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How to Make Yourself a Vampire in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Today, we'll be looking at how to make yourself a vampire in Photoshop! We will create sharp fangs using quick warping techniques, add vampire-inspired dark makeup, and of course give you a set of red glowing eyes. 

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What You'll Learn in This Vampire Teeth Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to make yourself a vampire in Photoshop
  • How to make a vampire makeup Photoshop effect
  • How to add vampire teeth to a photo
  • How to make skin pale in Photoshop
  • How to do a vampire eyes editor effect in Photoshop

What You'll Need

To complete this project, you will need the following resources:

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1. How to Create a Full Moon Background in Photoshop 

Step 1

First, let's whip up a quick and easy background and color grade to set the mood. 

Let's place a bright Full Moon landscape with a Filter > Blur Gallery > Field Blur of 33px.

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Step 2

Now, we want it nice and bright, so let's create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer of Brightness: 26 and Contrast: -11. 

And then let's turn it a vibrant red using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set to Hue: -20 and Saturation: +5. 

Settings like these will vary from image to image and are ultimately optional. 

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Step 3

Let's move on to our color grade, keeping in mind that these layers will stay at the top of our layer stack, with all future layers being placed underneath them. 

First, add a Color Lookup layer with these settings:

  • 3DLUT: Moonlit
  • Layer Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Layer Style Blend If: Gray
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Step 4

Next, a Selective Color layer set to:

  • Reds -45%, 0%, and +25%
  • Blacks 0%, 0%, and -13%
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Step 5

Finally, let's create a Curves adjustment that brings down the blues in the highlights, brings up the reds in the shadows, and adds more contrast. Set it to something like what you see here:

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2. How to Add Vampire Teeth to a Photo

Step 1

Let's place our subject. Extract them using your preferred method. Subject Select and a Layer Mask worked out perfectly fine in this case.    

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Step 2

We can give our subject a more vampire-appropriate outfit using a Gradient Map, Clipped into the subject, and Masked to turn just the sweatshirt black. 

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Step 3

We also want to add some shadows to the left side of the face. My favorite way to add deep shadows to an otherwise bright subject is to create and clip a Color Fill layer, set to Multiply, in the subject. 

Set the Opacity to around 50%, depending on how dark you want the shadows to be. 

Then we can bring back some of the highlights using Blend If, found in the Layer Style panel. You can set it to something like what you see here: 

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Step 4

And now Mask out any areas you don't want to be covered in shadow. 

You can also Invert the layer mask using Control-I and then mask back in the shadows if you want to be a bit more precise with their placement. 

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Step 5

Now, let's add vampire teeth to the photo! First, Duplicate your subject, and clip the duplicate into the original subject. Go ahead and name that duplicate "Fangs."

Now, let's go to Filter > Liquify. We're going to push and pull the teeth we want to become fangs. I'm doing the classic canines. However, you can make any teeth into a nice sharp fang. 

Don't worry about overly warping the tooth or the surrounding teeth and tongue. Just focus on getting the ideal fang shape.

If you're having trouble getting it to be nice and sharp, don't worry about that either—we will be able to make some final shape adjustments. 

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Step 6

Let's Right-click > Convert to Smart Object the "Fangs layer" then add a layer mask, Inverting it using Control-I.

Using a hard round Brush, bring back just the fangs. This doesn't have to be an exact mask; just make sure all the fangs and their surrounding area are masked back in.

Step 7

Now, we can go back in with a hard round Brush and refine the edges of the fangs, masking out any area of the tongue or mouth that's too warped. 

You can also use this step to add a super sharp point to your fangs. Adding a point to the fang using a hard Brush can be much easier than the warp tool.

If the pixels on the fangs themselves are stretched and notably warped, adding a small amount of Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and Filter > Noise > Add Noise can help hide it. 

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Step 8

Finish off the vampire teeth Photoshop effect with some added contour using a New Layer, clipped above the Fangs layer and set to Soft Light.

Add some highlights using white and some shadows using black. Lower the Opacity of the layer so that the effect isn't too strong. We just want the fangs to match the contrast and brightness of the surrounding teeth. 

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3. How to Create Vampire Eyes in Photoshop 

Step 1

You can't vampire yourself in Photoshop without adding some paleness to the skin! We will also be doing a super quick vampire glowing eye effect. 

Starting with the skin, create and clip a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer into the subject above the current clipped layers. 

Set the layer to Brightness: 22 and Contrast: -33. These settings will change from subject to subject. 

And Mask out any areas you don't want to be brightened, like the shirt and mouth. 

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Step 2

Now, create and clip a black and white Gradient Map adjustment layer into the subject, setting the Opacity to 25%. And Copy the Brightness/Contrast layer mask onto the Gradient Map. You can also hand mask any areas you don't want to appear desaturated. 

If you still feel your subject is too dark, you can Clip a Curves layer into the subject, bringing up the midtones. You don't want to lighten the subject too much; we want to keep the subject's original skin tone but paler. 

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Step 3

Now, let's move on to the eyes. Start by creating a New Layer set to Multiply. On this layer, we're going to fill the eyes in with black. 

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Step 4

Next, we want to bring the highlights of the eyes back using Blend If. Move the sliders so that only the lightest parts of the highlights on the eyes show. 

Replicate something like what you see here, keeping in mind that Blend If is very image-dependent, and there is no magic "one size fits all" setting. 

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Step 5

Now, let's create a New Layer set to Screen and use a hard round Brush to create two red circles over the subject's irises. Double-check the placement of your iris by switching the black Multiply layer off and then back on again. 

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Step 6

Use either a large soft Eraser brush or a layer mask to make those circles less harsh. 

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Step 7

And we're going to repeat those same steps to create a smaller red pupil inside the red iris. This will give the eye much more depth. 

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4. How to Create Blood in Photoshop 

Step 1

When you want to vampire yourself in Photoshop, you can't forget the blood! So let's create a New Layer set to Multiply and paint some dripping blood shapes coming from the mouth and fangs of our subject.

I'm using a medium red #5d0d0e color, but you might need to go lighter or darker depending on your image's color grade and where you're painting the blood. Using a mix of a few different reds is an excellent idea.   

Looking at references of dripping blood is a great idea as well, and I just used a default hard round Brush for my Brush Tip. 

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Step 2

Add some dimension to your dripping blood by creating and Clipping a New Layer into the blood drip layer and placing a lighter red #a6180c color around the edges. 

Here's the way blood works: the more blood, the darker the blood. The more blood thins out, the lighter it'll appear. 

So if you have a thick drop of blood or a place where blood is pooling, you want that area to be dark, while the surrounding areas or any trails of leftover blood will be lighter. Again, looking at references will help a lot here. 

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Step 3

Add some thin splatters of blood around the teeth and gums using a New Layer set to Overlay. Again, paint red anywhere you want blood. This blood will appear thinner and less opaque and is there to complement the thicker streams of blood. 

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Step 4

Once you're happy with our blood, create a New Layer and use a hard round brush to paint little white dots of highlights over the blood drips.

You want these dots to be imperfect and follow the shape of the blood. Use an Eraser brush if the dots and lines look too harsh, and you can also try lowering the layer's Opacity.  

I also added some shadows below the blood drips using a New Layer set to Multiply and a soft round brush set to the same red tones we used to paint the blood. 

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Step 5

Add we can finish the blood off with a small amount of red set to Screen, adding some shine to parts of the blood drips. This part is optional and mainly brings some light and vibrancy to the blood if it's too dark. 

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5. How to Create Vampire Makeup Photoshop Effects

Step 1

Let's finish our vampire's skin by adding some grungy dark face paint. This is my go-to layer setup for any kind of face paint effect. 

First, add a black and white Gradient Map adjustment layer placed above your subject but below the blood and eye layers. 

And then add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, bringing the Brightness down to -125 and the Contrast up to 30. Use Blend If to remove the darkness of the highlights, replicating something like what you see here:

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Step 2

Now, we can Group those layers together, adding a Layer Mask to the Group and inverting the layer mask using Control-I. 

Use that mask to place the dark face paint where you'd like. You can also use any brush you'd like, though grunge brushes work particularly well here. 

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6. How to Create Spooky Red Lighting Effects in Photoshop

Step 1

Finally, let's create the lighting. Start by Duplicating the subject layer, bringing it below the original, and setting the duplicate to Screen

Create and Clip a medium red #920200 Color Fill layer into the duplicate subject. 

Now, Warp the duplicate so that parts of the red are peeking from behind the original subject, creating a rim light effect. 

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Step 2

If you need to tone down some of the rim light in certain areas, Group the two layers together and add a Layer Mask to the Group. 

Use that mask to remove areas that are too bright or taper out the edges of rim light. 

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Step 3

And let's finish off the whole image by adding blooms of red #a6180c light set to Screen. 

Place the light on New Layers both below and above the subject, and use a large soft, round Brush set to a low Flow rate to build that light up slowly.  

Also, add some light to the subject by clipping layers into the subject. Basically, we want to both add ambient red light and enhance the current rim light. 

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You're Done! 

That is how to make yourself a vampire in Photoshop! You can use this easy vampire teeth Photoshop tutorial to create all kinds of fangs for different kinds of monsters, not just vampires! The same goes for the makeup and skin effects. And of course you can try swapping out the horror-inspired red for something more subtle like a blue. Experiment and make it your own!

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