How to Create a Silent Hill Inspired Photo-Manipulation using Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to create a realistic Silent Hill inspired artwork. This tutorial covers techniques such as creating fog using only a few fill layers and the Cloud render tool, easy ways on how to blend images together to make them look like they are in a foggy scene, painting-in real looking ash through a few brush strokes and giving the image a soft contrast using the Blur tool and a few blending modes.

Preview of Final Results


Silent Hill Inspired Photo-Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1: Create a Photoshop Image File

Let’s begin by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields:
  • Presets: International Paper
  • Size: A4
  • Width: 2480 pixels
  • Height: 3508 pixels
  • Resolution: 300 pixels/inch
  • Color Mode: RGB Color; 8 bit
  • Background Contents: White

Step 2: Create the Background

In this step, we will be creating the background. To start, let’s open Silent Hill BG by hielorei. Once open, activate the Move tool by pressing V on your keyboard. Now, drag that image into our canvas. It should appear like this:
Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the image as shown below:
The result should be like this:
Next, let’s fix the angle of our background. To do that, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then once the grid appears, right click on the image and a contextual menu would appear. Click on Distort. See image below:
To distort the image, see the instructions shown on the image below:
The result should be similar to this:
Next, let’s clean up this background - let’s remove that unwanted bulky thing on the road. To do that, activate the Clone Stamp tool (S). Once active, input the following:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Now, let’s get to it!
The result:
Let’s clean it up some more - activate the Clone Stamp tool again and set the following:
  • Brush size: 100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Now, remove the unwanted parts shown below:
The result:
Now, let’s adjust the darkness of the foreground. To start, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and when the New Layer box opens, input “Darken” on the name field.
Next, activate the Brush tool by pressing B on the keyboard. Once open, make sure that the brushes are the default Photoshop brushes. See image below:
To make sure that you’re using that, simply right click the canvas while a layer is selected and while the Brush tool (B) is activated and then click on the button highlighted below:
Then click on “Reset Brushes” from the contextual menu.
Now, that that is done input the following settings for our Brush tool (B):
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Note: #: 000000 is the Brush’s color. To set that, simply follow the instructions below: The #: 000000 is the color of the Brush tool (B), so this means it is colored black. To set the brush color, follow the instructions below:
Now, let’s go painting!
The result:

Step 3: Create the Ashes

Now, let’s give the image a touch of Silent hill by adding some ashes falling from the sky. To start, let’s create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N), name - “Ash 1”.

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