Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo into a Brick Wall Portrait
Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo into a Brick Wall Portrait

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to paint a portrait onto a brick wall from a photo. I downloaded this brick wall texture from which allows you to download unlimited
images, icons, backgrounds and much more. for seven days. I included a link in the description that’ll give you a huge discount on a yearly membership. You should check it out. We want our portrait to wrap around the contours of the brick wall, so we’ll make the brick wall into a displacement map. The first step is to duplicate the brick wall as a separate document by clicking the icon at the upper right
corner of the Layers panel and clicking “Duplicate Layer”. Click “New” and type in “Displacement”. Then click OK. Since displacement maps work best when they’re slightly blurred, go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. I’ll blur it 3 pixels and click OK. Remove all its color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. It’s important that your image should have enough contrast, since displacement maps are based on its tonal values. To adjust its contrast, open your Levels window by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + L. Drag the Input white slider near where the histogram starts and do the same with the input black slider. Then, click OK. We’ll save it by going to File and “Save As”. Save it to your desktop as a Photoshop PSD file and click “Save”. Let’s close the displacement document,
since we already saved it to our desktop. Open a photo of someone that you would like to make into a portrait. I downloaded this one from We need to make a selection around the
person in order to cut it out from the background. There are many ways to make selections
and the method should depend on the characteristics of your photo. In this case, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool. Its size should depend on the resolution of your photo and the size of your subject. If you’re using this tool as well, Drag your cursor over the subject to select it. To remove areas of the selection, press and hold Alt or Option, as you drag over those areas. To make sure you’ve selected all of it, press “Q” to see the selection as a quick mask. Then, press “Q” again to revert it back into a selection. Press Ctrl or Cmd +J to cut and
copy your subject to its own layer. To place your subject onto the brick wall, press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag your subject onto the tab of the wall. Without releasing your computer mouse or pen, drag it down onto the wall and release. To resize it, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd +T. To see the Transform’s entire bounding box, press Ctrl or Cmd +0. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option +Shift as you drag in, then press Enter or Return. To fit your document back onto your canvas, press Ctlr or Cmd +0. Before we add effects to your subject,
let’s protect it by converting it into a Smart Object. Click the icon at the upper right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Smart Objects also allow us to modify or even change the effects at any point. Double-click on an empty area of the layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Stroke”. Change the size to 2 pixels and the Position is “Outside”. Then, click OK. If you notice black spots anywhere around your subject, I’ll show you how to get rid of them in a minute. First, go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Artistic folder and click “Fresco”. I’ll make the brush size: 1, the brush detail: 10 and the Texture: 1, however, feel free to
experiment with the settings. Alternately, you can also try “Poster Edges”, which is another effective filter to use for the portrait. To get rid of any unwanted spots, click the layer mask icon, which makes a layer mask next to the active layer. Open your Eraser Tool. To make the eraser larger or smaller, press the right or left bracket key on your keyboard. Then, brush over the spots. Convert the layer into a smart object again and change the Blend Mode to “Overlay”. Reduce its opacity to 80%. You can choose to leave the perspective of your image as it is or angle it. If you want. to angle it, we need to resize and reposition the
portrait to make it ultimately fit correctly onto the angle brick wall. To do this,
open your Transform Tool, go to the top right corner of the
Transform and press and hold “Shift” as you drag it in approximately this much. Then, go inside the Transform and press
and hold Shift again as you slide the portrait to the left. Then, press Enter or Return. We’re ready to displace the portrait, so
it’ll wrap around the contours of the brick wall. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Make the horizontal and vertical scales:
5, “Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Then, click OK. Click “Desktop”, the “Displacement” PSD file and Open. Your portrait has now conformed to the
contours your brick wall. We’re going to make the portrait pop more by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J to copy the portrait layer and changing the blend mode to “Soft Light”. Next, we’ll angle our entire image. Make a composite snapshot by pressing Ctrl +Shift + Alt +E on Windows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Zoom out of your document by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard, twice. Go to “Edit”, “Transform” and “Perspective”. Go to the bottom, left corner and drag it down. If you want your image to angle the other way, undo the last step and drag down the right corner. Then, press Enter or Return. Fit it back onto your canvas. To give the image more depth, we’ll make the wall darker as it recedes in the distance. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open you Gradient Tool and make sure the Linear gradient icon is active. Click the gradient bar to open a Gradient Editor. Click the “black white” pre-set. Click the lower, left stop and the color box. In the hexadecimal field, type in 80, three times to pick up 50% gray. Then, click OK on both windows. Go to the side of your document where the wall recedes and press and hold Shift as you drag a line to the middle. Then, release your cursor. Change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn and reduce its opacity to 40%. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Transform a Photo into a Brick Wall Portrait”

