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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Quickly Create Awesome, 6-pack ABS!

December 18, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to quickly give
yourself awesome, 6-pack abs. This is an update of tutorials I’ve done on
earlier versions of Photoshop. This update is quicker and easier. I provided 2 files. This image of 6-pack abs and a body to merge it with. If you want to use your own images, the technique
shown in this tutorial will be the same. The first step is to match the overall color
of the abs to the body you’re going to merge it with. Open the abs image and go to Image, Adjustments
and “Match Color”. For its Source, click , “No abs”, assuming
you’re using the same images I provided. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. To place the abs onto the body, make sure
your Move Tool is active. If it isn’t, press “v” on your keyboard. Drag it onto the tab of the body and without
releasing your mouse or pen, press and hold Shift as you drag it it down and release. Pressing Shift kept the abs centered over
the document. Reduce its opacity to 50%, so we can see the
body through it. We’ll size and position the abs by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + T. Position it, so the navel is in the same location as the navel under it. In the center of the Transform’s bounding
box is this tiny symbol, called the “Reference Point”. Drag it to center of the navel. You’ll see why in a moment. 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. Notice the size is being adjusted from the
center of the navel because that’s where we moved the Reference Point to. Continue to manipulate it until it matches the size, height and width of the body under it. Then, press Enter or Return. Open your Lasso Tool, and draw around the abs, but keep the line inside the torso that’s under it. Increase its opacity back to 100% and click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the abs. Make the body active and make a copy of it
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J and then, hide the original. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the layer mask to
make a selection of its shape. We’ll contract the selection by going to Select,
Modify and Contract. I’ll contract it 20 pixels, however, if you’re
using different images and they have different sizes and resolutions, you’ll need to contract
it using a different amount. In any case, contract it approximately this much in. Then, press the Delete key on your keyboard
to delete the area inside the selection. To deselect it, press Ctrl of Cmd + D. Shift-click
the top layer to make it active, as well, and go to Edit and “Auto-Blend Layers”. The “Auto-Blend” filter does a great job blending
different images when they’re combined. I’ve tried both “Panorama” and “Stack Images”
to see which one blends the abs and body better. Even though the 2 layers that we’re blending
are stacked, I’ve found that frankly, “Panorama” did a better job. However, you may find that Stacked Images”
looks better, so feel free to choose that instead. Make sure “Seamless Tones and Colors” is checked
to balance brightness, contrast and color, as well as “Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas”. It did a great job blending them,
however, we still need to smooth out the edges. To do this, first make sure you can see all your layers . Hide the second and third layers and make the bottom layer visible. Click the Layer mask icon to make a layer
mask next to the active layer. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. We’ll adjust the size in a moment. Make the Hardness 0% and the Opacity approximately 50%. To adjust the size of your brush press the
right or left bracket key on your keyboard and make sure the Shift key isn’t on, otherwise
the size won’t change. Brush over any edges that need a bit more blending. Lastly, I’ll reduce the opacity of the abs
to blend them into the body even more. This step is optional. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Advection September 11, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Now everyone will get 6 pack abs on instagram smh

  • Reply KingOfSpadess September 11, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Because the video title has 6 pack in it, the ad before the video was about beer.

  • Reply EL CUERVO RM September 11, 2017 at 2:22 am

    marty your tutorial videos are the best thank you sir i habe learn so much with your videos, hello from el salvador, central america

  • Reply DRMadeIt September 11, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Much easier than clean eating and exercise. Thank you, sir

  • Reply wsvx September 11, 2017 at 3:32 am

    please upload more manipulation like this! 👍

  • Reply Mr Vivek September 11, 2017 at 4:01 am


  • Reply IamDrewInLA September 11, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Little known fact, the image with the abs is actually a Marty bathroom selfie.

  • Reply Sasinun Arunkittipat September 11, 2017 at 6:45 am


  • Reply Sharp VFX September 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    wow very nice

  • Reply قناة منهج September 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Hi sir
    Thank you for your tutorials I found it's very helpful
    Can you help me to make canvas wall art like those

  • Reply σon of Μεσοποταμία September 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm


  • Reply Ivan Michael™ September 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I love you so much Marty! you're the best photoshop tutorial channel ever!

  • Reply Rade Milutinovic September 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    so fun

  • Reply Carol Helliwell September 15, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Wow I'm impressed with it. Will try thank you

  • Reply khadar tutor September 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    what is reference point

  • Reply muhammad soltani September 18, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    thank you blue lightning tv

  • Reply buge's trip September 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    i can't brush the mess at 5;08 what do we do now sir?

  • Reply buge's trip September 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    my ps dont have brush picker? or any of the brush allow to use? im waitin for your reply sir marty hehe

  • Reply NIKHIL PICART EDITS October 4, 2017 at 10:04 am


  • Reply Hafeez ur Rehman October 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

  • Reply Luciano October 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Você é o cara Marty. Obrigado.

  • Reply Amar Bajaj November 11, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Nedd help!!

    i am not getting option content aware fill transparent areas to click it under auto blend layers,
    if i am doing without it, then i m not getting 4th merging layer on my layer pannel, i m using photoshop cs6.

    as you can see it in 3:44 in this video

    can anybody help??

  • Reply Robin Gomes March 25, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks Marty! As usual, you always demonstrate a thorough grip of PS. This ABS tutorial is much clearer and simpler than your previous edition. Wonder if you could do a remake of the
    tree/bark face tutorial:

  • Reply josh June 11, 2018 at 12:34 am

    lol hopes and dreams

  • Reply Subu Thapa July 24, 2018 at 7:47 am

    even nerds can get six packs now xD

  • Reply Impact Fitness September 1, 2018 at 12:59 am

    can you show us a tutorial using PS mobile app instead to create the abs??

  • Reply Jana Crypter November 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    brush tool it doesnt work for me why ?

  • Reply Shooveli December 13, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    why does it not merge i have checked everything

  • Reply mellovibefilms June 16, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Yeah I tried it. But my face is still face and ugly

  • Reply Denis Denis August 1, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    The last step (the sharpening one) would be more easier if merged all layers and used repair brush tool

  • Reply The Revenge Gamer August 2, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    How to make the 6 pack picture bigger!?! its tiny in my screen

  • Reply Lens Exposure September 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

    thank you very much….easier then I thought
    and love your work

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