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Published on Wed, Aug-25-2010 by Sergey

Create Beautiful Mystery Grunge Effect in Photoshop


In this Photoshop tutorial, I would like to tell how to make a beautiful mystery grunge artwork using some stock images and brushes. It is not very hard work, but it requires some skill and your imagination. This work is very well suited for desktops and time for her creation will not take more than 2 hours. So let’s get started!

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Stocks Used:

Final Image Preview

mystery grunge effect

1.Step

Create a new document 1300 x 800px. Also making a full black background. Make the middle line using Rulers (Ctrl + R).

mystery grunge effect

2.Step

Now we need to place a face picture on the background and processes it. So let’s open a photo and make to 80% of picture size. And put picture like this:

mystery grunge effect

Take the most convenient for you brush and remove some parts in the photo like this:

mystery grunge effect

Create Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Gradient Map. Also Click on the “Layer menu” and select the “Create Clipping Mask”. Now select a blend mode for the layer – Multiply and edit the opacity to 79%.

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

In the same way create new Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Gradient Map. Also Click on the “Layer menu” and select the “Create Clipping Mask”. Now select a blend mode for the layer – Overlay and edit the opacity to 79%.

mystery grunge effect

You should get something like this:

mystery grunge effect

Now create a new selection of eye and remove this selection on both gradients. You have get:

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

Now, without removing the selection create a new Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Brightness/Contrast. Thus we get the editing only for the eye. Like this:

mystery grunge effect

Again, while there is selection creating a new Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Hue/Saturation like this:

mystery grunge effect

Finally we obtain the nice green eye:

mystery grunge effect

3.Step

We will try to do our work in a vintage-style, to making our work more mysterious, I’ll add a mask on her face. For the mask we will use this image:

mystery grunge effect

Before placing it on our work, I did make cut using pen-tool.

mystery grunge effect

Then move the mask to our work and edit the size in reference to eye like that:

mystery grunge effect

Then cut the parts of the mask, the fingers should cover the mask. For greater realism, make the shadows using “Burn Tool“.

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

Our mask is too light, to fix it firstly using the same “Burn Tool” make it darker.

mystery grunge effect

Then create a clipping mask of Gradient Map: Layer –> New Adjustment Layer –> Gradient Map. Blending mode: Multiply and 100% of opacity.

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

Also, make the shadow under a mask, simply create a new layer under a layer of our mask and using black brush create a shadows.

mystery grunge effect

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4.Step

Well, now we have a nice face with vintage mask, so let’s get continue! I t’s time to make the background! To do this we will use only one brush. Now we need to adjust our main brush. With the help of this brush we will do our background. Select that brush and press F5 to edit that brush.

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

Well, our brush is ready! Now create a new layer below all the others and paint part of the background as shown below. Draw the background around the girl. Color we used “b2ff79

mystery grunge effect

Now create a layer above the rest, select the basic color is black and draw a similar brush-line:

mystery grunge effect

Continue to paint until the result is similar: (ps. To create a sharp conversion, I cloned layers)

mystery grunge effect

Now, simply make our brush larger, about 300px., select the color of “121212” and paint like that:

mystery grunge effect

At the same way create on the green part but color select is “98e063”:

mystery grunge effect

5.Step

Select the “Vertical Type Tool” and create text “MAS”, using for that “Benny Blanco” fonts.

mystery grunge effect

Create a new layer above others and using “Debris” brushes add the splatter effect.

mystery grunge effect

Now we need to make beautiful gold ornaments. To make this ornaments we will use these two images:

mystery grunge effect

To create the ornament, we need to cut the necessary parts and put them on the job. Like that:

mystery grunge effect

mystery grunge effect

PS. Also, I used the “Create Clipping Mask” of grey-yellow “Gradient Map” for the ornament, to making his a bit darker, as we did earlier with vintage mask and face.
Under our ornament write a little letter “K” (size: 40px; color: 37300f)

mystery grunge effect

6.Step

Well it’s time for lightness! Create a new layer, above all others and select the “Screen” mode for it. Select the “01de6f” color and using “Soft Round 300- 100 pixels” make cool lightness like that:

mystery grunge effect

Create new layer and using “Debris” brushes make similar splatter-effect: (color: “d1ff9f”)

mystery grunge effect

Now you need to make the main stream of light, create a new layer above others. Choose a soft brush to 450px; select the color – cfffd2. And draw a spot in the upper part like that:

mystery grunge effect

Now select the “Horizontal Type Tool” and make the text “I AM WATCHING YOU”. Type we used is “Blair Caps”.

mystery grunge effect

7.Step

Our work is almost ready! Now are the interesting steps. Click on the menu layer and select “Flatten Image”. Next click on the Layer –> Duplicate Layer; Select –> All and Edit –> Copy. Now we have a layer of finished work! To get back all the layers click Ctrl + Alt + Z until all becomes the way you want. Well, click on the Edit –> Paste above all others layers. Click on the Filter –> Blur –> Gaussian Blur – 3.5pixels. And choose the “Overlay” mode with 45% of layer opacity.

mystery grunge effect

With this step our colors have become much more lively. Repeat the same step of copying of the main layer. Our image is not in the best quality, because of poor material we used, so use a filter – “Topaz Clean” to slightly improve the quality and detail. Like that:

mystery grunge effect

I also erase some parts on the background and on the woman. You should get a similar result:

mystery grunge effect

At this stage – our work is finished! I added some contrast and levels, the final result you can see below:

Final Result: Beautiful Mystery Grunge Effect

mystery grunge effect

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30 Responses

  • Jen Hawkyard say:

    Great tutorial, I used it to help me to create this: http://jezhawk.com/Assassin.html

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  • Paulo say:

    Esse tutorial e muito legal
    parabéns

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  • Childmonster say:

    Wow ! very nice !!! we can use this for music design :D

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  • Koko say:

    this is just a query..but will the brush editing [Step 4] thing happen if im using Photoshop CS4 Mirco??
    because i had earlier downloaded the normal photoshop but it used to kill my computer and micro is lighter..and wen i tried this by using micro..it wsn’t happening..so i wanted to know if ther is something wrong wid the version im usin or if therz something wrong wid the one i downloaded!
    Please Answer..!

    4
  • remi5861 say:

    teşekkürler. (thank you) çalışmanıza aşağıdaki linkte yer verdim.
    http://forum.netfotograf.com/photo_editing_sofware.asp?msg_id=41388&syf=2

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  • milimo say:

    Loved it:)

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  • Ahmad say:

    Very Beautiful Effect

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  • Bryan say:

    loving this tutorial, gave it a try and this is what i got http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=134341916623530&set=a.109027549154967.6254.100001431679727

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  • Lerrie say:

    Step 2 wont work in CS5. I cant remove the eye from the gradient because the layer pixels are not directly editable. Plus I cant get the hue/saturation layer to only cover the eye!

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  • adeel say:

    hi there……a very nice sensational work with good explanation….

    Kind Regards
    have a nice day
    Adeel

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  • e11world say:

    One of the best tutorials explaining how to do this effect. Thank you very much!

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