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.
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.
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