Learn how to create this eerie abstract photo manipulation called “The Pain”. You’ll learn how to combine different stock photos to create this scene then apply a cold color tone to it.

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The Pain Photoshop Tutorial

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Step 1

Create a new document, choose the size with1333x1000 px and fill it with white ( or any sizes and any colors you like).


Open grunge texture 1 stock. Use Move Tool ( press V to active it) and drag it into our main document, resize it as shown below:


Choose Edit-Transfrom-Flip Horizontal:


Then press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate this texture. You’ll see it turns into black and white:


Step 2

Open grunge texture 2 stock. Drag it into our canvas and do the same technique in step 1 ( resize, transform, flip it). You may notice that I only use the center part of this texture for this tutorial:


Change the mode of it to Multipy 50%:


Step 3

There is a part on background that I want to fix. It’s a carved circle on the right edge. Create a new layer ( hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to do it) and press S to active Clone Tool. I use this tool with settings below :



Hold the Alt key on the part of source then clone over this circle. If you’re not familiar with this tool you can follow many good tutorials over the web.

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