How to Create a Deus-Ex Inspired Photo Manipulation with Photoshop

How to Create a Deus-Ex Inspired Photo Manipulation with Photoshop
Set the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light.

Step 8

To add a realistic embossed effect, we need to add a Layer Style. Double-click on the Shape layer and the Layer Style menu pops up. Check the Bevel and Emboss and click on that section and apply the settings shown below.

Step 9

By default, the Layer Styles can't be painted away on a Layer Mask. In order to do so, go back into the Layer Styles menu and click on Blending Options and check the 'Layer Mask Hides Effects' box.
Add a Layer Mask to the Shape Layer and paint away the parts on the top and bottom of the eye.

Step 10

Create a black circle Shape layer around the iris with the same technique we have used in step 7 and set the Blending Mode to Soft Light. You can also add additional details to this area as shown in the reference art. We will deal with the masking later on.

Step 11

Create a new black circle Shape layer around the iris only this time, it should not be subtracted and place this layer underneath the Shape layer we have created in step 10. Set the Blending Mode to Soft Light.

Step 12

We need to retouch the eye a little bit so that the iris on the photograph doesn't bleed outside of the Shape layers we have created earlier. Copy the Background layer once and place it directly on top of the Background layer, right-click, and select Rasterize Layer. Create a selection around the iris and right-click on that selection and select Layer via Cut.

Step 13

We only need the eyeball itself so you can cut that out and delete the rest. Grab the Clone Stamp Tool (S) and clone over the iris bleeds.

Step 14

I want the iris to look like it's a lens so we need to apply a new Layer Style. Double-click on the unsubtracted Shape layer and apply a Stroke effect with the following settings.
The gradient should be set to a default white-to-black gradient. It's a subtle effect but will add to the realism later on.

Step 15

Create another Shape layer with the same techniques used in step 7 and design something similar as shown below.

Step 16

This is where we are going add the cool glow effect to the iris but first, create two copies and put them below the layer we're working on but disable the Layer Visibility for now. Double-click on the right to make the Layer Style menu appear and check Outer Glow with the following settings applied.

Step 17

Select one of the copied layers and enable the Layer Visibility again. Right-click and convert this Shape layer to a Smart Object and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set it to 40 pixels.
Repeat this exact same step for the other copied Shape layer only this time, set the Gaussian Blur at 10 pixels.

Step 18

The eye could use some glare so grab a big soft round brush, create a new layer, and click just once. You may adjust the Opacity to whatever you want.

Step 19

Create a copy of that glare layer and press Ctrl + T to resize, rotate it and place as shown below.

Step 20

If you have followed this tutorial properly, you should know that this is the time to mask the area of the newly create high-tech eye. Select your Eyeball folder, add a Layer Mask and simply remove the area on top of the eyeball.

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7 comments on “How to Create a Deus-Ex Inspired Photo Manipulation with Photoshop”

  1. Having read through the steps, and revisited the example image at the start I can't imagine why I would want to do this. Is there something about the title that I don't understand?

  2. Great tutorial, easy to follow with all the screen shots. You came across just fine. Especially enjoyed it because I love the game,Thanks!

  3. Great effect which you do very well! As a tutorial your steps could be explained a bit better.

    Thanks very much though!

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