Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform Yourself into a Marble, Sculpture Bust!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how create classical, marble busts from photos. The photos can be black and white, continuous tone or color. I provided these images for you to
download, so you can follow along. Their links are located in the video description or project files. I’ll use this one for this video. Open a photo of someone who’s facing you and is lit from the front. It’s important that the lighting be even throughout the face. I downloaded this one
from To get your photo into the sculpture document, press “V” to open
your Move Tool and drag it onto the tab of the sculpture document. Without releasing
your mouse or pen, drag it down onto the image and then, release. Before we resize it, reduce
its opacity to approximately 40%,so we can see through it. Open your Transform Tool by
pressing Ctrl + T on Windows or Cmd + T on a Mac. If you can’t see the Transform’s entire
bounding box, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt + Shift on Windows or Option + Shift on a Mac as you drag it in or out
until the size of your subject’s head is approximately the same size as the head on the sculpture.
If you want to tilt the photo, go to corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow, rotate the Transform. Continue to size and position it until the eyes, nose and mouth are in correct proportions to the
sculpture’s face. Then, press Enter or Return. Now, we can bring the Opacity back to 100%. Make a copy of your photo by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. Remove all its color by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Click off the eyeball next to the color photo to hide the layer. Now, the only visible layers are the black and white photo and the sculpture. Click the
Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the active layer and then invert it by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. Think of a layer mask as a stencil. Whatever is black in the
layer mask will hide the photo and whatever is white will reveal areas of the photo. We
need to make the foreground color white. If your foreground and background colors aren’t
black and white respectively, press “D” on your keyboard. Invert them, by pressing “X”
or click this icon. Now, white is the foreground color. Open your Brush Tool, make the size approximately 40 pixels, make the Hardness: 0% and increase the Opacity to 100%. Press
the F5 key at the top of your keyboard to open your Brush panel. Make sure the only
setting that’s checked is “Smoothing”. Press F5 again to close the panel. Press “z” to open your Zoom Tool and drag a rectangle over the head. Press “B” to open
your Brush Tool and brush over the face to reveal your subject. Remember, since the Layer
Mask is active, you’re actually brushing white over the layer mask, which in turn, is revealing
areas of the black and white photo. beneath To mask out areas of your subject, we need to brush black over the layer mask. To do this, invert your foreground and background colors by pressing “x” on your keyboard. Now, brush over areas you want to
mask out. To make your brush larger or smaller, press the right or left bracket keys. To reposition the image on your screen, press and hold the Space bar as you drag the image. Continue to carefully brush white or black over areas to reveal or mask the face on the sculpture base. Next, we’ll remove the irises from the eyes. Click the photo to make it active, open
your Zoom Tool and zoom into the eyes. Press “I” to open your Eyedropper Tool Click outside the iris to pick up the color, make your brush smaller and carefully brush over the inside of the eyes. Open your Blur Tool, make its Strength: 100% and brush over the eyelids to soften them a little. Open your Smudge Tool, make its Strength: 100% and smudge areas of similar tones to blend them into each other. Smudging your image gives it a smooth, almost plastic look. To zoom out, press Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard a few times. Make sure your brushstrokes follow the same directions as the wrinkles and contours of the features. It’s also important not to brush over distinct areas of contrast like the nostrils and between the lips. To smudge smaller areas, educe the size of your Smudge Tool. Continue to finesse the face until it’s smooth and there are no skin pores. I’d like to brighten the areas where the irises were, so I’ll open my Dodge Tool, click this icon to revert the colors to black
and white and then, click this icon to invert them. Make your brush size fit the area you’d like to brighten. Reduce the Exposure to approximately 20% and choose the Range that approximates
the tonal values of the areas you want to brighten. I’ll choose “Midtones”, because
the area isn’t too dark, nor light. Now, gently brush over the inside of the eyes. If you want to blend them in more, use your Smudge Tool. Remember, if areas of the face are too
too dark or too light, use your Dodge or Burn Tools to brighten or darken them. Make sure
you’re using white for the Dodge Tool and black for the Burn Tool and that your choosing
the appropriate Range for the tones you’re brightening or darkening. Also, reduce the
Exposure way down. Press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to fit the document back onto your screen. Next,
we’ll add a reflective sheen to the marble. First, make a composite snapshot of your image
by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Click the Channels tab. If you don’t see it, go Window and Channels. I included an Alpha channel
of the sculpture’s silhouette. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on its thumbnail to make a selection
of its shape. Click back on the Layers panel and press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the sculpture
from its background and copy it to its own layer. Make a new layer below the active
layer by Ctrl-clicking or Cmd-clicking on the New Layer icon. We’ll fill the empty layer
with black. If your background color is black, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Click the thumbnail
of the cutout sculpture to make it active and go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open
the Artistic folder and click Plastic Wrap. I’m using these settings, but feel free to
play with them to get just the amount of detail and sheen that you like on your marble. Then,
click OK. If you want to make the neck a bit thinner, make another composite snapshot, make black your foreground color and zoom into the neck. Open your Brush Tool, reduce its size and brush over the outside areas of the neck. To fit it back onto your canvas,
press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. No Mercy February 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Great job bro !!

