Create Stone Face Wrapped by Tree Roots in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Stone Face Wrapped by Tree Roots in Photoshop. This effect looks complicated but it’s in fact easy to create. You do need have some knowledge of image adjustments and layer blending.

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We will apply the stone texture onto the face first, then work on the tree roots. We will finalise the effect with lighting and cloud effect.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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 by Random-Acts-Stock


Tree Root

Step 1

Note: If you’re having difficulty with applying stone texture in this step, please have a look at this video tutorial below:

Create a new document sized 800px * 1132px with white blackground. Grab the Gradient Fill tool and set its option to be “Radial Gradient”, and fill the background layer with colours as shown below:

1 grad

Load the model image into Photoshop and copy out the facial area. Paste it to our document and re-size the layer and position it as the canvas centre. Use a soft eraser to face the edges as shown below:

1 resize

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping mask to the face layer:

Black and White

1 bw


1 lvs


1 curves

Load the stone texture into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, resize the new layer to roughly the size of the face, then set it as clipping mask to the layer below:

1 clip

Use a soft eraser to remove part of the stone off the top:

1 erase top stone

Apply the following black and white adjustment layer as shown below:

1 bw stone

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Load the tree root stock image into Photoshop. Select a piece of the tree root as shown below:

2 sel

Then copy and paste the selection to our document. Re-size and attach it to the face bottom left. Use a soft eraser to remove the edge to it blends into the face. Depending on your selection above, your result might be different to mine:

2 attach

Use a hard brush, remove parts of the roots as shown below:

2 erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the tree root layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Repeat the above process, add another tree root on the top:

2 top

Step 3

We will add some stone texture in the background. Select another piece of stone from the stock image:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection, place it below the face layer, and use a soft eraser to fade it as shown below:

3 place

Apply the following black and white adjustment to this stone layer:

3 bw

Add some more stone texture below the face layer – this time put it around the forehead:

3 more stone

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We can use a cloud brush to paint some cloud/smoke effect behind the face to add some dynamics to the image:

4 cloud

Use a particle brush to paint some particles around the face:

4 part

Step 5

In this final step, we will add some touch-ups to the image. Create a new layer and use a soft white brush to paint some lighting effect around the cheek/lips area:

5 highlight

Create a new layer and paint some cloud around with a cloud brush:

5 more cloud

Add the following adjustment layers on top:


5 lvs


5 curves

and here is my final effect for this Photoshop tutorial: (click to enlarge)


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


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • G3n3tiX

    That’s freakn awesome..

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