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BuffsBroncos
04-24-2010, 08:06 PM
Work in progress - but I thought I'd post it.


http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/8329/imgtebowv1small.th.jpg (http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/8329/imgtebowv1small.jpg)

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/8329/imgtebowv1small.jpg

Originals:

http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/6303/processtebow.jpg

Peerless
04-24-2010, 08:09 PM
Simply amazing.


Excellent work. You are VERY talented. :salute:


"Mile High Messiah"

one5beast
04-24-2010, 08:16 PM
WOW!:jawdrop:
thats crazy
it mustve taken you a while

xX-Bronco-Xx
04-24-2010, 08:41 PM
Very nicely done. The filter you used makes the wallpaper great and I like the use of the clouds and confetti. Nicely done.


Oh and the transition from his Gator jersey/helmet into a Bronco one. :salute!:

Southstander
04-24-2010, 08:42 PM
Can't wait to see the numbers replace with the right ones!

:salute:

Peanut
04-24-2010, 10:15 PM
Wow!

Very nice!!

Frenchy180
04-25-2010, 12:17 AM
that is simply awesome!

TebowGal15
04-25-2010, 04:30 AM
Wow. That is awesome. Definitely using it.

Peerless
04-25-2010, 03:11 PM
Just had to look at it again. I love the background.

BrandonMarshall
04-25-2010, 03:38 PM
Can't wait to see the numbers replace with the right ones!

:salute:

Same. this is really an incredible piece of art and when the numbers are right/the Nike logos/nike shoulder webs are gone, it's going to look perrrffeccttt

BuffsBroncos
04-26-2010, 08:40 AM
Just had to look at it again. I love the background.

Thanks for all the comments - if I end up doing anything more with it I'll re-post it.

TebowGal15
04-27-2010, 04:54 AM
This is now the wallpaper on my laptop and my iPod.

Argus Eyed
04-27-2010, 09:16 AM
Wow! You did a great job!

Denver-boy
04-27-2010, 03:58 PM
Amazing work... :salute: talent like that is a career. keep it coming NICE WORK!!

Skywalker
04-28-2010, 06:42 PM
This is AMAZING. :eek:

chazoe60
04-28-2010, 06:47 PM
I am blown away by that. I will be using that as my background on a lot of stuff. Wow!!!!!

mopatt24
04-29-2010, 12:27 PM
Hope you dont mind me using the Tebow pic as a sig. Really couldnt find a pic that goes with the prayer

SBboundBRONCOS
04-29-2010, 09:05 PM
how the hell did you do that . . . seriously, make a write up or something because that is amazing man

BuffsBroncos
04-30-2010, 09:23 AM
Hope you dont mind me using the Tebow pic as a sig. Really couldnt find a pic that goes with the prayer

For sure - do whatever you want with it. Glad you like it. Fits the prayer well!



how the hell did you do that . . . seriously, make a write up or something because that is amazing man

I can do that if people are interested. Maybe not a full blown tutorial, but I could show you the basic process. Its really not complicated - mostly a matter of finding images that match what you want to do...

I'll put something together and post it in a bit.

J JiPP
04-30-2010, 03:55 PM
dude you gotta keep at this one and try to remove the webs and change the numbers...has the potential to be the best photoshop ever

BuffsBroncos
05-01-2010, 10:21 AM
Here's the basic process for doing something like this... Hope someone finds it useful.

I'll outline the steps and let you know which tools I used at the different stages. However, there are many ways to do this, and really it comes down to what you feel most comfortable with.

The most important thing in an image like this, I think, is to have an idea of what you want the end result to look like in mind before you start. I stumbled across this main image of Tebow and that lead me to wanting to create an image of him running into Invesco. I thought if I could make it look a little fantasy-like, that'd make for a good poster. Once I knew what I wanted to make the overall image look like, it was just a matter of finding the other images to use as a background and then putting it all together.


1. Find the main image - swap the jersey.

I like the pen tool to cut out images. However, for stuff like hair, I'll leave that until the end and use a separate layer mask. If you're just starting out in Photoshop, Google Layer Masks and learn as much as you can about them... to me, they're by far the most useful (and underused) Photoshop tool.

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/1130/tebow1.jpg

I won't go into detail on the jersey stuff - there are tutorials out there you can find. But, basically, I use the pen tool to outline the shapes, and then Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation > Colorize to re-color. Clone Stamp / Burn / Dodge to remove unwanted parts of the old image.

(Note: I'm a fan of changing the existing image, as opposed to using a completely separate jersey. For instance, the Bronco on the helmet is just the flat logo, that I Edit > Warped / Perspective 'd to make match the shape of the existing Gator helmet.)



2. Gather the other images and mask off the parts you want to use.

In order to re-create Invesco, I needed to find parts of the stadium that would work. I could use the lower level from the Tebow picture, but I needed the Club Level and Upperdeck. So I grabbed these two pictures - outlined are the parts I used.

