You know the drill by now, make a new document and drag and drop both images into the document. Create a new layer for the back ground and fill with white. (I know its black on the pix, but I changed my mind later)
Select the top layer (by clicking on its name in the layers palette)
Make sure the mask is selected, you can tell because the icon will show a square with a circle in it. (See illustration) (CS USERS: They removed this icon on CS2 The top of the status bar will say mask)
As you begin to paint, notice how the top image dissapears as you paint it out. On a layer mask, whatever is painted black is made invisible. Whatever is white is visible.
Press the “X” Key to switch the foreground and background colors. With white as the foreground, choose a smaller brush and paint back the areas you want to keep. Notice as you paint with white, the image comes back. Don’t you love layer masks!
Drag the new layer to the top of the layers palette as seen in the picture.
C) Invert the mask by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+I or image>invert.
You will now see the hands again.
It will help to use a smaller hard brush for the detail in the teeth of the cog. Use a large soft brush going into the hands for a smoother transition.
Are you ready to take it even futher? Lets go…
By now if you have done the other tutorials on photoshopcafe.com you will be very familiarwith my colorizingtechnique.
Go to hue/Saturation and colorize the hands with a warm color and very little color saturation, 30% at most.
Pull back the opacity on all the layers to 70 – 80%
Click on the “hands layer” thumbnail to select it. then directly to the left of the other thumbnails, click the box and see the little “chain” icon appear. This means the layers are linked. Link the 3 layers together, do not link the color background layer. Go to Layers>Merge linked.(CS2 Users: Hold Down Cmd/Ctl and click each layer to select it. Choose Merge Layers From The Palette Options Menu)
You now have only 2 layers. The composite layer with our art and the white background layer, let’s do something cool and fun…
With the retangular marquee tool “M” draw a smaller rectange inside the picture frame and fill with black. Should look like at the left.
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