Simple Tricks to Create Camouflage Dress



You will need to define a pattern that you can tile seamlessly across the work document. Some nice patterns can be found here.

Open the pattern file you downloaded and choose Edit > Define Pattern, and close the image. When you wish to use the pattern, select Edit > Fill, choose Pattern from the dropdown, and in Custom Pattern select the image you saved as a pattern. Press OK.


Step 1 – Setting Up Background:

Create a document of size 750×550 pixels and apply your pattern to fill it up.

Right-click on the layer and choose Blending Options. Check on Gradient Overlay and apply the values shown in the diagram.


Step 2 – Extracting Subject:

Next thing to do is to extract your subject out of its background. You can use one of the methods listed here.

Place it at the center of the document.


Step 3 – Extracting the Dress:

Duplicate your subject layer and name it as camouflage dress. Hide your subject layer for the time being.

With the Eraser tool, remove the areas outside the dress. You should get something similar to the diagram.


Step 4 – Blur the Dress:

Ctrl-click on the camouflage dress layer to load its outline selection. Add Layer Mask to that layer with the selection.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with 5px. This is to blur the details of the dress while retaining its sharp outline.


Step 5 – Adding Highlights:

Change the mode of camouflage dress to Screen. You will see the highlights of the dress like the diagram.


Step 6 – Adding Shadows:

Duplicate the tiled background layer and name it as shadows. Place this layer under your camouflage dress layer. Ctrl-click on the layer mask of camouflage dress. Select the shadows layer and add a layer mask to it.

Using the Burn tool with Soft Round 35px, burn the outline of the dress. Then reduce the size of your Burn tool and add some shadows to the area between the skirt and legs.


Step 7 – Show the Subject:

Unhide your subject layer and you shall see her in a nice camouflage dress.


Step 8 – Coloring the Hair:

Using the Polygonal Lasso tool, create a selection around the hair.

Go to Image >Adjustments >Hues/Saturation. Drag the Hue pointer left or right till you get a nice green hair.


Step 9 – Coloring the Wristbands:

Apply the earlier step to the wristband and voila! Click here to view the final image.

Hope you will find this tutorial useful. Cheers.

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  1. Beginner says:

    I’m confused on step 4. Nothing happens when I ctrl click on the dress layer, and I can’t find the outline selection. I have a mac, if that matters! Please help me.

  2. Fredie says:

    what a… awesome artworks you have here!! πŸ™‚

  3. Taurus 1977 says:

    Here is Mine, I just did a little changesse on mine, i used the drop shadow for the outline. and I didn’t change the hair, i looked for a pattern that matched her hair automatically

  4. Amature says:

    Hey, i was just Google-ing around when i found myself on this site.. it’s exactly what i’ve been looking for!
    I’m trying to Camouflage my pictures but I’m not so familiar with all the technical features on PhotoShop. Where can i find the ‘Step 5: Screen Mode’?
    If you could let me know that would be super.

    Keep it up!

  5. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. πŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

  6. Prankster says:

    when you write ctrl + klick it´s never working for me. maybe im just dont understand? And Ctrl-click on the camouflage dress layer to load its outline selection… nothing happen for me when i do that. and when i adding a layer mask in step 6 why is the mask empty? ..cheers and thanks!

  7. vidya says:

    hi!!! very nice tut …can u post smthng like person merged with the paper??i mean to say like man is coming out of a paper hugging someone i hope you understand what i am saying πŸ™‚

  8. Johnson Koh says:

    Yes Austin, the Screen Mode works much better with darker colored clothes. You may wish to try Multiply Mode for the lighter clothes?

  9. Austin says:

    does the screen effect only the blurred dress only work well with dark colored clothing. Because i have tried this multiple times using pictures that have people wearing light colored clothes and blue jeans. All i get when i screen is a washed out version of the clothes. not as subtle as your step 5 picture.

  10. Johnson Koh says:

    Hey Suma, not at the moment. But maybe I can do one for the next tutorial πŸ˜€

  11. suma says:

    any professional logo tutorials ?

  12. jessa says:

    hi,,i tried and follow all the rules by i just can have the same outcome as you have….but tnx anyway..:(

  13. jessa says:

    tnx so much!!!!!


  14. Johnson Koh says:

    Hi Jessa, sorry for the confusion. Do you get a selection when Ctrl+left click on the Camouflage Dress layer? If yes, with that selection, click onto the Shadows layer, then click on Add Layer Mask button (located at the bottom of the Layers panel).

    Hope these helps!

  15. jessa says:

    ahhmm i’m lost in step 6..tnx..

  16. sadhu says:

    this is nice hahaha

  17. cosy says:

    nice i will try this

  18. Elle says:

    Well written article.

  19. mikki2 says:

    Thanks for the reply, I’ll make sure to note that.

  20. Johnson says:

    Hi mikki,
    The reason I’m using layer mask is because this method is forgiving and not limited to the no. of actions that can be stored in the History list.

    I can touch up the cropping as and when I want by painting black and white on the mask.

  21. mikki2 says:

    I have a question, why do you/people use layer mask instead of just duplicating the layer and add whatever effect they want directly on the duplicated image? Is there any specific reason or difference?

    I hope you answer πŸ™‚

  22. ShinodaS says:

    This tut is awesome, i want try it but i can’t find that leaf pattern :/ Pls, can somebody send it to me? plsssss…thnxxx

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