Since posting my new LION – THE KING IS FREE picture I’ve had a few emails and questions posted online asking how I actually cut the Lion out from the background.
So today I thought I’d just give you an outline as to how this was done by pointing you to a few videos that I’ve previously recorded…
The large Acacia Tree trunk is from a picture given to me by my Buddy (Artist / Animator) Aaron Blaise [LINK] that he’d taken during one of his many trips in the past to Africa researching for movies he worked on such as The Lion King.
Here’s all the pictures that went into making the final image…
The first task was to remove the fence lines from the enclosure that were over the top of the Lion and here’s a video I recorded showing exactly how to do that:
Once the fence lines had been removed, the next task was to cut the Lion out from the original background:LINK]
Anyway once a cut out of the Lion had been made it then also meant having to create fur / hair and to show how I do that, here’s a video by Aaron showing the technique that I learned from him…
Finally when it came to the cut out of the Lion, there was a dark outline around the mane so to remove, or rather hide that I used a Layer Style.
Now in the video below at 8 minutes in you’ll see what I mean; the only difference being that I sampled the colour of the mane and used the Screen Blend Mode:
Obviously there was a lot more that went into making this final picture but for today I wanted to give you an overview of how I approached the cut out of the Lion.
As I’ve already mentioned I’m busy with writing the book at the moment which is a priority but once that is all complete I’ll be recording new tutorials to add into the web store and as I’ve had requests for showing how the animal series of pictures are put together I’ll definitely be recording some of those.
Right that’s all from me for today so as always if you have any questions / comments feel free to drop me a line otherwise have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.