Use your sketch as reference while blocking out color.
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- The zombie is starting to take shape,…but we'll need some color zones to create focal points,…and some added textures…to create grossness and intrigue.…As you can see,…I have gone in and just kind consolidated everything…to a couple folders, um,…one says Gore, one says Bone,…and within these stacks,…got the actual meat hiding in there.…Let's go ahead and hide these for now.…We're not really going to be using the skull…or the slab of meat at the moment,…so we'll kind of hide those…and organize our layer stack…to look a little bit nicer.…
The thing we want to do now is to take this face…and just kind of create a movement within.…We have these focal points of this torn flesh area mixed…in with these bone, this bone kind of coming through,…and they're gonna help draw the eye a little bit,…but we need some extra coloring in there…to help amplify this look and feel.…So let's go ahead and add a new layer.…And we're gonna change that to an overlay.…And let's go ahead,…let's select our airbrush for now.…
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Creature creator Rayce Bird, the winner of Face Off, shows how to take a normal portrait and turn it into a hideously frightening zombie with Photoshop. He starts at the very beginning: finding the right image to zombify. He then shifts to "preparing the canvas," where he makes some initial adjustments to get the image going in the right scary direction. From there, it's all about the details, including teeth, veins, bone, blood, color correction, and the proper lighting. In the end, members will have a perfectly horrific zombie version of themselves.
- Finding the right reference images
- Making anatomy changes with the Liquify tool
- Creating custom texture brushes
- Adding zombie features: bone, blood, and gore
- Adding color
- Adjusting the lighting