The Pain Free Tattoo: A Photoshop Video Tutorial

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: April 4, 2011

Category: Videos

Following on from last weeks workshop, I was asked how by using Photoshop I would go about realistically adding a tattoo onto our model Steve Lewington; so what better time to put together a video showing a technique for how to do exactly that…

Now, for the tattoo to look as realistic as possible it would need to follow the contour of Steve’s muscle and this we can achieve by making use of something called a ‘Displacement Map‘; something which at first might sound difficult but believe me it’s really straight forward…

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn,

    Thanks for this tutorial. I recall seeing another fake tattoo tutorial a few years back making use of the liquify tool, which seemed a bit more involved this your technique. Always useful to have another feather (that achieves the same result) in the photoshop cap, so to speak.



    • Glyn

      @David…Absolutely mate; more ‘tools’ the better 🙂

  2. Noel Hannan

    Nice one Glyn!
    Imagination is the only limit!

    • Glyn

      @Noel…Thanks mate, and yeah absolutely…with Photoshop ‘if you can imagine it, there’s always a way to do it’ 🙂

  3. Terry Donnelly

    Superb, great to see it done in the video, and a fantastic result.

    • Glyn

      Cheers Terry 🙂

    • Glyn

      @Claudio…Glad you like it mate 😉

  4. Sharif

    This is a amazing video tutorial.To become Graphic Designer this nice and easy tutorial is helpful.Thanks for sharing.



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