Click on File/New/New Image and open an RGB canvas with a width
of 500 pixels and a height of 500 pixels.
Click on Edit/Fill and then on the Image tab. Browse to where
you saved cloud.jpg Be sure that fit the image is selected before
clicking on OK.
You may wish to alter the colour of your cloud image at this
stage and that can easily be done in a variety of ways. You could
click on the + and - signs of the red, green and blue colour level
buttons, or use Colour Balance, Colour Adjustment or Hue &
Saturation, all of which can be found under Format on the menu
bar. If you're anything like me, you'll try all those different
ways of colouring your image until you've arrived at something
you're happy with LOL.
Your background image has now been prepared, so let's move on
to making the slats your head will eventually appear on.
||Open the image of the face you intend to have slatted
and be sure that the height and width of that image is approximately,
but no more than 500 pixels in height. You're welcome to use mum.jpg
if you don't have a photo of your own. Using the Path Drawing Tool
- Shape = Custom Shape/Plaque 5; Colour = white; Mode = 2D, draw
the shape across the eyes. You'll need to use the Transform Resize
Tool to make this strip a little thinner and also to lenghten the
width a bit. When you're happy that you have a strip wide and long
enough, duplicate it 5 times and place them as shown in the example
on the left here.
||Using the Transform Resize Tool, reduce the width
of the 2 lower and 2 upper slats. Select all objects, group them
and the use the Transform Resize Tool one last time to increase
the width of all slats.
Let's just have a quick look at what we have here to be sure
that everything is as it should be before we continue with this
tutorial. What you see should be something similar to the example
image shown on the left here....Yes? Good then on we go :-)
||Select the grouped slats and duplicate them. Click
on Edit/Rotate & Flip/Flip Vertically.
Select the original set of slats, drag them onto your cloud background
and fill with a colour as near to the lightest you find on your
cloud image. Then select the paintbrush with Shape = Round; Size
= 2; Transparency = 0; Soft Edge = 50. Click on Effect/Creative/Paint
on Edges. Each of your slats should have a nice black outline
now. Use the burn tool to add a little bit of rough shading to
the right side and bottom of each of these coloured slatted pieces.
||Drag onto your cloud image the white set of grouped
slats and position them over the coloured ones, matching the side
edges as best possible. You may have to ungroup these white slats
to get a better fit, but when you're happy they're positioned correctly,
select each white slat again and then merge as a single object.
Now to fill those white slats with your facial image.
Position your cloud image with the white slats selected next
to the facial image you want to use. Click on the Clone Airbrush
Tool selected a large size for it in the attributes bar and set
the transparency and soft edge levels to zero. Select a point
midway between the eyes on the facial image, hold down the shift
key on your keyboard and click on your left mouse button. Starting
at a central point on the third white slat down on your cloud
image, airbrush your face onto it. It's essential that you keep
your mouse button pressed down until every part of the white slats
have been filled. Yaaaayyyy!!! Works like magic doesn't it? :-)
What's that you say? Cloning didn't work like magic? Hmmmm, ok
so here's an easier way of doing it.
Right click and copy your facial image, select the white slats
and then click on Edit/Paste/Into Selection. Click on your left
mouse button when you have your face positioned in the slats exactly
as you want it to be.
All done? Ok lets move onto the last part :-)
Select all objects and merge as a single object. Rotate your
slatted head image by about 15 degrees to the left and then merge
PI 8 and higher version users only ****Click
on Effect/Photographic/Defuse Glow and add a glow that's going
to be suitable for your image. I chose to use these settings on
mine: Threshold = 12; Degree of Glow = 4; Graininess = 2.****
Sharpen your finished image if you feel it's necessary to do
and you can either leave it there as done or continue onward by
selecting copy/paste alter the properies of the pasted image to
soft light and then merge all....what a lovely difference that
The addition of particles such as bubbles make this to be an
even more interesting image, so it's here I leave you to experiment
further should you wish to.
Below is an example of how a very talented young lady
and PI user put this tutorial to good use. Thank you for allowing me
to display your beautiful image here Johanna!!!