transparency over the layer "Lid". Name this layer, "Lid Bottom".

There is some blue color on top of layer, "Lid Bottom". We'll erase it in the next step.


Step 36

Erasing the blue color, will give roundness to the jar. To do this, use the Eraser Tool (E).


Step 37

It is looking real nice already!

Make two copies of layer, "Lid". Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T) to make them smaller.

Place one on top of the other as shown in image. Merge layers down, name new layer, "Cap".

Place this layer, on top of layer, "Lid", as shown in image.


Step 38

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), to make a rectangular selection of the layer, "Rusted".

You can select any area that you think will be good to make a rusted pipe. Get a selection that fits from the top of the cap to the right side of your document.


Step 39

Use the Dodge and Burn Tools (O), to give some highlight and shadow to the pipe as shown in image.

Name this layer, "Rusted Pipe".


Step 40

Make a copy of layer, "Rusted Pipe", and place it to the left side of the rusted pipe. Make this layer smaller using the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T).

Name this new layer, "Rusted Pipe 2". Place it on top of layer "Cap".

Use the Erase Tool (E), to erase the bottom of it, making it kind of rounded.


Step 41

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), to make a rectangular selection of layer, "Rusted".

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection. Name new layer, "Rusted Pipe 3".

Use the Dodge and Burn Tools (O), to do the same highlights and shading you did to the other pipes.

Place this layer, behind or below layer, "Jar".


Step 42

Make a copy of layer, "Rusted Pipe 3". Name new layer, "Rusted Pipe 4".

Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to make the pipe thinner. Place this layer, below layer, "Rusted Pipe 3".


Step 43

To make the connection. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and make a small selection of layer, "Rusted Pipe 2". Use the Transform Tool (Ctrl + T), to widen the selection.

Use a Bevel / Emboss layer style. Leave the settings as they are, but change the shading to 130.

Use the Eraser Tool (E) to erase the top and bottom of the layer, to make it kind of rounded.

Name this new layer, "Connection".


Step 44

Make a copy of layer, "Connection", name this new layer, "Connection 2". Place this new layer to the right side of the other connection.

Use the Eraser Tool (E), to erase the left side of this layer, to make it rounded, as you did before with the other connection, leave the right side as it is.


Step 45

Now go back to layer, "Jar". Make a copy of this layer, name new layer, "Jar 2". This layer has to be placed on top of layer, "Jar".

With layer selected, add a two color gradient.
Foreground color # 745F2D.
Background color # 3B4735.

Make the gradient from the left to the right side of the jar, this will give the jar a green and brown color. Since it is set to Hard Light, the luminosity and transparency will be ok.

Open layer, "Highlight". Use the Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, 2 more times. Use a 5.0 this time. Make a copy of this layer, name new layer, Highlight 2. Place it to the left side of the jar.


Step 46

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), to make a small copy of layer, "Rusted Pipe". Name new layer, "Rusted Pipe 5", this layer has to be placed behind or below layer, "Jar".

It will look as if it is inside the jar.


Step 47

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), to make an oval selection. This will be the water line.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selection.

Name this new layer, "Water Line".

Use a two color gadient.
Foreground color # 514C40.
Background color # 745F2D.

Make the gradient from top to bottom. Opacity 50%. Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, 4.0.


Step 48

Use a Spatter Brush 18 px. Opacity 50%.

Make some little lines, or spots on top of layer, "Water Line" (It does not have to be in another layer). Use color # BAB7AB to do it.

Use the Smudge Tool (R), to smudge the lines or spots around in a circular form following the shape of the water.


Step 49

Merge layers, "Rusted Pipe 1 and 2" to layers, "Connection 1 and 2". Name new layer, "Rusted Pipes 1".

To make the shadows for these pipes. Make a copy of layer, "Rusted Pipes 1".

With layer selected, fill the selection with black color.

Add a layer blending mode: Multiply. Opacity 70%. Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, 4.0.

Place this layer below layer, "Rusted Pipes 1" and layer, "Jar". Name this new layer, "Shadows 1". Move this layer a little to the right side of the jar.


Step 50

Merge layers, "Rusted Pipes 3 and 4". Name new layer, "Rusted Pipes 2".

Make a copy of this layer, name the new layer, "Shadows 2".

To make the shadows, do the same process you did in last step, by filling the selected layer,
with a black color, adding a blending layer mode: Multiply, Opacity 70% and a Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, 4.0.


