How to create face shapes for Photoshop tutorial

Tutorial on how to create a face shape / head in Photoshop by using tools such as Poser and using them with trace in Illustrator

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  1. Create face design in Poser (or free Daz Studio)

  2. Save render to PNG format

  3. Open in Illustrator and image trace

  4. Expand and copy artwork

  5. Paste into Photoshop as a shape

  6. Select entire face shape

  7. Edit menu and define custom shape command


Tools :

render toolsHead images are always fairly popular and you can use all kinds of sources for them such as stock photography or tools such as Poser (found on the Smith Micro site) and Adobe Mixmo / Fuse as well as Daz Studio (there are others such as tools from Reallusion Character creator / iClone and or of course, you can get images via your own camera of friends, models, of just selfies.


Poser or Photos - a great selection of head shots to use and all are royalty free and copyright free for your use.

Personally, I generally create most of my heads in Poser (or Daz Studio or Project Human etc) but the new Mixmo tool / Adobe Fuse is pretty good.


Daz Studio is also a good alternative (and is free) and you can create all kinds of very expressive artwork (heads or otherwise)


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Render : renderTo actually generate the head, start Poser and select a model from the library. Don't add any background. Model the design as required such as change the color of the hair and eyes etc and add some expression etc. From there you can use the hierarchy editor which is found in the window menu and de-select everything other than the head and the eyes and hair.


Position the camera and head as required. Make certain the head is in the center of the image and then go to the render menu and render the artwork. Should be a lot faster as a lot of the items have been hidden.


To make it even quicker, the sketch renders are a lot faster and offer a large range of different creative possibilities for the head.


Pre-Illustrator : pre-illustratorYou may wish to use Photoshop before you use Illustrator and open the PNG or whatever format the file has been rendered in. You can then manipulate the head design in countless ways such as using Poser edges or find edges or sharpen features or camera raw etc to create a limitless selection of designs.


You can also then save the work to the CC library for storage.


Illustrator : illustrator traceTake the photo or rendered file and import it into Illustrator (or Corel Trace) and then use the image trace feature.


If you are using Photoshop as part of the creative cloud then you will have Illustrator as well and you can import the artwork in Illustrator via the place command or open command.


Once you have the raster image in AI, you can then select and then go to the top of the application and select the image trace option.


Open the image trace panel (also along the top option bar) and set the mode to black and white and set the threshold / paths etc to as required (more or less black and white) and set the ignore white checkbox to ON. And then click expand (again, along the top option bar).


Go to the object menu and select the ungroup command and then do a little tidying up as there may be a few extraneous paths such as white (which shouldn't be there but sometimes still turn up) and remove all those paths other than the black (use the select menu to select similar paths such as same fill and stroke).


Once you have a nice clean path, select all of them and then use the pathfinder panel (found via the window menu) and combine / unite.


Copy path.


Photoshop : closeupOn paste into Photoshop, select the custom shape option and then go to the define custom shape command in the edit menu to add the face to the panel - there you have it, a lovely head image for use in PS. Not sure of any particular plugin or tool to do this in PS though so a combination of AI and PS is probably the best way to go.


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