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    Main » 2011 » March » 17 » Love Hurt - Dark and surreal photo manipulation

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    Love Hurt - Dark and surreal photo manipulation

    When romance is gone leaving dead petals with dry and sharp thorns, you find yourself cracked on the desert of loneliness with the heart full of wounds and bloody tear...

    My first surreal photo manipulation ! Not sure if its really nice ! But i hope you still find something useful in it

    Model - updated the link !
    Stitches brushes
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     Rose petals

    1. Open desert background and duplicate it. Apply Lens Correction from Distort filter:

    Add layer mask with soft black brush, eraser parts as shown below:

    2. Create two new adjustment layers:

    Gradient Map:

    Set Gradient Map layer to Overlay 30%:

    3. Open model stock. I only cut the face and place it on desert, name it "face"

    Create a new layer under face layer, use soft black brush to create shadow for the face. Try different opacity for the shadow under face( higher opacity)  and shadow beside face ( lower opacity) to fit the light on background.

    4. To create "plastic" effect, i duplicate face layer, and apply Surface blur:


    5. Now we will correct the light on face. Right click face copy layer, change Inner Shadow:

    After this step, we see light on some unwanted parts:

    To remove it, right click face copy layer to reveal layer effect( Inner Shadow)


    Right click Inner shadow, choose Create layer:

    Now we have Inner Shadow as a normal layer with Clipping Mask option:

    Add layer mask to clear light effect on parts selected like on a previous screenshot:

    6. To darken the face part that is not shown up by the light from background, i create a new Curves layer above the face copy layer and make sure that Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask is checked. By this way the Curves only affect face copy layer.


    7. Create a new layer on the top. Use Pen tool to create a path then make a selection, fill it with color 560303 like the pic below show we have a blood flowing from eye : ( to make this blood look softer and more realistic, set feather for selection = 1)

    Add layer style for this blood:

    Add layer mask and soft black brush again to eraser the part near to eye:

    Make a new layer, with same technique to make a blood drop that is fallen on desert from the eye:

    8. Cut the thorn and move to the right of the pic:

    To correct the light on the thorn, i use Inner Shadow  and Inner Glow effect:

    Duplicate this layer and transform as shown below:

    9. Cut the heart and move into top of thorns:

    . Place this layer under thorn layers.


    Like with thorns, apply Inner Shadow and Inner Glow to fix the light of heart:

    Create a new Hue/Saturation layer with Clipping Mask option like in step 6.

    We have:

    Come back to thorn layers, add layer mask with brush to clear some parts to make the heart look like stabbed by thorn:

    10. Create a new layer and set on the top. Use stitches brushes with color 560303 to draw on the heart, then set this layer to Multipy 100%:

    11. New layer and set to Hard light 100%, use cracked brushes with color 3a3739 to paint on the face:

    12. Use soft brush. color 560303 , on a new layer that is set to Multipy 40% to darken lips:

    13. Open rose petals stock. Choose some of them and move them on desert, remember to transform them:

    Merge all rose layers and apply Drop Shadow:

    To make dead effect for petals, i create a new Hue/Saturation layer above petals layer with Clipping Mask option, reduce lightness and Saturation:


    14. Create a new layer above Hue/Saturation layer with Clipping Mask option. Use soft white brush to spot on petals as shown below:

    Set this layer to Soft light 100%:


    15. Create some new adjustment layers:

    Color Balance:
    Midtones: 8, 8, 8
    Shadows: -1, 3, 10
    Hightlights: 8, 4, -16

    New color fill layer ( color 2919c0) with Soft light mode 10%.


    16. Stamp visible all layers. Use Lasso Tool to make a selection on desert thats near to horizon with feather 40.

    Right click it choose Layer via Copy, then apply Gassian blur with 8 px, lower opacity to 50%:

    Add layer mask to clear blur effect on the thorns.

