Introduction: Toothpick Through Your Hand! (in Photoshop)

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In this Instructable you will learn how to create a cool, bloody effect, using two pictures (taken of your own), photoshop and some creativeness.

Step 1: Start Like This

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Download the two files to your computer. Open the two images (called hand.jpg and toothpick.jpg), the hand-image and the toothpick image, with Photoshop. I'll use Photoshop CS3.

Step 2: Erase

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Select toothpick copy and press E to select Eraser. Make the brush big (somewhere about 1337 works for me) and hardness 100%. Erase everything except for the toothpick, this time it doesn't have to be perfect.

Move the toothpick layer so it seems like it is pointing out right from the hand. Not perfect! But it shall at least look like it can be a bit true, otherwise you got to capture new source images (or download at some place, but for this kinds of stuff it is almost easier to capture the photos yourself).

Step 3: Erase Again

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Now start over from the erasing point, but do it all more accurate. Remember to save all the time so you can go back to an earlier state if you want to change something. If you don't like to use the eraser tool you can use the polygonal lasso tool.

Place the toothpick so it is in the right place and zoom in around the area where the wound will be.

Press [O] to activate the burn tool (watch out so you don't get the dodge or sponge tool) and choose a small brush size, 6 works for me. Change the exposure to somewhere between 5 and 20. It's often better to use low exposure and paint many times, than use high exposure a few times.

Now start to paint around the root of the toothpick so it shapes a circle around the "hole" through the hand.

Step 4: Get Brushes!

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Now's the time to open Firefox (or other if you like) and go to "" and download KeReN's Blood Brushes for Photoshop (cred to KeRen for the brushes) [img]

Import the brushes to photoshop. If you don't know you can watch at the FAQ on there's a good explanation.

Step 5: Paint With Your Imported Brush

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The brush is actually a set of brushes, and now it's in your brush-box. It's quite far down so you have to scroll a bit. The brush I use for this tutorial is called Sampled Brush #4 and is in the package named in the last step.

Create a new layer (blood) and place it between the toothpick layer and the hand layer.

Activate the imported brush and choose a good, blood-red color. Change the size (I used 862) and then paint once. One simple click, or two if the shape is to light.

Step 6: Warp the Blood! (and Make the Skin Look Weird)

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Drag in the handles until the blood seems to be a bit more realistic.

Now skin:

Now duplicate the blood-layer and hide the original blood-layer. Rename the "blood copy"-layer to "skin". Erase everything on the skin-layer without the area around the hole, so what's left is shaped almost like a circle.

Warp the skin-layer (if you like to you can use Liquify instead. Filter --> Liquify)

Warp until it looks good. Right-click on "skin" and open the Blending Options menu. Click on Bevel and Emboss and choose the options shown in the image.

Press ok.

Set the Opacity on the skin-layer on 66% and fill 40%.

Step 7: Masking

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Place the skin-layer so it is the top-layer. Press the add layer mask button to add a layer mask.
Use a brush with the same diameter as the toothpick has, and paint over the toothstick. This will hide the "fakie-skin" so it looks a bit better.

Show the blood-layer again.

Step 8: Smudging

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Use the smudge tool with around 55% pressure, some brush that isn't just round and try to drag the blood out a bit, so it looks like it flows down on the hand. I use long smooth motions and thinks that it gives the best results.

Open the blending options for the blood layer and use these settings:

Soon we're finished...

Step 9: Blood Spatter

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If this image would have been real, the toothpick would have been put trough your hand from the other side, the side you don't see on the image. This means that it has to be blood on the toothpick.

To paint some more blood follow these steps:
Activate the toothpick-layer ctrl-click on the toothpick-layer to select it. This prevents blood to come on places you don't want it to be on.

Get a splatter brush (built in to photoshop) with low opacity and red color and start to paint a bit on the stick. Just a bit, and maybe some splashes with blood too.

Step 10: Extras and Saving

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So, almost done.

If you like to you can make the hand more grey (by adjusting black & white in Image --> Adjustments --> Black & White) or paint a bit more blood, like I did (either with the new brushes, or with some of the main-brushes). If you want more blood, paint it in the blood-layer to get the same effects as you already have on the main-blood.

