How to Make Lizard Skin in Photoshop

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How to Make Lizard Skin in Photoshop
Look at pictures of lizards for references on skin colour and pattern. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The image-editing software, Photoshop, provides several ways to emulate the texture of a lizard's skin without having to draw every single scale. After you create a repeating pattern appropriate for a lizard's skin, save the pattern and import it into future documents to use it as a texture. A texture consists of a repeating pattern of any size and helps simplify the process of adding colour and design to a large area of white canvas.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and click on the "File" menu. Scroll to "New." Click on the "Bucket" and select a dark green colour from the colour swatch. Move your cursor over the canvas and left-click to add the green colour to the background.

  2. 2

    Click on the "File" menu and scroll to "New." Enter the name "Lizard Skin," the width "500" and the height "500." In the "Background Contents" drop-down menu, scroll to "Background Color." Press "OK."

  3. 3

    Create a gradient layer. Click on the "Add Layer" button. Right-click on the layer and scroll to "Set Colors." Click on the "Foreground Color" option and add a medium-toned green colour. Click on the "Background Color" option and add a light green colour. Click on the "Gradient" tool and drag it over the layer, from top to bottom.

  4. 4

    Add the scale effect. Click on the "Channels" tab inside the "Layers" window. Click on the "New Channel" icon, then on the "Default Colors" icon. Set the foreground as white and the background as black. Open the "Filter" menu and scroll to "Texture," then "Stained Glass." Drag the "Cell Size" slider so it is between five and 10. Drag the "Border Thickness" slider below five and press "OK."

  5. 5

    Click on the "Alpha Channel" icon. Return to the "Layers" tab and highlight "Layer 1." Press the keys, "Ctrl" and "X." This moves the scale pattern effect to the coloured layers.

  6. 6

    Add lighting effects to create a more realistic image. Highlight "Layer 1" and click on the "Filter" menu. Scroll to "Render" then "Lighting Effects. Click on the "Ambiance" effect and enter a value between 10 and 50. The higher the value, the lighter the image. Click "OK."

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