    17. Final touch! Stamp visible again. Choose a selection as shown below:

    Apply Gassian blur with 4 px, then set it to Soft light 50%:

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    1 Nisha Gandhi   (2011-03-17 5:47 PM) [Entry]
    this is great Jenny!!! smile wow!! happy happy

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    2 Admin   (2011-03-17 7:55 PM) [Entry]
    Thanks Nisha! im happy for your support ! wink

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    3 Nina   (2011-03-24 8:35 AM) [Entry]
    Thanks for the tut! Creative and and beautiful !

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    4 Diana   (2011-03-30 10:55 PM) [Entry]
    Thank you for useful and creative tutorial! happy

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    5 Admin   (2011-04-04 11:25 AM) [Entry]
    Thanks guys! wink

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    6 Rivka Danieli   (2011-04-05 5:35 PM) [Entry]
    Have no doubt. I can assure you that your composite is very nice and very imaginative. I atleast liked it very much and I myself work a lot with composites and find them to be very enlightening. It gives freedom to our imagination and you never know where it cn lead us. My final destinations are always a surprise. Keep going and enjoy yourself

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    10 Admin   (2011-04-18 2:32 PM) [Entry]
    thank you very much for supporitve and inspiring words! really appreciate it. Stay successful and inspired always ;).

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    7 Jack   (2011-04-08 4:37 PM) [Entry]
    Hey Jenny.

    Wonderful tutorial from you again. Seems you are busy now-a-days. Thats good one from you again.

    Jenny we have some program going to be launched soon.

    1) Write about us in your blog
    2) Providing blog content.
    3) Providing tutorials for our service
    4) Affiliate program etc...

    You can earn from this, I will get back to you with all the details soon, We need your support and we also want you to introduce you friends to do this...


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    11 Admin   (2011-04-18 2:37 PM) [Entry]
    Hi Jack
    Thanks for your proposal. About my part, i've been so busy with some new projects in my own works so im not sure if i can do it. I believe its a nice one and i wish all the best for your project as well as your whole business. Thanks for trusting me. Its always nice to hear from you.


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    8 Huzaifa   (2011-04-08 10:21 PM) [Entry]
    Initially after looking tears at the face of a beautiful lady, rather a fairy, i disappointed and something crunched in my heart,... later i read completely and found that tutorial also follows it.... Awesome dear.

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    12 Admin   (2011-04-18 2:42 PM) [Entry]
    Thanks Huzaifa...All of us once get love hurt in our life. Just hope what i depicted in my this tutorial just an idea. This hurt is always deep and hard to cope with. I think after we express our pain, we must have a much more positive behavior for it in our real life. Love is not all our life, especially what is lost!

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    9 robar   (2011-04-10 4:52 PM) [Entry]
    cool Love it very much

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    13 Admin   (2011-04-18 2:42 PM) [Entry]
    Thank you wink ;)

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    14 Kavya Hari   (2011-05-12 2:14 PM) [Entry]
    When i see this picture; i cried a lot. Because, every one knows that love hurt sad , but few of them only know that the darkness of the life with love hurt cry . Superb image surprised

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    16 Admin   (2011-05-14 9:26 AM) [Entry]
    i hope everyone wont be so emotional for love hurt, as its just like a stage in our lives that we must spend. As its said " spring always follows winter, sunshine follows the darkness" wink

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    15 badmind   (2011-05-13 5:15 PM) [Entry]
    i love this, dark with detail..keep it up.

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    17 Admin   (2011-05-14 9:26 AM) [Entry]
    Thank you very much wink

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    18 hp toner   (2011-07-13 6:01 PM) [Entry]
    thank u for postin.
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    19 Admin   (2011-07-21 10:26 PM) [Entry]
    You're welcome, thanks for footprint wink

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    20 中国男孩   (2011-09-12 9:25 PM) [Entry]
    崇拜 非常的崇拜 想找个老师 angry

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    21 Admin   (2011-09-20 6:06 PM) [Entry]
    english pls.

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    22 prakash   (2012-05-29 8:58 PM) [Entry]
    awesome work.......

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    23 Admin   (2012-06-10 2:38 PM) [Entry]
    thank you smile

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