Create Cyborg Human Face Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating a cyborg human face photo manipulation in Photoshop. We will use a number of photo manipulation techniques to merge several objects into one piece, and apply image adjustments to fine-tune each of the objects to achieve the desired effect.

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This is an immediate level tutorial and some steps can be a little tricky, have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – 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:

Model

Old factory stock 1

Old factory stock 2

Abstract Brushset (pick a few sets from the list)

Note: This tutorial utilises heavily on layer mask techiques – if you have any difficulty with layer mask, please check out this video tutorial below:

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 800px with white background. Load the model stock into Photoshop and select the facial area as shown below:

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, reduce its size and place it at the center of the canvas:

Apply the following Unsharp Mask filtter settings to sharpen this face layer a little:

Use the eraser tool to fade the edges of the face as shown below:

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to the face layer:

Black and White

Set the layer blending mode of this black and white adjustment layer to “Hard Light”:

Then add the following layer mask on this black and white adjustment layer:

Curves

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

We will starting the mechanical parts into the image in the step. Load the “Factory stock 1” image into Photoshop and select the pipe on the top:

Copy and paste the selection over to our image and adjust its size as shown below:

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this new pipe layer:

Black and White

Levels

and here is your effect so far:

Repeat the above steps and add another pipe on top: (with a different angle)

Step 3

We will keep adding more mechanical parts to the image. Select this round piece from the “Factory stock 1” image:

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, resize and place it onto the following position:

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to it:

Black and White

Levels

and here is the effect you will have so far:

Repeat the above step and add more of these mechanical pieces to our image – use free transform tool to rotate and resize the pieces as you see fit.

You will aim to achieve the following effect:

Step 4

We will add more mechanical piece into the image. Load the “Factory stock 2” image into Photoshop and select the bottom one as shown below:

Copy and paste the selection over to our image, place the new layer below the face layer and use a cloud or smoke brush (you should find lots of them on Google) as eraser, remove portions of it as shown below:

Optionally, you can a few low visibility meters to the image (set layer opacity to around 20%):

Step 5

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can add a few brush patterns below the face with the abstract brush sets you downloaded:

The strokes on the right were added with a 20px Round Point Stiff brush:

and erase parts of it with the eraser tool:

I further added the colour balance of this image with a few colour balance and curves adjustment layers, and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

You can check out the following video tutorial on how to add colours with adjustment layers:

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

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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