Requirement: Adobe Photoshop 7 or higher.
This is the preview of the final result of this tutorial
Take a photo of BON, as he is my subject. Finding a good subject source image to begin with is one of the important elements in making humanoid. ^^
A chrome/metals and wires may be needed for the manipulation of our subject to turn into a humanoid. In this case, I grabbed the images without any consent from flickr.com. (So if these happen to be your photos, credit to you, and more thanks!)
All set, let’s begin. Remove the background of our subject source image. As robots don’t have beard so we need to CLONE some of the skin to delete the unwanted hair on the subject’s face. The skin color changed, using Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation, I did not go into details using this setting for the subjects you might use may have different resolution to my subject. You can use the image below as reference though.
Bring in the new image, as a new layer named “jungle”, place it under the layer of your subject (BON). Go to Layer >Layer Mask >Hide All, then, on the layer mask fill it using the Gradient Tool with Radiant Gradient (white as foreground and black as background) as a setting.
Choose the layer subject (BON) then make an irregular shape in face using Lasso Tool, copy and paste it to the new layer, name that layer as FACE. Repeat this step as you make the selection in HEAD, CHEST and LOWER BODY. Refer to the image below. The purpose of this selection is to make an aperture for the metal parts design.
By hiding the layer subject (BON), you’ll see how it looks… broken into four pieces, though our subject has to be visible at all times.
Using the Burn Tool with Exposure of 25%, darken some areas of the layer subject (BON), you may want to duplicate the subject (BON) before doing this step, this will give you the assurance that you can go back to the last result before this step incase you failed to evenly darken the spaces between the broken parts of the body. You will probably need to keep darkening it in several places.
Select a long piece of metal from the image source, copy and paste it to your document, you’ll be needed to transform and bend to be able to match in your design, and in this case you can use the Free Transform setting. Keep working with it until the details are in good position. The same procedure may apply in adding “wires”.
You can also add as many metals as you desire, many wires as you want just don’t forget to keep working until the details are in good place.
You can add further details like text, elements and texture. It’s up to you now! HAVE FUN! Explore and experiment!
Thanks to Wandaaaa of Flickr for the cool Photoshop user interface image.