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Photoshop: Create a Polished Marble, Ancient, Roman Bust of Your Face.

November 12, 2019

Hi.This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform a photo
of a face into the look of a polished marble, ancient Roman bust including the name carved into it. This is an update of a tutorial I did many
years ago on a much earlier version of Photoshop. I created this image of a faceless, marble
bust that we’ll use for this project. You can download it from the link is in my video’s description located below the video or in my project files. Open a high-resolution, close-up photo of
a face facing directly forward. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The lighting of the face should be preferably
above and in front of the face, which is the way the bust template is lighted. The first step is to place the face onto the template. If your Move Tool isn’t active, press “v”
to open it and drag it onto the tab of the template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. Before we resize and reposition it, reduce
its opacity, so we can see the template under it. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. If you’re using a version earlier than CC 2019, go to a corner and when you
see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or
out. If you’re using CC 2019 or later, just press
Alt or Option as you drag it. To reposition it, go inside the Transform’s
bounding box and move it. Generally, for most faces, eyes are positioned
approximately halfway from the top of the head to the bottom of the chin. Once it’s sized and positioned, press Enter or Return. Increase the opacity back to 100%. Remove the color from the photo by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Next, we’ll make a selection around the head. Open your Quick Selection Tool and make the
radius 10 pixels. Drag your tool over the head, but not the
ears. To remove selections outside the head, press
and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection next to the head. The width of any given may be wider or narrower
than the head on the bust. We don’t want to distort our subject’s head, but we can make the head of the bust wider or narrower. There are a few ways to do this, but I think
the best way is to use the Puppet Warp tool found in versions CS5 and later. I did an in-depth tutorial on the Puppet Warp
tool, so if you want to watch it, click the card at the upper, right or the link in my
video’s description below the video. Make the marble bust active. Since we’re going to distort it, let’s make
a copy of it, so we always have the original intact. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J. Go to Edit and “Puppet Warp”. If we check “Show Mesh”, we can see the mesh
that Puppet Warp has created. We’ll be placing pins on the mesh that we’ll
use to warp the marble bust. To better see the image under it, let’s uncheck
“Show Mesh” to hide the mesh. Go to the top of the head and click on it
to place an anchor pin. Continue to place pins along the edge of the marble bust at approximately the same locations as mine. Click on this pin and drag it in or out. Continue to click and drag pins that makes
the marble head and neck fit the width of your subject’s head. Then, click the check-mark at the top. Next, we’ll blend the forehead of the marble
bust with your subject. Click the layer mask to make it active and
open your Brush Tool. Open your Brush Picker and pick a soft, round brush. We’ll adjust its size in a moment. Make its Hardness: 0% and its Opacity and Flow: 100%. To adjust its size, make sure your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Brush over the forehead to reveal the marble
bust through the layer mask. Feel free to reduce the brush’s opacity on
areas that you’d like to finesse. Next, we’ll smooth out and plasticize our
subject’s head. Make your subject’s head active and press
“z” to open your Zoom Tool. Drag the tool across the head to zoom into it. To reposition it on your canvas, press and
hold the Space bar as you drag the image. Open your “Smudge Tool” and pick a hard, round brush. The size of the brush will depend on how large
or small the area of the face we’ll be smudging. The Hardness is 100% and make its “Strength”: 10%. Adjust the brush’s size and drag the tool back and forth over the face in the direction of the contours. To fit the entire document back onto your
canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. We’ll cut our new marble bust from the background
and copy it to its own layer, so we can continue to finesse our marble bust and ultimately,
add a shininess to it. First, make a composite snapshot by pressing
Alt + Ctrl + Shift + E on Windows or Option + Cmd + Shift + E on a Mac. Open your Quick Selection Tool and drag over
inside of the bust. Then, cut and copy it to its own layer. Open back your Smudge Tool and blend the jaw
and the neck. Next, we’ll carve text into the marble. Open your Horizontal Text Tool. I provided the link to a font called, “Satyr”,
which has an ancient, Roman or Greek look to it. I’ll make its size 58 points, but feel free
to adjust the amount. Click on your image and type out your text. To adjust the space between the characters,
highlight the text and press and hold Alt or Option + the left or right arrow key on your keyboard. To reposition it, open your Move Tool and
move it. Reduce its Fill to 0%. This make your text invisible, but it’ll retain
the visibility of any effects we apply to it. Double-click an empty area of the text layer to open its Layer Style window and click “Bevel & Emboss”. Make the Direction: Down. The Style is “Inner Bevel”, the Depth is 600%
and the Technique is “Smooth”. The Size is 3 pixels and soften it 2 pixels. Make the Angle 120 degrees and the Altitude
is 30 degrees. The Highlight Mode is Screen and its Opacity is 75%. The Shadow Mode is Multiply and its Opacity
is also 75%. Make your text into a Smart Object, so we
can add a blur to it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Make its Radius: 0.5 pixels. We’ll make a Smart Object of our bust with the text, so we can add a shininess to the entire statue. Shift-click the bust to make IT active, as
well, and convert them into one Smart Object. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click “Plastic Wrap”. Make the Highlight Strength: 7, the Detail:
10 and the Smoothness: 15. I’d like to reduce the shininess a bit over
the text and the base, so I’ll make the Smart Filter layer mask active and press “B” to pen my Brush tool. I’ll reduce the opacity: 30% enlarge my brush
size and brush across that area once. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Fernando Vรกzquez Dj Manitas November 11, 2019 at 12:08 am

