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Create a Tattoo in Photoshop

Tutorials Photo Effects 8645 Views February 15th, 2014

In this quick tutorial I will show you how to create a skin tattoo effect using any text, shapes or vector graphics. To create a realistic tattoo in Photoshop all you have to do is to change the blending mode, reduce the opacity and the saturation of the tattoo, add a noise effect and that is all. If you want to create tattoos and body paintings from photos and other images you can try our tattoo creator mock-up.


In this tutorial we'll create a realistic tattoo in Photoshop using a free vector clipart. I will start with this stock image, a girl with bellyring , jeans and a lot of exposed skin to add the tattoo. You might want to add adjustment layers to make small changes for Color Balance.

Add this heart tattoo vector graphics and place it over the skin. Also remove the white background.

Use the Brush Tool and color white to paint over the text to hide it.

Create a open path following the ribbon shape. Use the type Tool to add your text. I used Ethon Font which is a free font type. Learn how you can install font in Photoshop

You can now select the Heart Tattoo Layer and the Text Layer and convert into smart object and set the blend mode to Darken, opacity 60% .

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the tattoo with these settings.

For the final touches you can add a layer mask for the Tattoo Object and inside you can use the Filter>Noise>Add Noise filter with

So here is the final result for the tattoo Photoshop effect; you can place the tattoo in any place you want but you might have to use the Transform Tools like Rotate, Distort, Warp to modify the shape of the tattoo. If the tattoo exceeds the skin area all you have to do is to hide or mask that area.

You can also use one of these tattoo brushes or any other custom shape that you like.

Tattoo Photoshop Creator Mock-up

You can also check out our easy tattoo creator that will help you create tattoos from text, shapes, vector graphics and even photos. You can buy the mockup for only 4$ from creativemarket.

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5 comment(s) for "Create a Tattoo in Photoshop"

4:08 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Nice tattoo effect, looks realistic enough from my point of view. I am glad you liked our Skin Tattoo Photoshop Tutorial. reply
5:16 AM Friday, July 11, 2014
How to add realistic tattoos in Photoshop video tutorial : reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
That is a pretty cool tutorial! Here is my attempt to create a tattoo in Photoshop. I added a dragon tattoo on the skin using only this tutorial but I will try the tattoo creator also. Thank you :) reply
8:53 AM Monday, July 06, 2015
A very nice tutorial and it is featured in our list of best Photoshop Tutorials of year 2014. Check here : and don't forget to give a shoutout on social networks :-) reply
4:24 AM Sunday, September 27, 2015
a very nice tutorial. reply

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