Today we are going to melt stuff, as suggested by Skyangel.

Fans of the show 'Friends' may remember Frank, Phoebe's younger brother. He too looooved to melt stuff!

He melted everything he could get his hands on... In this contest, we are going to do exactly that, just digitally!

Take any object and make it appear as if it is melting. As we hopefully keep it digital, animals and people are also allowed! If you do follow any tutorials or use external sources, don't forget to list them in your description. This will allow people to judge your entry better.

To get some inspiration, have a look at this tutorial on how to melt a face.

Important to mention: starting now, entries can be voted on with a 5-100 scale. This in contrast with the previous method, which was just liking the entry. This way we can achieve more accurate results.

Oh and if you never watched Friends, here's Phoebe's brother at work:



Good luck!

ENTRIES
Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11Gold awardGold award
Rank: 1 out of 15 | 23 points

The Mask created by Rubber-Ray

Sources: https://imgur.com/a/zegmsXc

27 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Excellent work. Its very unique. A bit creepy with eyeballs and lips in the puddles but still one of my favorites.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel. This was my first "melting" type Photoshop. It was a good learning experience for sure. I am pleased that you like it. Boy did that sound corny? :D

Skyangel avatarLevel 14Bronze award
Skyangel replied to Rubber-Ray :

Yep! Hard to believe it's your first "melting" type manip. It looks far too professional.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Skyangel :

And I am full on blushing from "It looks far too professional.". Thank you!! Made my day.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Skyangel :

I think this is one of those super ultra mega rare Chops that just work out somehow. The only issue was blending in the first eye into the puddle. I had no clue how to do it but somehow it worked out. Used the same method on the other eye and lips and it was smooth sailing (relatively). The only other prob was doing the final global refinements. I spent two hours making it better and better and better. "Oooh this looks good! WOW that looks great!" Came back an hour later only to find out it looked worse! As an artist yourself, I am sure you can relate to that. UGGHH! :D. So I went back to basics, and literally in 5 minutes I had my final refinements done. I reckon sometime less is better.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Congrats! Well deserved win and excellent selection of sources.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks X2!!

Redtail avatarLevel 6
Redtail

Love this! creepy and cool

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Redtail :

Thank you so much Redtail! It's really nice to hear feedback on the work we do. It can be lonely being a Photoshopper. Big thanks to @staaan for giving us this venue.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Congrats! Well deserved win and excellent selection of sources.

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Chalty669 :

Thank you Chalty. Appreciate it. 😊

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

My god that is terrifying, and that's a compliment

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thanks my friend. :D

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations. A well deservved win. πŸ†

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Skyangel :

Thank you Skyangel. Learned a lot from this type of contest.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrats Rubber-Ray 😊

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Zizounai :

Thanks Zizounai. I actually had fun making that Chop.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrats Rubber-Ray 😊

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Zizounai :

Thank you #2!! 😊

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrats Rubber-Ray 😊

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Zizounai :

Oh my. 3 times!!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai

Congrats Rubber-Ray 😊

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Heart award
Zizounai replied to self:

Ahah, the internet went off and here is the result! never mind, you deserve many congrats. And unlike the entries, I can edit my comments but not suppress them πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11Hug award
Rubber-Ray replied to Zizounai :

You are such a sweetheart Z. It is a pleasure being around you. 😍

RONALD avatarLevel 7Bronze award
RONALD

A favorite

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to RONALD :

Thank Ron. I am honored.

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69

Congrats for first deserved place !

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9Silver award
Rank: 2 out of 15 | 22 points

Slime Stilts created by Chalty669

https://i.imgur.com/dOiHoyD.jpg

8 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14Gold award
Skyangel

The stilts and puddles are great but I suggest you puppet warp the toes of the frog as well so they are hanging down and don't look like they are standing on a sheet of invisible glass.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Skyangel :

Also what I wanted to say

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations on 2nd.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to Skyangel :

Thanks!

Happy111 avatarLevel 6
Happy111

Hot day for froggy

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

This was a really good Chop. I rated it very highly.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks Rubber Ray

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69

Really good chop ! congrats for second place !

Zizounai avatarLevel 15Bronze award
Rank: 3 out of 15 | 19 points

What's going on? created by Zizounai

Sources https://imgur.com/a/Om5cmE6

8 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations on 3rd.

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Skyangel :

Thanks Skyangel 😊

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

Congrats on 3rd Z!!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks R-R 😊

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9Bronze award
Chalty669

Overall I like the selection and layout of your sources. I might of chose to keep the fabrics on the ground from your boy source. Removing it messed with the boys back foot. I really like that you removed the extra shadow from the chair which allows a more cohesive shadow with the boy. Good job!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks for your comment! You watched carefully my chop and it makes me happy πŸ˜€

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

He should be worried about his ear instead of the balloon :D

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to IEatRawEggs :

Yes I know! he didn't notice everything yet πŸ˜‹all he cares for is the balloon.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Rank: 4 out of 15 | 16 points

Melting Legacy created by Chalty669

https://i.imgur.com/zsuuiDL.jpg

7 reactions
Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

Congratulations on 4th. I'm surprized it didn't end up in the top three. It's equal second in my opinion.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to Skyangel :

Thanks Skyangel!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Nice, you should maybe let some wax drip from the top, where the flame is

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you for the suggestion! I made some alterations, but it doesn’t seem like there’s an edit option.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14Bronze award
Skyangel

I agree with Eggs about more wax dripping from the top but overall you did an excellent job of the drops. They look very 3D and not flat. You obviously took a lot of time to do each one individually on a new layer and did not just drag the liquify tool over the whole face. The title also tells the story. It is very thought provoking. Excellent work.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to Skyangel :

Thank you for looking at the details and commenting. I agree with both of you about the candle top. I have posted my updated version with my sources if you would like to see it. I just decided against reposting for now.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Chalty669 :

The drip on the jacket is a nice touch as well. Excellent!

lolu69 avatarLevel 9Hug award
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

I thought you cropped the head off because it was too difficult to give a melt effect, but the source doesn't have a head either :D

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to IEatRawEggs :

As you said, the source has no head and it was what i wanted ! I think i will have no problem to melt a face ;)

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel

A really great entry but I think the camera should be a bit larger. It looks too small in comparison with the phone.

