Turning Portrait Into Stone Statue

This is a simple tutorial on how you can make a statue from a portrait with Photoshop. It is highly recommended if you’re using a close up portrait of a woman/man.

You can download the stone texture image for free at Free Stockphotos.com

Have fun!


Step1. Open your portrait (file>open or ctrl+o)

Step 2. Desaturate your photo; image>adjustments>desaturate or shift+control+u


Step 3. Open your stone texture file, and drag it into your face photo. Change the layer blend mode to multiply.


Step 4. Now you’ll need to eliminate the eyes. using your pen tool draw a path around her left eye and make a selection (go to your Paths Pallete, click on the work path, and click the ‘Load Path as a Selection’ in the bottom of your pallete).


Step 5. Use the clone tool and select an area of the stone texture as your source and clone it around the eye. Go to curve adjustment and play around with the curve to adjust her new eye brightness/contrast. Choose your blur tool, and smooth the edges of the new eye. Here’s what I come up with:


Step 6. Now repeat step 4 and 5 to do the right eye.


Step 7. To make the eye more three dimensional: create new layer, change the blend mode to ‘linear burn’ and change the opacity to around 20-30%. Choose the brush tool and choose black foreground color. Start to burn the area around the eyes with your brush tool. Play around with your opacity to get the perfect result. Here’s mine:

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Comment by Steve
2006-05-08 22:29:53

Very nice tutorial, where did you get the stone texture?

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2006-05-09 16:47:08

Thanks Steve, you can easily find and donwload any stone textures from free photos sites..

Hope that helps..

Comment by Norbert
2006-06-27 21:52:57

your result is really beautiful (mine didn’t come out that good, maybe because of the photo and the texture I used. Can you pubish your texture?) but you should have explained the steps more detailed, e.g. are there new layers in STEP 4 and 5?

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2006-06-27 22:13:54

Norbert..nope, you don’t have to create a new layer in step 4 & 5..
As for the texture, Sorry..I couldn’t find it on my hd, must have deleted it. Try to go to free stock photos sites..They have heaps of good stone textures.

Comment by hardy
2006-06-28 01:26:43

This tutorial is very nice!
I’m tutorial author too but never got such “artistic” idea. I admire to artists like you, i have too technical aproach…

very nice!

Comment by riks
2006-06-28 23:40:28

Nice tutorial and very creative.

Comment by Chichi
2006-07-06 10:02:43

Love the tutorial…but where specificaly did you get the stone texture photo??

Comment by Becca
2007-11-13 00:28:43

How do you do step 3? :)

Comment by Tara
2008-01-03 12:33:47

what photo program are you opening these with? i cannot get the stone texture to go over the photo

Comment by Avarycce
2008-01-12 08:59:53

Wow this is fantastic!

Comment by michael
2008-02-16 10:16:15


the photo that you create is fantastic.
well done.

i will be glad if you explain a little more about the blur tool. i dont know what to do…

thank you for your ideas

Comment by Sam Subscribed to comments via email
2008-10-11 19:35:50

seriously you NEED to tell us where you got that cracked stone marble texture image. im searching for one but im getting ones that look crappy compared to the one you used. so please please please can you link it or i dont know make it downloadable some how? im sure there are others thats wondering as well.

Comment by neil
2008-11-03 19:39:22

Very nice tutorial, clear and well-written. It’s rather an elegant look. The only thing I’d fix is to put it all on one page, but that’s the fault of the webmaster not the author. Bloody techies.

Comment by Darthmat
2008-11-06 12:13:15

I made two of these already! I love it!

Comment by Scarlet
2009-03-16 01:46:51

it has value… but it is too dark to be of real value… the effectiveness of the tecnique is not quite shown because it is all being blotted out so much… i’d lighten it up a great deal.

Comment by TJ Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-05 03:16:15

Cool tut. I think it needs a bit of extra touched though.
Maybe you should use the “Displace” filter first (other tutorials show the way to do this) in order to make up for the cracking lines.
The crack line over the lips must have some bends over the lips and not going into a straight line I guess.

Good stuff. Keep on!

Comment by Jay
2009-11-04 15:08:20

Step 3. Open your stone texture file, and drag it into your face photo. Change the layer blend mode to multiply.

Any more info on how to do this (drag into) ??? someone has asked this question before (2 years ago) and yet no hints !

Tutorial sounds great HAD it explained the most important step i.e. step 3

Without explaining that step this tutorial is almost useless ! If one has to look for this answer in another tutorial on another site then why would they come back here at all ?!!!

Sorry if I may sound negative but I only mean some contructive criticizm and I thank all your sincere efforts.

Any real help is really appreciated


Comment by Julian
2009-11-22 09:13:58

ok cool down, just go data>place or just drag you photo in there

Comment by Bryce Subscribed to comments via email
2010-03-04 09:41:23

Very well put together however i would like to ask if there is anyway that you know of to add a little more depth to the stone texture for the nose and mouth area i got the eyes to look semi ok but with the mouth and nose you can tell its there but there is not enough concave for it to give it the detail im looking for

Comment by Charlie Subscribed to comments via email
2010-11-07 03:26:52

I had a hard time knowing how the Step 3 is done actually, until I figured it out. Open the two image (your picture and the stone). Then view them in TILE, so that you could see both image. Then just Drag the Stone Image into your picture. Simple. Works fine with me. Thanks for the tutorial.

Comment by kentostudios.com
2013-01-08 02:57:05

i just practice for my own picture… its look nice and cool..
thanks for share

Comment by Sumaya Subscribed to comments via email
2013-02-17 18:21:23

What is a clone tool


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