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”
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 Paint.net, and certainly GIMP, we’ve chosen Adobe Photoshop Elements as its selection tools are superior – download a free trial at https://adobe.ly/2Eh3YNv.
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.
This is the History palette. It’s like a multi-level undo and lets you step back through the changes you made earlier.