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/7839/tebow2.jpg



3. Start Putting it together on your main canvas.

For posters, I like to go 30" x 20" at 150 ppi. Most large-format printers print at around 150 ppi, and I find that images are pretty easy to come by that will work for that size.

So create your canvas, and start layering the parts of the image, getting a feel for where you want them to go.

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/1175/tebow3.jpg

Couple things of note: I Close Stamped Marshall's head out of the upper deck. Also, as you'll see below, I did an Edit > Transform > Warp and Edit > Transform > Rotate to match the perspectives of the Stadium.

Also, as you can see, I faded the tops and bottoms of the pieces, so they'd come together smoothly. (Again, Layer Masks!)

BuffsBroncos
05-01-2010, 10:28 AM
4. Arrange the Layers, Add the Sky


http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/6357/tebow4.jpg



5. Add some extra little touches that bring it together.

Time for some brush work.

I added some little bursts to the lights. You can Google how to download and install Brushes for Photoshop... there are tons of different ones out there for pretty much anything. I found these little bursts, made a New Blank Layer, chose white for my color, and brushed on the bursts.

Also, I copied and pasted some of the balloons from the Club Level into the Upperdeck, so that it wouldn't look awkward having them end so suddenly.


http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/5260/tebow5.jpg


(Little bonus: I thought I'd show you an idea I had but didn't include in the final image - those Jets. They looked pretty cool, but I thought there was just too much going on, so I ended up taking them out later...)



6. Add the Fog / Smoke.

Again, this is just brush work. Download a good Fog / Smoke brush and have at it. I created two layers - one in front of Tebow, and one behind, so that the fog would surround him.


http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5294/tebow6.jpg


At this point, the image is how I want it, as far as layout and look goes. From here, its just a matter of adding filters / lighting effects to bring it all together...

BuffsBroncos
05-01-2010, 10:47 AM
7. Add the Lighting Effects

Here's how I do my lighting effects. Again, there are a million ways to do this, but this is how I like to handle it.

In a new layer, I create a couple of white rectangles of different width. (See below...) Then, I Filter > Blur > Motion (or Gausian...) blur them. From there its an Edit > Transform > Perspective to make them look like they're streaming in from the sky. I set that layer's Blending Mode to Overlay, and then duplicate it/move it around until I'm happy with the result.

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/8559/tebow7.jpg
Result:

You can see the streams of light coming from different angles...

http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/4869/tebow8.jpg



8. Filters / Levels / Curves / Etc to Produce Final Image

This is really a series of steps, but I'll give you the basic rundown.

Two more underused Photoshop tools are the "Levels" and "Curves" adjustments. They are found under Image > Adjustments > Curves / Levels. Play around with them. I use these to add contrast and pop to the image. Between step 6 (above) and step 8 (below) there are probably 10 or so Image Adjustments made to the different layers of this photo.

I also added a Photo Filter (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter), and a Black to White Gradient Layer set to Overlay.

Finally, I added an Inner Shadow to the entire final Image, to give it that Vignette/Photo look.

Result:



http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/9775/tebow9.jpg




That's basically the process for something like this. I hope that it was helpful.

Let me know if there are any parts you'd like me to go into more detail on... I'm happy to describe things more clearly. Again, not a full tutorial, just an overview of the process!

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Hoserman117
05-01-2010, 11:52 PM
Nice :D Very cool to see how it all gets done.

JacksonAK92
05-12-2010, 04:44 PM
Do you do this stuff or a living? As someone who is decent with photoshop, that work is amazing. Getting the flowers out of his hand and filling in what was behind them must have been tough but it looks perfect. I dont even know how you wrapped the lights and got them positioned right from that brandon marshall photo. They were pretty much straight in line in the marshall photo, how did you change the angles and still get them to look so good? The broncos helmet also looks great. Gotta give you props that is a great job.

BuffsBroncos
05-13-2010, 11:22 AM
Do you do this stuff or a living? As someone who is decent with photoshop, that work is amazing. Getting the flowers out of his hand and filling in what was behind them must have been tough but it looks perfect. I dont even know how you wrapped the lights and got them positioned right from that brandon marshall photo. They were pretty much straight in line in the marshall photo, how did you change the angles and still get them to look so good? The broncos helmet also looks great. Gotta give you props that is a great job.


Thanks for the comments - I do simpler photo retouching and layout stuff for a living, yes... but the subject matter isn't really something I can go nuts on, like this kind of thing. This is what I really like to do... So maybe some day.

Good catch on the hand, I had forgotten I did that - a bunch of clone stamping from other part of the picture. I believe I used parts of his other hand to fill in the gaps.

Oh and the lights' angle was just an Edit > Transform > Warp. (And then covering it up with smoke to hide the fact that its stretched out...)