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Photoshop Tutorial : How to apply tattoos

Joe Ghalbouni, I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!

Photoshop Tutorial : How to apply tattoos

Joe Ghalbouni, I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!

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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Promo Tuto 4

    • 2. Intro

    • 3. Step 1 - Tattoo Definition

    • 4. Step 2 - Tattoo Application

    • 5. Step 3 - Lights Rendering

    • 6. Step 4 - Different type of tattoos

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Learn through this easy step by step tutorial how to apply a tattoo in a realistic way! 

Through this tutorial you will learn the following skills:

  • Playing with filters
  • Changing Hue/Saturation
  • Use the "Image Transform" tool
  • Change layer blending modes
  • Change layer Opacity/Filld0b89940

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Joe Ghalbouni

I aim to teach in a fun and useful way!


"LearningWhilePracticing" has one of the most practical approaches when it comes to learning. Our goal is to let you be operational as quickly as possible while at the same grasping all the concepts required. Being able to work on your projects through a software while learning it at the same time, is a source of motivation that will make you go further.

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Exercise Files: For each video, exercise files are provided in the ressources section. That way, you will be able to work on the exact same ... See full profile

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1. Promo Tuto 4: learning or practicing allow you to become familiar with skills in a software while doing a fun project. At the same time, you'll be able to feel operational while same time learning new concepts. Now, in this tutorial, gonna be learning how to life enters to play with the hue and saturation. To apply an image transform play with different layer blending modes and finally they with the layer opacity on Phil. So if you want to be learning all those skills while doing a very fun project, don't hesitate to start this tutorial right now. 2. Intro: hi and welcome to Premium for a shop tutorial Number four from the Siri's off Learning While practicing today, we're gonna learn together how to apply a tattoo on the skin and make it look as realistic as possible. This tutorial is divided into four steps. The first step tattoo definition will concerning how to turn a regular picture into a tattoo. Step two Tattoo application will concern How can I apply the tattoo on the skin and actually make it look realistic? Step three. Rendering light. It will concern how to change the lights applied on the tattoo in order for it to be in harmony with the whole picture. I'm applying it in and four different type of tattoos. We're going to see how we can play with a different layer, blending modes in order to give the tattoo a different aspect as a matter off taste 3. Step 1 - Tattoo Definition: I'm going to start with Step one. The two definition. Now, regarding step one. I just open the tattoo dot PNG picture that you can find in the exercise fights in the project, which is a beautiful drawing, a beautiful digital painting off a dragon. Now I'm gonna turn this painting into a tattoo, okay? No, this is just the first step. And the first thing that I'm going to do is first off all choose suitable color that looks like the ink off a tattoo. Now, a mistake that is commonly made when people start to work on for a shop and try to apply fake tattoos is using the black color for the ink of the tattoo, which is actually not the color that you should use. The color that you should use is a greyish green color. Now, in order to do that, the first thing I'm gonna do is go to images adjustment, and I'm going to go to photo filter where I'm going to choose the green color right there and apply a full density of 100% while preserving the luminosity. Now I'm giving the green tint all over my dragon picture. But with the luminosity preserved. Now, if I untech this, you'll see it's just a whole bunch of ring color. So I don't want that. I want to keep it like this. And that is the first step that I'm going to do now as a second step. Since the color is extremely powerful compared to an actual tattoo, I'm going to go to image adjustments and to hue and saturation. Now, in a hue and saturation mode, I'm going to decrease the saturation, not all the way because of the rise, it will just be agreed. A gray sorry color. I'll just apply a saturation that is just enough for it to show the grayish color, but also with a great dominant color. And for the Hugh, I'm gonna go a bit more towards the green in order for me to give that greyish green color that I'm looking for while I am applying a tattoo and I'm gonna hit. Okay, now, the last thing I want to do is to give my tattoo and aspect as if it was really drawn by an artist. So what I'm gonna do is go to filter, filter gallery and I'm gonna choose the ink outlines now in the ink outlines, I have three variables that I can use the stroke length, which, if I go all the way up, it will be like you lose. You know, so many off the details. And if it's it's like you have a certain stroke off a brush that has been applied all over the different points of the picture, and I don't want to go all the way down. Otherwise it will look as if I did nothing. I just want to go enough so that I can still see some details, but it's It starts to look as if it was drawn, so I have applied the value. Three. Because it's the value at which the I is the last, most visible. Okay, most visible eye is