Creating a Scary Zombie Photo Effect in Photoshop

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This is another one of my scary freakish tutorials. We’ll turn a pretty yet sad girl… into a zombie. That’s vintage Waseem for you. :)

Since this is a photo effect, it is not a design or photo manipulation itself, but it can be used in any of the two.

Don’t be afraid to open this tutorial, no discretion is advised since no blood or other horror material is used here.

You might also like to view:  Horror Effect Fonts

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Final Result

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Color Adjustments

I have “Face” opened in my Photoshop. First step is to sharpen some parts of the image with Sharpen Tool.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Then make a duplicate layer of the face and Go to Image>Adjustment>Desaturate.
Now set Layer Style of our new layer to Soft light.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Here is the result

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Vibrance and Burn

We have set the colors but the skin still looks like it has life in it. We need to make it dead like.
I’m making an adjustment layer here. Add a Vibrance Layer and use these values.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Now the skin is too white, I’m using Burn tool here and there to balance the colors. And don’t forget to make dark circles around the eyes.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Powder Horror

One thing we need to learn if we want to be a good designer, is using things on the places for which they were NOT meant for.
Here I’ve grabbed a stock image of powder texture and setting its colors. Go to Image>Adjustment>Hue/Saturation.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Then I switch the Layer Style to Overlay and set Opacity to 59% and erased all the excess part of the powder layer.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Bloody Eyes

Now paint with red color soft brush over sclera (this means white part of the eye). And set layer style to Overlay.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

The Deathly Cut

I’m inserting a big wound on the forehead, it will seem as if she died due to this.
I grabbed this cut from a Mud Texture and placed on the for-head. Then switch layer style to Overlay.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

After The Overlay

Lips

Select soft brush once again and paint for the lips on a new layer. And once again, we’ll set the layer style to Overlay.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Now what this image needs is the finishing touch.

So I decided to add a cut on one side of the lips. I used Smudge tool to create this effect. Just click and drag, and you have your cut.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Then I’m adding stitches. For that, I’m just making a few strokes using Brush Tool.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Now use Burn tool and make a few strokes on the stitches area.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

The Long Face

Round faces have a polite expression, our girl has a polite expression, and we need to change it.

Go to the Filters>Liquify and adjust these values.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Now drag your mouse on these places. This will make the face edgy.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Liquify Result

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Color Enhancement

And to finish it off, I’m making another Adjustment Layer. Go to Gradient Map and select these colors.

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

Final Result

Adobe photoshop horror face effect tutorials

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Waseem Amjad is the chief Graphic Designer and official Photographer of Designzzz.com When he is not writing tutorials or creating freebies, he can be found in streets capturing photographs.
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6 Comments on “Creating a Scary Zombie Photo Effect in Photoshop” Join The Discussion!
  1. Saya says:

    I was wondering what inspired you to make this. Interesting but scarry

    1. waseem says:

      Hmm… that’s a very interesting question.

      I guess it must be that sarcasm my girlfriend imposed a few days ago. I told her that she looks extremely beautiful and she said: “wait till we are married and have two kids, I’ll start to look like a beast to you”. (we had pretty exciting chat on this issue, but that’s another story.)

      Maybe that’s from where I got my idea…

  2. shoaib says:

    nice work

    1. waseem says:

      thanks Shoaib.

  3. Dee says:

    You have no idea how long I’ve been hunting for this tutorial.

    Really. Thank you.

    1. waseem says:

      You’re most welcome. It’s a lovely feeling to know that I was helpful.
      Thanks for the comment.

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