How to Create an Amazing Cracked Skin Effect in Photoshop

On this video Aaron Nace from Phlearn demonstrates how to create a really cool cracked skin effect using  Adobe Photoshop.

On the first part of this two part tutorial Nace shows how to combine the two images (the original portrait image and the cracked texture image). An important part of this process is wrapping the texture over the face. Another part is the use of the liquify tool (including some interesting tricks with the freeze mask). One of the last things done on the first part of the tutorial is using the multiple blending layer to combine the two images.

On part two Nace demonstrates how to enhance the cracked face features and add blur to make the image look even more “realistic”.

Part two of the creating the cracked skin effect in Photoshop


You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section (and you can find a lot more Phlearn videos on our special Phlearn subsection).

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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