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Turning Yourself into a Zombie in Photoshop

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Zombify yourself! Learn how to turn ordinary portraits into terrifying zombie pictures with this Photoshop tutorial featuring Face Off winner Rayce Bird.

Zombies are the most clichéd monsters on the planet, but somehow we still love the idea of being chased by the undead. With Adobe Photoshop, it's easy to turn photos of friends, family, or yourself into a zombie nightmare come true.

Creature creator Rayce Bird, the winner of Face Off, shows how to take a normal portrait and turn it into a hideously frightening zombie with Photoshop. He starts at the very beginning: finding the right image to zombify. He then shifts to "preparing the canvas," where he makes some initial adjustments to get the image going in the right scary direction. From there, it's all about the details, including teeth, veins, bone, blood, color correction, and the proper lighting. In the end, members will have a perfectly horrific zombie version of themselves.


  • Welcome
  • How to use the exercise files
  • Before watching this course
1. Reference Images and Assets
  • Find the right references
  • Incorporate gross textures
2. Prepare the Artboard
  • Image adjustments and masking
  • Liquify and anatomy changes
  • Customized brushes
3. Zombie Anatomy
  • Painting anatomy
  • Skull textures
  • Gore textures
4. Color and Refinement
  • Color overlay and textures
  • Detail the blood, bones, and teeth
  • Add a background
5. The Finishing Touches
  • Add blood spatters and cataracts
  • Adjust the lighting
  • Final refinement and tweaks
  • Add color correction and overlays
  • Next steps

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Rayce Bird


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