How to Create a Grim Reaper Scene Artwork in Photoshop

How to Create a Grim Reaper Scene Artwork in Photoshop
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Let’s make some creepy dark veins emerging from our dark figure. To do this make a new layer and fill it with white. Than press D to set default colors and choose Filters > Render > Clouds. Now choose Filters > Render > Difference Clouds. Choose Image > Adjustments > Curves and use the settings shown below to get rid of the mid tones and keep only the black lightning. Press Ctrl+T to free transform this layer like shown below and change the blending mode to Multiply. Changing the blending mode will get rid of the white areas. Add a layer mask and mask the obvious lines. You can make a duplicate layer and using free transform (Ctrl+T) flip it horizontally to add even more black veins/lightning .
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Time for the final adjustments. Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to make a new layer from all visible then choose Filters > Stylize > Glowing Edges. Change the blend mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to 23%. This step will further increase the contrast and darken the mood. Now add Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to decrease the Saturation of the scene. Note that sometimes less is more and in our case less saturation will make the image darker and moodier. It will also keep the focal interest in the center preventing our eyes from wandering al l over the places. Press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E again to make another new layer from all visible and apply a 4 px Gaussian Blur. Change it’s blend mode to Soft Light. Lower the opacity to 25%. Finally add new layer and using the Clone Stamp tool make the scythe wooden handle longer. Than select a soft black brush at 5% opacity and paint some pools of blackness to further increase the moodiness of the scene. And you’re done.
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Final Results

Download the PSD

Reaper Scene.zip | 92.83 MB Download from Website

Tutorial by Adrian Scheff

In this tutorial we created a dark, moody scene from different elements. We also learned some composition principles. I hope you liked my tutorial and learned something useful from it. You can see some of my other art deviations here . Have fun photoshoping!!

- Adrian Scheff

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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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