Start by dragging the image of the betta fish into the Photoshop document as a new layer on top of the image of the model.
Using the transform options, rotate and position the fish the way you want. Next, right-click on the fish and select Warp to manipulate it further.
Select the fish layer and click on the Layer Mask icon to create a mask. Coker used the Brush tool with black selected to allow areas of the model’s face to show through.
Drag the betta fish again to add another layer; then follow the previous steps to position the additional fins to create flowing “hair” on the model. Coker alternated turning layers on and off to edit in isolation; you can experiment the same way or view the composition in its entirety.
Note: Project files included with this tutorial are for practice purposes only.
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