Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform Yourself into a Marble, Sculpture Bust!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how create classical, marble busts from photos. The photos can be black and white, continuous tone or color. I provided these images for you to
download, so you can follow along. Their links are located in the video description or project files. I’ll use this one for this video. Open a photo of someone who’s facing you and is lit from the front. It’s important that the lighting be even throughout the face. I downloaded this one
from To get your photo into the sculpture document, press “V” to open
your Move Tool and drag it onto the tab of the sculpture document. Without releasing
your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and then, release. Before we resize it, reduce
its opacity to approximately 40%,so we can see through it. Open your Transform Tool by
pressing Ctrl + T on Windows or Cmd + T on a Mac. If you can’t see the Transform’s entire
bounding box, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt + Shift on Windows or Option + Shift on a Mac as you drag it in or out
until the size of your subject’s head is approximately the same size as the head on the sculpture.
If you want to tilt the photo, go to corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate the Transform. Continue to size and position it until the eyes, nose and mouth are in correct proportions to the
sculpture’s face. Then, press Enter or Return. Now, we can bring the Opacity back to 100%. Make a copy of your photo by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Remove all its color by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Click off the eyeball next to the color photo to hide the layer. Now, the only visible layers are the black and white photo and the sculpture. Click the
Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the active layer and then invert it by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Think of a layer mask as a stencil. Whatever is black in the
layer mask will hide the photo and whatever is white will reveal areas of the photo. We
need to make the foreground color white. If your foreground and background colors aren’t
black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Invert them, by pressing “X”
or click this icon. Now, white is the foreground color. Open your Brush Tool, make the size approximately 40 pixels, make the Hardness: 0% and increase the Opacity to 100%. Press
the F5 key at the top of your keyboard to open your Brush panel. Make sure the only
setting that’s checked is “Smoothing”. Press F5 again to close the panel. Press “z” to open your Zoom Tool and drag a rectangle over the head. Press “B” to open
your Brush Tool and brush over the face to reveal your subject. Remember, since the Layer
Mask is active, you’re actually brushing white over the layer mask, which in turn, is revealing
areas of the black and white photo. beneath To mask out areas of your subject, we need to brush black over the layer mask. To do this, invert your foreground and background colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard. Now, brush over areas you want to
mask out. To make your brush larger or smaller, press the right or left bracket keys. To reposition the image on your screen, press and hold the Space bar as you drag the image. Continue to carefully brush white or black over areas to reveal or mask the face on the sculpture base. Next, we’ll remove the irises from the eyes. Click the photo to make it active, open
your Zoom Tool and zoom into the eyes. Press “I” to open your Eyedropper Tool Click outside the iris to pick up the color, make your brush smaller and carefully brush over the inside of the eyes. Open your Blur Tool, make its Strength: 100% and brush over the eyelids to soften them a little. Open your Smudge Tool, make its Strength: 100% and smudge areas of similar tones to blend them into each other. Smudging your image gives it a smooth, almost plastic look. To zoom out, press Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard a few times. Make sure your brushstrokes follow the same directions as the wrinkles and contours of the features. It’s also important not to brush over distinct areas of contrast like the nostrils and between the lips. To smudge smaller areas, educe the size of your Smudge Tool. Continue to finesse the face until it’s smooth and there are no skin pores. I’d like to brighten the areas where the irises were, so I’ll open my Dodge Tool, click this icon to revert the colors to black
and white and then, click this icon to invert them. Make your brush size fit the area you’d like to brighten. Reduce the Exposure to approximately 20% and choose the Range that approximates
the tonal values of the areas you want to brighten. I’ll choose “Midtones”, because
the area isn’t too dark, nor light. Now, gently brush over the inside of the eyes. If you want to blend them in more, use your Smudge Tool. Remember, if areas of the face are too
too dark or too light, use your Dodge or Burn Tools to brighten or darken them. Make sure
you’re using white for the Dodge Tool and black for the Burn Tool and that your choosing
the appropriate Range for the tones you’re brightening or darkening. Also, reduce the
Exposure way down. Press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to fit the document back onto your screen. Next,
we’ll add a reflective sheen to the marble. First, make a composite snapshot of your image
by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Click the Channels tab. If you don’t see it, go Window and Channels. I included an Alpha channel
of the sculpture’s silhouette. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its thumbnail to make a selection
of its shape. Click back on the Layers panel and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the sculpture
from its background and copy it to its own layer. Make a new layer below the active
layer by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking on the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer
with black. If your background color is black, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Click the thumbnail
of the cutout sculpture to make it active and go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open
the Artistic folder and click Plastic Wrap. I’m using these settings, but feel free to
play with them to get just the amount of detail and sheen that you like on your marble. Then,
click OK. If you want to make the neck a bit thinner, make another composite snapshot, make black your foreground color and zoom into the neck. Open your Brush Tool, reduce its size and brush over the outside areas of the neck. To fit it back onto your canvas,
press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Michael Kiebler

    Very good thank you

  • Manuel Antonio

    This is art to.Greetings from Portugal.