  2. g negus February 5, 2016 at 1:24 am

    An attempt was made

  3. Upcamehill February 13, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Don't know how you figure all of this, but it's a great job!

  4. ahmer hashir February 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm


  5. Leah Nicholls March 13, 2016 at 4:53 am

    What photoshop program are you using?

  6. Loving Life March 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    do you have any open source psd files with the layers created to your designs? as you can do some cool stuff. would be nice to share your psd's so everyone can havephone editing theres.?

  7. Zoe Samuel Loren Taylor April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

    WOW! C'mon this is stunning, what, !!!!!?!

  8. Jonas Da Silva Ferreira April 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Man u are the best..thanks for sharing!!

  9. Jose Puga April 18, 2016 at 1:19 am



  10. Xto Carter Entertainment April 21, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    am having difficulties, because am supposed to do this for someone with beards pls help

  11. MAX Design May 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    hiiii…blue lightning tv may I tried the tutorial you on my channel

  12. MAX Design May 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm


  13. TenTact May 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Hi Marty is there any way to do this if i have short to no hair and have a beard instead of hair and pork chop sideburns, and as always great video

  14. Camila Pinzón May 23, 2016 at 5:06 am

    what would you do if you want to use a statue that already has a face but you want to use your own face?

  15. LOLR0FLMAO May 24, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    The guy at :17 kinda looks like a young Neil Peart.

  16. ballu TNT May 27, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Nice job done

  17. Akbalaak May 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    you are my favorite photoshop teacher 🙂 i love your tutorials

  18. Tanja Petersen June 15, 2016 at 9:26 am


  19. lopezleu July 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    can I upload my result photo to fb ?

  20. Creator Vision August 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    i really loved this tutorial been trying to figure out how to do this for a while. Is there a way to change the hair, like mine is tied up, or if possible make an afro lol?

  21. irineu de jesus neto August 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Amazing tutorial Martin. Big thanks from London!

  22. Bloonblaster2000 August 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    0:41 Is that General Zod?

  23. The Overlord Of Procrastination September 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    You rule, mate.

  24. Susana Sarabia September 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    thank you so much BLTV you are awesome. i subscribed

  25. Tomy Tran October 27, 2016 at 4:21 am

    You're the Best

  26. ItsZeKing October 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I am unable to download the picture in the description. this is the case with many of your videos with links in the description that go to that website. For some reason, it is blocked at my school. Is there another way to get the pictures, like from a different source or website?

  27. Filmmaker Mrittik November 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

    great job Boss

  28. Gabe November 24, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    a e s t h e t i c

  29. Suiteru Sama January 8, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Fucking great, thank you !

  30. EbberDeeMills January 12, 2017 at 4:35 am

    When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, spooks come out for a swingin' wake.
    Happy haunts materialize, and begin to vocalize,
    Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize.

  31. Zohaib Tariq January 24, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Thank you Sir

  32. juiceboi369 January 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    doesnt work with bearded face!

  33. Laurent Giovagnoni February 13, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, congratulation for your tuturial, can you tel me if on photoshop you can create an effect like "melting paint" as on corel drawn
    tank you

  34. lobo_de_las_estepas February 21, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I dont know why, but i cant remove the colors…

  35. Tucker Saland February 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Is there a way to turn the final 2d image into a printable stl?

  36. moturi. sagar March 11, 2017 at 3:22 am

    how to make wood statue effect in photoshop cc

  37. Javmbz Music April 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I can't stop watching the tutorials from this channel.

  38. Antonio Pol April 28, 2017 at 8:13 pm


  39. Vijay Pundkar May 4, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    very nice

  40. GoFloGo May 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Loved it! Awesome

  41. Michellene Chebat June 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Hi, is the sculpture images stock images free to use for modifications? if so where is the link for the license as I would like to use it for an assignment.

  42. Stephanie Stone June 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Ok what is going on in the picture with the face

  43. ryan moreland June 29, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I have tried this, but can not get it to work well at all. I am very new to photoshop, but would like a few of these for a project I am doing. I would be willing to pay $20 to have a 7 of these done for me. Email me if you are interested.

  44. O. Alberto C. C October 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm


  45. Xavier Loor November 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Marty you are an awesome human…. thank you.

  46. Returning Shadow December 18, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Awesome as always but my question is, what if you want to include the hair of the person's portrait to cover over the sculpture's hair and want to make it look like marble as well? Would the same technique you used on the face work with the hair also?

  47. moneymandate December 20, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Finally, I have the perfect avatar to act like a pretentious twat on social media

  48. GSFXMentor January 3, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for this tutorial

  49. iSkySharpGaming January 12, 2018 at 12:53 am

    well what happends if my head isnt shape as same as the statue

  50. Rollogic January 17, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Starting around 7:50 why did you need to select the alpha channel, make a copy, and then add another layer beneath it all in black? I was able to add the same plastic filter on just the snapshot layer without the extra steps and the result was the same. Am I missing something going on behind the scenes? Thanks!

