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Photoshop Tutorial: FACE PAINT! How to Paint Graphics onto a Face.

Photoshop Tutorial: FACE PAINT! How to Paint Graphics onto a Face.

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to paint images onto someone’s face! This effect works great
for flags and sports team logos! Before we begin, I want to mention that this tutorial utilizes features from Adobe’s current version of Photoshop that’s included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. For a limited time, my viewers can receive a 20% discount when you subscribe or upgrade to this plan. It’s only $7.99 per month! Click the link in my video’s description to get the discount. Open an image of someone you’d like to use for this project. It’s best your subject is facing directly into the camera. I downloaded this image from Also, find an graphic that you’d like to paint onto the face. For this
example, I’ll use the New York Mets logo. The first thing we’ll do is to convert your
subject into a Smart Object, so we can modify it nondestructively. It’ll also allows us
to replace the subject at any time without having to redo all the effects. Click the
icon at the upper, right of the the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Open back the list and click “Duplicate Layer”. Open the fly-out Document list and click,
“New”. Type in “Displacement”. Then, click OK. This duplicate layer will be used as a
“displacement map”, which will warp the graphic around the contours of the face. Go to Filter,
Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll blur it 3 pixels, however, you may want to adjust this amount
depending on the size and resolution of your image. Blur your image approximately this
much. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Black White”. This removes all the
color from your image. Go to File and “Save As”. Save it to your Desktop as a Photoshop
PSD file and click “Save”. If you see this message, click OK. Click the “x” on the right
of the tab of the Displacement file to close it. Next, we’ll make a selection around the
face of your subject. There are many ways to do this and your method should depend on
the characteristics of your image. For this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool
with a radius of 10 pixels. If you’re using this tool, as well, you may want to adjust
the radius amount depending on your image’s size and resolution. Drag your tool over your
subject’s face, but not the ears and neck. To remove areas, press and hold Alt or Option
as you drag your tool over those areas. Click the Refine Edge button or go to Select and
Refine Edge. Check Smart Radius and brush over the hairline. Smart Radius automatically
adapts the radius to the image edges. Output it as a “Layer Mask” and click OK. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Black White”. Drag the face layer mask over the top layer
mask to replace it. If you see this message, click “Yes”. To see the color of the eyes,
we need to reveal them through the layer mask. First, zoom into the eyes by pressing “z”
on your keyboard and drag the tool over the eyes. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker.
We’ll take care of the size in a moment. Make sure the Hardness is 0% and the Opacity and
Flow are 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To make your brush bigger or smaller, press
the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Brush inside both eyes to reveal their colors. To fit your image back onto your screen, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Open a graphic that you’d like to paint onto the face. Convert it into a Smart Object. Press “v” to open your Move
Tool and drag the graphic onto the tab of your subject. Without releasing your computer
mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and release. To see your subject under it,
reduce the graphic’s opacity. To resize it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl
or Cmd + T. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt
or Option + Shift as you drag the Transform to a size smaller than the face. Drag it to
the center and if you need to, adjust its size, so it sits approximately between the
cheekbones. Then, press Enter or Return. Go to Filter, Distort and Pinch. Zoom out of
its Preview window, so you can see your entire graphic. Drag the Amount to approximate the
amount of curve of your subject’s face. For this example, I’ll make it minus 78 and click OK. Let’s finesse its shape more, so it sits comfortably over the face. Open your Transform
Tool and when you see this message, it’s essentially telling us that the bulging effect of our
graphic will be be temporarily turned off as we use the Transform Tool. Click OK. Make
it smaller, go to the middle of the side and when you see a horizontal, double-arrow, press
and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in. Then, press Enter or Return. Continue
to adjust it until your happy with its size and shape. Make its opacity: 50% and change
its Blend Mode to “Color Burn”. Next, we’ll wrap it around the contours of the face. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Make the Horizontal and Vertical scales: 5, “Stretch
to Fit” and Repeat Edge Pixels”. Then, click OK. On your Desktop, click the “Displacement”
PSD file that your saved earlier. Then, click “Open”. Next, hide the areas of the graphic
that extend past our subject’s face, as well as, reveal the eyes through the graphic. To
do this, press and hold Alt or Option as you drag a copy of the face layer mask next to
the graphic. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Vibrance”. To confine the Vibrance
adjustment layer to just the graphic on the face, drag a copy of the face layer mask on
top of the vibrance layer mask. As before, click, “Yes” to replace the Layer Mask. Click the Vibrance icon and drag the Vibrance slider to 100 and make the Saturation 20. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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100 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: FACE PAINT! How to Paint Graphics onto a Face.

  1. Problem: I get to where I have to change the color of the eyes but when I brush it nothing happens

    Edit: It won't put color on the black and white parts, it makes the clored parts black and white. I'm selecting the right layer too

  2. Pinch FAILS every time for me. It seems like its distorting a much bigger image and not just my graphic, so I cant get the rounded shape. Anyone help?

  3. when im trying to revel eyes using brush tool.. its getting painted in black colour. And in ps cc2017.. i have select and mask instead of refine edge.. in that when i select refine edge and select with brush,.. nothing happens and smart radius get deselected on its own plz reply and help soon.

  4. When I select the face with the quick selection tool, it is insanely aliased in the refine edge window, whereas yours is nice and smooth. Why?

  5. Hi! I've been watching your video tutorials recently, because I wanted to enhance my skills and learn photoshop. And your tutorials are amazing and are easy to catch up. Thank you for making videos. You deserve way more subs! Keep up the good work! x

  6. Please do a video on digital painting
    Cuz u r explaning briefly.. So we can understand it much simpler
    Hope u will respond😍

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  8. When I try open my displacement it says "Could not continue. Displacement maps must be 8bits/pixel". How can I fix this so that it works?

    Edit: fixed it! for anyone else that has this issue just go to your logo/flag image, then go image>mode>8bit/channel

  9. I'm putting a blue, white and red flag on my subject and I followed all of these steps, but the end product has come out a little grey just in the part of the face where the blue part of the flag is? Is there any way I can fix this?

  10. First of all i disliked becuse it failed the tutorial
    after a year i redo it and i succesfully photoshoped my friend
    now i leaved a lke

  11. Didn't work for me. Is it cause the subject in my portrait has dark skin? the color of the "face paint" is totally off and I followed everything step for step.

  12. It seems like most people are having a problem at 7:03 after changing the blending mode to color burn, the face that's not covered with the logo remains black and white, anyone know the solution?

  13. I tried something similar but i just can't get the same tone of the skin on the human face , it comes out very dark and not the same in appearance as the original animal skin

  14. I followed all ur instructions but when i change blending option of the logo to color burn the result was very bad

  15. When I try make Distort and Displace … " Could not continue. Displacement maps must be 8 bitspixel." ! What I doing wrong ??? I try few times go step by step and same . Help pls t continue. Displacement maps must be 8 bits/pixel.

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