  • Cricri

    Hi Marty,

    I know this is over 3 years old, but here is a question that may help others too. In this tutorial, when you desaturate the photo and mask the face onto the bust, the tones of the face and the bust are very close. In other instances, my attempt included, the tones are markedly different. I find that no amount of dodging works: I end up with a face that loses definition to get the right tonal balance. So my question is; whet kind of work can I do just after desaturating the face to equalise the tones and contrast to that I get the kind of match you have in your tutorial?

    I suspect I need to start with a curve:level adjustment to get the same tonal range, but that is not enough to get a perfect match.

    I would appreciate your or your viewers' suggestions.

    Thank you for another great tut.

  • Ahmed Merrouche

    I wish if i can do the same for the whole body and hair !

  • ACE pubg Gaming

    Photo is corrupted which is in the description

  • WorkOutGameOut

    got one for people with a bald head?

  • andersson lasse

    00.45 in the clip you say: "It´s important that the lightning..?..throughout the face." Please, tell me what youre saying.

  • Freelance SEO Specialist

    good but cant be used for game animation
    what do you suggest ? am i right ?

  • Ludwig H

    but what when I have a very dark beard?


    Awesome 😊 thanks

  • Black Angel


  • C Clack

    Guess this tutorial's not for everyone.

  • Ryan Chandler

    I want to do this, but i have a mullet so the hair isn't gonna work out

  • Mike Kleinsteuber

    Nicely done.

  • Oliver Mussiett

    Excelente explicación!!! wow!!!

  • Dada Jason Kolawole

    Top 👍👍👍

  • Boy Gayfellow

    I want one of me as african king. where can I get photo of african king marble

  • R1yz3n k

    Control + Shift + u does not work for me, there's an autoselection at the top left or something that is preventing it i think

  • Bruno DeLarge

    thank you . amazing channel heres the result!!

  • Chosen Idea

    Holy smokes, that's some coat that dude has on.

  • Reimage Reimage

    Thank you! Amazing!

  • Marc Keeling

    Pretty sure it doesn't matter what colour your brush is during Burn and Dodge.

  • lenny108

    how to print this with a 3D printer?

  • le bourreau


  • Haziq Pazli

    why i try to brush nothing happen?

  • IG-17



    Very Cool


    Very good!!! Hugs from Brasil!!!!!

  • spacemaze 0

    very cool

  • Scooby Miranda

    wow, i cant believe i just witness the excellence of the work of marty

  • Ashiqur Rahman

    Your so genius person.

  • Paul Wood

    Would it be possible to use frequency separation by replacing the colour layer with the marble template?

  • Quad M Productions

    Such a great video and channel! I have one question. Is it possible to do this if the male has a dark beard?

  • Tuts Photoshop

    It’s very clear and nice work. Do you have any website about graphic?

  • Nikoslav



    What if I have black beard on my face ? :/

  • Reed Sullivan

    That was so professionally done! Pace, content, – so impressive 🙂

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  • Hado Brockmeyer

    Hi, great tutorial. Where can i find the female bust?

  • Adanan Habib

    like it

  • Yzhel Talaran

    Thanks Mr.Marty From Philippines!

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  • orango man

    can you make a tutorial showing the inverse that mean how to transform a statue to a real person? please

  • The XT Files

    Badass video! Thxs for the tutorial!

  • Prem Dutt Pd

    3d figurines from pictures india

  • Ankit Kumar Singh

    which photoshop is used in this tutorial

  • Raven Light

    just wanted to say …. thank you.

  • Donnie Van Wie

    Are there other marble bust to download, and or, is their a site to go to to purchase some? Thank you for your wonderful demonstration.

  • TheVeganlicious

    Is there a way to put a face to a sculpture? I'm looking for an artist who can do that

  • Kira Hanzama

    Thank You so much this has helped me alot!


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