Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Step 1 : Let's add this tattoo to the lovely lady's back with Photoshop. I'm sure you will enjoy doing it.


Step 2 : I have opened both the images in Photoshop by going to File>Open importing the images from a folder on my computer. (See above)

Step 3 : Now drag the tattoo (a layer) onto the lady's back (another layer).

Step 4 : But what has happened! The tattoo has covered up the lady. This happens when one of the images are larger.

Step 5 : Select the Move Tool by clicking it. I have shown where the Move Tool is located above.

Step 6 : Now grab a corner handle and resize the tattoo layer by dragging it down and moving it sideways.

Step 7 : It is just possible that the the corners handles do not appear. Just check the 'Show transform controls' in Photoshop CS 2 or 'Bounding box' located in the same place if you are using Photoshop7.

Step 8 : Since you are using only two layers there are visible as thumbnails in the Layers/Channels/Paths palette at the right bottom of Photoshop. If you cannot see it go to View at the top and check it from the drop down list.(See above)


Step 9 : I have repositioned the tattoo on the lady's back.


Step10 : Now go to Edit>Transform>Skew


Step 11 : Now drag the corner handles till you have resized the tattoo on her back.


Step12 : The tattoo has been skewed and resized on the lady's back. Now for a little magic!


Step 13 : Go to the Layers/Channels/Paths palette and change the Blend Mode to 'Multiply' from the pop up list. By default it is 'Normal'.


Step 14 : Aha! the lady's back is tattooed. But the tattoo is too dark and also needs a little more skewing.

Step 15 : Go the Layers/Channels/Paths palette again and drag the opacity slider to the left to decrease the opacity. (see above)


I have skewed the 'tattoo' layer a bit more and reduced the opacity to about 58 per cent. This is not fixed it will depend on the image.Now you can call yourself a tattoo artist. And, it didn't hurt the lady one bit!

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