How to Create a Grim Reaper Scene Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Grim Reaper Scene Artwork in Photoshop
Now add a Selective Color adjustment layer and modify the Yellows like shown below. Add a Curves adjustment layer and drag the curve upward to lighten the image than fill the layer mask with black then make white as foreground color and black as background and drag with the Radial Gradient tool in the layer mask to lighten only the central part of the image. This step will create a focal point and will increase the contrast between the Reaper and the background making him look more dark. Then add a Color Balance adjustment layer and increase the Cyan. Than use the Linear Gradient Tool to apply this effect only to the right side of the image. This step will add some visual interest. And the final adjustment is to add a Curves adjustment layer and drag the curve upwards to lighten the image. Than fill the mask wit black and using a round white soft brush paint selectively in the layer mask to further lighten the light areas surrounding the Reaper.
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Step 9. Let’s add some more spooky elements to our scene. First make a new layer and using a Birds brush paint some black birds in the horizon.
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Step 10

Open file “House” and make a selection of the house. Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste into our document. Pres Ctrl+T to free transform the house like shown below. Add a clipped Curves adjustment layer to color correct the house than make a new layer and using a black soft brush at 20% opacity paint some shadows on the left side of the house. Change the shadow layer blend mode to Multiply.
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Step 11

Open file “Cross” and make a selection of the cross. Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste the cross into our document and press Ctrl+T to free transform the cross like below. Add a clipped Curves adjustment layer to decrease it’s luminosity and a clipped Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to decrease it’s saturation. Than make a new layer below the cross layer and paint some shadows. Change the shadows layer(s) to multiply. Use you intuition when painting shadows and consider the fact that we have a multidirectional lightning in this scene but most of the light comes from the left (from the cross point of view). Group all these cross related layers than duplicate this group and free transform it so it seems more distant and different from the first cross. Repeat the operation until you have around 8 crosses.
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Step 12

Open the “Raven” file and make a selection of the raven. Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste it into our document. Don’t worry if your selection is not perfect because we will going to make very small. Press Ctrl+T to free transform the raven like shown below than add clipped Curves adjustment layer to color correct it.
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Step 13

Make a new layer and using a round soft white brush at 5% opacity draw some smoke (or fumes) at the base of the house and at the base of the crosses. Don’t overdo.
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Step 14

Open the file “Van” and make a selection of the van. Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste it into our document. Press Ctrl+T to free transform the van like shown below than add a clipped Curves adjustment layer and a clipped Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to color correct the van. Notice that we don’t take all the color from the van, because we still want some color somewhere in the scene. Make a new layer below the “Van” layer and paint some shadow than change the layer blend mode to Multiply.

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4 comments on “How to Create a Grim Reaper Scene Artwork in Photoshop”

  1. This is an awesome tut but the "desert" picture is no longer available on DeviantArt.....Could you suggest another pic?

    1. @PhasmaParanorma I just looked at different pictures on Google of a "cracked desert" and found the most suitable one! :)

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