Since halloween season is coming soon. I thought about making this is a simple tutorial on how you can make a stone statue effect from a picture with Photoshop. On this tutorial it is highly recommended that you use a close up portrait of a woman/man or animal whichever you prefer as long as it is a close up one.

You can find and download the stone texture image here at Free Stockphotos.com

Lets start and Have fun!

Step1. Open your portrait (File>Open or Ctrl+O).. so I choose this photo of my friend.
orig

Step 2. We will now Desaturate Our photo; Image>Adjustments>Desaturate or Shift+Control+U.
desaturate

Step 3. Now open and find our stone texture file that we will use for the effect. Now and drag it into your face photo. Change the layer Blend mode to Multiply.(layer blending) and Merge the two Layers Ctrl+E or Layer>Flatten Image.

Step 4. Now we need to eliminate the eyes. So using our pentool (P) draw a path around the left eye and make a selection (go to your Paths Pallet, click on the work path, and click the ‘Load Path as a Selection’ in the bottom of your pallete) or Ctrl+Enter.
layer path

Step 5. Use the clone tool (S) and select an area of the stone texture as your source and clone it around the eye. Choose your Blur(R) tool, and smooth the edges of the new eye. Here’s what I come up with:
blurred-eye

Step 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to do the right eye.

Step 7. To add a spookiness effect and complete our effect for our statue: we now Create a New layer, choose gradient tool, set radial gradient, white to black and apply it to your new layer (Show gradient). and then change the Blending mode to Linear Burn, then play around with the Opacity for your desired result. I used Opacity 69% and then Fill 50% to achieve this effect.
gradientlayer-linear burn

Heres my final result
stone-effect

This effect is perfect for this coming Halloween season. Impress and scare your friends learning this photoshop effect. What are you waiting for? Try this and turn your friends into scary stone portrait.

Also don’t forget that we will be giving away more cool and scarier tutorials for you to use this coming Halloween. And keep tune in our blog and check out more cool tutorials at photoshopbag.com

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