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Photoshop: How to Create a Face Mask Photo Portrait.

August 12, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you a quick and easy way
to create a face mask of a person. Before we begin, if my tutorials have helped
you learn or improve in Photoshop and you haven’t subscribed to my channel, yet click
the Subscribe button at the lower, right.. Open or shoot a high resolution photo of a
person whose face is preferably turned at an angle and if possible, the person’s hand
should be placed an inch or two below the chin. I downloaded this photo from Shutterstock,
however, due to licensing and copyright issues, I’m not allowed to distribute it. Once you have your photo, make a copy of it
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Next, we’ll create a selection that will define the shape of
the face mask. There are many ways to create selections and
I covered all of them in prior tutorials, so to save time, I won’t be going over them here. For this particular example, I find that the most accurate way to create
the shape is to use your Pen Tool. I did an in-depth tutorial showing how to
draw paths with the Pen Tool, so if you’d like to watch it, click the link at the upper
right corner or in my video’s description below. First, let’s zoom into the face by pressing
“z” on your keyboard to open the Zoom Tool and drag over the face. If you’re using the Pen Tool, as well, press p” to open it and proceed to draw paths making sure that it follows the edge of your subject’s chin. Right-click directly on the path to open the
fly-out list and click “Make Selection”. Make sure the Feather Radius is 0 and click OK. After you’ve made your selection with whatever
method you chose, Alt-click or Option-click the Layer Mask icon to make an inverted layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. Just a quick note: if you ever want to invert
a layer mask, just press Ctrl or Cmd + I. We’ll angle and reposition the face mask by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool. Before we transform it, go to View and make
sure “Snap” is not checked. If it is, just click it to de-activate it. This will prevent the face mask from snapping
to a particular position when we move it. Go to a corner of the bounding box and when
you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate it to an angle you like. To reposition face mask, just drag it. Then, press Enter or Return. Next, we’ll add a subtle bevel to the mask
to give it a bit of dimension. Double-click the angled face layer to open
its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is Inner Bevel, the Technique is
Smooth and the Depth is 100%. The Direction is Up, the Size is 7 pixels
and the Soften is 0. The Angle is 124 degrees and the Altitude
is 32 degrees. The Highlight is white, its Mode is Linear
Dodge and its opacity is 10%. The Shadow’s Blend mode and color are irrelevant,
since its opacity is 0%. Next, we’ll create the string, but first let’s
save a little space in the Layers panel by collapsing the effects. Just click the small arrow. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Name it, “String”. We’ll place this layer into a folder, since
we’ll be adding a few more string elements. Press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Name the folder “String”. Make the layer active and open your Pencil
Tool and Pencil Picker. Make the Size: 2 pixels, the Hardness: 100%
and the Opacity: 100%. Open your Zoom Tool and drag a rectangle over
the area of the face and mask where you’ll be adding the string. Press “B” to open back your Pencil Tool and
place your cursor to a location above the ear. Then, click your mouse or pen and release. Place your cursor where the string would be
attached to the mask and click. This connects the start and end point with a line. Double-click the String layer to open its
Layer Style window and click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is “Inner Bevel”, the Technique
is Smooth and the Depth is 1000%. The Direction is Up, the Size is 2 pixels
and the Soften is 0. The Angle is 55 degrees and the Altitude is 25 degrees. The Highlight Mode is “Linear Dodge”and its
Opacity is 70%. The Shadow Mode is 0. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it point 5 pixels. Reduce its opacity to 50%. In this particular example, I want the string
to appear to be behind this area of the subject’s hair. I could either use the Eraser Tool, which
would permanently erase that area of the string or use a better method, which is to use a layer mask. This method is non-destructive to the string. I’ll click the Layer mask icon, which adds
a layer mask next to the string and open my Brush Tool and Brush Picker. I’ll adjust the size in a moment. The Hardness is 0% and the Opacity and Flow
are both 100%. If you want to adjust the size of a brush,
make sure your CapsLock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard
to make the brush bigger or smaller. I’ll brush over the area of the hair to hide the string. Next, we’ll create the string’s shadow. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Name it, “String Shadow”. Reduce the brush size to 2 pixels. Click just below the string on the mask, release
and Shift-click just below where the string ends. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel and reduce its Opacity to 40%. Make a copy of the shadow by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + J and temporarily hide it. Make the original shadow layer active. We’re going to bend the shadow to the curvature
of our subject’s face. To do this, press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open
your Transform Tool and at the top, click the “Warp Transform” icon. In this example, I’ll drag the points and
lines to bend the shadow down on both sides and I’ll make sure the middle of the shadow
is positioned just below the string. When you’ve finished warping YOUR shadow,
press Enter or Return. To hide the shadow on the mask, click the
Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the shadow layer. Press “B” to open back your Brush Tool, adjust
its size and brush over the shadow on the mask to hide it, as well as areas of the hair
where the string is masked out. To see the correct shadow on the mask, make
the shadow copy visible and active and click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to it. Brush over the shadow next to the face mask
to hide the warped shadow over that area. Lastly, we’ll create the hole for the string
on the face mask. Make a new layer below the string layer, by
making the String layer active and Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking the New Layer icon. Name it, “Hole”. Open your Elliptical Marquee Tool and place
your cursor at the end of the string. Click and hold as you press Alt or Option
+ Shift and drag out a circle from the center approximately this size. We’ll give it some dimension, but to do this,
we need to fill it with a color. The particular color is irrelevant, since
we’ll be reducing the Fill to 0. You’ll see how in a moment. I’ll fill it with my foreground color, which
is black by pressing Alt or Option + Delete. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Reduce
the Fill to 0%. This makes the color invisible, but it’ll
retain the full visibility of any effects that we add to it. Double-click the thumbnail of the hole layer
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is “Inner Bevel”, the Technique
is Chisel Hard and the Depth is 200%. The Direction is Down and the Size is 1 pixel. The Angle is 140 degrees and the Altitude
is 30 degrees. The Highlight Mode is Linear Dodge and the
Opacity is 50%. The Shadow Mode is Multiply and its opacity is 60%. You can reposition it by pressing “v” to open
your Move Tool and dragging it. Next, we’ll be able to see through the hole. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail of the
Hole to make a selection if its shape. Go to Select and Transform Selection. At the top, click the chain-link icon to link
the Width and the Height. In either field, type in 70%. Then, press Enter or Return. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
make the layer mask active. Fill the selection with black to reveal the
face under it and deselect it. To see your entire image, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


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    Thank you Marty for this awesome tutorial…..

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    This time you forget to say "click ENTER or RETURN" anyway thank yous BLTV 🙂

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    Nice idea!

  • Reply Dg Visual April 24, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Great Marty, what if we want to see through the eyes in the mask?

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    Thank you!

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    hey marty please do some after effects and premiere pro tutorials also

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    interessante grazie

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    Thank you for the awesome tutorial. You have a very nice way of teaching. Can you please do tutorial on water manipulation effect. There are many tutorials but they are not easy to follow and worse of all there is no audio with tutorials.

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    Couldn´t be more easy?

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    very nice.

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  • Reply Rick L May 12, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Can you do a video of a face morphed into another face?

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    Amazing technique!

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    Another jaw-dropping tutorial. Easy but impressive.

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