Create a spiral effect on the photo

In this tutorial, we will edit an ordinary photo, creating an unusual effect of twisting the face. Here is the final result:

Step 1. First we select the right photo and load it into Photoshop. If the model has long hair, this may complicate the editing process. Pay attention to this.

Step 2. Using our favorite background removal technique, we cut out our model. The cut head must be on a separate layer.

Step 3. Now duplicate the head layer and bleach. its Image – Adjustments – Desaturate (Image – Correction – Discolor). Change Blending mode (Blend Mode) on Hard light (Hard light).

Step 4. Due to the change in the Blend Mode, the photo contrast has increased. You can play with the opacity level to achieve the best result.

Step 5. Activate the tool Pen tool (Pen) (P) and create a shape, as in the image below. This will be the first turn of the spiral. On my model I made a bend near the nose, thanks to this the spiral will look more realistic.

Step 6. We continue to draw more such figures until we fill the entire surface of the head and neck.

Step 7. When finished with the selection, go Layer – Vector Mask – Current Path (Layer – Vector mask – Active contour). In the image below you can see what happened as a result of the actions performed.

Step 8. Now adjust the spiral a little. Activate the tool Direct selection tool (Direct selection) (A) and move the lateral nodules so that the selection is located along the contour of the model.

Step 9. Create a new layer under the one on which the spiral is located, and fill it with the skin color of the model. Via Pen tool(Pen) (P) draw the back of the spiral. Then apply Layer – Vector Mask – Current Path (Layer – Vector mask – Active contour), the fill on the new layer is now visible only inside the selection.

Step 10. Activate Burn tool (Dimmer) (O), range (range) set at Midtones (Mid Tones), and draw the shadows on the inside of the spiral. Then we activate the tool. Dodge tool (Brightener) (O) and draw the light.

Step 11. Let’s make our spiral even more realistic by adding thickness to it. Hide the layer with its back and create a new layer by placing it under the layer with the front helix. Tool Direct selection tool (Direct selection) (A) click on it, then create a selection by clicking on the mask of the layer on which it is located, while holding down the key CTRL. Then go Edit – Stroke (Editing – Perform a stroke). The thickness of the line set at its discretion. Do not forget to choose black color for the line, it will be easier to see the result.

Step 12. Now take the tool Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) with 100% stiffness and erase side and bottom of the stroke.

Step 13. Again we create a new layer and repeat the process for the back helix.

Step 14. Erase the bottom of the stroke. Now the edges of the spiral do not look very neat, but soon we will fix it.

Step 15. Take the tool Eyedropper tool (Eyedropper) (I) skin color test and using the key combination ALT + SHIFT + DELETE, fill it with a stroke. Then combining hard Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) and a little tough Brush (B) Connect the stroke to the back and front helix together.

Step 16. Make visible the layer with the back of the helix to see the results of the work we have done. Activate Burn tool (Dimmer) (O) with the same settings that we used in Step 10, then draw a shadow on the stroke. This will give a bit of realism to our work.

Step 17. Create a duplicate face layer (CTRL + J). Place it under the layer with the front of the helix. With pen (P) we create a selection around the head and apply Layer – Vector Mask – Current Path (Layer – Vector mask – Active contour). With the help of Free Transform (CTRL + T), we slightly reduce the head.

Step 18. Apply Image – Adjustments – Invert (Image – Correction – Invert).

Step 19. Change Blending mode (Blend mode) inverted layer on Screen (Lightening).

Step 20. Via Dimmer (O) draw the shadows on the front of the spiral.

That’s all!

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