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Photoshop: How to Transform a Face into JOKER from the 2019 Movie!

November 4, 2019

This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to transform someone
into Joker from the 2019 movie. Open a well-lit, high resolution photo of
a face that you’d like to use for this project. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Name it “Hair”. Temporarily hide the copy and make the bottom
layer active. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Black & White”. Open the Preset list and click “Maximum White”. Invert the layer mask by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Doing this will allow us to reveal back the black and white effect just over the face. Think of layer masks as stencils. Black hides or masks out the image next to
the layer mask, while white reveals the image. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Open a soft, round brush. I’ll make its size 175 pixels, but feel free
to use whatever size you’d like based on your image’s size and resolution. Make its hardness: 0% and its Opacity and
Flow: 100%. Make sure your foreground and background colors
are white and black, respectively. Brush over the face to reveal the black and white adjustment layer effect through the layer mask. To feather out the perimeter more, invert
the colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard and decrease the brush’s opacity to 50%. Increase your brush’s size by making sure
the CapsLock is off and pressing the right bracket key on your keyboard. Brush around the perimeter of the face. Next, we’ll darken its midtones. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click,
“Levels”. We want the Levels adjustment layer to affect
only the face and not the rest of the subject. Since Adjustment Layers affect all of the
layers below them in the Layers panel, we need to clip it or restrict it to the face. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or
press Alt + Ctrl + G on Windows or Option + Cmd + G on a Mac. You an also go to Layer and “Create Clipping Mask”. For the Input Mid-tone levels, I’ll type in:
0.65, however, feel free to adjust this amount. If some mid-tones are a bit too dark, you
can restore them to their original levels by inverting your colors, so black is your
foreground color. Brush over the areas you want to lighten. We’ll reveal back the eyes to the original
photo by making the face layer mask active, adjusting the size of your brush and brushing
inside the eyes. Next, we’ll make the hair: green. Make the “Hair” layer visible and active. Open your Quick Selection Tool and drag it
over the hair to select it. Go to Select. If you’re using a Photoshop version earlier
than CC 2015.5, click “Refine Edge”. If you’re using a later version, 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’d like to watch them, click their respective cards at the upper right
or their links in this video’s description. Check “Smart Radius”. This detects smooth and hard edges. Brush over the overlapping edges between the
hair and the face. Output it to a layer mask. Immediately, a layer mask of the selection
is created next to the face. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
“Hue/Saturation”. Then, clip it. This will restrict the color to affect only the hair. Check “Colorize” and make the Hue: 100 and
the Saturation: 20. Next, we’ll apply the Joker’s red face paint. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and again,
click “Hue/Saturation”. From now on, we won’t clip the adjustment
layers, since each will have its own layer mask that will affect only the areas revealed
inside each layer mask. Check “Colorize” and make the Saturation:
80 and the Lightness: minus 50. We’ll invert the layer mask to hide the red
color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. We’ll be revealing back the color over selective
areas of the face by brushing white over our image. Make sure your foreground color is white and
open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. I provided a custom brush named, “Face Paint
Brush” that you can download. Its link is in my video’s description below
the video or in my project files. If you’re not sure how to install brushes,
I did a tutorial showing you how to do it. It’s many years old, but it’s still relevant. If you want to watch it, click the card at
the upper right or the link in my video’s description. Once you install the brush into your Preset
folder within Photoshop, click the gear icon and click, “Import Brushes”. Click, “Face Paint Brush” and click “Load”. Close any brush folders that are open and
open the “Face paint Brush” folder. Click “Kyle’s Real Oils – 01” brush. I’ll make its size 60 pixels, however, feel
free to adjust the amount based on your document’s size and resolution. Brush over the nose to reveal the color through
the layer mask. If you want to reference the Joker’s face
from the movie, there are plenty of images from which to choose on the web. If you want to remove areas of the color,
press “x” to invert your colors, so black is your foreground color. Brush over the color you want to mask out. Brush over the mouth to reveal the color and
again whenever you want to hide the color, press “x” and brush over the color to hide it. Reduce the “Fill” to 87%. Reducing the Fill of certain blend modes results
differently than if you were to reduce their Opacity. In this example, I’d like to make the eyebrows darker. If you want to darken an area of the face
paint on your subject, press Ctrl or Cmd + J to make a copy of the adjustment layer and
change the copy’s blend mode to Linear Burn. Reduce its Fill to 78%. To reveal back the areas you son’t want
darker, like the nose and mouth in this example, open your Rectangular Marquee tool and drag
it over those areas. We’ll fill the selection with black which
will add black to that area of the layer mask. If your foreground and background colors are
white and black respectively, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. If your colors are inverted, in which black is your foreground color, press Alt or Option + Delete. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Click
the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Hue/Saturation”. Change the Blend Mode to “Color Burn”. Check, “Colorize”. Make the Hue: 212…The Saturation: 100…
and the Lightness: minus 55. Invert the Layer Mask to hide the blue color. Make sure your foreground color is white and
brush over the top of the eyebrows and below the lower, eyelid revealing and masking out
the color to finesse their shapes. Make a copy of the adjustment layer, change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn” and reduce the Fill to 33%. Lastly, we’ll change the colors of the clothes. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click
“Hue/Saturation”. We’ll keep “Normal” for its Blend Mode. Check, “Colorize” and make the Saturation:
100 and drag the Lightness slider to a point where the density of the shirt looks good to you. We can always adjust it later. Invert the layer mask to hide the color. Open your Brush Tool and Brush picker. Open the brushes folder that contains your
normal, round brushes. Click a soft, round brush and make its opacity: 100%. Adjust its size and brush over the outer garment. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again and
click, “Hue/Saturation”. Check, Colorize”. Make the Hue: 144…the Saturation: 100 and
the Lightness: minus 49. Invert the layer mask to hide the color. Then, brush over the inner garment. If you want to adjust the brightness of the
clothing some more, drag the Lightness to the left or right. Click the adjustment layer for the outer garment
to make it active and drag its Lightness, as well. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Salman Haris November 4, 2019 at 12:49 am


  • Reply Dragon THY November 4, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Good Tutorial ! Thanks

  • Reply Unwanted Commentary November 4, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Marty you are a legend

  • Reply Lovensky Jeudy November 4, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Good Job

  • Reply Eric November 4, 2019 at 1:01 am


  • Reply Yasir Al Aloosi November 4, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Thanks … 🍻

  • Reply slic ric November 4, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Wow. Amazing tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply bobby cahyono November 4, 2019 at 1:45 am


  • Reply andy Esparza November 4, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Wow cool. Can you do more face paint tutorials like these more. How about a living galaxy one

  • Reply Inmer Jesus Camacaro November 4, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Making a Night King or White Walker Tutorial or a GOT Winter is Here Poster Tutorial.

  • Reply Venilton Siqueira November 4, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Thank you so much for answering my suggestion! I'm very happy, I will try to do the same. Thanks.

  • Reply hussain mohammed. mahf November 4, 2019 at 2:45 am


  • Reply se7en November 4, 2019 at 2:56 am

    why are you working on YouTube i bet you got so many offers to work in Hollywood this YouTube thing is below you

  • Reply Innocent K. Boateng November 4, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Brilliant tutorial

  • Reply Free Download Button November 4, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Good Tutorial ! Thanks

  • Reply Free Download Button November 4, 2019 at 5:15 am


  • Reply Saied Alasaad November 4, 2019 at 5:16 am


  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez November 4, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I love it

  • Reply AciD ToX November 4, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I'm gonna make one now… Thank u buddy and have a wonderful day πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Arkane Stuff November 4, 2019 at 6:26 am

    We live in a tutorial

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