Photoshop Madness : Make Your Own Angry Bird Fan Art With Photoshop

by Fred Showker

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Step 4

To make this bird look more realistic, we’ll be taking clips of feathers and hair from other photos to build the bird. First gather the references that’ll help you do this. Since the red bird is based on the Red Cardinal I’ll be using one as a reference as well as a cat. The areas where the arrows are pointing are where I’ll be grabbing these textures.

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to create selections around the pieces of feathers and fur that you would like to use. Copy and paste these onto the angry bird and use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to resize and adjust them into place.

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

Step 5

Let’s start with the cat references. Copy and paste them onto the document and set them as Clipping Masks to the colored base. Use the white hair for the belly of the bird. Clean up the edges with the Eraser Tool (E).

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

Now use the black sections of hair for the eyebrows. Again, use the Eraser Tool (E) to clean up the edges.

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

Step 6

Do the same with the red feather references from the bird. In order to form the stock around the bird and make it look round, Control-T to Free Transform and select Warp.

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

Continue to add more pieces of feathers to the bird, you can usually get away with using the same sections. Try to make sure they all look like they are wrapping around its body.

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

When you’re finished with the photo texture step, Select all the layers for the photo textures and flat colors and Right-Click to Merge Layers. Just like before, you should now only have 3 layers again for the background, angry bird, and sketch. Rename the new angry bird base to “base.”

angry bird Photoshop Tutorial

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