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Members Area Tutorial: Create A Dark Photo Manipulation of A Devil Woman

Members Area Tutorial: Create A Dark Photo Manipulation of A Devil Woman

In this advanced design lesson you will learn how to photo manipulate a dark image of a devil woman.

You will master various photo manipulation techniques such as portrait/photo retouching, manipulating a natural landscape, creating a dark cloudy atmosphere, digital painting, image blending, multiple adjustments, advanced masking and many more.

There’s a ton of actionable, professional tips to learn in this lesson, so let’s get started!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Step 1

Create a new document with size about 1500×1000 px and fill with any colors you like (I use black). Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer and choose G to active Gradient Tool. I use Radial Gradient with colors # 021335 and #20446c:

Step 2

Open sky stock. I use Retangular Marquee Tool to make a selection on sky part then use Move Tool (V) to drag it into our black canvas, resize (Cmd/Ctrl+T) and change the mode to Soft Light 100%:

Step 3

I use an adjustment layer with Clipping Mask to desaturate the sky. Go to New Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

Step 4

Extract model and place her at the middle section of our image after resizing:

Step 5

There are something I don’t want on her face so I make a new layer (Clipping Mask) and use Clone Tool (S) to remove it:

Step 6

I use some adjustment layers: Hue/Saturation, Photo Filter, Curves (Clipping Mask) to change color and brightness of model to be fit background:

Step 7

Open rock stock. I cut out the one on the right, place it behind the model. I want the rocks to have an evil look so I use Warp Tool to distort it to be sharper (Edit-Transform-Warp), remember to convert it to Smart Object before transforming. I set this layer under model one.

That’s the end of the preview!

About the Author:

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I hope that you enjoyed it. If you want to view my other arts and tutorials you can look at my Deviantart page or follow me on Facebook.

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  1. Victoria says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial for the designers. It’s always great when experienced professionals share there knowledge – because no matter how professional yo are there’s always something to learn. Plus the final image is really inspiring!

  2. Mireille D says:

    Thank you again for this very informative tutorial.
    Unfortunately, I have not been very successful blazing reflection on the rocks.
    Here is my work:

    • Tom Ross says:

      Hi Mireille. It’s a really nice version you’ve produced. I would recommend either lowering the opacity of your light layers, or experimenting with the color (something more yellow, less orange, and a little softer). You can even paint over your existing shadows with more blue versions at a lower opacity to help even out the lighting. Was there a particular point in the tutorial where you struggled?

      • Mireille D says:

        Thank you Tom!
        I struggled with the reflection of the flames. There are many layers and I’m not coming to the same report that the tutorial.
        I’ll try again.

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