How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Videographer by profession, hobbyist photographer by passion

In this tutorial i will show you how to turn a cute and innocent girl, into a rotting zombie child, using only the magic of Photoshop.

1. Getting started

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

This is my zombie candidate. Go ahead and duplicate this layer by going to Layer >Duplicate.
Name the new layer “zombie skin”.

2. Adjust Hue/Saturation
Select your “zombie skin” layer.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (or press Ctrl + U)
Fill in the values from the screenshot above.

3. Making the creepy eye

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Mask out the eye using the lasso tool (press “L” on your keyboard).
Copy the eye and paste it into a new layer (Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + V)
Rename the layer to “zombie eye”

To turn the eye yellow go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation (or press Ctrl + U)

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Fill in the values from the screenshot above.

4. Bruising the face

Duplicate the “zombie skin” layer and name the duplicated layer “zombie bruises”
Select the burn tool (press “O” on your keyboard)

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Draw on some bruises underneath the eyes and on the chin.

5. Adding a flesh wound

Go online and find an image of a flesh wound.
Google searches like “flesh wound makeup” gives great looking gashes.
Paste your flesh wound image into your Photoshop project and name the layer “zombie flesh wound”.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)
Select the lasso tool and draw a selection around the parts of the wound you would like to use.
To remove the unnecessary parts of the image go to Select>Inverse (Shift+Ctrl +I) and hit delete/backspace on your keyboard.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Now desaturate your flesh wound. Go to Image>Adjustments >Desaturate (Shift+Ctrl+U)

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Change the “zombie flesh wound” layer’s blending mode to “Overlay”

To make the flesh wound more visible, adjust the brightness and contrast of the layer.

Go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)
Fill in the values from the screenshot above.

6. Bring on the maggots

No zombie is complete without a nasty maggot crawling in his/hers (it’s?) wounds.
Go online and find a bug of your choice. I’ve chosen the maggot.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Paste the maggot into your Photoshop project and name the layer “maggot”

Cut away the white backdrop using the magic wand tool.

Erase the left over white outline surrounding the maggot using the eraser tool (press “E” on your keyboard)

Move the maggot to your desired position using the Move tool (press “V” on your keyboard)

Now adjust the Hue/Saturation of your maggot layer.

Go to Image >Adjustments >Hue/Saturation (or press Ctrl + U)
Fill in the values from the screenshot above.

To make the maggot blend more into the image, you need to light it properly.
Take a look at your original image. Notice the angle of the light and how the shadows fall in the girls face.

Select the maggot layer. click on the fx button (located in the layer panels lower left corner) and select “Inner Shadow”.

Use the values from the screenshot above.

7. Rotten skin

So, her skin is to smooth, for a rotting zombie that is. We need to give her face more texture.
Do a google search for “bumpy texture”.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)
Paste the texture into your Photoshop project and name the layer “rotting skin”.

How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)
Set the layer’s blending mode to “Overlay”.
Use the eraser tool to remove rotting skin from spots where it’s not supposed to be.

8. Finished
How to turn your friends into zombies for halloween (in photoshop)

Here is my finished result.

Now go ahead and make your Facebook friends ready for the zombie apocalypse !

This is gonna be a step by step for those guys who are trying to get buddies or a friend of theirs to get into zombies before the release of Zombie Chronicles in hopes to have a buddy to grind and play with when it releases. So lets get into the steps on what to do to get your friends interested in the greatest video game side-mode ever.

Step 1: Introduce them to the basic zombies experience. Before all the complex setups, gobblegums and buildables zombies. I am talking about introducing them to World at War or Black Ops 1 zombies. Give them that beginners experience to see if they may be interested in the gamemode. (This may either involve you to bring a physical copy of your game over to play with or game sharing the game depending on if you have a digital or physical copy of it)

If they don't seem interested in the mode, skip all other steps and go to the last step.

Step 2: If interest is shown, introduce them to the rich story of the Nazi Zombies Universe created by Treyarch

Tell them and/or show them that Treyarch has been building upon a story of (In my opinion) the 4 greatest video game characters ever spanning across 4 different titles of the game and that the story is still not over yet and will most likely be built upon in the future Treyarch title.

If they are still showing some interest in the mode, then you are on the right path and if they aren't Step 3 is surely to change there mind.

Step 3: Show them the lovely man who is responsible for all of our love and hate (at times for the gamemode.

If that photo doesn't make them run to the story to go pick up Black Ops 3 and go buy ZC, I honestly don't know what will at this point

Step 4: THE FINAL STEP

At this point in the game, your friend is either fully interested in the gamemode or he isn't. If he is, proceed to part a.) if not proceed to part b.).

Part a.) CONGRATS. You convinced your buddy into liking one of the most addicting video game experiences he will ever take part of. Now go grind that Zombies Chronicles with him and have fun while doing it.

Part b.) GET NEW FRIENDS, YOUR OLD ONES SUCK AND START OVER THE STEPS AGAIN WITH THEM.

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