Photoshop Position Changes: Editing The Angle Of The Head And Neck
 By T W I   •   14th Feb 2011   •   15,447 views   •   9 comments
Software: Photoshop | Skill level: Advanced

Editing The Angle Of The Head And Neck

Today we will be doing a minor position change with the cutout horse. If you are a beginning manipulator, I recommend that you skip this tutorial, as it will get complicated.

Duplicate the horse layer and hide the lower layer by clicking the little eye button on the layer box. This will insure that if a mistake is made, we will always have the original horse to start over with.

Select the horse’s neck and head with the circular marquee tool. The base of your selection should include a small portion of the withers and chest. Making sure that you are still on your circular marquee tool, right click and select ‘layer via cut’ from the little box that appears. Now your selection has its own layer.

Editing The Angle Of The Head And Neck

Go to filters - distort - liquefy. The liquefy filter will enable you to use a special liquefy brush to distort your horse. The liquefy brush pushes and pulls your image, almost like a magnet would to another, depending on which direction you swipe it. If you haven’t used it before, I encourage you to play around with the liquefy brush to get a feel for it before you continue.

With your brush size on 60, push the inner neck (Not the crest) in, just a bit. Continue doing so, a bit a time, until you get a good arch shape, pictured below. Now pull the crest out using the same little-by-little technique.

Editing The Angle Of The Head And Neck

Feather your circular marquee tool at 5 pixels. Make a new selection, this time selecting just the head and the top part of the neck. Tilt the horse’s head forward and in to taste.

The horse’s head should now be disconnected from the neck. Depending on how far you tilted it, there will be probably be a sizeable gap between the two layers. Pull the head back into position as well as you can without re-tilting it. Now it should look like a small slice was taken out of the back of the neck. Deselect the selection.

To fix the gap we will have to clone it back in. The process is a lot like removing a halter. I recommend viewing my previous tutorial, How To Remove A Halter With Photoshop which explains the process in detail, as I will only give the basics of it here.

Make a new layer beneath the horse layer. Paint in the base color(s). Merge the two layers. Clone over the painting.

Merge the two layers.

This might not always be the case, however with my end result, the neck ended up looking a little scrawny. To fix this, I simply selected the part of the neck that looked too thin with a regular lasso with the feathering on 5. Then I thickened it up using the move tool.

Because I had feathered the lasso to softened up the edges, there was a small gap in the horse’s neck. Instead of cloning it over, I took the easy way and duplicated the horse layer a couple of times until it disappeared.

Clean up any odd bulges or jagged edges left over with an eraser.

And you should be done!

Editing The Angle Of The Head And Neck
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Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Wow great tutorial ! To bad I don't have photoshop
  Feb 14, 2011  •  11,534 views
Can't wait to put this to use! Great job!
  Feb 15, 2011  •  11,549 views
Cool! I should try it.
  Feb 15, 2011  •  11,546 views
Dixie Chick  
Another Amazing tutorial! If only I had Photoshop. :'(
  Feb 15, 2011  •  11,555 views
Nice! very detailed and precise :) Now I can change my horse's head and neck angle to another angle and it will be useful but I'm currently not using it now...
  Feb 16, 2011  •  11,572 views
Painted Destiny  
You have amazing work! I hope to someday be that good! Great tutorial!
  Feb 17, 2011  •  11,528 views
MS Horses  
That is really helpful! Thanks!
  Feb 21, 2011  •  11,542 views
MS Horses  
Cool article!
  Feb 24, 2011  •  11,546 views
what version of PS do u use? it looks different to me...and can i apply this tutorial in PS CS3 Extended
  39 days ago  •  11,563 views
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