Jan 31

Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Sun, 01/31/2010 - 19:44 — julie

Final Image

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

gothic28b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

If you want access to the downloadable .PSD file for this, and every other tutorial at PSDFAN, then join our members area for just $4.95 per month.

Step 1

Create a new document (600X800px).

Create a new layer called ‘black background’ and fill your entire canvas with black.

gothic1 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 2

Paste in this photo of a stone archway. Call this layer ‘arch’.

Photo: Stone Archyway

gothic2 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 3

Go to select>color range and use this selection method to select the highlights of your photo. Then with your selection in place copy and paste it onto a new layer called ‘arch highlights’.

Delete your original photo layer.

Finally, go to image>adjustments>desaturate to grayscale your arch image.

gothic3 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 4

Now download this image: Doll Photo

Paste it into your photo.

gothic4a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Now cut out just the doll’s head and go to image>adjustments>desaturate to grayscale it:

gothic4b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 5

Now go to image>adjustments>levels and adjust the levels of your dolls head layer in order to bring out it’s shadows and make it blend better with your dark background. (See levels settings below):

gothic5 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 6

Use your marquee tool to create a red rectangle going across your doll’s face. Reduce this layer’s opacity to 40%.

gothic6a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Now go to edit>transform>rotate and rotate your rectangle to around 30 degrees. Then duplicate this layer and go to edit>transform>flip horizontal. Move your flipped duplicate to form a red cross that goes across your doll’s mouth. Then merge these two red shape layers together.

gothic6b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 7

Use a large, soft eraser brush to erase the edges of your cross shape, letting it blend into your background.

gothic7 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 8

Copy in this image of a cross:

Cross Photo

and cut it out using the lasso tool. Go to edit>adjustments>desaturate.

gothic8a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Then resize your cross and rotate it to fit in the corner of your canvas. Erase the edges of your cross using a soft eraser brush, and then duplicate this layer. Go to edit>transform>flip horizontal and move the flipped cross to the opposite side of your canvas. Reduce the opacity of both layers to 35%.

gothic8b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 9

Paste in this photo of some wings:

Wing Photo

Cut out the wing using the lasso tool, and then resize it to fit next to your doll’s head. Move your wing layer below your doll’s head layer.

gothic9a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Use a large soft eraser brush to erase the bottom part of your wing, blending it smoothly into your background.

gothic9b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 10

Go to image>adjustments>levels and change your level settings to those shown below. This should let the wing blend into the darker background.

gothic10a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Go to filter>sharpen>sharpen to bring out the detail of the wing. Then duplicate this layer, and call the duplicate ‘right wing’. Go to edit>transform>flip horizontal and move the flipped wing to the right of the doll’s head.

Then select your doll’s head layer and use a small, soft eraser brush to blend the edges of your doll’s head into your wing better.

gothic10b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 11

I want to darken my doll’s head a little more, and so apply the following level settings to this layer:

gothic11 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 12

Create a new document, and create a new layer. Using your lasso tool create a feather shaped selection and fill it with black. Hide your white background layer, leaving your shape over a transparent canvas. Then go to edit>define brush preset. Save your brush as ‘feather brush’:

gothic12 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 13

Return to your original document and create a new layer called ’scattered brush’. Apply the following brush settings:

gothic13a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Apply the feather brush around the center of your canvas.

gothic13b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 14

Now apply an outer glow blending option to your feather brush layer.

gothic14 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 15

Now select your doll’s head layer. Using your lasso tool select a fragment of the head, and hit ‘copy’. Then delete this selection from the doll’s head. Paste the fragment onto a new top layer, and resize it to be much larger than it originally was. Then go to edit>transform>rotate. The fact that you’ve resized your head fragment should blur it, making it look much closer to the viewer than the rest of your piece.

gothic15 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 16

Now repeat this technique, cutting out more fragments from the doll’s head. Enlarge these fragments to be even closer and large on your canvas. Rotate each fragment to give a more shattered effect.

gothic16 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 17

Merge all enlarged fragment layers together and apply a drop shadow blending option to them, to give them extra depth:

gothic17a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Then apply the following drop shadow effect to your doll’s head layer, to make it looks more like it’s in front of your wing layers:

gothic17b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 18

Create a new top layer called ’stars small’. Fill your canvas with black, and then go to filter>noise. Apply the noise settings shown below:

gothic18 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 19

To get the effect of a star field, go to image>adjustments>brightness/contrast and reduce the brightness to -55 and increase the contrast to +95:

gothic19 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 20

Reduce the opacity of your ’stars small’ layer to 50% and change it’s layer blend mode to: screen.

gothic20 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 21

Duplicate your ’stars small’ layer and call the duplicate ’stars large’. Resize this layer to around 200% the size of the original. This should give you larger stars.

gothic21 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 22

Use a large, soft eraser brush to erase away the stars on both star layers that overlap your large fragments and your doll’s head and wings.

gothic22 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 23

Create a new layer called ‘burn layer’. Select a medium sized soft black paintbrush and reduce it’s opacity to 10%. Then change it’s blend mode to ‘color burn’. Brush over the areas that you want to shadow more. Below you can see the burn layer isolated, as well as the result of using your burn brush:

gothic23a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

gothic23b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 24

Now create a new top layer called ‘dodge layer’. Repeat a similar technique to your burn layer, instead using a 5% opacity, white paintbrush with a ‘color dodge’ settings. Brush over your highlight areas.

gothic24 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 25

Create a new layer called ‘red circle’. Create a circular selection using your marquee tool and fill it with red. Then use your other selection tools to delete areas of this circle, creating a unique, retro shape.

Finally, reduce this layer’s opacity to 30%.

gothic25 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 26

Download the PSDFAN texture set:

Blackcard Texture Set

Paste in the first texture in the set.

gothic26a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Go to image>adjustments>desaturate. Then apply the level settings shown below to darken your texture a lot:

gothic26b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Finally reduce the opacity of this texture layer to 10%:

gothic26c Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 27

Download this great parchment texture:

Parchment Texture

Paste it into your document:

gothic27a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Then go to image>adjustments>desaturate. Reduce this layer’s opacity to 30% and change it’s blend mode to multiply:

gothic27b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Step 28

Create a new adjustment layer with a gradient map, ranging from dark blue, to red, to dark blue.

gothic28a Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Finally, reduce the opacity of this adjustment layer to 10%. This should give your entire piece a subtle tint of color:

gothic28b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

And We’re Done!

I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback!

gothic28b Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Don’t forget! If you want access to the downloadable .PSD file for this, and every other tutorial at PSDFAN, then join our members area for just $4.95 per month.

 Design a Creepy Gothic Poster

Copyright 2009. E-mail Me
Auto Spare Parts