  1. anas va says:

    Thank u. Ur tutorials always very best 🙂

  2. Android Ki Dunya says:

    U r good

  3. Pavan Kumar says:

    oh yes this is simple and good tutorial of Photoshop for learning

  4. KTK kartik says:

    thanks bro

  5. M Zohaib Sadiq says:

    how to save it tell me please

  6. incredible India says:

    Sir plese made one video for me… video is insider bulb image

  7. abdul samaad says:

    nice video

  8. abdul samaad says:

    nice work

  9. Sujoy Chowdhury says:

    Impotent Tutorial , . I like this,, Thanks a lot…….. for nice video

  10. Muhammad Hassan Ali says:

    You are awesome man

  11. Marcel Caminades says:

    This is a hack of a tutorial. A picture from a pro. Thank you so much. This is combinable, even for beginners like me. Keep it up.

  12. Kt Studio & Toor Film says:

    nice job

  13. rigonatmauro says:

    thanks a lot. You are really a brilliant teacher. There are so many steps that i must see again your tut (almost twice and very slowly).

  14. Amihai Ovadia says:

    gr8 video! amazing !!

  15. غرام المحبين says:

    Magnificence and creativity

  16. Mohammad Dilnavaj says:

    Your are the great one where are you from mean your country name

  17. mohamed mousa says:

    You are the best one in the world known Photoshop

  18. Raphael Nonato says:

    hello Marty,, the link that you provided about the image of the brick is different from the one that you're using… thank you

  19. Imran Khan says:


  20. MFEITE says:

    muito bom, obrigado

  21. ricardo oliveira says:


  22. Oscar Juy says:

    Amazing! thanks a lot

  23. Thant zin says:


  24. Ambrose Jeremy says:

    Great help

  25. Đặng says:

    Noice 😀

  26. Muhammad Aslam says:

    software version

  27. Ghost says:

    Great video! very helpful! Is there a way for the image to not lose its colour? I tried it and my images turn orange because the wall is orange. any way of keeping them the same colour or as close to their original colour as possible?

  28. Zeeshan Haider says:

    i like it. you are a great teacher

  29. Ikenna Ezuma says:

    This is so cool!

  30. mazyudi suwandi says:

    best tut thank

  31. Usman Khaan Usman khaan says:


  32. Shabnum Yousuf says:

    thank you so much sir. Learned a lot from you..

  33. Levani Mirvelashvili says:

    Thank You For useful tutorial

  34. Clark Tagalog says:

    marty.. i think the brick wall link is different from your tutorial

  35. NOEL ESPINA says:

    You rock it men!

  36. Vikas Kumar says:

    u r video so cool 😘

  37. Ong says:

    what is the displacement for? btw… thanks for the video.! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. Sunny Ahmed says:

    Great…Thank you so much

  39. World Adventures اردو says:

    nice work

  40. Taleb Amin says:

    Excellent tutorial thank you (y)

  41. Ái Quỳnh says:

    thank you

  42. andra bloe says:

    i Like it

  43. Vigneshwaran S says:

    Excellent. Very Very Professional.

  44. سامي السالمي says:

    Thanks for explaining the effort

  45. shree ganesh says:

    thankyou thankyou very so much


    Very good art bro

  47. Get Cheap Price Ticket says:

    very nice sir jee

  48. Bangla Funny Video says:

    nice tutorial thank you vaiya

  49. Monayem Hossain Shajib says:

    why it's necessary the brick wall convert to desaturate and what's the benefit to do distort to displace…?
    please give me a answer.

