Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Realistic Tattoos

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Realistic Tattoos


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to add a realistic-looking
tattoo to skin. This is an update of tutorials I’ve done quite
awhile ago on earlier versions of Photoshop. I provided this image that you can download, as well as this tattoo design, so you can follow along. Their links are located in my video’s description
or project files below. The first step is to make and save you subject
as a displacement map, which will enable our tattoo design to wrap itself around the contours
of the body. To do this, make a copy of the layer by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + J. Displacement maps work best when its blurred. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll blur it 6 pixels. If you’re using a different image, you may
want to use a different amount in order to blur it approximately this much. Go to File and “Save As”. Save it to a location that’s easy to find. I’ll save it to my desktop. Name it, “Displacement” and save it as
a Photoshop PSD file. Then, click “Save”. If you see this message, just click OK. Now that we’ve saved the displacement file,
we can delete it from our Layers panel. Press the Delete key on your keyboard. Open the tattoo design. We want to separate the art from the white
background. There are many ways to do this, but for this example, first, click the lock icon to unlock the layer. Open the Channels panel. if your don’t see it, go to Window and Channels. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the thumbnail of the
RGB channel to make a selection of the tattoo design. Open back your Layers panel and press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete the white background. To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. We’ll convert our tattoo design into a Smart
Object, which will allow us to adjust, change or modify the filters that we’ll be adding to it at any time. Click the icon at the upper, right of the
Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. To place the the design onto our photo, make
sure you Move Tool is active by pressing “v” on your keyboard and dragging the design onto
the tab of the photo. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. To adjust its size and position, 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 it out or in to a size you like. To reposition it, go inside the bounding box and drag it. If you want to angle it, go back to a corner
and when you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate it to angle you like. Then, press Enter or Return. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. I’ll displace it 15 pixels, however, feel
free to experiment with the amount. Tick “Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Click the Displacement file that you saved
earlier and click “Open”. Immediately, the tattoo wraps itself around
the contours of your subject. Change its Blend Mode to Soft Light. I’ll reduce its opacity to 90%. You can adjust it later if you want. Double-click the grey area of the tattoo layer
to open its Layer Style window. Click Color Overlay and change its Blend Mode
to Linear Burn. Click the color box and pick a color for your tattoo. The hexadecimal code for mine is: 007EFF. I’ll make its opacity: 50%. I’ll click “Outer Glow” to blend in an optional subtle skin redness that you often see on healing tattoos. The color that I chose for this particular
image is: 440503. The Blend Mode is Normal, the Opacity is 50%
and the Size is 3 pixels. Lastly, to hide areas of the tattoo, click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the tattoo layer. Open your Brush Tool and Brush picker. I’ll make the Size: 25 pixels, the Hardness:
0% and the Opacity & Flow: 100%. Brush over the areas of your subject where
you’d like to hide the tattoo. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

28 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Realistic Tattoos

  1. superb very nice video Dear Sir, always love your channel, your video's and also tutorials. BIG Thumb up…have a great blessing days

  2. I love it when you add captions, it really helps out for me because I'm deaf and even with my cochlear implant I find it hard to understand others.

  3. I've watched a lot of your videos and they are awesome. I've learned so much. Just a quick question, do you have any idea how to print a large image on multiple pieces of computer paper in photo shop? I've looked on here and none of them work for me.

  4. Can you make or suggest a tutorial on how to do perfect displacement maps? Because obviously photoshop cant know how much the skin is coming forward just by looking at an unsharp version of the image. I guess you would have to manually tell the displacement map where the breast is?

  5. and that is how you can prank your friends by tattoing them my little pony characters on their beach photos and tagging them on facebook.

  6. first of all many many thanks to you!cause of you I've learnt ao much about photoshop. your tutorials are the bests✌. I've one request can you please do some tutorials on leviations.like human floating in the air..thank you😊

  7. I found that selecting the area around the tattoo (after having completed all steps) and increasing the saturation gives the skin a very realistically irritated look.

  8. The video is short, provides the links to the files on the description, It's easy to follow and works, why the like-dislike bar was removed? Can't see a reason to dislike it.

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