Alien Photo Manipulation

Alien Photo Manipulation
Switch to a small hard edge brush to burn some scars on the face like shown in the image below.

Step 8 - Add an alien skin texture

Start by opening the photo of a marble texture in Photoshop.
We’re now going to copy and paste the marble texture into the image we were working on. Choose Select > All then Edit > Copy. Close the current image of the marble texture to switch back to the alien image we were working on. Choose Edit > Paste to paste the texture into the current document. Use the eraser tool with a soft edge to erase the marble texture so that it only covers the fast. Change the blending mode to difference.
Lower the opacity to about 30%. One note to remember is that the difference blending mode will invert the colors of the layer depending on the layer below. So if you want more blue color on the face, you can use the burn tool on the layer with the face.
You can also move the layer with the marble texture below the adjustment layer to get an effect like this image:

Step 9 – Add some abstract lines

Select the brush tool with a 3 pixel brush and 100% hardness. In the brushes palette (Window > Brushes), apply the settings shown in the image below:
Select the pen tool and, in a new layer, create a curved path like the image below. Then, right click and select stroke path. Select the brush setting and enable the simulate pressure option.
Right click again and choose delete path. Repeat this step to add as many abstract lines as you like.

Step 10 – Add highlights to the arms

It is helpful to have a pen tablet for adding highlights but this will work with a regular mouse too. We’ll create highlights by painting a thin white line.
Start by painting a line through the shape of the arm.
Here’s what our image looks like after adding some highlights":

Step 11 – Enhance the arms

Select the burn tool and set the brush to a big and soft edged brush. Change the range in the option bar to highlights then paint the edges of the arms to make it darker.
Now change the range to midtones and paint some shadows.
Now change the range to shadows and burn the areas that you feel needs to be darker to add depth.

Step 12 – Add a rusty grunge texture

Open the image of the rusty texture and place it into the image of the alien. To do this, choose Select > All then Edit > Copy. Close the image of the texture to go back to the alien image. Choose Edit > Paste to paste the texture as a new layer.
Change the blending mode to multiply then use the erase tool to erase the areas around the face so that the texture only affects the background.

Final Results

Here is our completed image. We added more red abstract lines on the eyes using the same technique in step 9.
Alien Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial

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6 comments on “Alien Photo Manipulation”

  1. Yo

    I don't like how you made the instructions because it is v confusing. I loved this tutorial until you added in the marble overlay and it is v frustrating.

    yur not special

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