This is a fun way to give your friends bad tattoos.
Get a photo, make up a stupid tattoo, and have at it.
Step 1. Open your image. I used this one.
Step 2. Create a new layer, to draw your tattoo, or place
an existing design
(make sure it's got a a transparent background) or just use the type
tool if you just want text. I suggest using a black design for now,
colors work well too for this though.
Arrange your design so that it looks natural. If you're using type,
angle different words slightly, and you can even make the letters
a tiny bit offset, or uneven, to make it look like it was tattooed by hand.
Step 3. Now we have to make it look real. First, CTRL + click on
your tattoo design
layer to select it.
- Now go to >Select >Modify >Border The value you use depends on the
size of your image.
You want to make a border selection around the image that is not too big,
or too small. I chose border selection width of 2. Here's what the
border looks like up close.
Step 4. With this border selected, do a copy and paste to put the border/outline on another layer.
- This is what the outline layer should look like (with the main tattoo layer hidden)
Step 6. On the outline layer, do a >Filter >Blur >Gaussian Blur.
I used a radius of 0.4 but it really depends on the size
of your image, so you may have to adjust it. Here's what
my blurred outline looks like to give you an idea of how much
I blurred it.
Step 7. Now, make the main layer (the tattoo design)
visible, and decrease
the opacity of it to make the outline stand out. I made mine 35%
Here is the final product. It looks like an older faded tattoo, which in my
opinion makes it look real.
After you make the outline, you can do an >Image >Adjustments>
Hue/Saturation, and colorize the main tattoo layer if you want color.
Here are some more examples:
this tutorial was confusing in anyway, or did not work out for you