How to Create a Surreal Gothic Artwork in Photoshop

Learn how to create this creepy gothic artwork in Photoshop! In this tutorial, you will learn how to create create a symmetrical background, add reflections, and warp a face so that it looks like a child. Try it out!

Preview of Final Results

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Step 1

Create a new file, 2000x2000px 300dpi.


Step 2

Now take the floor stock and paste it on the canvas.


Hit Ctrl + T and stretch it from the corners so that it’s large enough to cover it.


Then pull it down from the upper border to get a realistic-looking floor. Hit Enter to exit the Transform.


Step 3

Now take the wall crest and place it in the middle. Resize if needed. Be sure to keep it on a separate layer.


Step 4

Take the wallpaper tile and enlarge it so that you can see the pattern better. The wallpaper layer should be under the wall crest layer.


Duplicate the tile (Layer > Duplicate Layer) and move it beside the first one – make sure there are no gaps between tiles!


Merge the tiles together. (Select both layers on the layer palette and press Ctrl + E)


Step 5

Duplicate the layer with two tiles and place the duplicate under them. Again, look out for gaps where the background is showing.


Step 6

Keep working on the pattern by duplicating and merging them the tiles together. You can also make it a bit larger. (Ctrl + T and then stretch from the corners)


Step 7

Now the whole wall is done – but just to be sure, zoom in to 100% to make sure there are no spaces. All tiles must be merged together on one layer.


Step 8

Go back to the wall crest layer and click on the area around the crest with the Magic Wand Tool (W). You should have a similar selection. Make sure the contiguous box is checked when you select.


Step 9

Now go to the wallpaper layer and hit Ctrl + Shift + I and your selection will invert. Hit Delete to clear the area inside the wall. Finally, press Ctrl + D to release the selection.


Step 10

Place stormy sky on a new layer under the crest. Resize it a little until the clouds look pretty.


This is the result you should be seeing.


Step 11

For color correcting, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and move the sliders to settings shown (-150 and -35). Also move the Vibrance slider to -60.


Step 12

Now take the Burn Tool with settings provided and burn the areas marked with red.


Your wall should look like this now.


Step 13

Now to the floor layer. To get the colours match, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and take Hue to -163, Saturation to -100 and Lightness to -43. Burn the red areas with previous Burn Tool settings.


Step 14

Your floor should look like this now – with an annoying white gap.


Go to the background layer, hit D on your keyboard to get black as your main colour and take the Paint Bucket tool (G) and paint the background black with one simple click.


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