2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 11, 2018 12:51 PM by johnb69056614

    Making plastic people in Photoshop CS5

    johnb69056614

      I'm trying to find a method to photoshop faces, to make them look like they're made of plastic. I've gotten as far as being able to make shiny faces, but I still feel like something's missing.

       

      This is my current method, illustrated with a picture of former US President Barack Obama.

       

      Barack_Obama_1.png

       

      First I make a selection around the face and copy the layer. I then apply a surface blur to smooth out the skin.

       

      Barack_Obama_2.png

      Then I posterize with 7 layers, to increase the contrast between the areas on his face that are light and dark.

      Barack_Obama_3.png

      I use surface blur again to soften the image, then I apply the Plastic Wrap filter.

      Barack_Obama_4.png

      As the final thing I change the blending mode of the top layer to Overlay.

      Barack_Obama_5.png

      That's a pretty shiny president and it looks pretty fake, but mostly just shiny. Like he's covered in vaseline. I've tried messing around with the Overlay Layer, adding more or less contrast and trying out different filters. What I'm looking for is a way to make the face look kind of like a mask, but still be recognizable. Something along these lines:

      Obama-Mask.png

      If anybody's got any good tips and pointers, it will be much appreciated