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

Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery
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Step 22 (Adjustments to the objects in the scene)

Foreground Tombs

Firstly, we will do adjustment to the foreground tomb. Go and select again the right foreground tomb layer to be active on it. Then give this layer two adjustment layers with clipping masks : hue/saturation and photo filter.
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Create a new layer above the two adjustment layer with a clipping mask filled with 50% gray and set its blending to overlay at 100% opacity. Take the dodge tool and choose a very soft round brush to paint some highlight on the tomb pointed by the red arrows.
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Do similar ways for the other foreground tomb.
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Background Tombs

Next select the main background tomb to be active on it. Create a new layer with a clipping mask above this layer. Take a very soft round brush set to 10% opacity. On this layer paint soft white color to give the tomb some highlight. Give this layer some Gaussian blur. Go to filter > blur > Gaussian blur. Set the value to about 1-2 pixels. Give the farther background tomb 1-2 pixels Gaussian blur as well.
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Skeletons

Then, proceed to give the skeleton layer some adjustments. Make sure to be active on this layer. Give it hue/saturation adjustment layer with a clipping mask. Duplicate the hue/saturation layer one time. Set the main layer to normal at 100% opacity and the duplicate to soft light at 100% opacity.
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With similar step in adding highlight on the background tomb, do the same way to add some highlight on the skeletons where needed.
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The Ground and Adding More Graveyards.

I decided to make the ground less visible so I reduce the opacity of the ground layer to about 60% opacity and do some more transparent masking on it. Here is the result I created for the ground now indicated by blue arrows. Finally, I decided to add distant graveyards on the left and right side of the scene pointed by red arrows.
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The Figure

Finally we will do some adjustment for the figure. Go and be active on the figure layer again. Create a new layer with a clipping mask above the layer. On this new layer we will paint some highlight and shadow for the figure. To do this, take a very soft round brush set to 10-15% opacity. Paint soft black and white color to areas on the figure to give it the shadow and highlight. The pointing black arrows indicate where we should paint some shadow while the white ones show us where the highlight should be painted.
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Next, create another new layer with a clipping mask filled with black. Set this new layer to color dodge. Take a very soft round brush and paint some soft blue color on the figure. Here is the normal and color dodge blending of this layer will look for our inspiration where we should paint the color.
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Finally, give this figure an adjustment layer: brightness/contrast. Here is the result I created.
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Step 23 (Overall highlight and shadow)

Create a new layer above all the other layers. Fill this layer with 50% opacity set to overlay blending. With combination use of the dodge and burn tool paint highlight and some shadow on the smoke and light source areas. Here is the normal blending of this layer will look.
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Here is the result in overlay blending at 100% opacity.
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Step 24 (Overall adjustments)

Finally, we will set overall adjustments for the scene. What we should do is create a new layer above all the other layers and fill this layer with solid color of #033335. Set the blending of this layer to multiply at about 45-50% opacity.

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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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