How To Add A Cool Tattoo To Your Photo in Photoshop

Ever thought about having a cool tattoo but not sure what it will look like?

We’re lucky to be Photoshop friendly, unlike Lil Wayne (I’d put him in Top Ten Ugliest Tats Ever list).  And history has lots of examples of “unfortunate” tattoos. Like Johnny Depp’s “Winona Forever” tattoo. He had to change it to “Wino Forever” after their break-up. Or like the Game’s famous “star” tat on his face – he had a teardrop before, then changed to a star and now he has an “LA” I guess. Looks so weird.

So think twice before making a tattoo, it’s permanent.  And removing a tattoo is a painful procedure leaving ugly scars on your skin. So before you decide on one, why not design your own tattoo in Photoshop first and see what it will look like?

I’ll give our beautiful R&B diva Beyonce a nice music tattoo. Hope she likes it.

1. Open your photo in Photoshop (Ctrl+O or File->Open…)

2. Open your tattoo image as well.

3. Now Select all (Ctrl+A) on your tattoo image and Copy (Ctrl+C):


4. Now go to your photo workspace and paste it there (Ctrl+V):


5. Select the tattoo layer by left-clicking on it:


Now we need to remove all the white from the tattoo image.

6. Select the Magic Wand tool by pressing W on your keyboard or select from Tools menu:


7. Just below the Main menu you will see options for the Magic Wand Tool. Set as below:


8. Now left-click on the white area on your tattoo image:


9. Press Delete. Here’s the result:


10. Now deselect (Ctrl+D) and with the Move Tool (M) place the tattoo where you want it.

If the tattoo is too large, you’ll need to resize it.

11. Select the tattoo layer. Press Ctrl+T. Now you’re in Free Transform mode. Resize and rotate it:


12. While still in Free Transform mode, right-click on the tattoo and select Warp:


13. Stretch it and distort it just enough to make it look like it’s really on your skin:


14. Apply changes by pressing Enter. You should come up with this:


15. Now in the Layers window set properties of your tattoo layer as below:


Here’s the result:


Cool huh? You can add some text as well using almost the same technique. The only different step will be rasterizing your text layer before Free Transforming it:


I hope you found this tutorial on how to design your own tattoo and test it in photos useful. If you have any thoughts or comments, please leave them here. Maybe you have some interesting ideas for the next Photoshop tutorial? Just let me know. I want to feed you guys with really useful and interesting tutorials and for that I need to know what you really want.

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Liquid rescale and remove objects from the images.

Ever wanted to remove some unwanted object from an image. Wonder how many thinkgs you have to do, clone and delete and what not:)

There is a simpler way, just paint it in foreground color. Does that sound ridiculous, not any more with Liquid Rescale. First install the plugin for liquid rescale for gimp.

yum install gimp-lqr-plugin

Now, just follow simple instructions below:

  1. in the menu, choose Layer and then Liquid Rescale
  2. click on the New button in the Discard features section on the right: a new layer will be created
  3. put the plugin window on one side of the screen without closing it, and go back to work on the gimp main windows
  4. choose the paint tool and paint over the area you wish to remove
  5. go back to the plugin window
  6. click the Refresh button at the bottom: you should see your discard mask appear in the preview
  7. optionally, in the Mode box on the left choose Lqr + scale back or Lqr + Lqr back
  8. click the Auto size button at the bottom of the Discard features section (optionally choose the scaling direction in the box at the side of the button before clicking it).
  9. click OK

Could it get any simpler.

Well some example may help.