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Create a Horror Decay Portrait Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Effects 4139 Views October 19th, 2016

Learn how to create a horror decay portrait effect in Photoshop using some basic blending techniques, adjustments and gradient maps. You can now transform your photos by adding this creepy decompose putrefy effect that happens to the body after death. So get ready for this year Halloween with this cool dark portrait effect.

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Create a new PSD file and fill the background layer with color black. Add the girl stock image in a new layer and call it Portrait.

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Create a new layer and call it Decay Mask. Fill this layer with color white (keep the CTRL key pressed and press F5 to fill the layer with the Foreground Color).

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Add a layer mask to the Decay Mask layer.

add layer mask in photoshop

Click on the layer mask thumbnail to make sure you work in the layer mask and not in the actual layer. Press CTRL and I to invert the selection.

invert selection in photoshop

Use the Brush Tool, color white and with a soft round brush paint over the portrait like shown in the preview. Make sure you are working in the Decay Mask layer mask.

paint in layer mask in photoshop

Make sure that you are still working on Decay Mask layer mask. Go to Filter > Brush Strokes and choose the Spatter Filter and set the Spray Radius to 13 and the Smoothness to 3.

spatter filter in photoshop

Add an Inner Shadow layer style to the Decay Mask layer.

inner shadow layer style in photoshop
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