In this Photoshop Tutorial we will create a photo manipulation of a futuristic soldier with a strong sci-fi feel in it. Follow this tutorial to learn how to give a custom design to a model like dramatizing it with a futuristic sci-fi look. Resources needed: Model 1 LINK    

By Dek Wid, on March 04, 2013, under Photoshop Tutorials

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Step 1

Open the model image in photoshop and take the pen tool. We will cut out the model with the tool. Click on the head area to create a starting anchor point and then proceed to trace the entire model by clicking   the edges of it until the path is closed. When the path is closed, which is indicated by thin line around the model, right click on the path to show up the path command option. Choose make selection to select the model. Hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a new single layer and then fill Shift+F5 the layer with grey color:


Step 2

Create new layers  Shift+Ctrl+N for some different parts of the outfit are that left and right shoulders, elbows, left and right boots and glove. Fill each layer of the outfit with color as shown in the screenshot.


Step 3

Take the pen tool again and create an path line on the elbow layer. Make sure to set the brush tool to a very small hard round brush and the color of the foreground is white. Right click on the path and choose stroke path. Use brush as the tool of stroking:


Step 4

With the same technique, proceed to give more lines on the elbow:


Step 5

In this step, we will start to use the dodge tool to define some highlight on the elbow. Take the dodge tool and set it to the setting as shown in the screenshot. Make sure to choose a very soft round brush for the tool and start stroke some area on the elbow to give highlight:


Step 6

Now take the burn tool and start to give some shading on the elbow. Try to alternate in using the dodge and burn tool to define more highlight and shadow on the elbow areas:


Step 7

From the screenshot below we can see the result we should create after applying the dodge and burn tool:


Step 8

With the same technique, try to give highlight and shadow on the main body. Try to use spatter brush with different size to some areas on the main body accordingly:


Step 9

Proceed to apply the same technique to give highlight and shadow on the glove and give it a custom shape as well:


Step 10

Here is the result after applying the combination between dodge and burn tool to define the shape of the gun: