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Photoshop: How to Transform a Face into a Flesh-eating, ZOMBIE!

October 17, 2019

This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform a face
into a flesh-eating, zombie. I provided a Photoshop template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link in my video’s description below or
in my project files. It includes 3 layers: a face…a skull…and
cracked texture. Feel free to use a different photo for the
face if you like. Just make sure it’s facing directly forward
and is lighted mainly from one side. Before we begin, please join my community
of patrons on Patreon for as little as $2 dollars per month or become a channel member
by clicking the “Join” button below the video. Click the Patreon card at the upper, right
or the link in my video’s description below. The first step is to make a selection around the head. If the background in your photo is dark as
in this example, click the adjustment layer icon and click “Levels”. Drag the Input white level to brighten your
image until you can see a stronger delineation between your subject and the background. Make a composite snapshot of your image by
pressing Alt + Ctrl + Shift + E on Windows or Option + Cmd + Shift + E on a Mac. Open your Quick Selection Tool. I generally find that a radius of 5 to 15
pixels works well. Drag the tool over the inside of your subject. To remove selections that are outside your
subject, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag over those areas. The outer edges don’t have to be perfect. To check your selection, press “Q” on your keyboard. Revert it back into a selection by pressing
“Q” again. Go to “Select” and “Save Selection”. Name it, “Head”. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Now
that we have the selection of the head, Shift-click the Levels adjustment layer to make it active
as well and drag it along with the composite snapshot to the trash. Next, we ‘ll create dried blood. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill it white, but before we do, check
your foreground and background colors. If they aren’t black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Click the foreground color to open the Color Picker. In the hexadecimal field, type in: 870000. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Since your background color is white, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Go to Filter, Render and Fibers. Make the “Variance: 5 and the “Strength”: 10. We’ll bloom out the lightest areas of the
streaks by opening your Levels window. Press Ctrl or Cmd + L. In the Input white
field, type in 200. We’ll convert it into a Smart Object, so we
can modify if non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right
and click, “Convert to Smart Object”. We ‘re going to duplicate the Smart Object,
but not link it to the original. It’s important to note that whenever you do
duplicate a Smart Object, whatever changes you make to one will automatically be repeated
in the other. However, if you want to make changes to one
and not affect the other, then we need to create an unlinked copy of it. To create an unlinked copy, you can either
right-click or secondary-click the Smart Object and click “New Smart Object via Copy” or go to Layer, Smart Objects and “New Smart Object via Copy”. Let’s name the copy, “Skull blood” and the
original layer, “Face blood”. Temporarily hide these layers and make your
subject active. We’ll create displacement maps of the face
and the skull, which we’ll use to make the blood conform to the contours of the face
and skull. Make a copy of the face by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Remove all its color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Since displacement maps look best when they’re
blurred, go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 3 pixels. Open the fly-out list again and this time,
click “Duplicate Layer”. Open the “Document” list and click, “New”. Type in “Displace Face”. Immediately, it created a new document named,
“Displace face”. Go to file and “Save As”. Save it to your “Desktop”, so you can access it easily. Save it as a Photoshop PSD file and click “Save”. If you see this message, just click OK. Then, close the “Displace Face” document since
we have it on our Desktop. We can delete the face copy by either dragging
it to the trash can icon or on later versions, by pressing the “Delete” key on our keyboard. Since every face has its own unique characteristics, we can manipulate the skull to conform to those variances. I already made this particular skull conform
to the face of this subject, however, if you’re using a different face for this project, I’ll
show you how to manipulate the skull. Make the skull layer active and visible. Reduce its opacity, so we can see the face under it. Open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. Click the “Warp Transform” icon and drag the anchor points and lines to better
match your subject’s face. When you’re happy with it, press Enter or
Return or click the check-mark. I’ll click the “cancel” icon, since I don’t
want to change the original skull. Increase its opacity back to 100%. Make a copy of the skull. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the eyeball icon next
to the skull to hide all the other layers. Desaturate its color and blur it by pressing
Alt + Ctrl + F on Windows or Option + Cmd + F on a Mac, which repeats the last filter
we used – Gaussian Blur. Open the fly-out list and click “Duplicate Layer”. As before, open the Document list and click “New”. Type in “Displace skull”. Go to File and “Save As”. Then, click “Save”. Close the file, since we saved it onto our
Desktop and delete the skull copy layer. Make the Face layer visible, as well as the
“Face Blood” layer. Click the “Face blood” layer to make it active. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Make the Horizontal and Vertical Scales: 10
