Cre­ate an amaz­ing face-paint ef­fect in Pho­to­shop El­e­ments

Your guide Ian Even­den says… “Cre­ate a face-paint­ing ef­fect us­ing the lat­est ver­sion of Pho­to­shop El­e­ments”

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Ah, face-paint­ing. That sta­ple of kids’ birth­day party fun and late-night sports bar an­i­mos­ity. There’s noth­ing like get­ting some greasy makeup stuck to your skin, it re­ally makes you feel like you’re part of the gang, es­pe­cially when you’re try­ing to scrub it off in the bath­room later.

While you could do this in some­thing like, and cer­tainly GIMP, we’ve cho­sen Adobe Pho­to­shop El­e­ments as its se­lec­tion tools are su­pe­rior – down­load a free trial at

The key to this is Pho­to­shop’s lay­ers and blend­ing modes, which make it easy to over­lay one colour onto an­other, while keep­ing the bright­ness in­for­ma­tion the same and al­low­ing the over­laid im­age to fall nat­u­rally across the face be­low. One thing we’d ad­vise is that this tech­nique works best on men or ladies (!) who haven’t yet cul­ti­vated a fine bushy beard.


Your fore­ground and back­ground colours are here. The fore­ground colour is al­ways the one that you paint with.


These are the app’s tools. From here you can choose to se­lect, to paint, to erase, or to cre­ate blends and shapes.

Tool opt ions

What­ever tool you have se­lected, there are go­ing to be op­tions, and they’re found at the bot­tom of the in­ter­face.


Ex­pert Mode gives you the most con­trol over the look of your fi­nal im­age, but also of­fers the least help in get­ting there.

Lay­ers palett e

These are your Lay­ers. You can change their or­der, how they in­ter­act with each other and more from here.

Hist ory

This is the His­tory pal­ette. It’s like a multi-level undo and lets you step back through the changes you made ear­lier.

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