Learn how to add a deadly-look to a portrait photo. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to use a skull to give the face a creepy look, apply lighting effects, and more.

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Step 1- Choose the Model.

This Picture is great to create this type of manipulation, because the model’s make up help a lot.


Step 2 – Change the size.

To do this go to Image -> Image size. Or Press (Alt+Ctrl +I). Resize the image to: Width:837 X Height: 1300 pixels and press ok.


Step 3- Select the Model.

Use the Lasso tool to Select the model.


Step 4- Duplicate a Layer

To duplicate that selection press Ctrl + J. Also you can give a right click in the selection and press the option Layer via copy.


You are going to have something like this:


Step 5 – Less Saturation

Duplicate the layer once again (Ctrl + J). In this layer reduce the Saturation (Ctrl + U) option Saturation: -100.


Step 6- Set the layer blend mode in Soft light.

To get more contrast use the layer in soft light mode with and reduce the opacity by: -50.


Step 7- The Skin

Use the Lasso tool to select the model’s skin and duplicate the layer (Ctrl +J).


Step 8- Reduce the Saturation

Press Ctrl + U. Or go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/ Saturation. In the option Saturation reduce at -50.



  1. was not impressed with directions and had a hard time following. to make exact, i had to adjust against the directions to properly complete.

  2. There is a missing important part you forgot to put in between part 15 and 16. It doesn’t explain how you got the eye sockets to be black, doesn’t explain how you blended the outer skull bits with the skin, doesn’t tell you that you also darkened the forhead