    A new version of the tutorial, great!!! Thanks my grandmaster

  • Reply Nelson Chinome November 11, 2019 at 12:19 am

    this is amazing teacher, thank you very much!! for sharing this! god bless you

  • Reply Jonnathan SiiLva November 11, 2019 at 12:47 am

    And the eyes?

  • Reply Irineu Bishop November 11, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Amazing master.

  • Reply batarda anna November 11, 2019 at 1:06 am

    thank you very much ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โœ”

  • Reply Returning Shadow November 11, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I'm a little confused. Help enlighten me. In the previous tutorial you covered over the eyes and in this one you kept the eyes BUT in your final flashed image the eyes are covered over now. I thought busts didn't have pupils or irises. Also wouldn't a bust like this not have eyebrows as well? Or would you call all this subject to the designer items?

  • Reply hussain mohammed. mahf November 11, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Fantastic Sir

  • Reply AAG November 11, 2019 at 3:37 am


  • Reply R Garlin November 11, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Great work Marty – I used the technique over a full-body photograph of myself, BUT the feet turned out as clay! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Reply Veronica George November 11, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I'm dark-skinned, can I still do this tutorial ?

  • Reply Bryar Omar November 11, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Reply Darren Brown November 11, 2019 at 8:06 am

    It's really good, but on statues, there isn't any detail in the eyes as such.

  • Reply Stephen Littlewood November 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Another fantastic video. You explain things clearly and don't rush through as others do. Keep going, my friend.

  • Reply Ace Hardy November 11, 2019 at 10:14 am


  • Reply M. Mahesh November 11, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hi sir
    your videos are very super and great
    i requested to you one thing
    please tell me all features of all tools with options step by step with examples

  • Reply Ruxandra Nae - Photoshop Tutorials November 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Wow, such a great idea

  • Reply Nishanth C November 11, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Amazing video. Thank you sir..

  • Reply Saied Alasaad November 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm


  • Reply Bandolero HAS November 12, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Wow! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Super Super Awesome !!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Beowolf Ahates November 12, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I prefer by far these kind of tutorials, as well as making photos look like painting. Tutorials of creating images from scratch, are not among my preferences. Old fashioned, photo lover who believes that before use Photoshop, you always need an initial photo to work on it. Personal opinion.
    Anyway, thank you so much, for everything I have learnt from you all these years. ๐Ÿ™‚
    – Just someone of your patrons.

  • Reply Archy Dolder November 12, 2019 at 6:53 am

    As always, your work is excellent. Thank you for the class, I learned a lot! One question. The eyes in the title card, in that they are not there, look more like a real marble rendering. However, the lesson does not cover how to finish the eyes. I'm guessing that the best way to do it would be the smudge tool?

  • Reply Ak 17 November 12, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Amazing Sir amazing.

  • Reply Mario Pires November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Great techs. and work Marty !

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