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Skyangel :

Thanks a lot Skyangel ! It's not a phone but a Apple Ipad ;)

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Well done, reminds me of a modern day Dali.

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks Chatly 669 ! I got my inspiration from him !!

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Rank: 6 out of 15 | 15 points

A Photographers Nightmare created by Skyangel

Melting in the desert heat and can't wake up from the nightmare. Source images are on https://imgur.com/gallery/XFwhecR

6 reactions
IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

This must be Death Valley

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to IEatRawEggs :

Maybe, but he is more worried about his melting camera than worrying about dying. ;-)

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

This was my favorite.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks R-R.

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

This was well done. I gave extra point for all the details.

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks Chalty.

retired avatarLevel 8
Rank: 7 out of 15 | 14 points

Zebra Melt created by retired

https://imgur.com/a/pnZwF2I

2 reactions
Happy111 avatarLevel 6
Happy111

Cool but so sad

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9Bronze award
Chalty669

Really nice source selection and embossing style. Very subtle but very effective. Good job!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Nice job blending your sources. She looks like she’s trying to hold her face from falling off. One suggestion would be some highlights on the edges of the face near the candles. Good job!

Zizounai avatarLevel 15
Zizounai replied to Chalty669 :

Thank y ou Chalty. I have already put a large orange highlight for all the candles together. As long as there is no "edit" option, I won't touch it...

claudiolky avatarLevel 7
Rank: 9 out of 15 | 7 points

MELTING MYSELF created by claudiolky

Myself as source .........

2 reactions
Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

I really like the drips coming from the back of your head. I do think the flames might take too much attention away from your face. I find myself wondering what it would look like with a clean whitish background and your head centered. Overall great job!

Redtail avatarLevel 6
Redtail replied to Chalty669 :

I agree about the flames. But it's very cool that you melt into chocolate...haha!

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray

I really liked this one and rated it highly.

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Rubber-Ray :

Thanks Rubber-Ray :D

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9Gold award
Chalty669

Overall, this looks nice. Couple nitpicks would be the liquify tool being pulled through other areas of the body. To prevent picking up the other colors, you could make a selection of the area you’re liquify and move it to another layer. Also the drip from the right pinky is flowing in front instead of behind the arm. I like that you added clipping light on the right of the model. Great job!

yyacobb avatarLevel 3
Rank: 11 out of 15 | 6 points

melting time created by yyacobb

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Nice job with the depth of field. I would suggest a line in the vinyl where it starts to flow from the table. Good job.

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks for your advice Chalty669 ! I have made the correction but i don't know how i can remplace the picture ? Could you explain that to me ;)

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669 replied to lolu69 :

I’m sorry, there doesn’t seem to be an edit button. Perhaps this will be an option the site creator will add in the future. One can only hope.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to Chalty669 :

I will be adding that option, for now just re-upload :)

Rubber-Ray avatarLevel 11
Rubber-Ray replied to Staaan :

YAY Staaan!! You are da bes!!

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Staaan :

Hi Staaan ! Very good news ;)

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Chalty669 :

Yes i agree with you because we all try to improve and listen to the advices and have the opportunity to progress ;)

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Nice, can you add an empty line between your sources? I Can't click em

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to IEatRawEggs :

just done it

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
wedoo2 avatarLevel 4
wedoo2

Looks like it's dancing. Fun

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to wedoo2 :

yes it is ! ;) Thanks wedoo2 !

Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

Really nice blend and overall color. Only nitpick is some cloning smudge on both sides of the tower. The texture overlay really brings everything together. Good job!

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks a lot Chatly669 !

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
Rank: 14 out of 15 | 4 points

Hot Party Bis... created by lolu69

I download this new version with correction, sorry but there is no edit button to cancel the first one !

3 reactions
Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

The edit definitely looks better with the defined edge. Good luck author

lolu69 avatarLevel 9
lolu69 replied to Chalty669 :

yes i agree !! thanks a lot ;)

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs replied to Chalty669 :

Agreed

wedoo2 avatarLevel 4Hug award
Rank: 15 out of 15 | 4 points

A Hard Return created by wedoo2

A Hard Return

4 reactions
Chalty669 avatarLevel 9
Chalty669

I do understand the motion blur, but wonder if a little less blur on the hand might look better? The background looks like it is cut off at the bottom, but that net looks like it was difficult. It really took me a while to figure out how I would replicate it. Good job!

wedoo2 avatarLevel 4
wedoo2 replied to Chalty669 :

Thanks for the comments. I went back and forth on the motion blur but in the end decided to keep it. I had to cut out the far side of the racquet then liquefy the net then place it below the net. I worried more about ghosting in the net than anything else.

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

It looks a little blurry

Skyangel avatarLevel 14
Skyangel replied to IEatRawEggs :

The blurriness of the ball and racket adds to the sense of movement. It's actually technically done very well because the far side of the racket has not been deformed, only the middle part of it.

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