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How to Create a Surreal Gothic Artwork in Photoshop

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Go to Wall Crest layer and add a Drop Shadow layer style for the “window effect”. Then choose -85 and -63 as its Brightness and Contrast (Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast).

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Your room should look like this now.

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I darkened the sky very little bit.

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Open the model image and select her with the marquee tool. Press Ctrl + C to copy. Don’t select the legs as she is going to be a creepy doll and people without legs intensify the “freaky” feeling. Paste the model on top of all the other layers (Ctrl + V). Fun fact: the model is my best friend Birgitta, wearing my graduation dress in an abandoned machine factory.

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Grab the Pen Tool (P) and make sure these settings are used. Carefully go over the outlines of the model. I prefer the Pen Tool because it gives you effortless and fast selecting – and if you misclick, you can just press Ctrl + Z and continue (unlike the Lasso Tool).

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Leave the veil as is, it’s almost humanly impossible to cut it out (and it’s not the point of this tutorial either).

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Here the ends meet – click on the first point to complete the path.

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You will have a nice line that indicates your path is closed. Now right click anywhere on the image and choose “Make Selection” from the drop-down menu. Make sure you use the settings shown for the feather radius.

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This is your selection now; hit Ctrl + Shift + I and then Delete. I usually press Delete twice.

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This is how it looks when cut out.

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Step 20

Take the dress form and place it on a new layer under the model.

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Now select models head (since it’s an unimportant selection, you can use Lasso Tool – you don’t have to worry about the exact edges etc). Then right click and choose “Layer via Cut” to behead the model… for a few minutes. After that, press Ctrl + D to release the selection.

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Press Ctrl + T to enter Transform and make her head larger by stretching from the corners.

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Go to Filter > Liquify and enlarge her eyes with the Bloat Tool.

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Add more doll features – tiny nose, small and full lips, pointy jaw.

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Retouch skin with the Healing Brush. A slight plastic-perfect look is even good here.

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Now go to the neck part and erase the sharp corners to make her neck really slender.

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Neck looks like this now.

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Paint the gap by picking colours from the skin areas around the gap. You don’t have to be precise, just make sure the lighting is right.

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Merge the head and body layers together and use the healing brush to blend everything.

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The cheeks looked strange so I went back to Liquify and fixed them.

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Looks like this…

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Step 28

Time to colour correct the doll. Move the Vibrance slider to left (-50). Then go to Image > Adjustment > Hue/Saturation and choose “Reds” from the drop down menu. Move the sliders to make the skin more pale.

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Step 29

The eyes have too little contrast. Use the Dodge Tool on Midtones and low Exposure (10-20%) to lighten the areas painted blue; and the Burn Tool (also set to Midtones and low Exposure) to darken the red areas. You should use a small brush, something around 5-15 px. Make sure it’s soft rounded.

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