In this video tutorial, watch as Dean Samed shows you how he created a homage to Attack on Titan in Photoshop. This is a full walkthrough of the entire process and definitely worth the watch to see another photo manipulator's workflow.
In the video, Samed starts by telling the audience that he has tried this once before and failed miserably. But a good artist never gives up and sees these failures as lessons. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that there are no failures, only lessons learned. Once the walkthrough gets rolling, we see that Samed has used computer-generated stock for the body, applying a real stock photo of a face to it for realism. It is interesting to see both mediums used to create a final image.
As Samed continues, we see how he starts to piece together the monster from multiple assets while also using reference images to guide his process along. As always, the Pen tool comes in handy here, as he selectively takes pieces from everywhere. One of my favorite parts is how Samed blends some of the textures into the skin using blend modes. I have been using blend modes for years, so it is nice to see how other artists use them.
This tutorial is great for intermediate Photoshop artists who want to start having a go at more advanced Photoshop photo manipulation techniques. A lot of photo manipulators tend to stick to two or three images, so next time you edit, try adding a few more images each time. Eventually, you will be able to blend any composite element that comes your way.