How to Make a Zombie in Photoshop

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How to Make a Zombie in Photoshop
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If you have wondered how to make a zombie in Adobe Photoshop, you can achieve this creepy goal with a few simple colour changes, texture additions and detailing. Turn yourself into a zombie or shock your family and friends by zombifying them. This photo manipulation is relatively easy to do, but the results are more than striking. Work carefully and you’ll have a morbidly fascinating image to use during Halloween or any time of the year.

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Things you need

  • Photograph
  • Stock crackle texture photo
  • Stock vein photo

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    Scan your photograph in high resolution if it is not already in digital format. Open Adobe Photoshop. Click on the "File" drop-down menu, and select "Open." Browse to the folder where you have the photo and stock images, and open all files.

  2. 2

    Click on the portrait photo to make it active. Duplicate the layer by right-clicking on the layer in the "Layers" palette and selecting "Duplicate." Click on the "Magnetic Lasso Tool" in the "Tools" palette, and use it to select the subject’s skin by outlining these areas. Right-click on the selection, and select "Layer via Copy."

  3. 3

    Create a new layer, click on the "Paint Bucket" tool from the "Layers" palette, select a colour for the zombie’s skin, like a radioactive green or a discoloured yellow from the colour palette, and click on the new layer to fill it with colour. Change the colour mode to "Color" in the upper-left "Layer" palette drop-down menu. Adjust the opacity to your liking.

  4. 4

    Delete the colour overlay from all parts of the image, except for the zombie’s skin. Grab the "Magic Wand" tool and click on the new skin layer to create a selection around the image. Right-click on the selection to choose "Select Inverse." Click on the "Color" overlay layer and press the backspace button to delete the colour overlay from the area surrounding the skin selection.

  1. 1

    Select the "Paint Brush" in the "Tools" palette, and select the colour white from the "Color" palette. Select the "Skin" layer under the colour overlay layer, and paint the irises of the eyes white for a creepy effect.

  2. 2

    Select the "Burn" tool in the "Tools" palette. Apply the tool to the skin to create areas of discolouration. Discolour the areas around the eyes, mouth, neck, arm or anywhere you desire.

  3. 3

    Add a crackled textured to the skin to enhance the decaying effect. Drag the crackle texture image into the "Layers" palette on top of the colour-overlayed skin layer. Set the crackle layer to "Linear Light" in the colour mode drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Select the "Magic Wand" tool. Click on the uppermost skin layer to create a selection around the image. Invert the selection; right-click on the selection and choose "Select Inverse." Click on the crackle texture, and delete the crackle texture from the area outside the skin by pressing backspace.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the "Burn" tool to make clothing look dirty, stained and grungy.
  • Save frequently as you work to avoid loosing your progress.

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