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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo into a Life-Mask Sculpture Bust

August 5, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create your own life mask sculpture casting its shadow on a marble pedestal. I provided this PSD template for you you to
download, so you can follow along. Its link is located in this video’s description or project files. It includes two layers: a red curtain and
a marble pedestal. Notice that because the pedestal is lit mostly
from the left, we want our subject to be mostly lit from the left, as well. If your subject is lit from the right, as
in this example, we’ll need to flip it. I’ll go to Image, Image Rotation and Flip Horizontal. If your subject is male and has sideburns,
we’ll remove them. I’ll use the Clone Stamp Tool. To make the tool bigger or smaller, press
the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. I’ve done many tutorials showing how to use
this tool, so to save time, I won’t be going over how to use it here. Once the sideburns are removed, the next step
is to create a selection around your subject, so we can cut it out from its background. There are many ways to do this and your choice
should depend on the characteristics of your photo. If your background is just one color, as in this example, use your Magic Wand Tool to make the selection. The “Tolerance” default value is 32, which
is generally fine for one color. Make sure “Contiguous” is checked. “Contiguous” only selects pixels outside your
subject when you click on your background. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ Shift + I. Press “Q” on your keyboard to make the selection into a Quick mask. Next, we’ll draw in shapes inside and around
your subject, which creates the basic shape of our life mask. For this example, I’ll use the Pen Tool. I did an in-depth tutorial on the Pen Tool,
so if you’d like to watch it, I provided its link, as well. We’ll be filling the inside of each of the
closed paths with the quick mask. To add another path, press and hold the Shift key as you click on the first anchor point of the new path. Then, release Shift and draw your new path. Use these steps to create additional paths. If you want more room on your canvas to draw the paths, zoom out by pressing Ctrl or Cmd plus the minus key on your keyboard. We want to make all the paths into selections. To do this, open your Paths panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and Paths. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail to make
selections of the paths. We’ll fill the selections with the quick mask,
but first, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively,
press “D” on your keyboard. Since black is your foreground color, press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the selections with a solid quick mask. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. To fit your document back onto your canvas, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Open back your Layers panel and change your
Quick mask into a selection. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut and copy the
face onto its own layer. Click the eyeball icon next to the background
to hide the layer and double-click the thumbnail of the face to open its Layer Style window. Click Inner Shadow. The color is black, the Blend Mode is Linear
Burn and the opacity is 30%. Uncheck Global Light and make the the Angle:
minus 90 degrees. The Distance is 2 pixels and the Size is 5 pixels. If you’re using a version of Photoshop that
has no plus signs next to the Layer Styles, I’ll show you what to do in a minute. If you do see a plus sign next to Inner Shadow,
click on the plus sign to open an additional Inner Shadow layer style. Click on the new Inner Shadow and this time, pick white. The Blend Mode is Linear Dodge and the Opacity is 15%. Uncheck Global Light and make the Angle: 90 degrees. The Distance is 5 pixels and the Size is 0. Then, click OK. For versions of Photoshop that don’t have
the plus signs next to the layer styles, make a copy of the face layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Double-click “Inner Shadow” of the copy to see it in the Layer Style window. Click the color box and pick white. Then, click OK to close the Color Picker. Change the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and
make the Opacity: 15%. Global Light is unchecked and make the Angle: 90 degrees. Make the Distance: 5 pixels and the Size: 0. Presently, we see the thin highlight along
some of the edges of our image, but we don’t see the thin shadows that we made earlier. To see the highlights and the shadows at the
same time, drag the bottom face layer to the top of the Layers panel and change its Blend
Mode to “Lighten”. Now, we can see the highlights and the shadows. We’ll convert the face layers into one Smart Object. Shift-click on the bottom face to make both layers active. Whether you have two separate layers, as you
see here, or just one face layer that has the two “Inner Shadow” layer styles, either
way, the next step is the same. Click the icon at the upper, right of the
Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. To place the face into the pedestal document,
press “v” to open your Move Tool, drag it onto the tab of the pedestal document. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down onto the image and release. To resize and reposition it, open your Transform
Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. 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. Then, press Enter or Return. Go to Filter, Blur and Smart Blur”. Make the Radius: 3, the Threshold: 25 and
the Quality: Low. Next, we’ll add a shiny, plastic-like texture. Go back to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click “Plastic Wrap”. I’ll make the Highlight Strength: 7, the Detail: 1 and the Smoothness: 15, however, feel free to experiment with these amounts. Lastly, we’ll cast its shadow onto the pedestal. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the face to make a
selection of its shape. Then, Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the New Layer icon
to make a new layer below the active layer. In this empty layer, we’ll fill the selection
with black and since black is the foreground color, press Alt or Option + Delete. Deselect it and open your Transform Tool. Go to the top middle anchor point and press
and hold Ctrl or Cmd as you drag it down and to the right over the pedestal. Then, press Enter or Return. Click the Lock icon, which locks the transparent pixels. We can now affect the shadow, while keeping
the transparent pixels intact . Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the Linear Gradient icon is active. Click the Gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor. Click the “Black, White” thumbnail and click OK. Go to the bottom of the shadow and drag your
Gradient Tool to the right at the same angle as the shadow and release. Change its Blend Mode to Multiply. We’ll remove the shadow on the curtain, but
first, we’ll blur the shadow. Unlock the transparent pixels and go to Filter,
Blur and Gaussian Blur. Make the Radius: 1 pixel and click OK or press
Enter or Return. Since shadows become softer the further away
it is from its source, we’ll do that, as well. Open your Rectangular Marquee Tool and drag it over the top half of the shadow that’s showing on the pedestal. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 50 pixels and click OK. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Drag the Radius approximately 7 to 10 pixels
and click OK. Then, deselect it. Next, we’ll remove the shadow on the curtain. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers panel and
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail of the pedestal to make a selection of its shape. Click the Layer Mask icon to made a layer
mask of the selection next to the shadow. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Brenda Nunez September 19, 2016 at 12:39 am

    This is awesome thanks for sharing!

