Terrifying Horror Photo Manipulation

Terrifying Horror Photo Manipulation
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This layer adds nice diffuse light and increase the contrast of the whole picture.

Step 20 - Adding Lens Flare

To increase the light little more we will add lens flare. Add new layer on the top of your layers and name it LENS FLARE. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the layer with solid black color. Now go to Filter > Render > Lens Flare... and choose type of the flare you like. I used 105 mm Prime. Your flare should not touch the borders because you´re moving it later and it wouldn´t look realistic if you have only part of the flare.
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Change the Blending Mode of the LENS FLARE on Screen. Grab the Move Tool (V) and place the brightest part of the flare in the center of the white circle you´ve painted in previous step. To get more realistic result you can rotate the flare or lower the opacity. Bellow it´s shown how your manipulation should look:
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Step 21 - Adding the Mist

In this step we will add mist. Mist can be really great element of your manipulation if you want to create mysterious, enigmatic atmosphere. Download the mist brushes (or another which are free) and install them into Photoshop. Add new layer on the top of your layers and name it MIST. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select one of the mist brushes, pick white or light grey color and paint the mist. To get more realistic result you can play with opacity and different Blending Modes. I used opacity set on 80% and Normal Blending Mode.

Step 22 - First Color Adjustment

Almost all parts of the manipulation are already placed. In this step we will start with color adjustment. Add new Adjustment Layer Gradient Map on the top of your layers and set it as it´s shown bellow:
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Lower Opacity of this layer on 50%. Don´t create clipping mask, you want to affect whole picture. Add one more Gradient Map and set is as this:
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Lower Opacity of this layer on 50% too. Now add Adjustment Layer Levels and set the Input Levels on 14; 1,19; 226. Press OK. Add Adjustment Layer Color Balance and set Midtones and Shadows as it´s shown bellow:
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On the picture bellow you can see how each adjustment layer affects the picture:
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Step 23 - Adding Vignette

Vignette is nice way how to keep viewer´s eye inside the picture. To create it add new Ajustment Layer Levels on the top of your layers. Set Input Levels on 0; 0,48; 255 and press OK. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the Thumbnail of the layer with solid black color.
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Now grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color and paint over the edges of the picture.

Step 24 - Adding Big Feathers

Another way how to lead viewer´s eye is using of lines. We use this principle by adding big feathers. They also add impression of spatiality. Drag the Brush Tool (B), select feather brush, pick dark blue color and paint feathers as you can see on the preview picture. Make feathers which are closer bigger and these in the distance smaller. Now we will make the feathers out of focus. To do that you need to add blur effect. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set Radius on about 1,8 px. Press OK. After this step your picture should be similar as it´s shown bellow:
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Step 25 - Yellow Eyes

In this step we will make the tree woman little more magical by adding yellow eyes. Create new layer on the top of your layers and name it YELLOW EYES. Grab the Brush Tool (B). Select some small, soft round brush, pick yellow color and paint yellow dots over the eyes. Change the Blending Mode of the layer on Color.

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5 comments on “Terrifying Horror Photo Manipulation”

  1. The branches, ravens and some brushes don't exists and its a pity that I cannot complete you very nice tutorial. Regards Magdalena

  2. Got this tutorial from the Google search engine.. but i really appreciate the work you have done in this Photoshop tutorial...

  3. Great tutorial but the raven link no longer exists. I think this tutorial would be suited to intermediate, definitely not a beginners tutorial.

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