at three for the brushstroke. Now for the dark intensity. It's how much dark has been applied to the picture, how much I want to put the dark into emphasis. Okay, so I'm playing with the dark intensity right here in order for the dark to appear not as well as contrasted as it should be, but I don't want also to suppress all the details So I believe value off almost 28 is good and for the light intensity. So if I go all the way up, it will saturate the picture. But if I go all the way down, I start losing the information on the light part. So I'm going to go with the value off around. Let's say 14 14 is good and I click OK, and that concludes step one. 4. Step 2 - Tattoo Application: now regarding step to the two application. The first thing I'm gonna go I'm going to be doing is hit the control and a on my keyboard inward. Select all my layer right here and hit control C in order to copy it. And I go to the Manchester Jay Peak, which you can also find exercise files. I'm going to define a new layer right here, layer one. And I'm gonna hit control V in order to paste. Now that my tattoo has been pasted, I'm gonna hit control T in order to have the free transform, I'm gonna hit the shift key on my keyboard and I'm gonna reduce the size. The reason I hit the shift key is for it to stay proportional, to stay with the same height and width relatively to each other. Now that I have it here and I want to put it, for example, on the pectoral muscle, I'm gonna hit the control key in order for me to be able to distort the image so that he can can take the shape that I want. Okay. I wanted to take the shape of the pectoral muscle because here the pectoral muscle is, you know, like it's bulging. So I wanted to take the form that I want. So I'm gonna play with these in order to change the shape. I can also reduce it a bit. Now, if I reduce it to the shift key, it's going to reduce it according to the new dimensions I gave it and I'm gonna hit. And so if I look at it, of course, it's not completely so. It still looks extremely fake, but I can take an idea off. How does my tattoo look? According to the body, Is it placed they where I wanted to be or do I want to change it? You could, for example, for fun. Try to put the tattoo on the shoulder, on the bicep, on the abs anywhere you want, okay? Or on the forearm right here. It's also a good idea. So once my tattoo has been applied and the dimensions have been changed accordingly, the first thing I'm gonna do is duplicate this layer right here, which I'm gonna call there, too, and I'm gonna have to layers off the tattoo. Now. The reason I'm doing this is because I want to keep the main layer up right here. My main layer will now be layer two and which I'm gonna just tight for a moment. And layer one is gonna be what's going to start making the tattoo look, Really? What I'm going to do with Layer one is the following. And now, if you've ever seen a video or ever so a friend get it that or got it that to yourself. You know that when the tattoo artist uses the needle and start to do the shape of the tattoo, well, blood comes out and then he uses a small piece off cotton in orderto wipe the blood out of the skipped. While he's wiping the blood out of the skin. It does wipe a bit off the ink, so I have a bit off smudging effect. Okay, that happens on the tattoo. In order for me to simulate the smudging effect, I'm gonna select layer wine, lay on one, right right there. I'm going to go to filter Blur, and I'm going to use the motion blur. Now. The motion blur, as you can see, simulates smudging effect right here. Okay, so in motion, Blur is the type of where you would see when people would take pictures while they are in motion. Okay, so that's the blurring effect that you get. So usually it happens when the shutter of the camera is slower than the motion that is happening. So I'm gonna hit now, Okay, when I'm gonna re activate the layer over it. So now you can see I'm starting to have those marks right here that I want. Now I'm going to re arrange them in order for them to appear a bit more under the tattoo. So I make sure layer one is selected and I go and select the smudge tool. I say, like the smudge tool with a strength off approximately 15%. And I right, click and make sure to select soft brush. OK? And now I'm gonna be smudging like this, Okay, In order for them to be underneath the layer off interest, I could also do this for them to appear right under the surface. Okay, just for me to give that effect, cause I need to give an effect of the tattoo as if it was drawn by an actual artist. So if I hit the layer to now, you see what it looks like after the smudging has happened. Okay, now it really looks as if it was wiped out. Now, what I'm going to be doing is changing the blending mode off the layer. So for layer one and layer to I'm gonna choose a multiply blending mode. So the multiply blending mode will calculate automatically the color association according to what's on the background. Okay? And in order for me toe, start making it realistic. I'm going to change the Phil and the opacity for each layer. Now, for layer one, I go with an opacity off 55%. And with the Phil off 60% now, keep in mind that those are values that I have been using experimentally so you could change the values as well and see what suits your needs. If you've used a different muscle to apply the tattoo and you might need different values, so just do them accordingly. For the first for the layer to the upper layer. I keep the opacity at 100% because it needs to look, you know, full the I don't want to remove any detail from the tattoo, but I changed the field so that the color doesn't get very strong. I don't play on the capacity