- Category: General Geekery
- Created on Thursday, 27 October 2011 22:09
- Written by Ramil Ventus
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Not only do you need to dress up for Halloween parties, but you should also give your online presence a nice creepy vibe. And the best way to do so is to zombiefy yourself via image manipulation and post it on Facebook or Twitter. Here is how I did mine:
Take a picture of your face wearing an angry or a deformed grin. A bland expression works just as well. I took mine using a good old 2-megapixel camera phone and worked with good old Photoshop CS.
A constipated smile would suffice.
Download an image of an exposed flesh. An open wound or rotten meat would be spot on. The more disgusting, the better. For this tutorial I used this picture of a kidney surgery (NSFW) which is the least my weak stomach could handle. You may stop throwing up in your mouth now.
Image blurred for your own good
Lasso a part of the flesh image then go to Select > Feather then set to 20 pixels to smoothen the edges. Copy this selected part by pressing CTRL +C, then paste it on your face.
Press Ctrl + T to resize and rotate the newly-pasted "wound" on your face. Then, using Color Balance (CTRL + B), adjust the color of the wound layer so it would blend in. I had to deepen the red since my face is dark. For images with lighter shade, add more cyan and green.
Set the layer blending option to Overlay and opacity between 70 to 80 percent so the wound would blend as seamless as possible. Repeat Steps 3 to 5 to cover the other areas of your face with some more scars. Copy different portions of the flesh image for a more realistic effect.
Next up – the eyes. We will do a simple technique to change the color of the iris. Go back to the base layer, select the iris using the Lasso tool, right-click > Feather then set the value to 3.
Change the color of the iris by launching Hue/Saturation (CTRL + U). I set the values at 100, 40 and 10 to create a greenish bad eye. Increase the brightness (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast) and you will get grayish iris.
Once you are satisfied with the appearance of the facial wounds and eye color, merge the layers (Layers > Merge Visible or Shift + CTRL + E).
Next, duplicate the layer and select the new layer. Launch Hue/Saturation and set the values at 35, 15, 0. Select the layer blending option to Screen and opacity to 85%. This will give your zombie face a pale complexion.
Finally, add splatters of blood on the face and on the background for a gorier outcome. A bunch of spray and splatter brushes can be downloaded online.
Welcome to the world of the undead, you brain-eating walker! By the way, you may also try other images with different textures to add rough, flaky skin or slimy scales to your zombified self. I hope you enjoy doing this as much as I did. Mad props to Violet of CSScreme for the majority of the steps in this tutorial.
"Excuse me sir. Can you direct me to the nearest brain station?"