You know how sometimes you see a photo and just have to know how it was made. I mean not in the tutorial-follow-me kind of way but more in the who the heck did you make this kinda way?
This is how I felt when I saw Richard Wakefield‘s Circus Doll photo. It had something feeling very authentic, so I knew it had to have had a real photo behind it. So… I asked!
Richard was kind enough to share the steps taken to make the photo happen:
Richard tells DIYP that it was about an hour’s work.
Step 1: Original photo
Step 2: Extreme liquifying and head placement
Step 3: Extra liquify steps to thin arms and exaggerate body curves
Step 4: Skin smoothing and using a gradient map to change skin colour
Step 5: Add in light effects
Step 6: Add in a texture (with blending modes) and a general vignette
Step 7: Overal colour work
Here is a look at the entire process followed by a direct before after view: