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Photoshop: How to Create a Face in Clouds

September 7, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create a face
in the clouds. Before we begin, if you’re not already a subscriber
to my channel, click that small “Subscribe” button at the lower, right corner to let you
know as soon as I upload new Photoshop tutorials. Open a photo of someone’s face that you’d
like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. The first step is to separate the head from
the background by making a selection around the head. To do this, let’s use the Quick Selection Tool. I find that a radius of 10 to 20 pixels generally
works well for most resolutions. Draw over your subject’s hair, face and neck
to select it. To remove the selections outside those areas,
press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over them. To check your selection, press “Q” to see
it as a Quick Mask. Then, press “Q” again to revert it back into
a selection. If you’re using a Photoshop version earlier
than CC 2015.5, go to Select and Refine Edge. If you’re using CC 2015.5 or later, click
“Select and Mask”. If you prefer to use Refine Edge instead of
Select and Mask, Shift-click Select and Mask. I did in-depth tutorials on both of these
filters, so if you want to watch them, I provided their links in my video’s description below
the video. Check “Smart Radius”, which detects soft and
hard edges. Drag the Radius slider a bit to the right. To adjust the size of your tool, make sure
your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Brush over the edge of your subject. Output it to a “New Layer with Layer Mask”. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. Click the icon again and this time, click
“Invert”. We’ll convert our visible image into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. It’ll also allow us to replace the photo with
another without having to redo the effects. To do this, Shift-click the head to make it
and the black and white adjustment layer active, as well. Click the icon at the upper right and click
“Convert to Smart Object”. Open the clouds image that I provided or you
can use your own if you like. If you do use your own, the effect will look
best if the middle of the sky is mostly clear of clouds. Open back the inverted head and press “v”
to open your Move Tool. Drag it onto the tab of the clouds document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. We’ll resize and position the head in a moment,
but first, change its Blend Mode to “Screen”. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. If you’re using a version earlier than CC 2019, go to a corner. 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 bounding box
and drag it. Then press Enter or Return. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 4 pixels. Next, we’ll blend the face into the clouds. Double-click an empty area of the face layer
to open its Layer Style window. Let’s drag it over, so we can see the face. Under “Blend If”, there are two bars with sliders. “This Layer” affects the layer we currently
have selected in the Layers palette, which in our case, is the face, while the “Underlying
Layer” affects the clouds. Basically, “Blend If” uses luminosity to blend
layers together. When we drag the left slider of “This Layer”
to the right, it cuts off the face’s mid-tones and shadows the more we drag it. Conversely, when we drag the right slider
of “This Layer to the left, it cuts off the face’s lightest tones. Dragging the left slider of the “Underlying
Layer will cause the darkest pixels of the clouds to punch holes through the head, while dragging its right slider makes the lightest pixels of the clouds punch holes through the head. The more we drag across the slider, the more
pixels punch through. To create a smooth transition, go to the middle
of the triangular-shaped slider icon on the darkest pixels of “This Layer” and Alt-click
or Option-click it. This splits the icon in two. Drag the right half of the icon to the right. I dragged it to 87. I’ll split the “Underlying Layer’s right icon
in half and drag the left half across to gradually make the lighter pixels of the clouds gradually
disappear through the head. I dragged it to 200. If you want to hide any areas of your subject
such as the area below the neck in this example, click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask next to your subject. Open your Brush Tool and Brush picker. Pick a soft, round brush. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make its Hardness: 0% and its Opacity and
Flow: 100%. To adjust your brush’s size, make sure your
CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Now, brush over the areas you want to hide. Make a copy of the head by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Double-click Gaussian Blur of the copy to open it. Change its Radius to 30 pixels and press Enter
or Return. Reduce its Opacity to 50%. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Za mani July 1, 2019 at 12:03 am


  • Reply Shabnum Amin Khan July 1, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Thank you very much for this useful tutorial

  • Reply Armando Media July 1, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Nice tutorial, thanks grately

  • Reply Snake 03 July 1, 2019 at 12:31 am

    nice marty thank you

  • Reply Kaan Boga July 1, 2019 at 12:52 am

    looking very nice, i ll check.

  • Reply 김경필 July 1, 2019 at 1:06 am


  • Reply Omar Al Hebshi July 1, 2019 at 1:56 am

    The Bob Ross of Photoshop

  • Reply hussain mohammed. mahf July 1, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Fantastic Sir 👌👌 excellent work 👌

  • Reply Carlos Rodriguez July 1, 2019 at 2:04 am


  • Reply LiveBig7 July 1, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Amazing Marty, thanks again, big thumbs up from me!

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  • Reply Husnain Awan July 1, 2019 at 3:17 am

    can you please help me. I will pay you.

  • Reply Chu88z July 1, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Hi I’m new to photo shop. So how would I change the image without doing all the steps again?

