Day 4: Vampire
Oh how I can’t wait until the new Twilight movie! I am so “Team Edward”! Vampires have become all the rage lately and I am perfectly okay with that! Especially with Rob Pattison leading the clan! I should that I am somewhat of a stubborn movie goer and sometime refuse to give in to all the hyp, but thanks to my BFF, she got me hooked on the Twilight series! Although I haven’t read the books yet *crawls under a rock in shame* because I can’t find the time, but hopefully one day I can sink my teeth into them, figuratively of course! Here is a Cullen-esque inspired Photoshop makeover!
First I starved myself for 4 hours, then snapped a pic before enjoying a slice of pizza! See the resulting image below. After you open your image in photoshop, duplicate the background layer to preserve the integrity of the original image. One thing about Vampires is that they are notorious for smooth, pale skin. Luckily I have one of those pretty much on point. But I ran Portraiture on my skin to smooth that baby out. Don’t have Portraiture, no problem. Create a duplicate copy of your image and use a Gaussian Blur of around 6 or so. Then add a layer mask and mask it back on just the skin area.
Next I dodged my skin to brighten it up especially in my highlights and on my iris. I also burned around my lashes and eyes. Created a new blank layer and choose a pretty golden color (I am not a cannibal!) and used a soft brush. Painted the golden color around the iris and changed the blend mode to Soft Light. Duplicated that layer and changed the blend mode to Hue. I used the sponge brush and desaturated my lips slightly. Then I created fangs: Fang Tutorial. I then merged all my layers into a new layer (Alt-Ctrl-Shift-E), got the sponge brush back out and desaturated more of my face to make me more pale. Next I burned my eye area and my mouth a little bit more.
Now time for the blood. I basically opened a new blank layer, then used the lasso tool to draw the blood where I wanted. Refined the edge to make it blend better. Fill in the selection with a deep blood red. Created a Dodge/Burn layer, and added shadows/highlights to the blood to make it more lifelike. Then using that same deep red, I painted it on a new layer, blend mode Multiply, all around my lips and teeth area.
My final step was to merge the layers into a new layer, desaturate that layer (Shift-Ctrl-U) and set the blend mode to Soft Light. I also lightened my hair up slightly after that…a little more advanced makeover but the payoff is worth it!
Are you going to watch the new Twilight movie?