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How to Create an Awesome Fiery Grim Reaper by Combining Images

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Create a Curves Adjustment layer and clip it to the tree layer. Drag the curve down as shown below in order to darken the tree.

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Step 58

Open the “Skeleton1” file. Copy and paste the skeleton into the scene and convert it to a Smart Object. Resize is as shown below.

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Create a Curves Adjustment layer and clip it to the skeleton. Drag the curve down as I did in the image below.

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Step 60

Create a new layer and with the chalk brush paint the rope that hangs from the skeleton neck.

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Open the “Skeleton2” file. Copy and paste the skeleton into the scene. Convert it to a smart object and place it as shown below.

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Create a Curves Adjustment layer and clip it to the skeleton layer. Drag the curve down as indicated in the image below.

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Step 63

Let’s add some additional lightning into the scene. Create two new layers and on each of them create a white lightning using the lightning brushes.

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Unzip the optic flare effects somewhere on your folder and open the effect “026.png”. Copy and paste the effect into the scene. Resize as shown below.

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Change the blending mode to Screen and add a layer mask to the flare layer. Mask away the hard edges.

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Time for some final effects. Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer and change the blend mode to Soft Light. Lower the fill to 44%. Use the settings shown below.

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Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. With a white soft brush at 10% paint over the scythe in order to emphasize it.

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Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Color Dodge. With a white soft brush at 50% Opacity paint over the folds in the death figure cloth and on the silhouette of house and crosses.

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Step 69

Create a Curves Adjustment Layer and use the settings below in order to boost the intensity of the scene and add a bit of redness.

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Create a new layer from all the layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E. Change the blending mode of the created layer to Overlay. Apply a strong Gaussian Blur effect (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

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Download the PSD

Final Results

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Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

profileAnd we are at the end of the tutorial. As you can see blending modes play a very important role in achieving a succesful photo manipulation so you will be wise to get a good grasp on them. Thank you for reading this tutorial!

– Adrian Scheff

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