Create a Face Paint Dripping Effect



We need a face image of Angelina Jolie here. Also we need a dark background to create a nice contrast with the face color. I’m using Dark Wood Wallpaper from zygat3r.

Download Angelina Jolie.
Download Dark Wood Wallpaper.

All rights of these resources belong to their respective owners.


Step 1 – Setting Up Background:

Create a document of size 900×660 pixels..

Open up the Dark Wood wallpaper and resize it to fit into the document.


Step 2a – Cropping out the Face:

Open up the image of Angelina Jolie and place it into the document as shown in the diagram.


Step 2b – Cropping out the Face:

Using the Eraser tool, remove the background and both eyes of the image.

Alternative Method:
Instead of using Eraser tool, you may create a Layer Mask for the face layer. Painting with #000000 to mask the unwanted areas. And #FFFFFF to reveal.

Click here to see other types of cropping methods.


Step 3 – Removing Facial Hair:

Selecting the Face layer and go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. Enter 5px for Radius and 8 levels for Threshold.

Create a new layer and name it as Cover. Using Eye Dropper tool, pick a color around the facial hair.

Then select the Brush tool, set its opacity to 30% and size to 25pt, paint on Cover layer to hide the unwanted hair.


Step 4 – Removing Half of Face:

Using the Eraser tool again, remove the bottom half of the face like the one shown in the diagram.

Remove the left ear as well.


Step 5a – Adding Drips:

Creating a new layer and name it as Drips.

Using the Eye Dropper tool, pick a color close to the bottom border. Then use the Brush tool to paint downwards. Repeat this for several times with various Brush sizes.

Hold down Shift key while painting to maintain a straight line.


Step 5b – Adding Drips:.

Touch up on the areas where every drip starts.

There should be nice curves in between the heads of the drips.

Merge the Drips, Cover and Face layer once you are done. Rename this new merged layer as Paint.


Step 6 – Adding Emboss Effect:

Right-click on Paint layer and select Blending Options.

Check on Bevel and Emboss. Set the Style to Inner Bevel, Depth to 165, Size to 50, Angle to 55, Altitute to 40, Screen Opacity to 0%, Shadow Color to #DCA288, Shadow Opacity to 100%. Leave the rest of the settings as default.


Step 7a – Creating Glow:

Create a new layer and name it as Glow.

Set the Brush color to #FFFFFF and size to 4pt. Create a path with Pen tool like the one shown in the diagram.

Using the Pen tool, right-click on the path drawn and select Stroke Path. Choose Brush and check on Simulate Pressure. Hit OK once you are done.


Step 7b – Creating Glow:

Duplicate the Glow layer.

Select the upper Glow layer and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 3px.


Step 7c – Creating Glow:

Repeat Step 7a and 7b for more glowing strokes.

Focus the glow on the right borders only as the light source comes from that side.


Step 8 – Adding Glitters:

Create a new layer above the rest and name it as Glitter.

Using the Brush tool with color #FFFFFF and size 2pt, paint a cross. Then use the Airbrush Eraser tool with size 65pt, fade out the four edges of the cross.

Duplicate a few of the Glitter layers and spread them over the face.



At the end, I added some texts with the similar emboss effect. Hope you have enjoy the session. Thanks!

Click here to view the final image.

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62 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. sathish says:

    its so difficult to do dis
    but so nice work….
    thank u…..

  2. DOGGiE says:

    Great tutorial. Just found it. The only thing I changed in giving this a go was to use the liquify filter to create the drips; which made the need for color-matching redundant.

    Thanks Johnson.

    @Jamie Craven – Try using the liquify filter to recreate the steps in 5A & 5B. But never give up.

  3. prasaathprasad says:

    Johnson Koh, thank u so much dude i must be grateful to u my mentor

  4. hebegubele says:

    I posted one more comment to your blog, but you didnt approve that. I still keep check your blog anyways..

  5. Henry Kasujja says:


  6. Mehmet says:

    wonderfull πŸ˜‰

  7. online jobs says:

    Keep up the good work. Everyone is opened to there opinion. Excellent blog here, i am still reading πŸ™‚

  8. sourabh says:

    Thanks Joe and DogEared Tutorials!

  9. Bill Jenkins says:

    Great post. I’ve been searching for this exact information for a while now. I’ll bookmark it in the public bookmarking sites to get you more views.

  10. nav says:

    nice tutorial

  11. 3dgmurat says:


  12. Shan says:

    Great stuff nice u did it im one of the crew in desingning

  13. Hey hunnie, nice blog! I really appreciate this post.. I was curious about this for a long time now. This cleared a lot up for me! Do you have a rss feed that I can add?

  14. Great post. I’ve been looking for this exact information for a while now. Bookmarked!

  15. Cool effect and easy to follow. I just linked to it in a blog post –

  16. TR Wolf says:

    Here’s my result of using this tutorial… I don’t think I did very well, maybe there needed to be some more tips?

  17. maria says:

    bueno yo estoy empezando a intentar hahacer mas cosillas con el photoshop asique perdonadme mi ignorancia pero me he quedado bloqueada en el tercer paso (hehehe), vamos a ver yo le he dado el desenfoque pero el problema me viene con el pincel, que no consigo quitar las pestañas y cejas sin que se note y lo he intentado con el pincel en disolver, luz suave, normal… y siempre se nota. me podeis ayudar??


  18. nathan says:

    what document do you this on????

  19. Jamie Craven says:

    I found this tutorial very hard to follow especially the bit where it starts at 5A and 5B thats where I gave up coz its not descriptive enough and i struggled after 2hrs of not getting the correct result i gave up

    shame as it could be a very good tutorial if more descriptive in my opinion

  20. Denis says:

    Outstanding Tutorial and Idea!
    Thanks a Lot!
    I used it (

  21. Johnson Koh says:

    I’m hoping she will be fine with it…

  22. What a great bit of photo retouching in this tut. I am not sure if angela jolie would be happy with it.

  23. Nick says:

    Nice work, Simple and cool

  24. Nestor Perez says:

    it’s amazing… Nice work

  25. DanOhh says:

    Thanks Johnson. this tut can be put to some good use.

  26. Boris Kuskarov says:

    Very nice. Great Tutorial.

  27. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks brothers. You guys are motivating πŸ˜€

    @ Rohin: Agree… felt creepy when i’m working on it.

  28. rohin sharma says:

    This is creepy bro , what even gave you the idea to do this LOL

  29. agreed! Very good- when I saw picture I waited for something very advanced, technique i haven’t seen before – but I got surprised πŸ™‚ So simple way πŸ™‚

  30. Million says:

    Very nice tutorial.I thank you.

  31. HDaddy says:

    Awesome ! You have excellent tutorials !

  32. Nice and simple tutorial, very cool results!

  33. Now this is awesome.Nice Johnson your really doing great

  34. Johnson says:

    Thanks Joe and DogEared Tutorials! πŸ˜‰

  35. Joe Vains says:

    Excellent and very simple tutorial.
    Nice work. πŸ™‚

  36. Johnson says:

    Thanks 2tone πŸ˜€

  37. 2tone says:


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