Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery

Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery

Details on right hand cloth

We will start defining the details on the right cloth. Go select again the right cloth layer. Start stroking the dodge and burn tool on areas where needed to give it some worn and crumpled parts on the cloth.
Keep on applying the combination of the both tool to give more details. We can change both the size of the brush or exposure accordingly depending on the areas to be stroked. We also can choose highlight for its range.
After finding desired result, we can duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J) and set its duplicate to soft light blending at desired opacity of about 80-100%. This will give more brightness and contrast to the layer.

Step 5 (Left cloth)

Do the same way to give details on the left cloth.

Step 6 (Smudging)

Next we will blend the both cloths to the main whole body of the statue. We will do this by smudging. Firstly, activate the smudge tool in the tool panel. Set its setting for this tool as given below. This setting can be changed accordingly as well. Make sure to keep checking sample all layers option.
Create a new layer above the extracted statue layer. On this layer, start stroking the tool to the direction where needed to blend the image.
Here is the result.
To define more contrast and brightness of the blending, we can duplicate this layer and set its blending to soft light and give it burn or dodge on some parts.

Step 7 (smudge on cloth on main body)

Create another new layer and give some smudge on the main body. Do similar way as in previous step 6 to do this. Here is the result so far….

Step 8 (Adding hood)

Now we will add hood for the figure. Open the stock image and cut out the part needed.
Place the cut out above the smudge layers in the main document. Scale its size and warp to alter its shape.
Go to layer > new adjustment layers > hue/saturation. Make sure to give this adjustment layer a clipping mask by checking use previous layer to create clipping mask.
To blend the hood with the rest part of the image, we do this by applying similar ways like the ones in previous step 6 and 7. I did this on a new layer.

Step 9 (fixing the fingers)

Next, we will replace the fingers of the figure. We will give it skeletal fingers. Open the stock image. Cut out one of the skeletal arms.
Place the cut out on the main document. Scale and arrange its position in such way that it is fit the original fingers.
Mask unneeded part..
Cut out one of the fingers and place the cut out right on the thumb finger of the figure. Select all the finger layer and hit Ctrl+E to merge them.
Adjust the color of the merged finger layer to match the rest of the image. We just simply give it two adjustment layers with clipping masks : Hue/saturation and level.
Do similar way to add skeletal fingers to the other ones.

Step 10 (Adding lower cloth)

Let’s complete the figure by adding lower cloth for the figure. Create a new layer below all the other layers. On this layer, create a shape for the cloth like the one shown in the screenshot.
Giving the cloth some details by adding some worn and crumpled parts where needed. Remember previous steps to do this because these are just repeating steps. Here is the former shape I created, however………

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16 comments on “Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery”

  1. HIIIII!! there is a huge problem.... the first four images --I think the free image website ones are not available could you please make the stock image available and let me know when you've done that. I need this for a business project!!!!! VERRRRRYYYY IMPORTANTTTTTT!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Taylor,

      Unfortunately broken links are a common issue with free images. We recommend searching for other similar images.

  2. Wow great tutorial. I am too a Photoshop artist, but i am only 17 years old and don't have so much skills. On my Website are projects from me ( its on german, but it have possibilty to translate the site :)

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