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The Mad Horror Clown
Tutorials Photo Manipulation 60162 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!


Part 2

The first thing that I will do to paint with the Brush Tool the lips. Create a new layer and call it Lips. The color I've used is #b00808.

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Change the blending mode of Lips Layer from Normal to Color Burn , Opacity 90%.

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Place the clown on the left side of the image...this will be his final place because as you saw in the initial image I will add a background image!

With the Pen Tool draw a shape like in the image , the color is white. Call this layer Mouth. Go to blending options and add a stroke , color black:

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Duplicate this layer Mouth. Merge Mouth layer and Mouth copy layer. Now with the Eraser Tool delete the part that covers the lips and teeth. Change the opacity of this layer to 78%.

Use the Eraser Tool opacity 12 % size 3-6 to show the face features and wrinkles so that the make up looks real!

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Create a new layer and with the Brush Tool , color #201005 draw an area around the eyes. To look real use Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur :

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Let's change the eyes a little bit to look like scary glass eyes. Draw a circle with the Ellipse Tool .

The circle color is white and add a stroke 2 px , color #afb9a8.

Change the Blending Mode of this layer from Normal to Darken 100%!

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Add another make up element to the eyes. With the Pen Tool draw a shape like in the image , color #1a100b.

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Step 8 – Hair

The hardest part of this photo manipulation was adding the hair. I am not using the graphic tablet even if I had one :) .... I will learn to use it soon!

So with the Brush Tool and this color #d43a05 draw a simple hair shape like in the image. Use the other two colors to give contrast. You will have to use small size brush for creating hair wires!

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When you draw hair you may want to use Dodge Tool to lighten parts of the hair , Burn Tool to darken the bottom areas of the hair. I also use Smudge Tool (small size 3 px, strength 85%) to create hair wires.

The result is up to you!

Step 9 – Red Nose

Draw a red circle in the nose area. Apply Gradient Overlay and Stroke to this circle like in the image:

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The colors and the settings for the gradient , lighter color #ff2400 (24%) , darker #be0707 (58%) and the darkest #8d0303 (100%):

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The color for the stroke is #a70808:

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Duplicate this layer and merge the two nose layers. With the Burn Tool and the Dodge Tool darken and lighten the nose to look like in the image:

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It is impossible to look exactly like this because I can't do it twice with an identical result. You can also adjust the intensity of the color if you think it is too saturated from Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation.

Lets add a nose shadow to look more realistic. Because the initial photo did not contain the nose there is any shadow on the face. Press CTRL and click the nose layer thumbnail. You will see that a selection was made. Create a new layer below nose layer and call it shadow.

Fill the selection in the shadow layer with #190202.

Move the shadow downwards and to the right.

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Now lower the opacity of the layer to 70% and to soften the edges go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 1.5 px:

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Step 10 – Dress the Clown

A clown in the T-shirt not so wright so I have found this really nice clown outfit

Crop only the outfit and add it to our 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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