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

Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery
step14i
Mask the levels layer on some part. Here is the result of masking.
step14j
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Step 15 (More adjustments)

Now we will desaturate the smoke by giving it hue/saturation adjustment layer. Make sure to place this layer above the levels layer.
step15a
Duplicate this adjustment layer and set its blending to soft light at 85% opacity. Mask some areas of this layer to reduce its effect.
step15b
step15c

Step 16 (adding ground)

Next we will add ground for the scene. We will use this image for it.
step16a
Place the image in the main scene. Scale and place it where needed. Make sure to locate this image below the two hue/saturation layers created in previous step 15. Because of its position below the layers, the image will be desaturated.
step16b
Then, mask the upper part of this image and let the ground revealed. We only need the ground part. The red highlighted part is where we should mask.
step16c
step16d

Step 17 (Creating misty ground)

To give some dramatic nuance to the scene, we will create misty ground for the scene. To get the misty effect, we will use this image.
step17a
Place the image in the main document. Locate it below the hue/saturation layers. Scale its size and position it where needed.
step17b
Proceed to mask parts unneeded. Take a look at the screenshot to find out what parts should be masked for this image. The red highlighted are parts where we should mask. Finally, set this layer to normal at 89% opacity.
step17c
Here is the background I created so far…..
step17d
We will add some misty effect on the right side of the image as well. To do this, duplicate the nebula image. Place the duplicate as shown below.
step17e
Mask parts unneeded. Finally, set this duplicate to normal at about 90% opacity.
step17f

Step 18 (Light from above)

Next, we will add main light source for the scene. We will use the other nebula image for this purpose. Place the image in the main document. Scale its size and arrange its position in the upper left part. Make sure the position of this layer is below the two hue/saturation layers.
step18a
Set its blending to screen at about 80% opacity.
step18b
Mask unneeded part of this layer.
step18c

Step 19 (Adding the figure)

Finally add the figure to the main background. Place the image in the main document. Locate it above the hue/saturation layers. Scale and position it under the light source.
step19a

Step 20 (Preparing tombs)

The background we have created is supposed to be a dark cemetery so we need some tombs on it. In this step we will create tomb for the scene. Open the tomb image and cut it out.
step20a
With the cut out selected, hit Ctrl+T to activate free transform tool. Right click on the canvas to show the transform option and choose distort.
step20b
Alter the shape of the cut out by distorting it. Click one of the transforming point (circled in red) and drag to the direction where needed.
step20c
After finding the best result, duplicate the cut out 2 or 3 time. Arrange the duplicate to make the tomb thicker. Finally, select all the tomb layers and merge them into a single layer.
step20d

Step 21 (adding tombs and other objects to the main scene)

Now add the tomb to the main scene. Duplicate the layer and place them as the foreground objects for the scene.
step21a
Add the original cut out
step21b
More tombs
step21c
I think we will agree if we add some skeleton……
step21d
Make sure that we have downloaded the candle image. Cut out the candle and place the cut out to the main scene. Arrange and locate the candles where needed. Here is the scene will look so far…….

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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 (jan.leibacher.ch) its on german, but it have possibilty to translate the site :)

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