Learn how to create this eerie photo manipulation of the Grim Reaper’s side job – mowing! This simple tutorial is great for beginner photo manipulators and will show you how to quickly combine photos, warp them into your scene, and add a cold blue color effect that eliminates all need for color matching.

Preview of Final Results

final result

Tutorial Resources

  • Straws -Bergadder, pixabay
  • Cloud – lancealot21us, pixabay
  • Grim – mjranum, Deviantart
  • Scythe – mynoahsart, Deviantart

Step 1

Let’s start by opening the straw image in the Photoshop.

step1a

Activate the crop tool in the tool panel by hitting the short key C on the keyboard. We will crop the image a little bit with this tool.

step1b

Start cropping by clicking the tool and drag around the image we want to crop. I started from upper left part of the image and dragged to lower right part. Hit enter to crop the image.

step1c

Here is the result of the cropped image now.

step1d

Step 2

We will hide the cloud part of the image. To do this purpose, we will give the image a layer mask by clicking the layer mask icon located in the bottom of the layer panel. There will be a white mask thumbnail next to the layer thumbnail.

step2a

Next, start accessing the brush tool by hitting the short key B. Choose a soft round brush at 0% hardness with size of around 900 pixels.

step2b

Make sure to set the foreground color to black and the background to white and the layer mask thumbnail is activated. Start masking the cloud part of the image by stroking the brush with black to mask the cloud.

step2c

Here is the result

step2d

Now point out the cursor on the background layer and double click on it to show up the new layer option box. This will lead us to change background layer into a new layer named layer 0 in option box. I named this layer BG..

step2e

Step 3

Now open the cloud image on the document. This image will be a new layer above the BG layer in the layer panel. I named this layer cloud. Position the cloud layer under the BG layer by clicking, holding and dragging it downward.

step3aa

Activate free transform tool (Ctrl+T) and scale up the cloud image by clicking one of the transforming points, holding and dragging downward until the cloud cover the blank space in the document.

step3ab

Here is what I have done:

step3b

Step 4

With the cloud layer still activated, go to filter > blur > surface blur. Set the value of the blur as given below:

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20 responses to “The Grim Reapers Side Job”

  1.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    this is a terrible tutorial a lot of stuff you need past experience to know where it is and if you dont it takes 4 other tutorials to do. die

  2. help Avatar
    help

    Step 8 what is clipping mask for?

  3. tania Avatar
    tania

    Good tutorial I learned a lot thanks!

  4. Myn Avatar
    Myn

    Why i can’t look full tutorial?

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Click on page 2

  5. Nobel Avatar
    Nobel

    Great. Thank you very very much!

  6. Harry Avatar
    Harry

    Wow … it’s so elaborate with each steps perfectly depicted with screen shots… it’s a great job… really like the image transformation with perfect use of layer mask, adjustment layer, blur, transform, wrap, curves, hue saturation and a lot. Excellent

  7. Optical Overlays Avatar
    Optical Overlays

    Awesome! :)

  8. Bright Elo Avatar
    Bright Elo

    Its been a while.

    1. Optical Overlays Avatar
      Optical Overlays

      So nice!

  9. vipin Avatar
    vipin

    you help me to create with a good idea

  10. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Great, thanks for all the helpful info!

  11. elakkiya Avatar
    elakkiya

    super

  12. Bassam Avatar
    Bassam

    Excellent Tut

  13. Andy Avatar
    Andy

    Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial.

  14. Daniel Avatar
    Daniel

    Good it is very good tutorial THX

  15. JAWAD Avatar
    JAWAD

    I LIKE UR TUTORIAL

  16. Toby Avatar
    Toby

    I like the tutorial but it is very dark for Christmas.

  17. yeyi Avatar
    yeyi

    Does anyone have extra photoshop subscriptions I can have?

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      Anonymous

      freeloader…

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