Everyone’s trying to mimic this popular Photography trend of grungy photos of old or homeless people. Find out the secret Photoshop technique that makes wrinkles look dramatic and sculptured.

Preview of Final Results

Dramatic Wrinkles Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1: Open a photo

Begin by opening a portrait of someone with wrinkles. This effect will also work on photos of younger people with smoother skin as well but this photo effect works best on wrinkles. To open an image, choose File > Open, browse for the image and click Ok.

Making the colors look grungy

Step 2: Add a Black and White or Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

First, we’ll alter the color so that it matches the moody effect of wrinkled skin. To do this, we’ll be adding a Black and White adjustment layer. Click on the New Adjustment Layer button in the layers palette

Choose Black & White. If you don’t have Black & White or if you’re using Photoshop CS2 or older, select Hue/Saturation instead.

The Black and White tool will appear. Simply click OK with the default settings. If you are using Photoshop CS2 or older and added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer instead, simply reduce the saturation to -100 and click OK.

Step 3: Blend the layer

Now that we have the adjustment layer, we’ll need to make it blend into the image to restore the color. For this, we can simply change the blending mode to Overlay. In the Layers palette, click on the drop down menu and select Overlay.

Now your image should have a nice harsh lighting effect.

The secret technique for ultra-dramatic wrinkles

Now that we’re done working on the color, here’s the secret to making wrinkles look ultra-dramatic. The filter to use for this technique is the Plastic Wrap filter. How does that work? Follow the rest of the tutorial to find out.

Step 4: Duplicate the Background layer

In the Layers palette, select back the Background layer.

Press Ctrl+J to create a duplicate of the layer. You should now have two layer with the new layer called Background copy.

Step 5: Apply a Plastic Wrap filter

Now we’ll apply the Plastic Wrap filter. Choose Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.

In the Plastic Wrap window, use the settings from the screenshot below:

Step 6: Change the blending mode

To make this layer blend, we’ll use the Multiply blending mode. This will darken the skin to make it look dark and grungy. From the drop down menu in the Layers palette, select Multiply and you should get an effect like the image below.

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22 responses to “Dramatic Wrinkles”

  1.  Avatar

    it googe

  2.  Avatar

    What do you do instead of plastic wrap with cs6

  3. toopy and binoo Avatar
    toopy and binoo

    it was terrible

  4. Clue Avatar

    Good Tutorial if a little dull. Try using people other then White People. I used it on a picture of an old Chinese man it it was Awesome,.

  5. ThatRandomGuyThatNoOneListensTo Avatar

    I thought it was a good tutorial. If you do it with a serious looking picture of Morgan Freeman it is like badass.

  6.  Avatar

    This is actually what I was searching and it is awesome.

  7. $#$&*^%$# Avatar

    I think this whole thing is retarded

  8.  Avatar

    makes me crazy

  9. Gage Avatar

    His wrinkles are so hot! I could lick them all day.

  10. rrevathy Avatar

    Thank you. This is very very useful tutorial.

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  12. maria Avatar

    love this thank you

  13. ariane Avatar

    this is a beautful peice of work. I love the way the wrinkles grew and became more unique. i need this you see for my photos as i am catfishing at the moment, pretending to be a 60 year old woman. so many thanks Ariane Wilson.

  14. anonymous3 Avatar

    This was a good tutorial, but to make it look more natural, I increased the hardness of my eraser to about 20-30% and erased the entire picture. But it was an overall good tutorial.

  15. anonymous2 Avatar

    very good

  16. nanfang Avatar

    good thought! but the effect would be too strong, u should adjust some setting to make it looks nature

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      Natural not nature

  17. Yaser Avatar

    nice…… tuts……

  18. izzy Avatar

    i dont understand this at all

  19. Asela Avatar

    great good luck to u

  20. Summer Ze Avatar
    Summer Ze

    Awesome! Fantastic tutorial! :)

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