  • Reply LiveBig7 September 19, 2016 at 12:40 am

    nice effect, would really enjoy something similar in the next tutorial video, thanks.

  • Reply Roland Rick September 19, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Superb as all of your videos 👍👍👍

  • Reply Best World 99 September 19, 2016 at 12:58 am

    your acsent is very well

  • Reply UwU September 19, 2016 at 1:58 am

    your voice is calming

  • Reply tamer saad September 19, 2016 at 1:59 am


  • Reply Marissa Vasquez September 19, 2016 at 2:20 am

    wow thats amazing 🙂 by the way I love that i could see your face 🙂

  • Reply Wayne Reither September 19, 2016 at 2:25 am

    A good tutorial, thanks Marty.

  • Reply Ilse Steurs September 19, 2016 at 2:26 am

    face ! 🙂

  • Reply x jenish x September 19, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I thought you are too young but your thoughts better then younger awesome

  • Reply Khmu Prince September 19, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Marty! As always, you produce awesome tutorial. Always looking forward to your new videos. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  • Reply Emran Mahmud September 19, 2016 at 4:04 am

    You are a real legend !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez September 19, 2016 at 5:31 am


  • Reply Roberto Braicovick September 19, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Grazie Maestro.

  • Reply Anastasia K September 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    So simple and the result looks just great!
    Thank you so much Marty.
    Regards from Greece!

  • Reply Q_GaMeRzZ_8 September 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

    cool 🙌

  • Reply yanik alain September 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    This is the first time i see your face exactly like i imagined it ,you are the best of photoshop tutorst

  • Reply vmetro008 September 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    i am big fan you sir

  • Reply vmetro008 September 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    i am maac student…

  • Reply jpwood6661 September 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Pure genius!!!

  • Reply Aly Nero September 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I am a follower you. Your designs so wonderful I wish you success and progress in innovation
    Ali from Iraq

  • Reply Binty McFrazzles September 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Another great tutorial, Marty. Thanks for the stock. I used a woman's head instead of a man, and didn't use the red curtain and used a black background instead, as I felt it looked more dramatic. I have some more ideas I could do using the technique you've taught here.

  • Reply Héctor Fabio Pachón Muñoz September 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Nice video as usual. I liked to see your face.

  • Reply Bassman Riyadh September 19, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Great work

  • Reply Rodrigo Nunes September 20, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    yes, he exists…o/

  • Reply byan kahwatia September 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    thank you so much

  • Reply Videossimo September 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Impressive as always!

  • Reply Mikael Madsen September 21, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Finally a face to that soothing voice XD

  • Reply Marci Potts September 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    another fabulous tutorial Marty thank you so much for sharing your knowledge once again and it was great to see the face behind The Voice you speak clearly and at a pace that I can understand not like some who talk as if they had two pots of coffee before they made the video 🙂

  • Reply I'll fight u in Comments September 22, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Never thought we'd see his face

  • Reply Cathy Neary September 24, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Cool! Thank you!

  • Reply Jessie Mar Gallano September 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love that i could see your face my beloved teacher 😀

  • Reply Photoshop Automation September 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    i agree ! Thank you Marthy !! Great job as always !!

  • Reply younes yoob October 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    waaaww Finally I see the famous marty
    I kept to imitate the way to say this famous replica "This is Marty from Blue Lighting Tv"

  • Reply Apoorv Sharma October 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Hey Marty, many thanks for all the learning.
    I'm looking for a tutorial to convert a video file into images for a printed flipbook. Please share any link or video for the same if any. You are amazing

  • Reply Shobin Drogan November 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I've used your techniques so many times on different assignments combining with other ideas, didn't have the time to say thank you for all these videos.

  • Reply misskeyboardcat November 30, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I just wanted to let you know that you are the best PS tutorial channel! 🙂 Also, your voice is really calming. I like that you have patience but you aren't slow. I usually 'listen' to your instructions while I practice. BTW, nice to see your face in screen! 🙂

  • Reply AJ Ventura June 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I really appreciate the work you put into these videos. So many times I have found a tutorial only for it to be someone racing through clicking on stuff without telling you anything of what they are doing and calling that a tutorial. Thank you so much for your hard work!

  • Reply Yaman Kain September 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Looks Real Artwork Piece…. Awesome work sir…

  • Reply Jay Hokka December 28, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Amazing tutorial !
    I would love to see a tutorial like this with a beardy face man ! 🙂

  • Reply Kings Creation jbp January 6, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Sir psd link is not open.

  • Reply joubelin23 March 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This is Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Golam Rabbani Sourov April 28, 2018 at 9:14 am

    very helpful

  • Reply Jummo Media August 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    thanks man i truly love u and your ps skill

  • Reply Android Bani December 7, 2018 at 12:23 am

    Looks Real Artwork i like this

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  • Reply Steve Carlson January 19, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Good video. I like how you highlight the mouse where your clicking and the pace of your videos.

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