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

Create an Eerie Photoshop Manipulation of a Dark Queen in a Cemetery
step24a
Mask some parts of this layer as indicated below. Make sure to use a very soft round brush set to low opacity of 10-15% to do masking to be able to determine how transparent the masking will be.
step24b
Proceed to create a new layer again above the previous solid color layer. Fill this new layer with solid color of #43f6f4. Set this layer to soft light at 20% opacity. Finally, mask a bit on the light source area.
step24c
Next we will add some adjustment layers to the scene. Firstly we will add color balance set to normal at 65-70% opacity. Next we give it photo filter set to soft light blending at about 20% opacity. Finally, we give it another color balance set to normal at 100% opacity. Take a look at the screenshot to find out the values of each adjustment layer.
step24d
step24e

Step 25 (Light on the candles and more highlight)

In this step we start to give some highlight on the ground. To do this, create another new layer above all the other layers. Fill this layer with black and set its blending to color dodge. Take a very soft round brush set to a very low opacity of about 3-5% opacity. With that brush, paint yellowish orange color to the areas on ground where the highlight should fall. Give some soft white color to areas where needed as well. Here is the normal blending of this layer I created.
step25a
Here is the result in color dodge at 100% opacity. We can duplicate the layer to give more vivid color and play around the opacity to get desired result.
step25b
Create again a new layer. Set this layer to hard light blending. Paint some light for each candle on this layer. Use color of #fc9502. Here is the result I created in normal blending:
step25c
Result should be in hard light blending at about 70% opacity.
step25d
And ………create again a new layer above the previous layer (don’t worry it is the final new layer ;-) Set this layer to linear light blending. With the same color paint soft highlight on the tombs. Don’t forget to add some shadow for the candles. Use soft black color for this purpose. Here is the result.
step25e

Step 26 (Filters)

Make sure we are active on the topmost layer in the layer panel. Hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to merge all visible layers into a single layer. Go to layer > smart objects > convert to smart object. This will change the status of this layer into a smart object layer. Next go to filter > oil paint. Here is the values :
step26a
Give another smart filter : custom. Set the value below. Set the blending option for this smart filter to normal at 50-60 opacity.
step26b
Result after filtering :
step26c
Go select the smart filter mask thumbnail to be active on it. Mask the effect of the filters to some areas as highlighted in red.
step26d
Result after masking :
step26e
Finally give this layer an adjustment layer : brightness/contrast.
step26f
Here is the result should be:
step26g

Final Results

final result[1]

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Tutorial by Dek Wid

profileThank you for following this tutorial! Hope that you learn something today and happy photoshopping. Wid's side - My personal blog - Dek Wid

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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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