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Draw Contour Outlines on your Face in Photoshop

    ●   Draw several versions of your face using different types of lines in Photoshop.

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  •    This tutorial is used in the Picture Perfect, Renaissance and Monster Mesh Projects.

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Step #1: Open a Picture of your Face in Photoshop ~

Open a picture of your face in Photoshop:

Step #2: Make a New Layer ~

Then, make a New Layer and name it "thin."




Make sure the other layer is locked - lock


Step #3: Brush Tool ~

Click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …

… click to open the Brush Preset picker …

… and choose a Hard Round brush.





Soft Brushes are blurry and hard brushes are solid.


… and then set your color default Black & White by hitting the letter "D".

Step #4: Begin Tracing the Image ~

Do a good job but keep it simple.

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Step #5: Turn the Background Visibility Off ~

Click the little eye on the background layer to turn the visibly OFF.

layer visibility

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Step #6: Another Layer ~

Create ANOTHER new layer and name it "thicker" …

… then hit F5 or click on the Toggle the Brushes panel button …

… click Brush Presets

… and find an interesting brush.

Outline your image again using the different brush.

Step #8: Again ~

Do this over and over with different brushes each time, each on a different layer …

Step #9: Animation ~

Go to: Window > Timeline and the Timeline window appears and click "Create Frame Animation" (if necessary) …

With Frame 1 of the animation selected, turn off the visibility of all your layers except the last one by clicking on the of each layer …

Step #7: Add New Frames ~

Click the little icon at the bottom of the Animation panel to add a new frame.

duplicate selected frames

With the Duplicate Frame selected …

duplicate frame

… turn the visibility ON in the next layer of your Photoshop document.

layer vis

Step #8: Select Both Frames ~

Select both frames by holding shift-key and clicking on them …

Step #9: Frame Delay ~

Then click the seconds at the bottom of a frame …

… and set the frame delay to .1 or .2 seconds.

Step #10: Forever ~

Set the number of times your animation plays, click here …

select looping options

… and set it to Forever.



To speed up or slow down your animation, select all the frames by holding shift-key and clicking on the first and last frames.


You probably want your animation to play quickly …


Step #11: Tweens ~

With both frames still selected, click on the Tween icon …

tweens animation icon

… set the Frames to Add number to 10 and hit OK.


Step #12: Keep Going ~

With the last frame of your animation still selected, hit the Duplicate selected frames button again …

… then go to Layers and turn the visibility ON of the next layer and OFF for all the others.

Tween that frame with the frame before it the same way you did before:

Then add ANOTHER frame AND another Layer …




Make a tween between those to frames …




Keep going! Add tweens and frames for all your layers …




You may end up with 100 frames or more…


Step #13: Slow the 1st Frame ~

Click on the 1st frame …

… and set it for .5 second delay.

Step #14: Slow the 12th Frame ~

Click frame 12 …

… and set that frame to .5 seconds.

Step #13: Save for Web …

When you are done with all your layers, go to: File > Save for Web … and save your work as a .gif …


Check the file size in the lower left hand corner. Try to keep below 2 megabytes if you can.

Animated gifs are supposed to be small - that's their purpose. To make your file smaller, shrink the pixel size …

Step #14: Upload to your Portfolio …

Attach your animated gif to your portfolio.

Last Step: The Link ~

Navigate to the EXACT PAGE in your browser where your files and reflections are posted …

… copy the URL address of your page …

    ●   Then paste the URL address of THE SPECIFIC PAGE of your Portfolio so that when the link is clicked, it takes you directly to the example on your website.

Remember: Paste the address into your reply so when the link is clicked it goes directly to the page that contains your evidence.

Attach your .psd File Too ~

Also attach your colpleted .psd file too!