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
- Grunge texture 1 – darkrose42-stock
- Grunge texture 2 – darkrose42-stock
- Model – Photoxpress
- Dried blood splatter brushes – Photoshop Tutorials
- Glossy blood splatter brushes – Photoshop Tutorials
- Cobweb brushes – Obsidian Dawn
- Cobweb texture – Fantasystock
- Wire – Morguefile
- Bandage – Titelgestalten
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:
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%:
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.
Here is my result:
No need to be so cleaned with it as we’re working on grunge background!
After cloning this part becomes a bit blurred. Don’t worry, you just need to sharpen it. Go to Filter-Sharpen-Unsharp Mask:
Now we’re going to add splatter effect for background. Create a new layer and set foreground color to black. Choose dried blood splatter you’ve downloaded and take one for your taste and draw on background. You can see my choice of brush:
Move it to the top of picture and change the mode to Soft light 100%. Depending on the boldness of brush you can vary opacity or even duplicate it to get the effect you want.
Make a new layer and I use the first brush of brush pack to continue painting on the left side of background and I set the mode of it to Soft light 50%. Then I duplicate it and move it to the right.
Continue with two layers ( or number of your choice) and draw some small splatters. I set one layer to Soft light 50% and another to 100%. You can add layer mask to erase any unecessary parts:
Create a new layer and set foreground to white. Use cobweb brush, number 1064 ( or your choice) to paint on background, then transform ( hit Cmd/Ctrl+T) to do it, place it at the top right of picture:
Continue with a new layer, I use this brush again and position it at the top left. Remember you should transform it to get a different look from the right.
Open model stock. Use any tools you’re familiar with to make a selection around model, then copy it into a new layer. Move extracted model into our document, place her at the center:
Add layer mask for model and use soft black brush to erase around model to make her blend with background. As you see in the screenshot, I vary brush opacity for different parts of model:
The model looks so saturated against the background. So I use some adjustment layers with Clipping Mask option to correct the color and brightness of model. Make a Hue/Saturation layer above model layer with settings below ( Layer-New adjustment layer-Hue/Saturation) and down saturation to -100:
As you see, model is desaturated but lost the contrast. So I make a Levels layer ( with Clipping Mask) to fix it. Go to Layer-New adjustment layer-Levels. Change value of midtones and highlights ( down the midtones but increase highlights) :
This is result we get:
I want to change the brightness and darkness on some parts of model and background so I create a new layer and use soft black brush with different opacities. Paint around background edges, model and set the mode to Soft light 50%:
A new layer and I use soft white brush to paint on the bottom left of background as I want to brighten it a bit. I set the mode as Soft light 50%:
Open cobweb texture. Drag it into our picture and resize it as shown below:
Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U to desaturate it as we did in step 1 and change the mode to Screen 100%:
Add layer mask and erase any rough edges: