Face Peel Effect in Photoshop | Photoshop Effects | Photoshop tutorial

Updated: Sep 28, 2019

In this tutorial , you will learn how to give this awesome face peel effect to your Photos in Photoshop . By looking at the final image below the effect looks complicated but it is not so just follow the steps below and learn how to create it for yourself . So let's get started!


Face peel effect
Face Peel Effect



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Steps on how to create this Face peel effect in Photoshop :-


  • So the first step is to select Quick selection tool

Quick selection tool in Photoshop
Quick Selection Tool
  • Now using Quick selection tool just select the Face of the model in the image as show below


Face selection in Photoshop
Face selection
  • After the selection click on Add layer mask icon


Layer mask icon in Photoshop
Layer mask Icon
  • This will only keep your selection i.e Face of the model and remove rest of the background as shown in the below image


Remove background and keeping only face in Photoshop
No background
  • Now select the crop tool


Crop tool icon in Photoshop
Crop Tool Icon
  • And using it crop and resize the Background of the image accordingly as shown in the below Image


Cropping in Photoshop
Cropping and Resizing
  • Now create a new layer by clicking on create new layer icon


Create new layer icon in Photoshop
Create new layer icon
  • And then drag that newly created layer and bring it below the model layer as shown in the below image


swapping layers in Photoshop
Bring newly created layer below model layer
  • After that click on Foreground color icon and then replace it with any dark grey color and then click on Ok


Foreground color icon in Photoshop
Foreground color icon

Foreground color picker in Photoshop
Select any Dark grey color
  • Now fill the background with that color using Paint bucket tool as shown


Paint bucket tool icon in Photoshop
Paint bucket tool icon

Filling background using paint bucket tool
  • Now click on add layer style icon and select Blending options over there


Blending options icon in Photoshop
Blending options icon
  • After that click on Gradient overlay in the pop up that appears and then set the following :- Blend Mode : Soft light , Opacity : 60% , Gradient : Foreground to background , Tick on Reverse , Style : Radial , Scale : 150% and after that click on Ok


Gradient overlay settings in Photoshop
Set the following for Gradient Overlay
  • Now select Lasso tool


Lasso tool icon in Photoshop
Lasso Tool Icon
  • And after that click on Add to selection icon to do multiple selections using Lasso tool at a time


Add to selection icon in Photoshop
Add to Selection icon
  • After that make a selection on the face and selection should be a curved one as show in the below image


Selection using Lasso tool in Photoshop
Selection using Lasso tool
  • Now as you had clicked on Add to selection icon you can do multiple selection at a time , so now like this way there should be multiple selections covering main parts of the face as in the below image


Multiple selections using Lasso tool in Photoshop
Multiple Selections using Lasso tool
  • And after the selection is done , we need a selection of the whole image just skipping the current selection so for that press CTRL + SHIFT + I and this will invert the selection i.e The one that was selected will now not be selected and the one that was not selected will now be selected


Shortcut to invert selection in Photoshop
Invert selection
  • Then make the layer mask of the model layer active


Make model layer mask active
Make model layer mask active
  • Then make sure that the foreground color is black and then press ALT + Backspace to remove the selection


Foreground color black in Photoshop
Foreground color Black

After pressing ALT + Backspace in Photoshop
After pressing ALT + Backspace
  • Now press CTRL + D to deselect the selection


Press CTRL + D in Photoshop to deselect a selection
After pressing CTRL + D
  • Then create a new layer and after that select lasso tool


Click on Create new layer icon in Photoshop to create a new layer
Create a new layer

Lasso tool icon in Photoshop
Lasso tool icon
  • Then using the tool make a selection between 2 strips of the face giving circular effect as shown below


Selection using Lasso tool in Photoshop
Make a selection like this
  • So like this do for each gaps


Final selection to fill gaps
  • Now make the foreground color as any skin color and then press ALT + backspace to fill the selection with that color


Set foreground color to skin in Photoshop
Set foreground color to any skin color

Press ALT + Backspace to fill the selection with Foreground color in Photoshop
After pressing ALT + Backspace
  • After that press CTRL + D to deselect the selection

  • Then bring this layer below model layer as shown


Swap layers
  • Now if the circular effect is not looking proper then press CTRL + T and then right click and select Warp over there


Press CTRL + T and right click and select Warp over there
Press CTRL + T and right click and select Warp over there
  • After that play with the edges to get the perfect circular effect proper


Warp in Photoshop
Play with edges to get the circular effect proper
  • Once the effect looks proper then click on the tick icon above . Now we have to add shadows to the edges so for that create a new layer and then right click on the layer and select Create clipping mask over there so that whatever we do inside this layer will only effect one layer below it and not the rest of the layers below


Create new layer in Photoshop
Create new layer

Right click on the layer and select Create Clipping mask over there in Photoshop
Right click on the layer and select Create Clipping mask over there
  • After that make the foreground color as black and then select brush tool


Set Foreground color as black in Photoshop
Set foreground color as Black

Brush tool icon in Photoshop
Brush tool icon
  • Now select the brush as soft round and reduce it's opacity to 40%


Select brush as soft round in Photoshop
Select the Brush as soft round

Setting opacity of brush in Photoshop
Setting brush opacity
  • Now using the tool click and hover over the edges of the skin color layer which will give shadow like effect


Adding shadow to edges using brush tool in Photoshop
Adding shadow to edges
  • And do this same thing for all the edges


Adding shadow using brush tool in Photoshop
Adding shadow to all the edges


So this will give you your Face peel effect in Photoshop!



Face peel effect in Photoshop
Final Face peel effect

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