Just saving left:

To save the image, press: File --> Save As... --> Write a name, change psd to jpg (or png or wathever you like) in the list below the name-form.
Then press Save and choose settings for the jpeg-compression, around ten works good.


lieuwe (author)2009-07-16

i know form experience that a toothpick through your hand doesn't look like that, it doesn't actually bleed at all, the skin at the other side is just stretched a bit(yes it went THAT far trough)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-23

Agreeing with everybody, the blood doesn't look too real, but still, awesome job!

mangenoll (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-17

Thanks :) Have been looking around for ways to do it better but haven't found any yet. shall maybe upgrade the blood (and the instructable) a bit. We'll see...

cry_wolf (author)mangenoll2008-08-20

Good job, but there should be somesort of shadow or something on the toothpick to hand and also the contrast should be lower, it seems too bright compared to the image which is mainly in darkness.

mangenoll (author)cry_wolf2009-03-18

Thanks :)

csmiler (author)mangenoll2009-03-17

How about ising ketchup on the real image and adding the toothpick on photoshop?...or 3 images...toothpick+hand+ketchup?

mangenoll (author)csmiler2009-03-18

Yeah, that is an idea, but that wasn't my intention when I made the tutorial, I was learning about photoshop-brushes and wanted to use it as much as possible. And I don't know if ketchup would be that much better ( hopefully it would have "poured" downwards, I don't think the gravity would look away for that moment (still worth a try :P), and not in strange directions as in my photoshop image.), the color isn't really blood red (and my photoshop blood definitely is blood red :P). Quite a long sentence. Someday, I'll maybe do a DIY IRL version of this tutorial. 'Til then //mangenoll

Father Christmas (author)2009-03-09

i can do the same thing with a toothpick, ketchup and superglue.

csmiler (author)Father Christmas2009-03-17 wont get off will it?

Father Christmas (author)csmiler2009-03-17

aye, it will.

Yeah :P, but thats not digital. Why not do a "How to create this effect (with a link to this page of course), but without a drawing program! ", but they will have to have a computer to read your tut anyway :P, and to do this in gimp isn't that much different from this method.

Cheers! :)

could do that. besides, i guess if you dont plan on wearing it for Halloween or such there isnt much use for actually sticking it on XD

No, I suppose so... Name taken from the Kinks-song?

not originally, but that might end up being my new excuse lol

Yeah :P

twenglish1 (author)2008-08-22

did it hit any vital organs

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-22

brushed my stomach(the organ). I passed out of blood loss. Lost 3 pints. Lucky I'm not dead. I passed out when I felt the paramedics pull me off the wall.

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-22

wow that must really have sucked the worst that ever happened to me was the nail through the hand and i cut my arm real bad with a jigsaw

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-22

Once, I got set on fire as a prank gone wrong. 8 3rd degree burns. W00t!

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-22

yah that reminds me i got caught on fire too my propane tank for a torch had a leak and i didn't know it and i lit the torch and BOOM!!! and as supprising as it may sound the only thing that happened to me is my hair got burned a little

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-23

My entire torso burst.

DrWeird117 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-23

Into flames that is.

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-23


DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-23

At a cookout

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-23

was it from propane tanks

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-23


twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-23

was the tank defective or did someone do something stupid

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-23


twenglish1 (author)2008-08-20

no i haven't but i think you mean sever an artery artery's are high pressure and veins are low pressure you will most likely die if you sever a major artery

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-20

No I mean vein. Dang did it hurt when the bolt went in....

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-20

yah very much but it was kinda my fault i shouldn't have had my hand behind the board when i was nailing it

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-20

I meant when the crossbow bolt pinned me to the wall.

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-20

oh yah how did that happen?

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-20

3 things: #1: A dumb@$$ with bad aim #2:Me #3:Blood

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-20

yah that makes sense where did you get shot

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-22

luckily not the chest. in the stomach.

TheDeadChemist (author)2008-07-13

I have had this happen to me for real..........

Try this on for size: stepped on a board with a nail in it, very rusty....right through my shoe and foot. Got a tetnus shot.

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-11

you think that's bad try having a nail shot through your hand with a high power nail gun

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-20

I saw that Criss Angel skit too. Did it happen to you?

twenglish1 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-20

yah i was nailing a board and i didn't realize my hand was right behind where i was nailing and the next thing i new there was a hole in my hand and there was blood everywhere and i also saw that Criss Angel skit but this happened to me before he did that

DrWeird117 (author)twenglish12008-08-20

ever sever a vein? or be pinned to a wall? not bragging, though

mangenoll (author)TheDeadChemist2008-07-17

Ouch, did it hurt? Or bleed? I haven't seen it for real so it's a bit hard to imagine how it really looks, but fake blood is fun!

explosivemaker (author)2008-04-23

...hey don't think this can't happen to you....I have had toothpicks stuck into my foot hurt quite a bit.....once in the heel and the other between the big and first toe...

Try this on for size: stepped on a board with a nail in it, very rusty....right through my shoe and foot. Got a tetnus shot.

yerjoking (author)DrWeird1172008-08-02

I did the same thing, except i jumped from a tree and landed on the nail with my shoe, through my toe

DrWeird117 (author)yerjoking2008-08-03

Did it come out the nail?

yerjoking (author)DrWeird1172008-08-04

It Just missed and came out the side lol, the nail was all bent, not nice tbh

DrWeird117 (author)yerjoking2008-08-04

I've been pinned to the wall by a crossbow. Lucky it didn't hit any organs.

Whitedude0728 (author)DrWeird1172008-08-06

seriously????????/ how does that happen

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