Deke's Techniques 264: Turning Yourself into a Zombie in Photoshop
This week marks the beginning of the traditional multi-week Halloween celebration here at dekeOnline, with a Deke's Techniques episode in which Deke shows you how to turn yourself (or me, in this case) into a zombie.
We start with this photo of these two poser wannabe zombies taken at last years ADIM conference. Try as she did, our photographer and make-up artist, Kindra, had too much flesh to work with to effect a fully credible undead couple. So Deke broke out the Photoshop CC to make us much more appropriately gaunt and even gave me a pair of slightly disturbing fangs. After painting in some shadows and giving his own eyes an eerie glow, we look much more suitably scary.
The key to much of this transformation came from the Liquify filter, which now, in Photoshop CC, can be applied as an editable smart filter.
This gives you the chance to fine-tune your flesh and teeth sculpting. Equally appropriate for this project, the new Liquify dialog box consumes the entire screen:
Deke also adds some hand-painted shadows, layer effects, and blur to finish the effect. It's enough to make a girl hungry for brains. Giant Photoshop expert brains...if Deke's not back next week, it's because I got hungry.
Check out the video above to see how Deke crafted the effect, and if you're a member of lynda.com, you can watch an exclusive movie this week in which Deke explains how he blurred and texturized the background to make a more suitable atmosphere for our undead selves.
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