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).

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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:

pain1a

Choose Edit-Transfrom-Flip Horizontal:

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

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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:

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Change the mode of it to Multipy 50%:

pain2a


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 :

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pain3a

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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