Design a Unique Wooden Face with Fiery Eye and Tear in Photoshop

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:


Tree Bark


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


Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:


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


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!

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  • Great tutorial. I like final output.

  • AnnaAn

    the link to FIRE do not have the file anymore. There are only wall textures

  • AnnaAn

    I found ur link to the right fire. I think this is the one

  • Looks like they changed the link url – fixed now :)

  • wow cool tutorial!

  • Wonderful tutorials, really great job, thanks for the share!

  • wid

    very great effect….cool imaging..!

  • Didiercen

    Great Tuto, like the final result…

  • Matt – Attitude Graphic Design

    Amazing effect – love the effect on the eyes. The liquify tool tip is especially useful so thanks for that…

  • Rmi Enquiry

     Do you have any tutorial for the smoke?

  • raycar figuracion

     Do you have any tutorial for the smoke?

  • Quiver

    First of all hello mister,

     I admire your work for almost a year now and I find nessecery to point that your tutorials helped me A LOT, and i mean a lot. I’d like to ask something, I’ve seen in your guides that you almost never show the last steps about the colours you put (and  thats not a judgement, i wouldn’t myself and im neither askin you to do this) but could you make a guide or something that explains how u put such colours on a Black n White image with steps like hue and saturation if I’m guessing right(?) etc.
    Best regards 

  • فرزاد کمالی فر

    so simple and beauty

  • Shekhar


  • @Shekhar: the end result won’t always to be the exact same as the one on tutorial. There are lots of skills involved :) Practice hard.
    If you have something needed clarifying, please let me know.


  • Annoyed

    I gave up with this, it was already going badly – then I reached the liquify part and it just outright pissed me off. Show us the settings, brush size etc. I couldn’t make it do anything near like what you pictured.

  • Bokeh

    This is one lovley TUT, and to leave final step is good, practice hard and you will reach it one day!

  • Amit Kumar

    hi very great effect .. do u have any video tut for this coz some of steps is little tricky nd its helpful for beginners like me

  • vikash

    i m unable to add colour effect plz plz plz help

  • Harsh Tanwar

    can you give me that cloud brush i reaaly need that and i appreciate ur work, i use cs5

  • Kal

    Its really confusing. Shallow explanation and few pics I think. I’m a noob at PS, but this is really vague. I’m stuck at Step 2: Do I keep the clipping mask till the end of the Step, do I release at some point ? I’m releasing the clipping mask and when I create the Level Layer with Mask I just don’t know how to get this shadowy effect. I’ll keep on trying, but someone please enhance this tutorial for us noobs.