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The Mad Horror Clown
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 59292 Views October 12th, 2010

I am not afraid of the scary clowns but I know some people are. As you all know the clowns are popular characters in horror movies. So in this Photoshop tutorial, I decided to create my own scary clown. I have found the most perfect figure on the internet to do this photo manipulation. You will see that it is rather simple to create and the result looks really nice!

I hope you find this horror Photoshop tutorial interesting enough to share it with your friends. So let's start creating our scary clown and discover once more the incredible power of Photoshop!


Preview of the Final Image

Let's take a quick look at the final image of the scary clown that we are about to create. Please remember that sometimes the images used in certain photo manipulation may not be available anymore, so that doesn't mean you can not practise the tutorial using other stock images.

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Step 1 – Find the Perfect Images

Open a new psd file 550/600 pixels. Now lets start looking on the internet for images. I found on flickr that has the label Creative Commons-licensed content for adaptation, modification or building upon a nice image. This image is just perfect except the eyes, background and clothes. For the eyes I will use this scary eyes photo. I will add the other images further on.

Lets proceed!

Call this initial layer Face layer.

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Step 2 – Use Liquify to change the Face Expression

This smile is not scary so go to Filter – Liquify and pick Forward Warp Tool for this job. The settings for this tool are presented below but the brush size will vary from 19 to 30.

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Step 3 – Add Scary Eyes

Copy this scary eyes photo and place it above Face layer. Resize the image until the eyes have the same size as the original eyes. Select only the left side screen eye with Eliptical Marquee Tool and than press CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Now we have a new layer. Call this layer Eye layer. Delete scary eyes photo.

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As you can see the eye is too dark so go to Image – Adjustments – Curves and lighten the image

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Now go to Image – Adjustments – Color Balance and make the following settings

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Now duplicate the eye and go to Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal. Now we have the second eye. Move the eyes to their appropriate place.

Zoom in the image and easily delete the unnecessary skin around the eyes.

You should obtain an image like this one:

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It starts to look pretty scary, isn’t it?

Step 4 – Add wrinkles to the Face

Select the Face layer and the two Eye layers and right click , merge layers.

With the Burn Tool size 3, exposure 17 %, range Shadows burn the wrinkles. As you can see from the image below I have accentuate some of his wrinkles with burn tool I’ve created some new ones with the same tool on the forehead.

Because the wrinkles from the forehead are too colored I will use Sponge Tool, brush size 3 , desaturate .

Use the Dodge Tool near the wrinkles, to give the impression that area is bumped.

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As you can see the result is a more scary wrinkled face.

Step 5 – Crop the Man

Until we go any further crop the man image or remove the background is the same thing.

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Use the Pen Tool , right click , choose Make Selection. Set the Feather Radius to 10 pixels ; if you don't do that the selection edges would be very visible and annoying .

the-mad-horror-clown tutorial intermediary image With the lasso Tool selected , right click and choose Select Inverse and press delete.

The result should be something like this:

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Step 6 – Add Background

I will now add a background. Draw a rectangle and place it below all layers. Go to the Blending Options of this layer and add Gradient Overlay:

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For the gradient I choose the following colors :

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Step 7 – Face Makeup

Let's start painting the man face to look more and more like a clown.

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23 comment(s) for "The Mad Horror Clown"

Photoshop Tuts
7:00 AM Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I wasn't scared of the clowns but now i think i am starting to be :) Good job, very nice tut! reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The final result looks really nice , a complete transformation! reply
Photoshop Society
7:00 AM Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Oh Man you are great. reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Thanks Dude! reply
7:00 AM Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Well that really helped me a lot with my work. Thanks a million!
Photoshop Clipping Path
7:00 AM Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Thanks for sharing this wonderful post reply
7:00 AM Saturday, November 27, 2010
haha thats a perfect funny clown, not a scary one reply
7:00 AM Saturday, November 27, 2010
:) yap, i guess you are right! reply
average homeboi
average homeboi
7:00 AM Friday, February 11, 2011
this is pretty awesome it actually helped me for a project i had to do :) reply
7:00 AM Monday, March 07, 2011
Hi dude,
thanks for reading my tuts, glad u find them interesting!
Your result is really nice, I like the clown and also the floating an advice try to pay more attention to the details! reply
7:00 AM Friday, May 06, 2011
Yap without a graphic tablet, that is the reason why the hair does not look good :)
thank you so much Cory ! reply
Eddie Fitzgerald
Eddie Fitzgerald
7:00 AM Sunday, May 15, 2011
Whoa! This was a terrific tutorial! You're way ahead of most people who do this because you manage to be entertaining without sacrificing detail. If you ever write a book, I'll buy it! reply
7:00 AM Sunday, May 15, 2011
Hi Eddie! I am really glad you like my writing style. I always try to explain my tutorials as good as I can. From your kind words I understand that I am doing a pretty nice job :)
Thank you! reply
7:00 AM Monday, May 23, 2011
Thanks Fee! What do you mean by "psp user" ? :) reply
9:38 AM Friday, September 02, 2011
Thank you for the warning, this is not the first time that happens :( and I already wrote to him but I don't expect too much reaction ! reply
11:51 PM Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Nice work my friend! Thank you for practicing my tuts and sorry for the late reply :) reply
Kathy Detweiler
1:03 AM Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Here is mine from the Zombie festival in Pittsburgh

4:10 AM Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Nice work, your clown look really scary :) reply
Deep Shah
Deep Shah
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I hav finished 3 tutorials
please check out my results on this link below
n tell me how r they reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Wow, did you do this without a drawing tablet? It's excellent work as it is but, if you didn't use a drawing tablet, excellent isn't the word to describe it. reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
excellent tut pity you are not a psp user !!! Tut like this for PSP would be fantastic !! reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Your work has been stolen! - reply
1:47 AM Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Great & funny Horror Clown.... Thank you very much reply

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