  50. saif ali says:


  51. Hrushikesh Mahurkar says:

    This video is too much helpful .. to mee .. thank you blue lightning tv

  52. strongman sunny says:

    Mind blowing technique. I r legend sir expert in Photoshop experienced graphic designer but I think I will have to watch this video many times to learn this technique although I learned pencil sketch technique by watching ur previous videos that was easy thanks

  53. mahmod mahmodian says:

    very goood, thanks

  54. chorai nito fancane says:

    incrivel este video

  55. Joshi Krishna says:

    thank you so much

  56. Paschalis Degoudis says:


  57. Accent Graphix Design Studio says:

    This is an awesome tutorial! I am a huge fan!

  58. Ruhma CH says:

    its amazing

  59. Pradeep Gore says:

    thank you so much for this learning

  60. Amol B Tayade says:

    Thank you sar

  61. Malik Umer says:

    The best tutorial maker .I m  your fan.keep it up

  62. abid amin says:

    wow perfect tutorial

  63. Dave Beaver says:

    Marty, this was (as ever) IMMENSELY helpful. Thank you for donating your time, experience, and skill for the benefit of all.

  64. arjunan Nachimuthu says:

    Good lesson thank you professional y tought

  65. shaafi chennal says:


  66. Sushil G says:

    Sir ur too good i learn alot thx 4 ur tutorial

  67. robert bertie says:

    obviously something that will be needed often

  68. Web Tech says:

    Such an awesome tutorial!!!

  69. Thengem Khiamniungan says:

    Nice explanation.. Sir love it.

  70. Bibek Shaw says:

    I just love your videos Marty, you make everything so easy for us

  71. Anantha Sayanam ananthasayanam says:

    Very good narration marty

  72. Kshitij Thakur says:

    Sir what is your Instagram Id name I have to tag in a edited photo

  73. somdatta naik says:


  74. Gosia S says:

    Thank you Marty for yet another fantastic video. You make everything so easy to follow and it’s beyond me why anyone would choose to press “👎🏻”

  75. Raj Kumar says:

    Sir.. You're the BEST tutor I ever saw in my life

  76. Patrick Boulanger says:

    merci pour ce tuto

  77. PREMIUM says:

    2019 klass

  78. G-ster media says:


  79. Ramzy Abdul says:

    I can't get it write by 7:00 I wonder y… I'm using Windows

  80. Mominul islam khan says:


  81. Max8 Payne9 says:

    Sir , you are the best teacher
    thank you so much

  82. Jonathan Gadin says:

    Can you send me tha same wall brick you use?

  83. Samuel Chipapa Paulino Calandula says:

    Like… good

  84. philip van Heerden says:

    Briliant. Thanks

  85. Aseel Al_Essa says:

    Thanks ☺

  86. Omari Barajas-Smith says:

    i think moto moto like you

  87. Janak Tekcham says:

    Vey well teached

  88. Funny friend says:

    Thanks for your nice tutorial. But I am using photoshop cs6. Do I have to use it in the cs6?

  89. Michelle Fenner says:


  90. Hasanat Kiron says:

    Thank you. I like your teaching style. No excess just to the point speech.

  91. Rohit Kanji says:

    what a guidness!

  92. Technology Gupshup says:


  93. Pinoy Hokage Blog says:

    Yeah i agree!.



  95. Francesco says:

    Excellent tutorials. I found THE photoshop tutorial channel 🙂

  96. Cash Life After College says:

    Wow… you’re amazing…. can you be my dad

  97. Bharath Shinde says:

    ur amazing man love u

  98. Viky Shabena says:

    Like the way u teach us :))

  99. Ami Mofiz says:

    Wow!!!! That's amazing. I want to know about the transformation of photo into a brick wall. But I never find a tutor like you. You explain the details. Now, I understood it very well. And so I give you a big thumbs.

    I subscribed your channel and want to show your every lesson and therefore I click the bell icon.

    Thanks a lot. 👍👍👍👍👍

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