Create a Zombie in Photoshop

Today you are going to learn how to take an image of a person and make them look like they are a zombie. This is one of the best tricks and ways I have found to make someone look like a zombie. This is a very realistic effect that is easy to apply, and you will have a lot of fun with it. Just make sure that you have some basic Photoshop skills, and we will guide you through the steps.

Step One. The first thing that you will need to do is to open an image in Photoshop that you want to have the zombie effect. It is a good idea to choose a photo that is a close-up of a face so that you can apply this image very easily.

Step Two. The next thing you need to do is to make the image that you have opened black and white. You can do this really easily by go to Image, down to Adjustments, and choose Desaturate. This will make your image black and white so that we can work with it. If Photoshop will not let you edit your background image, you may have to duplicate it so that you have one that is editable.

Step Three. Now you need to grab the Polygonal Lasso Tool. You need to use this tool to select the entire portion of the image that you want the effect to apply to. Since my image is a close up, I just selected the entire part of the body where I want the effect to be applied. The selection does not have to be perfect.

Step Four. Next cut the selection out but going to Edit, and Cut. You will want to place this on a new layer so that you only have the part of the image that you selected on a layer. You also want to duplicate that layer so that you have two copies. So, now you should have a background of the area minus the cut out portion, plus two layers of the part that you cut out.

Step Five. Now, working on the second layer down (first copy of cut out part), we need to colorize the image. I always choose a light green color. You will want to apply the same color to the second copy of the cut out layer. You also want to duplicate that layer again giving you three copies of the same thing.

Step Six. Now, working on your middle copy of the three same layers, go to Layer, down to Layer Style, and choose Pattern Overlay. You want to get your Rock patterns from the selection (right arrow) and choose the Red Rock pattern. You also want to change the Blend Mode to Color Burn and click OK.

Step Seven. Now, working on that same layer, you need to change the layer blend mode to Screen and take the Opacity down to 65%. You cant see any change yet, but you will soon.

Step Eight. Now, working with your very top layer, go to Layer, down to Layer Style, and choose Pattern Overlay. Now choose the Texture Fills (right arrow) from the selections and choose Clouds as your texture. You want your Blend mode to be Color Burn, and click OK. Your image is starting to take effect now, but you are not done.

Step Nine. Now change the Blend Mode of your top layer to Screen and take the Opacity down to 25%.

Step Ten. Now you want the clothing to be less affected, so you can use the Polygonal Lasso tool and select the clothing and cut it to a new layer, and take the opacity down to 50%.

Step Eleven. The final thing to do is to flatten the image by going to Layer, and down to Flatten Image. Now go to Filter, down to Sharpen, and choose Unsharp Mask. You will want to set the Amount to 30%, Radius to 0.7 pixels and Threshold to 0. Now you should have an awesome image of a zombie using nothing but Photoshop. I hope this has helped you create a zombie in Photoshop.