each, Stretch to Fit and “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Click the “Displace Face” PSD file and click “Open”. The streaks immediately distorted to the tonal
values of the face. Open the Channels panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the head channel that
you saved earlier to make a selection of its shape. Open back the Layers panel and click the Layer
Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection. Make the blood layer active and change its
Blend Mode to “Color Burn”. Notice how the streaks follow around the contours
of the face. Drag the “Skull Blood” layer above the skull. Make the Skull layer visible, as well as the “Skull Blood”. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Photoshop remembered the last settings, so
just click OK. Click the “Displace Skull” PSD file and click “Open”. This time, the streaks were displaced based
on the tonal values of the skull. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the skull to make
a selection of its shape and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection. Make the “Skull Blood” layer active and change
its Blend Mode to “Color Burn”. We’ll create a black Layer mask next to the
skull, which will mask out or hide the skull. We’re doing this, so we can reveal back parts
of the skull through the layer mask. Make the “Skull” layer active and Alt-click
or Option-click the Layer mask icon. If your foreground and background colors didn’t
invert to make white your foreground color, press “x” on your keyboard. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. If you don’t already have the “Dry Media”
brush set, I provided its link, so you can install it. If you’re not sure how to install brushes or other presets, watch my tutorial showing you how. Click the card at the upper, right or the
link in my video’s description. I’ll use the top brush, but feel free to experiment
with the others. Make its “Flow” and “Opacity”: 100%. To adjust its size, make sure your Caps Lock key is off and press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Brush over areas of the face to reveal the
skull through the layer mask. Next, we’ll adjust its levels to match the
shadows of the face. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Curves”. It’s important to know that Adjustment Layers
affect all the layers below them in the Layers panel so if we want them to affect only the
one layer directly below them, we need to clip it or restrict it to that layer. To do this, click the “Clipping Mask” icon
or go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. Now the “Curves” adjustment layer will only
affect our skull. If the bottom of the Curves panel is hidden,
just drag it down to reveal it. The Curves graph represents all the tonal
ranges of the skull from black to white. By dragging the diagonal line, it’ll adjust
the brightness of the specific tones represented by the diagonal line. Make the “Skull blood” layer active and click
the Adjustment layer icon. This time, we want the Curves adjustment layer
to affect our entire image, so we won’t clip it. I’ll make the darker tones darker and the
lighter tones darker, as well. Open the Adjustments panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Adjustments. Click the “Hue/Saturation” icon and check, “Colorize”. For the Hue, type in: 33 and for the Saturation,
type in: 37. Open back the Adjustments panel and click, “”Levels”. For the Input white level, type in 213 to
brighten our image. Next, we’ll reveal the color in the blood streaks. Make the Hue/Saturation layer mask active
and invert your foreground and background colors, so black is your foreground color. Make the Flow: 30%. Flow controls the speed at which paint is
laid down (much like painting with a spray paint can), while Opacity controls the transparency
of the paint. Unlike Opacity, Flow gives you the ability
to gradually build up to your darkest color by doing multiple passes in the same area. If you want to hide any streaks on the face,
make the “Face Blood” layer mask active and brush over them. Make the “cracked texture” layer visible and
active and change its Blend Mode to “Linear Burn”. Alt-click or Option-click the Layer Mask icon
to make a black layer mask, which hides texture.the If your foreground or background colors didn’t invert, press “x”, so white is your color.foreground Brush over areas of the face where you’d like
to reveal the cracked texture your and adjust brush’s size accordingly. Next, we’ll add dimension to the cracked texture. Double-click the texture to open its Layer
Style window and click “Bevel & Emboss”. Let’s drag it over so we can see the face. The Style is “Inner Bevel”, the Technique
is “Smooth” and the “Depth” is 200%. The Direction is Up, the Size is 1 pixel and
Soften it 3 pixels. The Angle is minus 57 degrees and the Altitude
is 37 degrees. The Gloss Contour is “Linear”. The Highlight Mode is “Color Dodge” and its
opacity is 100%. The Shadow Mode is “Linear Burn” and its opacity is 60%. You can finesse any part of your zombie if you like. For example, I’d like to reveal less of this
eye socket and ad a bit more cracked texture around it. So, I’ll scroll to the skull and click its
layer mask to make it active. I’ll invert the colors, so black is my foreground color. I’ll adjust the size of my brush and brush
over the entire eye socket. I’ll invert my foreground and background colors,
so white is my foreground color and reveal back some of the skull’s eye socket. I’ll scroll back up and make the cracked texture’s
layer mask active. I’ll make sure my foreground color is white. As I brush over the area, it’ll reveal back
the cracked texture. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Md Monirul Hossain October 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial

