In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design an Interesting Facial Manipulation with Tree Roots Texture in Photoshop. This is an intermediate tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try :)
Along the way, we will practice some pen tool selection technique, image adjustments, layer mask and filter effect.
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Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)
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To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:
Create a new document with black background (size doesn’t really matter here, I used 700px * 700px). Load the portrait image into Photoshop, use Pen tool to select the face area:
Make this path a selection, copy an paste the selection onto our document, resize and place it in the centre:
Use a soft eraser to remove the edges of the face in order to blend it into the background:
We will manipulate the face in this step – firstly, use the downloaded grunge brushes as eraser, erase some part of the face off as shown below:
Use the Burn Tool (Shadow, 15% exposure) on top of the following areas to prepare for the later adjustment layers:
Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this face layer:
Black and White
and here is the effect so far:
Create a new layer under the face layer, use a soft orange brush to paint some fire shape as shown below:
Create another layer on top and paint some yellow colour with a soft brush:
Go back to the black and white adjustment layer in the previous step – on its adjustment layer, use a soft eraser to remove some parts around left eye:
Now we will add the roots into the photo. Load the roots image into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below:
Copy and paste the selection onto the canvas, then apply this reduce noise filter to this texture:
Use a soft eraser to tidy up the edges, you will have the following effect:
Add the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this texture layer:
Black and White
and you will have the following effect:
Put all these layers into a layer folder, duplicate this folder a few times and scatter them around the face, as shown below:
You can also use the liquify filter to add some flowing effect around the edge of the roots, as shown below:
Now we can add some overlay highlights around the eye and forehead area: use a soft brush with overlay blending mode to paint to the area shown below:
We can add some flying lines around the canvas: firstly we can draw a blue line with 1px hard brush:
Then use the liquify filter to warp this line as shown below to add some flowing effect:
Then, create a new layer on top of this blue line layer and set it clipping mask , use a soft white brush to paint a dot on the front tip of the line, change the blending mode of this white dot to “overlay”. This will add some highlight to this line:
Put those two layer into a folder, duplicate this folder a few times and scatter them around the canvas, as shown below:
You can also paint some lines over the left eye to add some motion into the picture:
We’re almost done! In the final step, we can further add some grungy texture with the grunge brushsets we downloaded around the face area:
Use a colour balance adjustment layer around the left eye area to enhance it’s yellow colour:
Hint: draw a selection around the eye using a 20px feather lasso tool, then add a colour balance adjustment layer. This way mask will apply automatically on this adjustment layer.
I then further added some colour and light adjustments 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!