Photoshop Tutorial: KISS!  How to Apply Gene Simmons’ Makeup to a Photo

Photoshop Tutorial: KISS! How to Apply Gene Simmons’ Makeup to a Photo


This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

I'm going to show you how to transform a person's face into the look of Gene Simmons from KISS.

For your convenience and to save time, I provided this image that we'll use to create the makeuparound the eyes.

Its link is located in the video description or project files.

Open aphoto you'd like to use.

I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.


Make sure the personis facing you straight on.

Click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click "Duplicate Layer".

Open the Document list and click "New".

Type in "Displacement"and click OK.

Displacement maps generally look best when they're blurred, so go to Filter,Blur and Gaussian Blur.

I'll blur it 5 pixels.

You may need to adjust this amount, basedon the size and resolution of your photo.

Make the blur look similar to this example.

Then click OK.

Go to File and "Save As".

Click "Desktop" and save it as a ".

PSD" file.

Then, click Save.

If you see this warning, click OK.

Click the small "x" on the right of theDisplacement tab to close the file.

Make 2 copies of the photo by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J, twice.

We'll remove all the color from the top layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift+ U.

Then, change its Blend Mode to Multiply.

Click off the eyeball next to the layer tohide it and click the thumbnail of Layer 1 to make it active.

We need to make a selectionaround the face to isolate it for the white make-up.

There are many ways to make selections,but for this example, I'll use the Pen Tool.

I did an entire tutorial on how to use thistool, so I won't be going over it in-depth here.

I'll create paths that follow the contoursof the edge of the face and hairline.

When you reach the original starting point of a path, you'll see a small circle.

This tells you that if you click on it the point, you'llclose the work path.

Click the Paths tab to open the panel.

If you don't see it, go toWindow and Paths.

Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail to make the work path intoa selection.

Go to Select and Refine Edge.

Check "Smart Radius" and brush over the edgeof the hairline and forehead.

Smart Radius automatically adapted the radius to the imageedges thereby including the hair along the edges with the selection.

Output it as a "selection" and click OK.

Go to Select and Save Selection.

Type in "Face Shape" and click OK or pressEnter or Return.

To deselect it, press Ctrl or Cmd + D.

Open the Layers panel and openthe Eye makeup shapes that I provided.

To get it into your photo document, press "V" to open your Move Tool and drag the eye makeup shapes onto the tab of your photo.

Withoutreleasing your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and then release.

To resizeand position it onto the face, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T.

Temporarily,reduce its opacity so you can see through it.

Drag it to the center and to resize it,go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option+ Shift as you drag it in or out.

Center it over the nose and position the points on thebottom a bit below the nose.

If you want to warp the shape, click the "Warp Transform"icon and drag the lines and points on the grid to warp the shape.

To ensure that theshapes will remain symmetrical to each other, wherever you place the point on one side ofthe grid, mirror the position of the point on the other side of the grid.

To accept itclick the checkmark at the top or press Enter or Return.

Since, I'll keep the original shape,I'll undo the warp by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Z.

Increase the opacity back to 100% andchange its blend mode to "Soft Light".

Next, we'll add makeup to the lips.

Press "Z" to open your Zoom Tool and drag it over the mouth of your subject.

To move it, press& hold the Space bar on your keyboard as you drag your image.

This time, I'll use the PencilTool.

I'll make the Size: 5 pixels and the Hardness: 100%.

I'll press Enter or Returnand the F5 key at the top of my keyboard to open the Brush Presets.

I'll make sure noneof the settings are checked, except "Smoothing".

Then, I'll press F5 again to close the panel.

I'll click the Quick Mask icon so I can draw a quick mask.

I'll draw around the edge ofthe lips and when I get to a corner, I'll release my cursor, go to here and Shift-clickon the image to make a straight line.

I'll release my cursor, go to to the edge of thebottom lip and Shift-click again to make another straight line.

