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Incredible Cracked Skin Effect – Affinity Photo Tutorial

Today we’re going to take this woman, and apply a cracked skin special effect. Hello and welcome to an Affinity Revolution tutorial. For this tutorial you’ll need this image of a woman and this image of the desert. I’ve included a link to both of these images in the video description. The first thing we’re going to do is copy this desert by pressing command or ctrl c and then coming over to the picture of the woman and press command or control V to paste it. Then we’re just going to grab the move tool and reposition the desert land a little bit so it’s on top of her face. We need to reposition the desert even more to make it look like it’s wrapping around the woman’s face, but right now it’s difficult to tell where we’re working, so we’re going to lower the opacity of the desert to 50%. This allows us to see the desert and the woman so it’s easier to know where we should be wrapping the desert around. To begin wrapping the desert, we’re going to select the mesh warp tool, which is second from the bottom, and then you just need to grab any of the sides and you can bring them in. While working with the mesh warp tool you can click on any of the handles with circles on them to further modify your warp. After you finished warping the desert just come up to the top and press apply. Our goal right now is to scrunch the desert on the sides of the woman’s face to make it look like the desert is wrapping around her head, and isn’t just a flat image. In addition to using the mesh warp tool to accomplish this goal, we can also use the liquify persona. To enter the liquify persona we’re going to click on this swirling circle up on the top, and then we just need to click and drag to move the desert around. Remember we want to scrunch the desert around her head so it looks like the desert is wrapping around her. When you’re done wrapping the desert around her head just come up to the top and press apply. Now we’re going to mask out the parts of the desert that we don’t need, so come press on the mask icon and then select your paint brush by pressing B, and make sure that you’re painting in black, and then you can just begin painting to remove those parts of the desert that we don’t need. Remember you can make your paint brush bigger or smaller by using the bracket keys underneath the equal sign on your keyboard. And if you ever paint too much of the desert away, all you need to do is paint in white to reveal the desert layer again. You also want to be sure to mask out the desert on her eyes and her eyebrows. This effect doesn’t look very good if the eyes have cracks all over them. Now that we finished masking out the unneeded parts of the desert we’re going to click on the desert layer and bring its opacity back up to 100%. Then we’re going to change the blend mode from normal to multiply. The next thing we’re going to do is remove all of the light spots from this desert layer, so only the dark cracks remain. To do this we’re going to use blender ranges. You can open blend ranges by clicking on the gear icon over on the top right of your layers panel. Inside the blend ranges you can see that on the left side it’s labeled source layer. That means it’s affecting this desert layer, the one that we have selected. As we take this first circle and drag it all the way down you can see that all the dark spots have been removed from our desert layer. All those dark black cracks are gone. But if we drag this all the way back up and then take the second slider and drag that down, the light spots have been removed from the desert and only the dark cracks and other dark spots in the desert remain. To remove even more of the light spots from the desert we can take this little circle and drag it to the left. Now you can see that only the darkest of the black cracks remain in the desert, which is exactly what we want, so I’ll exit out of our blend options. Now let’s add some highlights to our cracks to give them a little more depth. To add highlights into the cracks we’re going to duplicate this layer by pressing command or ctrl J, and then set the blend mode from multiply to screen. Then we need to come back into our blend ranges and set it to normal, and then invert this layer by pressing command or control + I. Now all those black cracks have become white. However, we still need to hide the rest of the layer, so we’re going to come back into the blend ranges, and this time lower the first circle all the way down so only the highlights remain. Then we’re also going to drag it to the right a little bit so it’s only the very white cracks that remain. We now have some white cracks, but we need to offset them just a little bit from the black cracks so that they’re both visible. So I’m going to grab the move tool and then zoom in and move the white cracks just ever so slightly. Our cracks now have some nice highlights, but perhaps the highlights a little too bright, so I’m going to come to the opacity and lower that to about 30%. Now you can see the before-and-after, how these highlights have added some more depth to the cracks. The last thing we’re going to do is give her skin some texture from the desert. To do this, press command or ctrl J to duplicate this layer again, and then we’ll reset our blend ranges. And remember we had already inverted this layer, so we want to put it back to normal by pressing command or control + I to invert it to its original state. Then we just need to change the blend mode from screen to overlay, and if you want you can always change the opacity. As a finishing touch, you can hold down shift and click on all three of these layers and then press command or control G to put them in a group. Now that they’re all in a group you can apply a mask to this group and with your paint brush paint in black to clean up any edges you might have missed before. I’ll come over and uncheck this group so you can see the original image, and now the after with the cracked skin special effect applied. I hope you enjoyed our cracked skin tutorial. If you’d like to learn more about Affinity Photo, be sure to subscribe to our channel. We come out with a new tutorial every Saturday. So hit that subscribe button, and I’ll see you in the next Affinity Revolution tutorial.

28 thoughts on “Incredible Cracked Skin Effect – Affinity Photo Tutorial

  1. That was so good! I loved when you made the cracks white and offset them to add depth to the dark ones. Well done!

  2. Great tutorial — I love how you include a link to the photos you use so that I can follow along. Really good work.

  3. i have a question? How to save a picture in my computer after finish editing the picture? im a beginner i don't know how!

  4. Hey how do I make the quality of images better? Every image I use looks terrible unless I actually took the picture.

  5. Love your videos very helpful also got questions Is their any difference between of afFinity photo and affinity revolution?

  6. So im totally new to photo editing, and was looking at photo shop, but then saw the subscription fee………NOPE! lol.
    then stumbled upon the affinity web sight, and started scrolling down looking at the features thinking to myself this is gonna cost an arm and a leg, but got to the bottom and was like WHAT! 50 bucks!
    IM so freaking excited now, I always wanted to do layering with photos, really was inspired by the coldplay video of UP and UP,
    Me and my little bro are gonna have so much fun with this!

  7. Hey Affinity Revolution, how do you do this on ipad version? When I try to liquify cracked skin, it tells me I must add new pixel layer or mask. When I do this I can see the grid movement on pic, but no movement on the cracked skin. Please help

  8. Hello and thank you.

    Would you know a technique give a "varnish" effect ? (ex: to enhance a digital oil painting).


  9. I still don't understand the brush step. When I want to brush in black there is a black stripe on my picture and I don't erase the desert picture from the original one. It doesn't matter which layer I select, the result is still the same. Could someone explain me in more detail what to do, if I want to adjust the desert picture with the face?

  10. Thank you, I am really so keen on your tutorials. This is exactly what I need and the way of your explanation is great. 🙂

  11. Hi, thanks for your tutorial! I was trying this tutorial on Ipad Affinity, but cannot get over the step creating white crack offset. Can anybody help me how to achieve this? Ive tried inverting mask layer, but thats not what i want…Thanks in advance.

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