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Fire Breathing Chihuahua

Remixed from images on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

 

IMAGES:

Chihuahua Returns - Reto 63 Verano - Eric Soto (gacoit)

Ferian Flying His Kite - Douglas Muth on Flickr

Flame Thrower to Help the San Clan Along - Jolene Bertoldi (za-photos)

Hunt Camp Under the Stars - Zach Dischner (zachd1_618)

Knight Fight - Ari Helminen (picsoflife)

Sword - Spike (dragonfury)

Full Moon - Jennifer Dunne (jenniferlynnedunne)

Raglan Castle - Angel Ganev (angelganev)

 

THE PROCESS:

I isolated the Chihuahua (gacoit) from its original background, and colored the dog red. I isolated the wings on the dragon kite (Muth), cleaned up the image (removing kite string that was visible), and colored the wings red. I removed the daytime sky from the castle photo and used a starfield (Dischner) to create a night scene. I also added the moon (jenniferlynnedunne) to the scene.

 

I isolated a knight image from "Knight Fight" (picsoflife) and replaced the torch he was holding with a sword (dragonfury). I isolated the flame from the flamethrower photo (za-photos), and used it as a flame coming from the chihuahua's mouth. I added shadows, lighting effects, and filters to create the "Fire-Breathing Chihuahua" about to barbecue the knight.

 

The knight's upper half has a slightly overexposed look because of his proximity to the flame. I also added a hint of yellow highlights for the same reason. I added a slight grain to the knight image to help it blend in; otherwise, it looked like a cutout.

 

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Taken on August 10, 2015