In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design a Unique Wooden Face with Fiery Eye and Tear in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

The idea of this manipulation comes from browsing some ancient stone statue image on the internet – I decided to make something similar in Photoshop.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Face

Tree Bark

Fire

Step 1

Create a new document with a black background (size doesn’t matter), load the face image into Photoshop, use the pen tool to draw a path as shown below:

Make a selection of this path by right-clicking within the path and choose “Make Selection”: (set to 1px feather)

Copy and paste the selection on our document, resize and centre it:

Use a soft eraser to remove the edges of the face (especially the back) as shown below:

Step 2

Add the following adjustments layer over the face layer as clipping mask:

Black and white

Levels

Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

Curves

and you will have the following effect:

Step 3

Now we will add the wood texture. Load the tree bark image into Photoshop, select the following area:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, resize and rotate it as shown below:

Make this layer a clipping mask, and change the blending mode to “overlay”:

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask again for this wood layer:

Black and white

Levels

Go back to the wood layer, use a soft eraser to remove some parts of the wood texture to reveal some skin:

and you will have the following effect so far:

Step 4

Now we will make the fiery eye. Load the fire image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

Smooth the edge out with the following refine edge filter settings:

Warp the fire texture as shown below to adjust its shape:

Change the blending mode of this fire layer to “hard light”, and remove the edges with a soft eraser:

Duplicate this fire layer once and change the layer blending mode of the duplicated layer to “Screen”, layer opacity to around 50%. You will have the following effect:

Step 5

We will now add some tear drop to the eye. Use the fire image and select the following portion:

Copy and paste the selection over the image, resize it and attach the smaller version to the eye, use a soft eraser to remove the edges to form a teary effect:

Use either a cloud brush or cloud filter to add some cloud effect around the face (this cloud layer should be under the face layer):

Step 6

Now let’s add some shining hair for the model. To do this, create a new layer and paint a white dot as shown below:

Use the liquify filter to warp the line as shown below, until it forms some sorts of hairy effect:

Duplicate this layer a few times and attach them to the head area:

I then use some abstract brushes to add some textures around the model, you can find plenty of those brushes on the internet:

I then further added some colour effect onto the image, and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!