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Final Image

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

Step 1

Create a new document (600X600px) and paste in this great photo of cracks:

Cracks Photo.

Step 2

Now go to image>adjustments>desaturate to fully grayscale your image.

Go to image>adjustments>levels and apply the settings shown below:

Step 3

Apply a color overlay blending mode to your ‘cracks’ layer, set to black and 60%. This should darken your background even more:

Step 4

Create a new layer called ‘highlight 1′. Create a radial gradient ranging from 7deffd to transparent. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and duplicate it twice.

Step 5

Now add some more highlight layers, creating a slick background lighting effect. Remember each time to change your blend mode to ‘overlay’ and to duplicate your radial gradient layer:

Step 6

Paste in this photo of a screaming child:

screaming child.

Step 7

Now go to image>adjustments>desaturate to grayscale your photo.

Then go to image>adjustments>desaturate and darken your face using the settings shown below:

Step 8

Now go to layer>layer mask>reveal all. With your mask selected, use a large, soft, black paintbrush to brush away the hair and edges of your head. You want to subtly fade your head into your background:

Step 9

Now repeat this technique with a second face, darkening and grayscaling it, and then blending it nicely into your background:

Step 10

Paste in your texture image again. Then resize it to fit over the cheek of the screaming child:

Step 11

Now change your texture layer’s blend mode to ‘multiply’. Go to edit>transform>warp and use your warp tool to warp the texture to mould to the child’s face:

Step 12

Now in your layer’s palette option+click on your child’s face layer. This will select all data on this layer. Then select the texture layer, and go to select>inverse. Hit delete, and this will delete any texture that goes outside of the face.

Then go to image>adjustments>desaturate. Go to filter>sharpen>sharpen.

Finally, create a layer mask, and use your soft, black paintbrush to fade the edges of your texture into the child’s hair. Also paint over the child’s eyes, allowing them to show through your texture.

Finally, reduce your texture layer’s opacity to 60%

Step 13

Now repeat this technique on the second face.

Step 14

Now go to filter>sharpen>sharpen and sharpen each one of your texture layers twice. This should bring out the detail of the cracks.

Step 15

Select a small, hard paintbrush (7deffd).

Apply the brush settings shown below, and then paint in wide arcs across your canvas:

Step 16

Now apply an outer glow blending option to your brush strokes layer:

Step 17

Now apply a neon blue to transparent radial gradient over the center of your canvas (in between the two screaming heads). Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce it’s opacity to 20%.

Step 18

Now create a new layer called ‘white highlights’. Create a series of white-transparent radial gradients, and then change your layer blend mode to ‘overlay’, reducing the layer opacity to 50%.

Step 19

Now create a new layer called ‘white highlights’. Create a series of white-transparent radial gradients, and then change your layer blend mode to ‘overlay’, reducing the layer opacity to 50%.

And We’re Done!

You can view the final outcome below. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome:

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Download the original .psd file for this tutorial here:

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