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Adding Texture to the Skin
By Photoshop Star Staff, 2 January, 2009 with 24 Comments
Basically, in this tutorial Im going to be showing you how to add texture to the skin like the one in
the below image.
Firstly, start by finding a stock photo that you can add the texture to. For example, you can use this one
or you can of course, go to Google Images and look up some picture you are interesting in. Also you need
to find some appropriate stone texture. You can do it in the same way or feel free to use mine. Ok, now
open up both of your photos in Photoshop, you can either keep it at its current size of resize it down
a little bit if you want. After that bring the texture picture to the canvas with the mans face:
Flip this texture vertical with Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical and set opacity up to 50% for this layer:
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Ok, then mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Multiply with opacity of 80%. After that apply Edit
> Transform > Warp to transform the texture as on picture below:
This texture will cover the face and we need one more for the neck covering. Copy the stone texture one
more time to our canvas and then change layer mode to the Multiply for the new layer, also set opacity
to 80% up. After that resize it a little bit and transform is as below using Edit > Transform > Warp like on
picture below:
Now its time to compose two different texture layers in one and cut away the textures out the skin
area. Hide the upper layer (click on the eye, which indicates layer visibility) and go to lower layer with the
texture. Select the Eraser Tool and a soft round brush about 20 px and process the edges to get the
picture like mine:
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Go back to the hidden layer and make it visible again. Now process its edges in the same way.
Merge two of these layers and change layer mode to Multiply again. Then you might want to make more
sharpen this layer. Get out the Sharpen Tool and a soft round brush about 400 px and make a little
sharpen work:
Now I would like to clear eyes area from the texture. To do this use the Eraser Tool and a soft round
brush about 10 px:
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Time to make the texture three-dimensional. For this effect use Dodge Tool (Range: Highlights, Exposure:
35%) and Burn Tool (Range: Shadows, Exposure: 40%) to make some parts of the face more brightness
and bring some shadows to the dark parts. Try to do it more realistic.
Now I would like to bring mans clothes some sharpness. Use the Sharpen Tool (Size: 90px, Mode:
Normal, Strength: 50%) to get the picture similar to this:
Looks good! Isnt it? But we are not finished yet! Now time to add some color to the skin. Use Select >
Load Selection to create selection as on picture below, after that create a new layer and fill the selected
area with color of #331e01:
Remove the selection with Ctrl+D and change the layer mode for this layer to Color:
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After creating a new color for the mans skin I think we should add some cold hue to his face. For this
effect select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (Feather: 100 px) and make selection as on picture below:
Then use Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation with similar settings to these:
Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Now we have an effect like this one:
Looks great! To finish off the tutorial select the Eraser Tool and a soft round brush with size of 100 px
and make clear the lower part of the face and neck, but a little bit!
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That is it for now! Read this tutorial, make it and enjoy your own cool pictures! Also thanks for visiting
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24 Responses
Coralondon says:
January 22, 2009 at 5:19 am
Very much enjoyed this one
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vipin_vijay says:
January 27, 2009 at 2:05 am
juanic says:
January 29, 2009 at 6:46 am
this is Perfect, how you can find a genius design like this
wolfpro says:
February 11, 2009 at 3:06 am
Very good
Thaba says:
September 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm
Excellent tutorial, Id like to translate it to spanish and post it in my blog, what do you think? Of course im
going to give the credit to this site.
shivapp says:
December 30, 2009 at 4:32 am
I could not do that.
please help me about that.
I s it possible that I send my photo to you and you do it for me?
sushil says:
February 10, 2010 at 12:42 am
very good to see this work
ahmed5005 says:
February 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm
nice design , thnx
shamss says:
March 3, 2010 at 5:38 am
tido says:
September 5, 2010 at 6:46 am
Great work bud!
Kush Kumar says:
September 6, 2010 at 10:54 am
I tried this texture with Danny Craig
Looks god..
Kush says:
September 7, 2010 at 10:25 am
This one is too good
Tried it on Daniel Craig 007
yusran says:
September 28, 2010 at 9:16 am
thanks a lot 4 this tutorial!
love it!
kimsyajarah says:
October 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm
great!!! well done with the tutorial
Keize says:
October 19, 2010 at 12:19 am
Could not get the selection to fill with a color. That is the only step I couldnt figure out. Help me out if you
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can. Thanks
Farhan Liaquat says:
February 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm
i m having the same problem , had you figure it out ??
Marcus McGraw says:
March 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm
Instead of Selection > Load Selection where it doesnt fill correctly I created a new layer over the stone
texture, traced the layout with the lasso tool, then took the eyes out, and filled with the paint bucket tool
and changed the layer mode to color, then continued on.
Mark says:
October 19, 2010 at 12:53 am
Very Cool,Thanks!
rom says:
October 19, 2010 at 11:24 am
This tutorial is very hard with begginer . They dont know how to arrange the layer that you told it was
very complicate . But this tut is great , anyway . Thanks alot
Mr. Man says:
November 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Very cool effect! Im gonna use this in the future
proud to be Egyption says:
February 14, 2011 at 1:57 am
very nice tutorial i have learnt alot ..thanks
Kate Weeden says:
December 30, 2011 at 2:59 am
Hello! Could you please tell me what is the exact name of this Photoshop program?
kate says:
November 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm
myranda says:
February 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm
i would have changed somethings but good overal
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