Skull Girl - Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial requires intermediate level skills.

Meet skull girl; half skull, half girl. I wanted to do a Halloween themed tutorial. This sounded like more fun than a jack-o-lantern.

You will take an image of a skull and an image of a girl and combine them. This tutorial requires intermediate level skills.


  1. First we need the two following images from my favorite free stock photo site, morguefile.com. First, the girl. Right click each image, then select "Save image as" (Firefox) or "Save picture as" (Internet Explorer).

    And then the skull:

  2. Create a new image, 350x420 px and paste in your two images, first the skull, then the girl. Drop the opacity of the girl layer to 50% (in the Layers Window):


    With the girl layer selected, hit 'Ctrl+T' to transform the layer. Rotate the layer counter-clockwise and move it to the left so the eyes line up with the skull's eye sockets. Hit the Enter key when satisfied with the placement.
  3. With the girl layer still selected, use the Polygonal Lasso tool and cut out a jagged selection of the left side of her face. Click at the top, keep clicking along her face, then around the left side of the image, then double click above the image to complete the selection. Then hit the Backspace key to delete the selection you made. Hit Ctrl+D to remove the "marching ants." Now increase the opacity of the girl layer to 100%. If you need help with the Polygonal Lasso tool, try the Kung Fu Silhouette tutorial.
  4. Select the girl layer, then go to 'Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast' and darken the layer to your liking.
  5. Now let's make some "skin curls" to cover up the area where skin meets skull. Take the pen tool and draw some sections of skin. I zoomed in to 300% in this step. I know it's a terrible chart, but I tried.to show how the first shape is drawn.

    Select the Burn Tool with the following settings. Also, select all of your skin curl layers (Ctrl+click each layer), then right click and select 'Merge Layers'. This will give you one layer with all of the skin curls on it.
  6. Burn the edges of the skin to give them some depth.

    Now with the Smudge Tool, using the same brush as you did with the Burn Tool, smudge the skin flaps that face left to blend them in with the face.
  7. Repeat these steps to make flaps along the whole edge of the face.
  8. Create a circle to make an eyeball for the skull and give it a Gradient Overlay Layer Style:

    Then an Inner Shadow:

    Then a Drop Shadow:

    For this result:
  9. Create a smaller circle for the iris of the eye. Give it this Gradient Overlay:

    For this result:
  10. Create yet another smaller circle for a pupil. Give it a Bevel and Emboss:

    For this result:
  11. Take a black brush and cover up the red area in the top right corner. You're done. You may want to adjust the lips to line up better, but I think it's close enough.



Comments

Good idea

the idea and thought is good but you need to find pictures that fit better and blend them more.
if blended and the lightening is better you can make it look very good.

Yeah, so this result was

Yeah, so this result was obviously a bit lame based on a lot of feedback. I'm thinking there will be a version 2, which shall kick much ass.

its a cool idea but you

its a cool idea but you should play with it more, maybe with a little illustrator, it just looks like two pieces put together. I think that its cause the lighting is different which makes them contrast to much. Sorry just a little constructive criticism.

Nice but u shoudl have done

Nice but u shoudl have done something more with the lips

Yeah, I'm thinking about

Yeah, I'm thinking about revisiting this one.

Cool idea i like it

Cool idea i like it

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