Turn a Man Into a Tiger

This tutorial will show you how to turn a man into a human/tiger hybrid.

Step 1: Finding Images that Work

It’s important when looking for images that you find ones that are angled similarly. They don’t have to be exact, but as close to the same is always helpful in making something look more realistic.

Step 2: Begin Alterations

We don’t actually need the man’s head, so we are going to remove the top portion of it from his body. We want to keep the coat and other details, but the top of the head is not needed.

Step 3: [Humanely] Dissecting the Tiger

We are going to remove the tiger’s head, with a bit of the chest fur from its original picture, then paste and flip the head to match the man’s positioning. Once in the picture, adjust the tiger’s levels to match the rest of the picture in intensity. (CTRL+L)

Now, find some paws in one or two other photos, remove them and paste them in this photo as well. Just set them in general position of where they need to be. Be sure to adjust the paws’ levels as well.

Step 4: Preserve the Jacket

Use the Pen tool to outline the edges of the jacket. You want to preserve the collar, and edges of the opening. You’re going add fur down the stomach and you want the coat to overlap that fur. Go to the Paths window and right-click on the path, then go to ‘Make Selection’. You can leave it at 0px.

Copy and paste this new jacket layer above the layer with the tiger’s head on it.

You’re going to repeat this step as many times as you need. Once for each side of the jacket, and then again for each wrist, as you want the sleeves to be over top of the paws you placed.

Step 5: Add More Fur

Find some other good pictures of tigers. For these, you’ll want ones that are laying on their backs, rolling around and/or sitting upright. Since we’re adding fur to his chest and stomach, you want it to resemble that of an actual tiger.

Once you find appropriate pictures, copy and paste the fur.

Adjust the levels, then Hue and Saturation (CTRL+U). Click the colorize box, then adjust the sliders until you get the color you’re looking for, that matches the tiger’s head. Also, place this layer beneath the layers of jacket we created in the previous step.

If needed, skew the fur’s layer so the striped more line up with the ones on the head, and the center of the chest/abs.

Now, take the Eraser tool, and with a Soft Round brush and 40% (give or take) opacity, erase bits of the neck fur on the head’s layer. These two layers should be overlapping some, and when you gently erase pieces of the head’s layer, it should blend more into the layer below it. If not, you may want to duplicate some fur and overlap things more, smoothing them together.

Repeat these steps as many times as you need to complete the fur on the front of this man.

Step 6: Paying More Attention to Details

We’re going to erase some more, to add some texture here and there.

Our first place to pay attention to will be the collar of the jacket. Right now, the collar overlaps the fur of the neck in an awkward way, so we’re going to take care of this.

Select the Eraser tool. Under brushes, choose a Charcoal brush. Make the opacity 100%. Go to the Brushes menu, and click on the “Scattering” box. Adjust the scattering so it looks like it’s a little frayed along the edges, slightly jagged.

Now, select the layer of jacket that is alongside the neck. Carefully go along the edges of the coat where the fur is, until it looks more natural.

Now, we’re going to enlarge the paw slightly. Generally, this is not a good idea, as when scaling something up in Photoshop degrades some of the quality. If it’s only slightly scaled up, then you’re usually fine. Too much though, and it will look blurry. Once resized, go around the edges of paw with the eraser, making it look soft and furry, and not cut out.

Don’t forget to go around the edges of the head, and anything else with fur.

Step 7: Shadowed and Defined

So we don’t disturb the originals of each of these layers, so we’re going to duplicate them as we go along.

On the duplicated layer (the one over top of the original), change the Blending Option to “Darken”. Now, use a mixture of two tools. The Paint brush equipped with the color black and a 15-20% opacity, and the Burn tool, with 10% exposure. On both of these, continue to use the Charcoal brush with the scattering effect (you’ll have to define this on each of these, as it is currently only defined on the Eraser tool).

Now, go along the edges of where the shadows were on the original picture with the paint brush. Then, darken the fur with the burn tool, making it more reddish and defined than before.

You’re going to repeat this duplication process for each of the layers with fur.

Step 8: Whiskers

When we cut the tiger’s head out of the original picture, we cut off the whiskers to make it easier. Now, we’re going to recreate the whiskers and apply them to the face now.

Use the Pen tool, and the color white to draw out the whiskers. If you draw them too large on accident, you can either adjust them while using the pen tool, or you can right-click on the layer, Rasterize, then use the Eraser with a Hard Round brush. Make it large enough to fit into the contours of the whisker, you don’t want to draw along the whisker, it won’t look as smooth.


After you’ve adjusted the tiger and man like you want it, you can add whatever kind of background or detail you want. I kept with the blue in mine.

By Kirin Knapp

Kirin Knapp is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network, publishing company of FlashNewz. A flash animator and illustrator, she is the creator of her home site, Inkdu.com.

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