Download the Custom Brush and Deer Template
To make things easier, simply download everything we use in this episode to make your own Deer Dad Card!
How to Make a Deer Dad Card
Have you ever wanted to replace a person’s head with an animal head? Well if so, you are in luck. In this tribute to Father’s Day, we show you how to turn your dear dad into your DEER DAD.
How to Cut Out the Deer
The first step to creating the Composite is to cut the deer (or another animal) out of its Background. In this case, we start by using the Magic Wand Tool to cut out the area over the sky. Because the background is simple, the cut-out process goes quickly.
Refine the Selection Edge
After cutting the deer out from the Background, go to ‘Select – Refine Edge‘ and add some feathering and bring in the edge of the mask. This will reduce the white fringing around the edge and give a more realistic look.
Create Animal Hair from Scratch
After the deer is cut out from its background, the next step is to paint in ‘deer Hair‘ around the edges to make the deer look more realistic. To paint deer hair, first, you will need to create a ‘deer Hair Brush‘.
Start by using a small (3px) brush with a Hardness around 80%. Paint a thin line resembling a deer hair. After you are happy with your hair shape, use the Marquee Tool and make a square selection around the hair and on a New Layer, fill that selection with white.
The best way to create a custom brush is to have the Brush shape in black and the background pure white.