  51. Michael Kiebler February 2, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Very good thank you

  52. Manuel Antonio February 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    This is art to.Greetings from Portugal.

  53. Cricri February 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Marty,

    I know this is over 3 years old, but here is a question that may help others too. In this tutorial, when you desaturate the photo and mask the face onto the bust, the tones of the face and the bust are very close. In other instances, my attempt included, the tones are markedly different. I find that no amount of dodging works: I end up with a face that loses definition to get the right tonal balance. So my question is; whet kind of work can I do just after desaturating the face to equalise the tones and contrast to that I get the kind of match you have in your tutorial?

    I suspect I need to start with a curve:level adjustment to get the same tonal range, but that is not enough to get a perfect match.

    I would appreciate your or your viewers' suggestions.

    Thank you for another great tut.

  54. Ahmed Merrouche February 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I wish if i can do the same for the whole body and hair !

  55. ACE pubg Gaming February 7, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Photo is corrupted which is in the description

  56. WorkOutGameOut February 8, 2018 at 11:07 am

    got one for people with a bald head?

  57. andersson lasse February 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    00.45 in the clip you say: "It´s important that the lightning..?..throughout the face." Please, tell me what youre saying.

  58. Freelance SEO Specialist February 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    good but cant be used for game animation
    what do you suggest ? am i right ?

  59. Ludwig H February 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    but what when I have a very dark beard?

  60. BISHAL'S CREATION February 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome 😊 thanks

  61. Black Angel February 27, 2018 at 12:44 pm


  62. C Clack February 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Guess this tutorial's not for everyone.

  63. Ryan Chandler February 28, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I want to do this, but i have a mullet so the hair isn't gonna work out

  64. Mike Kleinsteuber March 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Nicely done.

  65. Oliver Mussiett March 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Excelente explicación!!! wow!!!

  66. Dada Jason Kolawole March 10, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Top 👍👍👍

  67. Boy Gayfellow March 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I want one of me as african king. where can I get photo of african king marble

  68. R1yz3n k April 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Control + Shift + u does not work for me, there's an autoselection at the top left or something that is preventing it i think

  69. Bruno DeLarge April 6, 2018 at 6:22 am

    thank you . amazing channel heres the result!!

  70. Chosen Idea April 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Holy smokes, that's some coat that dude has on.

  71. Reimage Reimage April 12, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Thank you! Amazing!

  72. Marc Keeling April 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Pretty sure it doesn't matter what colour your brush is during Burn and Dodge.

  73. lenny108 April 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    how to print this with a 3D printer?

  74. le bourreau April 24, 2018 at 9:25 pm


  75. Haziq Pazli April 29, 2018 at 5:36 am

    why i try to brush nothing happen?

  76. IG-17 April 30, 2018 at 6:17 am


  77. MUSTASHEO lll May 4, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Very Cool

  78. DANIEL SILVA DOS SANTOS May 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Very good!!! Hugs from Brasil!!!!!

  79. spacemaze 0 May 21, 2018 at 1:52 am

    very cool

  80. Scooby Miranda May 24, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    wow, i cant believe i just witness the excellence of the work of marty

  81. Ashiqur Rahman May 27, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Your so genius person.

  82. Paul Wood May 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Would it be possible to use frequency separation by replacing the colour layer with the marble template?

  83. Quad M Productions June 21, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Such a great video and channel! I have one question. Is it possible to do this if the male has a dark beard?

  84. Tuts Photoshop July 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    It’s very clear and nice work. Do you have any website about graphic?

  85. Nikoslav October 22, 2018 at 10:21 am


  86. TONSKEE November 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    What if I have black beard on my face ? :/

  87. Reed Sullivan December 4, 2018 at 11:49 am

    That was so professionally done! Pace, content, – so impressive 🙂

  88. Crippling Oppression December 19, 2018 at 1:28 am


  89. Hado Brockmeyer December 22, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Hi, great tutorial. Where can i find the female bust?

  90. Adanan Habib January 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    like it

  91. Yzhel Talaran February 10, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Thanks Mr.Marty From Philippines!

  92. ohronl Pader March 24, 2019 at 11:36 pm


  93. orango man March 26, 2019 at 12:22 am

    can you make a tutorial showing the inverse that mean how to transform a statue to a real person? please

  94. The XT Files April 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Badass video! Thxs for the tutorial!

  95. Prem Dutt Pd April 30, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    3d figurines from pictures india

  96. Ankit Kumar Singh May 7, 2019 at 6:02 am

    which photoshop is used in this tutorial

  97. Raven Light May 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    just wanted to say …. thank you.

  98. Donnie Van Wie August 5, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Are there other marble bust to download, and or, is their a site to go to to purchase some? Thank you for your wonderful demonstration.

  99. TheVeganlicious August 15, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Is there a way to put a face to a sculpture? I'm looking for an artist who can do that

  100. Kira Hanzama September 23, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank You so much this has helped me alot!

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