  • Reply عزالدين العيسى July 1, 2019 at 4:44 am


  • Reply Saied Alasaad July 1, 2019 at 5:04 am

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  • Reply Jay Davis July 1, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Let's see if some with CS2 can do it. Namely Yours Truly.

  • Reply Fakhar zaman July 1, 2019 at 5:32 am

    your work around three or four topic only. Entire channel not help us to learn modern graphic designing.

  • Reply Sandeep Acharya July 1, 2019 at 5:40 am


  • Reply FPortman July 1, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Amazing and very useful tutorial. Thank you Marty.

  • Reply Sajey Adrian July 1, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Thankyu teacher

  • Reply pixrun July 1, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I will use it

  • Reply Mario Pires July 1, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Nice illusion effect .Thks for sharing it !

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas July 1, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Very very nice work Marty, thanks a lot my big teacher.

  • Reply Nigel Pipe July 1, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Awesome Marty 🙂

  • Reply Roffa 5311 July 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Nice!!! Going to try this with a picture of my cats face.

  • Reply Redha Nessah July 1, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks bro
    Good job

  • Reply Zishan. Jr July 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Good photo skills bro…and now i subscribed your channel

  • Reply Rudy2053 July 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Two thumps up Sir….from N.Y.C. You are the greatest.

  • Reply Patrick Boulanger July 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    merci pour ce tuto

  • Reply Miguel Candamil July 1, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Many thanks for sharing Marty!

  • Reply Manuela Bonjour et Bonsoir July 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    mammamia what a good tutorial,fantastique

  • Reply Bonbon1948 July 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Your tutorials always amaze me.

  • Reply J.R.R. Toking July 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Marty your creativity never ceases to amaze and your instructions are always on point. Thank you so much for continuing to make thes awesome videos.

  • Reply Duha Duha July 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm


  • Reply Do You Know July 2, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Hello sir
    please sir Reply must
    i have a 30 sec sample video and i want to learn that how to create that effect in Photoshop
    so sir if you have instagram then tell me i can send you that video

  • Reply King of Fire July 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Nice idea..Very useful tutorial..with method that makes it very easy to learn.. Thanks so much Sir for sharing it..

  • Reply Cliff L July 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Marty, I'm putting together a business card and I want to center everything correctly, is there a way to do this in PS? Thanks, Cliff

  • Reply Lisa Saffell July 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you Marty! Cool effect!

  • Reply naha razan July 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Marty pls teach us premier pro video editing pls my kind request to you

  • Reply Jose Raymundo July 2, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Your tutorial is very well explained. Instructions made clearer by zooming- in pointer command selection in a gradual pace. Thanks a lot..

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    nice bro….

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  • Reply Adobe Photoshop July 3, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This tutorial is putting us on cloud 9! ☁️

  • Reply malik imran July 3, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Absolutely fantastic

  • Reply Renz Orly Canonigo July 4, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I Love It <3 ♥

  • Reply fathy BABOUR July 4, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Very very nice.👍 👍👍

  • Reply Phnom Kngab July 5, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Hello everyone

  • Reply Jack Gradzewicz July 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Marty, today is my friend ava's birthday. We are huge fans of yours from art class, as you helped us with a photoshop project. It would mean a lot if you wished her a happy birthday!

  • Reply Belal Hosen July 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Definitely, its Very useful to us. Thank you for sharing your unique idea

  • Reply Malakas ako magFanny Sa Dota July 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Noob question. I know we can use scroll in the mouse to zoom in and out. How about going up and down or sideways using mouse? I've been looking over the internet for the solution and still can't find the answer.

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  • Reply MrZee2014 July 7, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Man you are brilliant .. i love you

  • Reply yuheng Jiang July 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Nice video, thank you, I have learned a lot from your tutorial.

  • Reply MarcoH July 11, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Hi Marty, long time subscriber here, love your tutorials. I was wondering if you could make a tutorial on how to create a human ghost photo manipulation. By ghost I mean transparency, white and the floating, misty effect. It would be awesome if you could do this so we can learn a little more. Thanks.

  • Reply vishnu 371997 July 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Hii Sir
    How to create in Corel draw

  • Reply come back July 14, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Lovely tutorial .. Thanks more MR Marty

  • Reply Mechail Nasta July 25, 2019 at 10:10 am

    your very very wonderful man who can explain very slowly to understand much good with nice zoom on tools to see the opetions clear…all the best wish to see more from u.

  • Reply Christoper Lapite August 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for the video Marty. I'm having some problems. After I press V and drag my picture into my sky picture, my photo is vert tiny and I have no idea how to adjust the size so I'm stuck at this step. What am I doing wrong?

  • Reply Yanamala Vijay August 26, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much
    I succeeded

  • Reply ام انور العنزي August 26, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I have photo shop cs

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