as much as I play on the color and how it looks on the skin. And there you go. So you start to have something that is starting to look pretty realistic. OK, now off course. You know that when a tattoo is drawn as much as it is detailed, it's not detail as a picture. So I still need to apply a bit off a blurring effect on the main layer right here. So I'm gonna go to Filter to Blur, and I'm gonna go to go Schindler now in Goche in Blur, I can choose any blurring radius I want. No, of course, I don't want to go all the way to the edge, but I personally chose courageous off their 0.3 pixels. It's where I start to feel the difference and where I still have much clarity. So if I remove here the preview, you can see that I have some details. And if I activated, it's still look pretty detailed, but not as much as you know, in case it wasn't a tattoo. So in cases that that I believe that this is the best way for it to look. Now, one last thing that I want to do. I'm gonna pick the Blur tour right here. I'm going to go with the strength off 15% and I make sure that my brush that is selected is a soft brush. And I'm going to apply a bit off a blurring here on the edges. So I just click gently. Just as I'm doing can hear the clicking sound so just gently right here on the borders so that it gets, you know, merit to the skin, and that concludes step two. 5. Step 3 - Lights Rendering: now regarding Step three Randa, Ring lights. What I'm going to do is apply the same lighting for the tattoo. As for the main picture off the men right here. So what I'm gonna do is first off all double this layer right here. I'm gonna duplicate it, Okay? Rightly can duplicate the main layer right here. I'm gonna hide the tattoos for a bit, and I'm gonna go to image adjustment and posterized when I post arise, it's actually a plug in to turn the image into a poster. Okay, But when I turn it into a poster, I can start to see how the light actually is defined within this picture. So I go to around level four, Let's say for this picture, okay? When I go around level for I can start to see how the light is defined. So here is the most important part of the light the white light. Here it's a bit darker and here darker, darker, darker, etcetera. And I'm gonna hit. OK, now I'm going to go with an opacity off around 55% okay for this layer, and I'm going to reactivate the tattoos right here. Now that the tattoos have bean reactivated. I'm gonna go to filter render, and I'm going to use lighting effects. But first, I want to make sure that layer to is selected because that's the main layer onto which I'm going to be doing this. So I go to Blur. Sorry to render lighting effects. Okay, so now I have my lighting spot right here. I'm gonna hit the alky and use the scroll wheel in order for me to go back. And this is the lighting spot that I have now the lighting spot that I have. I need to see which their direction seemed the most suitable. And for me, it's this direction. So I need my source to be right here and to be giving light around that way for the tattoo . Now, if I expand the scale, it's gonna give the tattoo a lighter color. If I go all the way down, it's gonna reduce it. So I believe that if I want to respect those edges that I have, I'm going to put this right on the edge right here, okay? And I am going to play with the intensity in order for it to give an effect to the tattoo. I believe that an intensity off around 48 is or let's say 53 is pretty acceptable. Okay, so now I have defined my tattoo in order for it to look as the lighting, being the same as the picture in the background. So I'm going to reduce this a bit right here. I'm really going to give as much lighting effect as possible, not also gonna go over the edge. And I believe this is good and I'm gonna hit. Okay, and this concludes Step three. 6. Step 4 - Different type of tattoos: Now what I'm gonna be doing is deleting this background since I don't need it anymore. And as you can see no, my tattoo obeys the lighting that is contained within the main picture. So if I go all the way back here in the history, if I go before the lighting effect, let's go before the pasteurized. This is how it waas and this is how it is. As you can see, it did go some change, Aunt, those changes are actually in accordance with the lighting off the whole picture. Now I can say that my tattoo looks pretty realistic and that concludes Step three Now, regarding step for it concerns into which type of flavor blending mode I want to use in order for the tattooed to look in a different kind off if you want artistic behavior and artistic pattern. So, for example, if I want Teoh to make it look as if it was drawn in tow Hannah, I can go to sub strapped right here for both off this layers and this is what you get. You get something brownish. It does look like a henna tattoo. Okay, so this is not bad. I can also use, for example, the dark, the darker color right here. Okay, which also gives me something pretty good. Okay, It's not bad at all. Gives me some beautiful color. And I can also use, for example, for both of them. The color burn. Okay, which will also give me something pretty beautiful, like a fire. So it's up to you. Okay. It's up to you to choose if you want the most realistic that I go for a multiply landing mode, OK? And this is what you get. I think that this is the most adequate and the most realistic. So this tutorial is extremely helpful for people who are tattoo artists, for example, and who want to show a client how a tattoo would look on them on different models. You can take any picture that you want, and you can transform it on the plight as a tattoo. Okay, I hope you enjoy this tutorial on Stay tuned for more to come