Know what to look for when searching for something gross.
- Finding photographs of raw meat…and sometimes even actual wounds…can be a great reference as well as potential texture.…Let's find some meaty images to use in your creation.…Okay, so we're in Photoshop…and you'll notice that we're using this…art board layout.…It's pretty new to Photoshop…and let's jump over to this other image…so I can show you how I did that.…All you need to do is right click the layer…and select art boards from layers…and you've got yourself a light board…and then you can start dragging images in…and you'll give yourself something like this.…
So, it's a great way to kind of lay out everything…and not get caught up too much within the space…of just the image…and I really like this set up…because it's a quick way to reference photos…not only to use but to look at as inspiration.…So let's get into the textures.…We've got a couple things to pay attention to…and what you really need to do early on…is actually decide if you're going…to do a zombie that's kind of fresh, more open…maybe the blood's a little bit more red…
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