Introduce photo textures
Elephant textures make great creature skin. I select a section with the Lasso tool, drag it over to the illustration and reduce the Opacity to 30 per cent. Then I click Image> Adjustments>Exposure, increase the Gamma setting and adjust the Exposure to increase the contrast. I tweak these adjustments and the Opacity until the texture looks right.
Fit the texture to the creature
Next, I click Edit>Free Transform, resize the texture to fit and then select Edit> Transform>Warp. Now I can start to shape the texture to fit the creature’s form. I then repeat steps eight and nine to create a mosaic of textures on the creature. I experiment with a variety of textures – here I’ve used both elephant and leaf textures.