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Human Statue Effect: Cursed by Medusa

Posted by Gutem on Sunday, November 29th, 2009


Hello again. This time we’ll make a Stone Cursed person effect in Photoshop. I have used Photoshop CS4 for this tutorial.  Medusa, in the Greek mythology, is a female monster that, gazing directly upon her, would turn onlookers to stone.

Here is what we are going to do:

We’ll use this one:

Name the layer to “Kid“. Duplicate the “Kid” layer by right click on the layer and choose Duplicate Layer or CTRL+J for shortcut command.

Name this duplicated layer to “KidCopy” and close the “Kid” layer for a while, we’ll use it later on.

Desaturate the Duplicate Layer. Go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate.

On the “KidCopy” Layer, Remove the background and the eyes. I used the Pen Tool (P).

Once your done the image will look like this.
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Now we need a texture. We’ll use this Concrete texture downloaded from GrungeTextures. Open it to photoshop. Name the layer to “Texture“. Rotate it to 90° CCW. Go to Edit>Transfrom>Rotate 90° CCW.
Concrete Texture

Hold CTRL+CLICK on the “KidCopy” layer so that it will be in selection mode. Click the “Texture” Layer and inverse the selection. Go to Select> Inverse. Now press DELETE.
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Now Set the “Texture” layer to Multiply. Desaturate the “KidCopy” Layer. Go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. The image will now look like this.
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Working on the eye. On the “Textures” layer, Select an area using Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). Try to select below the eye and once your done selecting press CTRL+J to duplicate the selected area. Same Process on the Right eye. Name the left duplicate to “Left Eye” and “Right Eye” for the right side.
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Now move the “Left Eye” and the “Right Eye” layer below the “HandsomeCopy” Layer by click on the duplicate layer and dragging it below on the layers palette. Heres the position of the Layers.
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Place the “Left Eye” and “Right Eye” Layer to the proper position Using Move Tool (V). See this image below.
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To adjust the Lightness of the Right Eye and Left Eye Layer, go toImage>Adjustments> Hue/Saturation then adjust the Lightness to -40 so it will be a bit darker.

Choose Burn Tool (O). Set the range to Highlights and Exposure to 30%. Start Using burn tool on the sides of the eye.
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Working on the hair. We will use Curves to match it with the skin and to make it more lighter. Select the “KidCopy” layer, Choose Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and select the hair.
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Go to Image>Adjustments>Curves. Adjust at your taste.

Now our image will look like this after we adjust the hair:
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Now to finish, Choose Burn Too (O) and try to apply some darker area on the nose and the eye a little. Open the “Handsome” layer to bring back the background. Now we’re done!!!!

I hope you learn something on this tutorial and let me hear your feedbacks.

You can download the PSD File

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56 Responses to “Human Statue Effect: Cursed by Medusa”

  1. William Says:

    WOW! That is freaky looking! Nice tutorial, thanks!

  2. Lenin Says:

    Awesome idea!! Thankyou!

  3. shruti Says:

    good tutorial

  4. karpidis Says:

    Sorry but because I am noob I would like to understand how to open texture as layer and not as new photo. Because I open it to photoshop and it is a new photo that I cannot merge layers.

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  8. Abhay Says:

    its really nice

  9. RottNKorpse Says:

    first off nice tutorial…but wouldn’t it be easier and more effective to use the magnetic lasso tool on the eyes and then instead of burning the edges of the eyes to give the shapes an inner glow blending option which you would then give it a burn blend that way it would have the same result but also be non-destructive. (I always go for non-destructive)

    Continuing on the Non-Destructive…instead of doing the select and delete for the texture holding Alt + Click BETWEEN the two layers will clip the texture to the cutout shape which will provide the same result yet non-destructive. :)

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  14. Nice Tut Says:

    Nice To Try Easy To Learn
    I Only Had Some Questions About Magnetic Tools

    Why you don’t use it.

  15. Joe Says:

    I think, yes you can use the magnetic tool, it’s another option available. There’s lots of ways of achieving the same result.

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  17. Eyjo Says:

    or u could just use the wand tool, its wery useful and does all the cut-out for u, with just one click and is surplisingly accurate, but anyways like someone up here sayd, same results

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  19. Singgih Says:

    Good tutorial….I like this

  20. Kaynak Makinasi Says:

    Really good job. Hey gutem u r a Photoshop Professor.

  21. Savvyness Says:

    Thanks for the photoshop tutorial, this really helped me complete my school project. I will keep in touch.

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  23. Yoshinatsu Ryou Says:

    Nice tutorial indeed 😀

  24. chelle Says:

    Seems to be a layer mask created that is never described.

  25. Barbara Says:

    Love it! Thanks for posting that.

  26. Nalinda Suvin Says:

    Wow! nice one! thanks alot!

  27. Charlie Says:

    Thank you for a concise, easy to follow tutorial .. that has great results. It’s appreciated that you have shared your knowledge. Thank you.

  28. Jeff Says:

    While it was nice, contrary to some, it wasn’t easy. It seemed to me that there were steps missing that were taken for granted.

  29. Piotr Says:

    Stony horrifying but very nice and smart :)

  30. rey Says:

    cool… i like it…

  31. Laume Says:

    This is quite new tutorial. It is very strange how the things running around. Iv made this pic back in 2009 and right after lots of tutorials apear…

    Anyway, maybe my spoon is after the dinner, but please check my work. To see how this tutorial can be implemented in different way.

  32. turo Says:

    When you say to inverse the layers, I don’t get the option. Is there a step missing that will let me inverse my selection?

  33. bob Says:

    wow, totally confused by this step: Hold CTRL+CLICK on the “KidCopy” layer so that it will be in selection mode. Click the “Texture” Layer and inverse the selection. Go to Select> Inverse. Now press DELETE. i can’t get anything to happen.

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  35. mina Says:

    tanks very very good

  36. rytyfgh Says:

    indeed it was a good tutorial

  37. Chizz Says:

    This was just confusing and not good. I agree with bob I couldnt make that step work.

  38. Kamal Says:

    its a nice tutorial. but i could not understand about the texture layer.
    i just copied that photo and opened it in my PSD file.
    it worked good with texture photo.
    but i want to know about texture that u show in this tutorial.

  39. Wally Says:

    Hey mate, thanks for the AWESOME tutorial, just what i was looking for my project at work.

  40. future technology Says:

    I like that

  41. mario Says:

    heyyyyyy jejeje this tutoria its so good that I couldn’t help making it on my own, thnks!

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  43. HA0S Says:

    good good – kor.

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  45. Maan Says:

    Nice & very Easy Tutorial

  46. ilmu photoshop CS Says:

    simple & easy . I like it, Thanks for sharing!

  47. morteza Says:

    too nice.thank you very much

  48. danish Says:

    excellent post,
    quite real time effect there

  49. arteco Says:

    good idea, fantastic trick, I’d love to practice

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    Very well done,

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