Move this layer, a little down.


Step 51

You should have something like this.


Step 52

Bringing the little alien to the picture.

Place layer, "Alien" behind or below layer, "Jar".

It will look as if the little alien is inside the jar.

Use a 5 px hard brush and a white color to make kind of bubbles in the water. Add a Bevel /Emboss layer style to the bubbles. Leave the settings as they are.


Step 53

There will be a new layer when you make the bubbles, name this new layer, "Bubbles".

Merge all layers used in the making of the jar: Lid, Cap, Highlights 1 and 2, Water line, Bubbles, Jar 1 and 2, Lid Bottom and also layer, Rusted Pipe 5.

Name new layer, "Alien In Jar".


Step 54

Highlights and Shadows.

In this image, the light is coming from the left side, so, you can use the Dodge and Burn Tools (O), to make the highlights and some shadows as it is shown in image.


Step 55

Make a copy of layer "Alien in Jar". Name the new layer, "Alien In Jar Shadow". (You can use the name you want for your layer, I just thought of this name.

Fill the selection of the layer, with black color. Same procedure you have done with other shadows.

Add a layer blending mode: Multiply, Opacity 70%, Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, 4.0.

Place the layer with the shadow, behind or below layer, "Alien In Jar", and move the layer a little to the right.


Step 56

Use a hard brush 9 px, to make the wires. I used red and black colors, you can use your own. Use a Bevel / Emboss layer style with the settings as they are.

Name the layer, "Wires". Place them as shown in image. Make the shadows for the wires, the way you did before.


Step 57

Darken the layers, "Wall and Ground" a little more.

Image - Adjustments - Curves.
For the wall: Input: 75 and Output: 50.
For the Ground: Input: 70 and Output: 45.


Step 58

To finish our project, we will give some highlights to the wall and ground, as well as the rest of the image.

To do this, look at the image, and use a Dodge Tool (O), a soft 300 px brush, Exposure of 60%, an start looking for the areas to be highlighted. Those areas are marked in yellow.


Step 59

We arrived to the end of this tutorial. I hope I was able to teach you new ways to make a Photoshop work look nice. I know that it can be hard for those who are beginning to explore the wonders of working with programs like Photoshop. But it is rewarding to see, the struggle and the learning of people willing to spend time reading and achieving their goals by learning something new every day.

I also wish you the best in life, and thank you for your patience. If there is any questions regarding some of the steps in this particular tutorial, I will be happy to give you a hand. Here at Pxleyes, a community of Artists, and good tutorial writers, are waiting for you to stop by to look at the work we do. We love learning, an teaching others. Have a good journey through Art. Good luck.



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16 Comments:

avatar spaceranger

A great deal of work went into this! Very well thought out and highly informative. Great job!

(3 years and 76 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thanks Spaceranger, yes, lots of thinking.

(3 years and 76 days ago)
avatar mqtrf
mqtrf says:

Muy buen tutorial, muy bien explicado con un resultado fenomenal!

Gran trabajo, gracias por compartirlo.

(3 years and 76 days ago)
avatar CorneliaMladenova

Yeeeeeee, sweety in a jar! Thank you very much for this tut, my friend

(3 years and 76 days ago)
avatar Alan2641
Alan2641 says:

Great detail -- well written

(3 years and 75 days ago)
avatar George55
George55 says:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look at my tutorial. A pleasure sharing it with you.

(3 years and 75 days ago)
avatar dekwid
dekwid says:

very well explained,....yes,...great detail....

(3 years and 75 days ago)
avatar hereisanoop

Excellent.. great work and well explained.. congrats george..

(3 years and 75 days ago)
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[banned] says:

this is sooo..great..very interesting..the details..the best!..rigth weel expained!

(3 years and 74 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thank your tutorial.

(3 years and 73 days ago)
avatar nishagandhi

wow very detailed tutorial!! great construction

(3 years and 73 days ago)
avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

great tut.

(3 years and 71 days ago)
avatar erikuri
erikuri says:

Very cool and clear! Congrats, my dear friend!

(3 years and 67 days ago)
avatar Dubhy63
Dubhy63 says:

Great detailed tutorial , very useful

(2 years and 352 days ago)
avatar mounirupa
mounirupa says:

wow great tutorial

(2 years and 335 days ago)
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Guest says:

Thanks for shairng. Always good to find a real expert.

(2 years and 266 days ago)


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