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You need a mask for your character, and want it to be personalized and perfectly fitting your model ? With this tutorial you will learn how to paint quickly a simple mask.
Select the shape of the eyes and erase them.
Go into “Image”, “Adjustments” and select “Grayscale”.
Play with Brightness/Contrast, choose about +50 for Contrast.
Flatten the first layer with the layer beneath (Ctrl+E)
(You should have a transparent background and a layer with the mask).
Copy and paste the mask on your model.
To give an impression of relief, add a drop shadow effect.
Go into “Layer”, “Layer properties”, and choose the drop shadow option.
Choose a 70% opacity.
Now you should have a mask fitting perfectly your model !
I choose the Phantom of the Opera as an example, because it's quite easy, but you can draw any shape you like for your mask, using this simple technique.