How to create realistic burning skin in photoshop

Oct 16, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How to create realistic burning skin in photoshop

Oct 16, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are doing a still image and want to add some burning skins effects, this video will show you a quick 10 minutes way to do so. You start with a “blank face”, we chose a model on a white background, but any face will do.

To get the scorched texture we used a tree bark (from here) and to get the fire inside we used a fire effect from here. It’s a 7 minutes video, and by the end of it you will have a new tool in your photoshop arsenal.

If you wanted to see a quick step by step on how each step ads to the realism of the burning mark, you can see that in the animation below:

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4 responses to “How to create realistic burning skin in photoshop”

  1. Zander Z Avatar
    Zander Z

    Don’t know how I feel about realistic, would be nice to see the surrounding skin fading into it, and maybe use the light to sell it more. Other than that cool effect!

  2. Nath Bala Avatar
    Nath Bala

    Realistic ??? Really.
    Nothing realistic in this. Think more MUA than photoshop, and for realistic burning no mua needed just some coton pad, liquid latex and red and black color.

  3. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Good tips for Halloween effects or Zombie effects. But medical research should probably be done for what real burns look like.
    I got a third degree burn when I was changing a boat battery and the pliers connected both terminals arching across my wedding ring. I got to see what a tendon looks like. For the first few days, the skin was black until I asked for advice from another medical professional and got a cleaning tip.
    I wish that I thought of taking photos of the recovery process. It was quite fascinating to see the skin grow back layer by layer.