Making A Musical Elephant Tutorial

Posted by Jacob Philpott

This tutorial is for both Photoshop and Gimp

In this tutorial you will learn how to create this image created by me. The tools and instructions can be interpretated to both Photoshop and Gimp. This tutorial is not recommended for beginners because the tutorial is more to the point and does not discuss how to use tools.

1) Find a picture of an elephant. I used this one: http://www.digitaldesktopwallpaper.com/wallpapers/elephant_1.jpg

2) Open up the picture of the piano

3) Render out the Elephant's ears and head. I used the same ear for both sides so that I didn't have to render out both. Here's both pieces already rendered for you!


4) Copy and paste the head onto the from of the piano key. Use the dodge and burn tools to lighten and darken the areas that match the piano.


5) Copy and paste the ear on one side of the piano. Use the Perspective and Distort transform tools to adjust the ear. Again, use the burn and dodge tools to add lighting.


6) Add the other ear, changing it with the Perspective and Distort transform tools. Once again, use the dogde and burn tools to add the correct lighting.


7) Use either the burn tool or a soft low-opacity brush to add some shadows below the elephant onto the keys.


8) Adjust each of the ears and the head on with the Curves to try and match it better with the piano image.

9) Using the clone tool, make some low-opacity brushes of the elephants head onto the front of the piano key to help it blend in.


10) Make a new layer and fill it with a light brown. Change the layer mode to Soft Light at around 30% opacity.



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