A Beginners Guide to Tattoos in Poser

In this tutorial we will address adding tattoo to your poser figures. A common mistake made when adding tattoos is just pasting an image onto the texture and being done with it. The end results is a non realistic image that screams amateur. To use this tutorial you should have a basic fundamental knowledge of applying textures in Poser.

Let’s go ahead and begin. I will be creating a chest tattoo for this, but the steps apply to any area.

STEP 1

The first thing you want to do is open the texture file you will be editing in Photoshop or a similar art program.

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Texture copyright 2012 by odnajdy & D_jerry.
This is not a free texture and can not be used without purchase.

STEP 2

You want to now save this file somewhere else. This will ensure your original texture is unchanged and can be used later. Next, create a new, transparent layer.

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STEP 3

Now that you have your new, transparent layer it is time to add the tattoo. This can be done a few different ways. You can use a Photoshop brush, or you can use a transparent image of the tattoo you want. Using text or drawing your own is an option as well. As long as you add the tattoo to the transparent layer, it doesn’t matter. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am using an image I found on Google.

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As you can see at the moment, it’s dark black. If we rendered currently it would look out of place as tattoos are never this color. What we need to do is lighten it so that it looks more realistic an faded to the skin.

STEP 4

In Photoshop, right click on the layer that has the tattoo and select blending options. This will allow us to change the transparency of the tattoo.

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STEP 5

Adjust either the fill opacity or opacity. This will not only fade the image on the layer, but blend it to when we render, it looks to be apart of the actual skin. Play with this number until you get it right.

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If you have multiple tattoos, set each one on a different layer and fade them to a different number. This will give the illusion of older tattoos versus newer ones, as well as distinct one from another.

STEP 6

Render. As you can see in the rendered image below, the tattoo seems to be a part of the actual skin instead of being pasted on. If you are able to play with the opacity enough, you will find the magic number that works for you and will be displaying realistic tattoos in no time.

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I hope this guide helped and appreciate you taking the time to read it. if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions feel free to reply with them!