The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It is one of the few venomous mammals, the male platypus having a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.
Monotremes are the most primitive mammals.
Today, monotremes live only in Australia and
New Guinea. The name monotreme means "one-holed," referring to the cloaca, a single hole that serves the urinary tract, anus, and reproductive tract in monotremes.
For this assignment I want you to consider how unusual the platypus is.
Let the Platypus inspire you to create a unique animal of your own.
1. Find high quality images of your animals (You must use 2-5 different animals)
a. Try Bing images with a size of 800 x 800 or larger
b. Do this now. Collect many high quality images and put them in a new folder called
Platypus Project in your student shares where you normally save images.
2. When constructing your animal, use the background that comes with the main animal you
will be adding to. This will help to make the animal believable.
a. As for the other animals, use a selection method we have learned in class
b. Apply a layer mask over the non-selected area ( reveal selection in Layer> Layer mask)
This way you can change it later without having to reselect.
3. Place the body part you are adding on top of the layer you are using as your bottom layer.
a. Temporarily lower the opacity of the added part to modify the shape
b. Use the Filter>Liquify tool to do this
c. You may need to do this multiple times
d. Play with the different blend modes so the layers appear to blend together
4. **So that your two different animals blend well,
a. Change your brush color to gray and use a soft round, use this on the layer mask in the
area where the two parts meet. You may even need to lower the opacity of the brush.
b. You may have to duplicate the above layer and move it, then lower the opacity or change
the blend mode. This will help the two layers to look blended.
5. Change the color of the added part if it can be.
a. Use the eyedropper tool to get the exact color from the original animal, and use color
replacement tool with the background option (see PL 2.1 Color Replacement Brush Tool 2 if
b. Or color overlay with linear burn or a similar blend mode
6. You may run into a couple of issues with the background. Maybe some of the original animal
is showing where you don’t want it to be.
a. Hold alt + click an area you want to use
to replace the area you need to get rid of
b. Let go of alt, and use the tool like a brush
c. You will see that you can paint a replica of
the first area you clicked
d. OR Click and drag while holding alt.....OR
e. Select the area with the lasso tool, right-click >fill> and choose content aware from the drop
down box. This will fill the space you selected with content from around the selection
7. You may also run into light and shadow problems. in other words, one animal may have light
coming from the right, where the other has light
coming from the left.
a. Select the dodge tool to lighten an area, or burn tool
to darken it. This way you can help to fake the
lights, and shadows on an image
b. Sponge tool takes color out of an image
8. Lastly you need to give your animal a name, and short description. This should include what
it eats, how it spends most of it's active time ( day or night), what it likes to do, and where it
lives (keep in mind that if your background was a tropical forest, you wouldn’t want to say
they flourish in Alaska. I want this to look like a page from a National Geographic Magazine
Try this site for wording ideas http://a-z-animals.com/
a. To do this use your crop tool to encompass the entire image
b. Then let go and stretch the lines further than the image so that it looks like the example
below ---hit enter
c. Create a new layer and move it to the bottom
d. Fill that layer with black or white
e. Type the animal name larger, and the rest of the info beneath the name.
f. WE WILL BE PRINTING THESE AND HANGING THEM IN THE HALL, SO PLEASE BE
APPROPRIATE AND USE PROPER GRAMMAR, YOUR NAME WILL BE POSTED WITH THEM
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