I'll continue to follow theedge of the lips and when I get to here, I'll make another dagger-like shape.

To fill itin, I'll open the Paint Bucket Tool and click inside the quick mask.

I'll press "Q" to makeit into a selection and invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I.

I'llfill it with black and since black is the foreground color, I'll press Alt or Option+ Delete.

Then, deselect it.

To fit the entire document back onto your canvas, press Ctrlor Cmd + 0.

Next, we'll make the widow's peak at the top of the forehead.

Open the Channelspanel.

If you don't see it, go to Window and Channels.

Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnailof the face shape to make it into a selection.

Open back up your Layers panel and press "Q"to see the selection as a quick mask.

With your Pen Tool make a "V" shape over the centerof the forehead overlapping the hair.

To reposition the lowest anchor point, press and hold Ctrlor Cmd as you drag it.

Let's bend in each side of the V.

Go the middle of a sideand Alt-click or Option click directly on the path to add an anchor point.

Then, Ctrl-clickor Cmd-click on it as you drag it in.

Repeat these steps on the other side.

Click at the top, left on the quick mask to make anchor point and continue to do this aroundthe head until you've reached the first anchor point to close the work path.

Open your Pathspanel and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of the work path to make it into a selection.

Press "Q" to make the selection into a quick mask and then, deselect it.

Press "Q" againto convert this new shape into a selection.

Open back up your Layers panel and fill theselection with black.

Then, deselect it.

Make Layer 1 active.

Click the Adjustment layericon and click Hue/Saturation.

Click the Clipping Mask icon to clip or restrict the adjustment layer to effect just the one layer beneath it in the Layers panel.

If we didn't clipthe adjustment layer, it would effect all the layers beneath it in the Layers panel.

Drag the Saturation all the way to the left to remove all the color.

To bring back someof the color, reduce its opacity to 80%.

Click the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Levels.

Clip it and brighten the Input midtones to 1.


Make the dark makeup layer active.

We're ready to displace it, so it'll wrap around the contours of the face.

Go toFilter, Distort and Displace.

Make the Horizontal and Vertical Scales 5, Stretch to Fit andRepeat Edge Pixels.

Then, click OK.

Click the "Displacement" file that you saved at the beginning and click "Open".

The dark make-up made a subtle, but important shift.

You'll see that it's now wrapping itself ] around the contours.

To remove the dark shapesunder the nose, open your Zoom Tool and zoom into it.

Open your Eraser Tool and choosea small point size with a hardness of 0%.

Brush over the dark points under the noseto erase them, as well as the inside of the eyes.

Then, fit your entire image back onto your canvas.

Drag the dark makeup layer to to the top of your Layers panel.

Make the black and white face layer visible and active.

At this point, your image should look approximatelyas dark as this, however, since this layer will be used for the black make-up, we needto make it even darker and have more contrast.

Click the Adjustment layer and click Brightness/Contrast.

Clip it and for this image, I'll make the Brightness: -62 and the Contrast: 78.

Experiment with your image to make it look similar to this.

Next, we create the white make-up.

Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of the dark make-up to make the shapes into a selection.

Make the black and white layer active.

Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask ofthe selection next to the black and white layer.

Open the Channels panel.

Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of the "Face Shape" to make a selection of its shape.

Openback up the Layers panel and press Ctrl+ Alt or Cmd + Option as you click on the thumbnailof the dark make-up layer to add its shape to the selection.

Make Layer 1 active andclick the layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to it.

Lastly,we'll remove some of the skin color from the dark make-up.

First, scroll to the top ofthe Layers panel and make the the top layer active.

Then, make a composite snapshot ofyour image by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac.

Go to this layer mask and press and hold Alt or Option as you drag a copyof it next to the composite snapshot.

Click the Adjustment layer icon and click Hue/ Saturation.

Clip it and reduce the saturation to minus 40.

This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.

Thanks for watching!.

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