  • Reply mesut sinanoglu October 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Adamsın 👑

  • Reply jpwood6661 October 13, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Really enjoyed that one, thanks!!

  • Reply محترفين PicsArt October 13, 2019 at 11:14 pm


  • Reply Redha Nessah October 13, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    great job bro

  • Reply MidnightCrypto Club 4.0 October 14, 2019 at 1:07 am

    NICE!! This will make MY Halloween picture really KOOL!!

  • Reply SABOTAAGEBEATZ October 14, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Can you do a tutorial on turning a face into like half alien half human or half animal half human?

  • Reply YGUROOTZ box-stocks racer October 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

    always the best tutor to me,,

  • Reply YGUROOTZ box-stocks racer October 14, 2019 at 2:26 am


  • Reply Pinjari Pedda Khaja Miah P.khaja October 14, 2019 at 3:50 am

    sir please do Corel Draw works

  • Reply Torben Bk October 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    would love to see a guide from you make seamless textures. like water, grass. marple

  • Reply stupeth amunrah October 14, 2019 at 5:08 am

    This editing is really fantastic mr marty love you
    Your tutorial is allways amazing
    Keep creating for us
    Thanks you

  • Reply MD MASUM BILLAH October 14, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Best tutorial for me

  • Reply Charly October 14, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Very good! Thank you Sir!

  • Reply Khal Borgot October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

    thanks a lot

  • Reply naha razan October 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Lots of time i am asking pls video editing after effect or premier pro teaching us from the basics

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas October 14, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Great!!! It's perfect for Halloween's Day, grettings my grandmaster Marty!!!

  • Reply murdoc Gurung October 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    This tutorial I have been looking for very long time , thanks Marty really appreciate it 🙏🏻

  • Reply Orlando Colon Jr. October 14, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I like watching your videos, You make it look so EASY! Thank you for all you do!

  • Reply Eric October 14, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    REQUEST: halloween makeup catrina


  • Reply Andrea Merchak October 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    It's awesome! Thanks a lot, Marty.

  • Reply Jake Fotograffix October 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Make a video on how to apply reptile skin texture to a human?

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez October 14, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Wow Master this is gorgeous

  • Reply Ak 17 October 14, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    wow brilliant job marty, Great work.

  • Reply just some guy October 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Some times you leave me speechless…..

  • Reply Venilton Siqueira October 14, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    If possible, make a tutorial for the face of "Joke" (the movie). Thanks.

  • Reply zakaria ismael October 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    it is not good idea to see the face in this shape

  • Reply overclockeador October 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the tutorial, but I can't download the template nor the brush set

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