Yep, I'm starting something else new. Every other week on Tuesday, I'm going to try and put out a process post. Give everyone a little look into how I do what I do, and hopefully even help out some fellow designers in the process.
Since tattooed men seem to be a rather popular, I figured I would tackle how to add tattoos to a person. Honestly, the steps are super simple but it does take practice and even I get an off looking tattoo sometimes. This tutorial does require you to know about photoshop, and to be able to move around. If these posts get a lot of attention I will considering posting more detailed steps with photos.
1. To start with I'm using Photoshop CS3. I use Photoshop for just about everything, and I'm poor so I use CS3 until I can afford a new computer so I can use the newer Photoshop. I'm also using a stockimage purchased from 123RF.com and an illustration of a wolf I did for a previous project.
This is a great tip to use instead of selecting all the white piece by piece and deleting. However; the Color Range tool does get tricky when there is a lot of rendering or shading. So play with it, because it's a great time saver.
At this is where the practice comes into play. You have to take into account the contour and shape of the body and muscles.
Where does the image need to wrap around an arm, or dip into muscle valley?
the best way is to imagine what a tattoo would look like on an actual person. Don't worry if you don't get it right away, like I said it takes practice.
Also, you want to blur the edges of the tattoo. Which is super easy with a Gaussian Blur. Go Fliter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. I would recommend anything from a .5 to 2.5 setting for a tattoo, but play around and see what you looks good. Your strongest tool is your eyes.
The tattoo is too light, you can hardly see it? No problem. See the next step for the solution.
To do that, add a bit of noise from the Filter tab. Make sure to do it on the bottom (old) wolf layer because we are going to get rid of some of the top layer.
They are the greatest thing ever next to the pen tool. Learn how to use them, they will save you every time.
First, lets lighten some of the tattoo. With the top wolf layer selected (the one without the noise filter on it), add a layer mask. Either use the shortcut in the layer box, or go Layer>Layer Marks>Reveal All. Now you can paint out the darker portions. It makes the dark less intense and more realistic.
To do the same when it comes to removing the overlapping portion on the sword. Or you could just erase it. It's up to you. The reason I use layer marks before the eraser is because if I take out too much I can easier put it back in with a layer mask. With layer masks nothing it set till I apply the mask.
If there is something you would like to see, or any suggestions on what tutorial/process I should do next. Please comment below.