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Could Somebody Lend Me A Hand??  Why, Thank You, Sir!

October 29, 2010

For a recent assignment, I needed to show a nervous man peeping into a book. I decided to construct the man’s face from two different photos as shown
in the previous post
. I needed a hand to hold the book. To give the illustration a
unified feel, I decided to also construct the hand from a photograph. I started with
this photo by Mihai Eustatiu which I found on Stock.XCHNG:Stock.XCHNG photo showing a pair of hands resting on a railing

I downloaded the photo, opened it in Photoshop, and rotated it 90 degrees. I used the Pen tool to precisely select the hand, then inverted the selection and deleted the rest of
the photo. I applied two Adjustment commands (Curves, Brightness/Contrast) to lighten the hand:photo of a hand plus same hand extracted using Pen tool in Photoshop

The hand had a slightly yellow cast, so I used the Replace Color command to
adjust it. In the Replace Color dialogue box, I selected the Eyedropper tool, set
the Fuzziness level to 200 (to maximize the number of pixels selected), and clicked on what I thought was an “average” bit of skin (not too light, not too dark). Then I adjusted the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness sliders to give the hand a pinkish cast:hand with yellow cast being adjusted using Replace Color Command in Photoshop

I used the Warp tool to stretch the hand and elongate the wrist. Then I used a soft watercolor brush to color over the hair on the hand. Finally, still using a soft watercolor brush, I alternated between Normal and Linear Dodge mode to smooth and even out the skin tones:  extracted hand photo and same hand after being stretched using Warp tool in Photoshop

Here’s how the hand looked in the finished illustration:extracted and manipulated hand photo shown in context as part of finished illustration

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 11:02 AM

    Let’s give him a hand everyone! Handsome work, Mark.


    • November 5, 2010 10:27 PM

      Was that the sound of one hand clapping? Many thanks, wise and witty Zen master– I appreciate it!


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