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Make a Tiki God in Photoshop

Time to throw on some bulky eyelids.

  1. Create an oval selection of another kind of wood texture. One that already has carving on it is very effective.
  2. You can use file #3 at the beginning of this tutorial. Ctrl+click (Cmd+click on Mac) on the layer thumbnail to load the selection.
Oval Wood Selection
Oval Wood Selection
  1. Edit > Copy
  2. Return your Tiki file.
  3. Edit > Paste. Rename the new layer eye 1.
  4. Edit > Paste. Rename the second new layer eye 2.
Two New Eyes
Two New Eyes
  1. Turn off the visibility of the eye 2 layer by clicking on the eye icon to the left of the layer in the Layers panel.
  2. Select the eye 1 layer in the Layers panel.
  3. Press Ctrl+T (Cmd+T on the Mac) to Transform the eye 1 layer.
  4. Move your mouse in the image window until it is just past one of the corners of the transform box, and your cursor turns into a double-headed curved arrow.
  5. Click and drag to rotate the eye. Try to match the angle of the cutout left eye on the tiki’s face.
Rotate Eye 1
Rotate Eye 1
  1. In the Control panel, click on the Maintain Aspect Ratio icon (the link) and change the Width (W:) to 50%. The Height will change automatically to keep the image in proportion.
Maintain Aspect Ratio
Maintain Aspect Ratio
  1. Select the Move tool and drag the eye in the image window until it covers the left eye cutout.
Resize and Move the Eye
Resize and Move the Eye
  1. Press Enter/Return to save the transformation.
  2. Now we’ll create a sharper eye opening with a special selection and a layer mask. Select the Elliptical Marquee tool.
Elliptical Marquee tool
Elliptical Marquee tool
  1. Draw an ellipse that defines where the bottom eyelid edge will be, overlapping the upper parts of the eye and face.
First Ellipse
First Ellipse
  1. In the Control panel, click on the icon for Intersect with selection.
Intersect with Selection
Intersect with Selection
  1. Draw a second ellipse that defines where the top eyelid edge will be, overlapping the lower parts of the eye and face.
Second Ellipse
Second Ellipse
  1. When you let go, you should get a clean, eye-shaped selection.
Eye Opening Selection
Eye Opening Selection
  1. Select > Inverse.
  2. Click on the Add layer mask icon in the Layers panel. This will reopen the eye.
Add Layer Mask
Add Layer Mask
  1. Add a Bevel and Emboss with the following settings:
    1. Size: 18
    2. Soften: 4
    3. Uncheck Use Global Light
    4. Angle: 42
Bevel and Emboss
Bevel and Emboss
  1. Turn visibility for the eye 2 layer back on.
  2. Repeat steps 17-30 for the right eye, rotating it in the other direction.
Second Eye
Second Eye
  1. Save your file.

 

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