How to Create Your Own Tattoo With Software

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How to Create Your Own Tattoo With Software
Search tattoo design websites to get ideas. (tattoo image by FXTW from

Creating a tattoo is a matter of knowing basic design methods. You can use almost any image editing software; all you need is a basic idea of what you want done. If you don't have any ideas, you can look for photographs online or in magazines for inspiration.

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Things you need

  • Image editing software

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  1. 1

    Open an image of the body part you want to tattoo with your image editing software.

  2. 2

    Look online for images that inspire you and save them to your hard drive. Check out tattoo design sites or art websites. You can also use photographs of things like trees or people.

  3. 3

    Open one of these images in a second window or tab in your software program and look at the images side by side to determine if you will need to alter the size the inspiration image. Cut out and paste the image onto your body part so you can gauge what size will look best.

  4. 4

    If your software allows, use different layers to paste the new image over your body. With layers you can switch views to see how you look with the tattoo and without it. You can also open multiple layers to paste in a number of different images, then flip between them to see how each looks compared with the rest.

    If you are using basic software such as Microsoft Paint, you will not be able to create layers but you can still cut and paste images. Save a new file every time you do this, using a name like "tattoo design 1."

  5. 5

    Use the software drawing tools to edit your images. For example, use the eraser to clean up edges or the pencil to draw flames over a skull. If none of the inspirational images work or you can't modify them to your liking, draw the tattoo yourself.

Tips and warnings

  • Play around with your image editing program before trying to design your tattoo. You should have a working knowledge of the tools available for the software, as well as knowing how to resize and crop images, change colours and save your work.

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