Based in Portugal, Arisu Nomura is a photographer and digital artist who blends still photography with digital painting, occasionally using vector graphics and 3D elements. She loves Japanese and other Asian art and culture, and has created artwork for musicians such as Justin Lassen and Lyua Dust and book covers for Wildside Press. Her work has also been featured in magazines.

Recreating this astonishing photo-to-illustration image will hone your Photoshop skills in some advanced areas. This tutorial will guide you through the process of retouching photographs to achieve this smooth, illustrative finish, and then will show you how to integrate the results of this retouching with illustrated backgrounds and other elements.

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Along the way, you’ll learn plenty of new ways to use the Liquify palette to manipulate portraits, and will become more familiar with the Transform and Warp tools. Arisu Nomura also pulls out all the stops when it comes to making delicate tweaks to the colour and overall effects of the piece, so you’ll learn some highly refined ways of using blending modes and adjustment layers.

Finally, you’ll get the chance to paint digitally to create the cats that nestle in the character’s hair, putting into play all the skills you’ve honed in the rest of the tutorial.


Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

4 hours

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