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Make this scary grunge effect in Photoshop CS2 with anybody's picture!

Note: The first picture is the my version, the second is the original
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Step 1: Find a picture and black it out

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First find a picture. I got mine off google just to use as a example. Once its in photoshop take a soft large black brush and brush out the background leaving an effect similar to what I have in the one I made

Note: You'll also want to use a low opacity brush to make the edges look kind of dark...like shadows on the face

Step 2: Find a cracked or Grunge texture

You can locate this on google as well. Put it over the picture in a layer above it and set it as multiply. Then take a soft eraser or "chalk" brush and erase where the black is and where the eyes are

Step 3: Erase the mouth

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Ok heres what really makes it a cool picture. Take the clone copy brush and go back to the layer with the face on it and alt click somewhere near the cheek and then paint down on the mouth, this will erase it and replace it with the texture from the cheek!

Step 4: Finish Up!

Now take some various grunge brushes and paint about, adding to the effect. When finished save as both a jpg and a psd file that way you can go back and edit, just in case!

Leave teh commentz please!
SirJoey8 years ago
Which layer are we working on here? Then, do we flatten the image? Delete one of the layers? What?
Whichever you like, at this point.  Try both, examine the effects, see what makes the image work for you.  You're the artist.  :)

Don't delete layers.

Flatten the image only if required by the file format you're saving as.  You will need to do that for example with jpg, gif, possibly png, the three most prominent file formats out there.  But before you flatten save as a psd in photoshop (or if you use gimp, as an xcf) so that the work you've done is stored with the project format native to the app you're using.  That way if you want to make changes, you can go in, undo/redo or make further tweaks to the separate layers, etc.
SirJoey8 years ago
"layer with the face on it"? Both layers have a face. Do you mean the background, or the background copy?
Only the layer with the picture of a face has a mouth in it if you've followed the instructions.  You would have two layers: the base layer, a picture of a face; and a second layer above it, with a texture, set to multiply.  The second layer doesn't have a face on it, only the first (base) layer does.
SirJoey8 years ago
"Erase where the black is"? Do you mean erase the entire black area of the picture?
On the new layer you would use the erase tool where you see black coming thru from the layer below it.  You're removing the multiply texture from the areas of the image to which you don't actually intend to apply the texture.
SirJoey8 years ago
I don't understand... "locate this on Google as well". Locate what? Is this something I have to download from somewhere?
You would locate a texture on google, for example:
Brandie7 years ago
AWESOME TUTORIAL! This is MY version!
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Shifrin7 years ago
SirJoey8 years ago
Where do these "various grunge brushes" come from?
www.deviantart.com search: grunge brushes and voila..
crap. only have photoshop expressions 5.0 or whatever. o well, i dont even get how to use that one lol XD
Snipertofu (author) 8 years ago
Thanks. I think this is probaly my best tutorial since my other ones look kind of fake compared to other peoples tutorials. I just started PS a year ago (im 14) so im not pro at it obviously but i might try gimp if i get the change :) (\(o_o)/)
cry_wolf8 years ago
Wow, very nice. It would be nice if you blended the flesh with the rock a bit better though. But still its shweet =D I use GIMP so if you also have that, please don't hesitate to make an instructable for it too =]
Crash21088 years ago
Cool, but could use more pictures.
I agree. Some clips showing the steps and interim results would be helpful.