Photoshop Tutorial: How to Add Realistic Tattoos to Your Body

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Add Realistic Tattoos to Your Body


This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

I'm going to show you how to quicklyplace a tattoo onto someone, wrap it around the contours of theskin and even change its color.

You can apply these to text, as well.

If you'd like to use this font, I provided its link in the video description or project files.

Before we begin, you should have two documents ready.

One is the photo you'd like to use foryour subject and the other is a black and whitedesign for the tattoo.

If you'd like to use this design, I provided its link, as well.

If the tattoo wraps around any part of your subject such as the arm in this example, you need to make a selection of the armto ensure that the tattoo will be confined to that area.

There are many ways to make selectionsand I covered them in many of my tutorials.

Once you make your selection, to see it as a quick mask, press Q on your keyboard.

Since I'll beplacing the tattoo on the upper arm, I make sure the selectionsurrounds that entire area.

Go to Select and Save Selection.

When this window pops up, just click OK.

To delete the selection, press Ctrl + D on a PC or Cmd + D on a Mac.

Make a copy of the layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J.

We'll use thiscopy to make a displacement map.

The displacement map will wrap the tattoo around the contours of your subjectbased on your subject's shadows, midtones and highlights.

Sincedisplacement maps work best when they're slightly blurred, go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur.

I'll blur this image 3 pixels.

Go to File and Save As.

Save it to your desktop.

Name it "Displacement" as a PSD file.

Then, click "Save".

If you see this window, click OK.

Now we can trash the blurred layer since we don't need anymore.

Open your tattoo design.

We need to make a selection of the shape, so we can cut it out from its background.

One of the quickest ways to separateblack and white is to use your Magic Wand Tool.

Make the Tolerance 5 pixels, make sure Anti-Alias is checked and Contiguous is unchecked.

Click anywhere on the tattoo.

This created a selection of everything that's black.

To cut thedesign out from its background and copy it to its own layer, press Ctrl or Cmd + J.

To get it onto your subject, open your Move Toolby pressing "v" on your keyboard.

Then, drag it up ontothe tab of your subject.

Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and then release.

To resize and position it, open your Transform Tool by pressingCtrl or Cmd + T.

Go to a corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow,rotate it to an angle you like.

To reposition it, click inside and move it.

Continue until you're happy with its angle, size and position.

Then, press Enter or Return.

The tattoo will blend in better with the skin if it's slightly blurred.

So go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur.

We'll blur it 1 pixel.

Then, click OK.

Next, we'll use the displacement map to conformthe shape of the tattoo to the contours of the arm.

Go to Filter, Distort and Displace.

We'll displace theHorizontal and Vertical scales by 10, choose Stretch To Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels.

Click OK and click the Displacement PSD file.

Then, click "Open".

As I toggle back and forth, you can see that the shape adjusted itself based on the tonal valuesof the arm.

Next, we'll hide the parts the tattoothat extend beyond the outside of the arm.

Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of thetattoo to make a selection of shape.

Open the Channels panel, go to "Alpha 1" and press Ctrl + Shift + Alt on a PC or Cmd + Shift + Opt on a Macas you click on it.

This deletes the selection outside the arm.

Open back up the Layers panel and clickon the layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection.

next to the tattoo Next, we'll blend the tattoo onto the skin.

First, change the blend mode to Soft Light and make a composite snapshot of yourimage by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on a PC or Cmd + Shift + Opt + E on a Mac.

Make a copy of it.

Go to the layer mask and press and hold Alt a PC or Opt on a Mac as you drag a copy of itnext to the top layer.

Click on a thumbnail to make it activeand click on the adjustment layer icon.

Choose Hue/Saturation and click the Clip-to-Layer icon.

This clips or restricts the adjustment layer to effect just the one layer beneath it.

I'll reduce the Saturation to minus 30.

Keep in mind, since every photo is different, you may want to adjust the numbers we'll be using in the adjustment layers.

For this photo, I'll change the Lightness to minus 40.

Many at the tattoo tutorials that I'veseen up to this point use "Multiply" for the blend mode, but Ifind that this blend mode dulls the tones and nuances of the skin under the tattoo.

As I toggle back and forth, you can see the difference.

If you wantto change the color of the tattoo, experiment with the sliders to get justthe color you want.

Using these simple techniques, have fun creating realistic tattoos.

This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

Thanks for watching!.

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