Horror in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn some of the basics of creating horror-style photo manipulations.

Here is the result:

Photo manipulation is based on working with images and manipulating them with all the possible methods that just come to your mind. To get started, you need to think of what you want to get in the end – that is, draw a sketch in your head, and also find the necessary material. Here are the pictures that I will use:

Materials for the lesson:

So, open the first image that will be our foundation.

The first thing I want to do is “remove” from our experimental eye. How to do this? In fact, it is simple, but you need to be as careful as possible in the details. Using Lasso Tool (Lasso), select a small area of ​​skin (in this case, from the forehead) and copy the selection to a new layer (Ctrl + J) We use this layer to “block” their eyes.

Place this piece of skin over the left eye and add a layer mask by pressing the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask).

Now take a soft black brush and (make sure you choose the layer mask) remove the unnecessary. This method is much better than simply erasing unnecessary eraser, because in case of any error, you can always go back and redo it.

We repeat the previous steps for the right eye, but this time the “donor skin” will have to be taken from the right side of the forehead. Then we repeat everything that we did before.

Now let’s “add” the eyes. Create a new folder in the list of layers at the very top of the list and name it “Eyes”. Open the third image:

Select the left eye (roughly) and copy the selection to a new layer. Repeat the same with the right eye.

Place these two new layers in a folder. “Eyes”, then place them on the picture.

Now we need to process the layers with the eyes so that they appear to be part of the source. Select the layer with the left eye and click Image – Adjustments – Black White (Image – Correction – Black White) (If you are not using CS3, you will not have this function – in this case, use Desaturation (discolor)). Play with the settings until you are satisfied with the result.

Now we press Image – Adjustments – Hue /Saturation (Image – Correction – Color Background / Saturation) and we try to bring the shades of the layer as close as possible to the shades of the source.

Repeat the last two steps in relation to the right eye.

Now add a layer mask for both eyes and remove all unnecessary, as we did above. When done, change the blending mode of both eyes to Multiply.

The next thing I want to do is to make our experimental not only frightened, but also frightening and scary. To do this, we will increase his fingers to inhuman sizes. To implement this idea, we will use the same technique that we used when working with the eyes. Select each finger, copy the selection to a new layer, increase the finger, place it on the desired position, add a layer mask and remove all unnecessary.

Repeat the previous step for all fingers.

It’s time to make our guy even more frightening and scared. To do this, we will place two “screaming mouths” on the backs of his palms. Open the last image.

Repeat the same actions that we performed when working with eyes. Select, copy to new layer. We place where it is necessary. We press Image – Adjustments – Black White (Image – Correction – Black White) customizable. Now we press Image – Adjustments – Hue /Saturation (Image – Correction – Color Background / Saturation) and we try to bring the shades of the layer as close as possible to the shades of the source. Next, create a folder “Mouth” and move this layer to a folder.

Now add a layer mask and again, with a brush, remove the unnecessary.

It turned out that the color we configured is not good enough. Click again Image – Adjustments – Hue /Saturation (Image – Correction – Color Background / Saturation) and trying to achieve the best possible result.

Duplicate the layer. Duplicate we reflect vertically and using tools Transform and Wrap (Deformation) “Fasten” to the other hand.

The image looks great! But I want to add a couple of small strokes, which will improve our result. Create a new layer and, using a gradient and black color, try to create a shadow for the mouth. Next, create a mask and use the brush to remove unnecessary. Then we change the blending mode to Soft Light (Soft Light).

Repeat the previous step and add a shadow on the other mouth.

For the next stroke, we use the “piece” of the test subject. For this we need Burn Tool (Dimmer) and Dodge Tool (Clarifier), but in this example I only used Lasso (Lasso) and Burn Tool (Dimmer). Select the area as shown in the picture, and copy the new layer.

Move this piece higher, add a mask and remove unnecessary. Set the blending mode Hard Light (Hard Light).

Using the same piece, I added some more wrinkles to both mouths.

Now you can put some texture on top and make the necessary color adjustment.

And you’re done!

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