Create a Gothic portrait in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a gothic portrait in Adobe Photoshop.

At the beginning of the lesson we will add a texture to create a background, then add a model image and draw a small retouch. Next, we will add a picture frame, branches and roses and combine all these elements with the help of adjustment layers, working with a mask and brushes. We will create the effect of flowing blood, and also add a few brush strokes. After that, we will strengthen the dark devilish atmosphere with the help of the Web brushes. Finally, we use several adjustment layers to complete the final result.

The final result:

1. Create a Dark Atmosphere

Step 1

Create a new document 2000 px x 2000 px in Photoshop. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Open the original image with the texture in Photoshop. Using tool Move (Move Tool (V)), move this image to our working paper.

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance). Apply settings for Medium tones (Midtones):

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the background.

Pull the curve down to significantly reduce the brightness of the texture.

2. Add a Model

Step 1

Open the original image with the model in Photoshop. Using tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool (W)), separate the model image from the background. Move the selected model image to our working paper, placing it in the center of the dark scene.

Step 2

Click the second icon at the bottom of the layers panel to add a layer mask to the model layer. Using a soft black brush, remove the shoulders, as well as the top of the hairstyle on the model’s head.

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to the model layer to darken the middle part of the face a little. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to loosen the effect of the curves on the cheeks of the model, so these areas will not be obscured after this step.

Step 4

To enhance the devilish look of the model, create a new layer (do not transform this layer into a clipping mask), and then using an average soft brush, brush color # 9d0909, paint over the model’s eyes.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) as a clipping mask to a layer with red eyes to darken parts of the eyes. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush paint both eyes at the edges of the pupils, keeping the shading only in the area of ​​the pupils.

Step 8

Create a new layer and using a hard brush, brush size (2-3 px), brush color # d9dce1, add bright highlights to the upper parts of the pupils.

3. Add Rama

Step 1

Open the original image with the frame. Since the frame image is on a transparent layer, then using the tool Move (Move Tool), just move this image to our working paper, placing the model behind the image. Place the picture frame layer below the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance), which we created in Step 3, Paragraph 1.

Step 2

To the layer with the picture frame, add a layer mask and use the black brush to hide the right half of the frame.

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to make the frame a little lighter:

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to the minimum value (-100):

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Strengthen the blue shades for Medium tones (Midtones) to 16:

4. Add Branches

Step 1

Open the original image with the tree. Separate the tree image from the background with the tool. Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W)). Now select the branch fragment with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L)). Move the selected fragment of the branch to our working paper, placing it to the right of the model (from the side where there is no frame). Place this branch layer below the model layer (above the adjustment layers Color Balance (Color Balance) and Curves (Curves), which were created in Paragraph 1).

Step 2

Add another branch image to our working paper. Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)) in mode Deformation (Warp), warp the branch so that it repeats the line of the shape of the head.

Step 3

Add more branches to our scene using the same technique.

Step 4

Select all layers with branches, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Change the blending mode for the layer with group to Normal (Normal), layer opacity is 100%. Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the branches. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a black brush paint over the middle region of the branches to restore the original lighting in this part of the branches.

5. Add Roses

Step 1

Open the original image with roses. Separate the roses from the background, and then move the highlighted image of the roses to our working paper, positioned next to the model’s cheek.

To the rose layer, add a layer mask to hide the part of the roses that cover the model’s face:

Step 2

Duplicate the layer with roses several times, and then place duplicate layers with roses around the model image. You need to vary the direction and size of the roses, do not forget to use a layer mask so that they do not look the same.

Step 3

Group all the layers with roses into one group, and then add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to discolor rose images.

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Change the settings for Medium tones (Midtones):

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken roses considerably. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush paint over the center of the roses, thus hiding the shading effect.

Step 6

Open the second original image with a rose 2. Separate the rose from the background, and then move the selected rose image to our working document, placing it on a branch. After that, duplicate the rose layer. Reduce the scale of the duplicate rose layer by placing a small rose next to the first rose.

Flip a small rose horizontally, for this we go Editing – Transformation – Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal):

Step 7

Group both roses in one group. Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to the minimum value (-100):

Step 8

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Change the settings for Medium tones (Midtones):

Step 9

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to make the roses darker. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to loosen the blackout effect in the center of the roses just like we did with other objects.

6. Add the Effect of Flowing Blood.

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Set the foreground color to a deep red (# 810707). Using different brushes paint strokes, paint over the lips of the model, as well as roses, located at the bottom of the scene to the left and right. Change the blending mode for this layer with blood fragments to Overlap (Overlay), opacity 100%.

Step 2

Open the original image with a blood texture. Separate the image of blood from the background with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool). Place a piece of blood on the model’s face. To the layer with the image of blood, add a layer mask and use a soft black brush to hide the blood fragments on top of the model’s face, and also soften the blood effect at the bottom of the scene.

Step 3

Add separate blood fragments to the model’s eyes, as well as to the roses.

You can see the result after hiding the extra blood on the layer mask:

Step 4

Group all layers with blood fragments in one group. Change the blending mode for the layer with group to Line Dimmer (Linear Burn), opacity 100%.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Reduce value Saturation (Saturation) to -100. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush with low opacity (30-35%), restore the red tone on certain areas of blood to make the blood effect more realistic, and also to make the effect not look flat.

7. Add Web

Step 1

Create multiple layers on top of all other layers. Set the foreground color to white. Select the Web brushes, reduce opacity (opacity) brush up to 50%. Use different brushes (feel free to use your favorite brushes) to draw a web on the roses, on the model’s head, on the branches on the right and on the cheek on the left. Using the free transformation tool (Ctrl + T) in the mode Deformation (Warp), warp the cobwebs on the right, observing the contour of the branch line.

Step 2

To the web layer on the left, add a layer mask and use a black brush to hide part of the web that is visible outside the frame.

8. Final Correction

Step 1

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers. Set the following gradient colors to # e10019 and # 00601b. Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this adjustment layer up to 20%.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance). Change the settings for Medium tones (Midtones) and Light glare (Highlights):

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter). Set the following color tint for this # 000bec filter:

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), to slightly enhance the light glare. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, paint over the model image, since we need the effect to be visible only at the edges.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) to enhance midtones. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, paint over the selected edges and areas of shading around the model to hide the level correction.

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson!

I hope that you liked this lesson, and you learned something new for yourself. Thank you for visiting the lesson, I wish you a good time for this lesson!

The final result:

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