This tutorial teaches you how to create a bloody roses heart in Photoshop using just a few stock images. We'll use of course red roses, medieval fantasy swords, a vector ribbon, plus blood brushes and textures. I am pretty much please about the result but I am sure that your Valentine heart roses will look even better. You can check out some heart roses tattoo samples for more inspiration. If you replace the swords with an arrow for example you will also obtain a beautiful bleeding heart manipulation.
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In this tutorial we are going to create a bloody rose heart in Photoshop just in time to practice it for this year Valentine's day. I will start with a simple background layer; fill it with #e8dab7 color. Copy this fantasy sword stock image in your PSD file. Use a Selection Tool to remove background in Photoshop. You can create a clipping path with the Pen Tool and add it as layer mask.
Add an Inner Shadow layer style to the Sword Layer and also add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment just for this layer. Also roate the image like shown in the preview.
Select the Sword Layer and the adjustment layer and cnvert them into a smart object; duplicate the new created object. Flip the duplicate smart object horizontally to create a cross swords effect.
Add this beautiful roses heart to your image and remove its background. Duplicate the layer and call them Roses Heart 1 Layer and Roses Heart 2 Layer.
Add a Inner Shadow style and also a Brightness/Contrast adjustment just for the Roses Heart 1 Layer.
Set the blend mode of the Roses Heart 2 Layer to Soft Light
Create a new layer below the Roses Heart Layers and set the blend mode to Overlay. Use the Brush Tool and a soft round brush, color black, to paint a shadow effect. Make sure that the shadow is visible only on the swords. For that you have to make a selection of the swords and paint only inside that selection.
Now we'll add a ribbon on the center of the roses heart. You can pick one of the many vector ribbons available for free on the internet. Here is the second collection of ribbon vector with free PSD files.
I will use this Curled red ribbon and desaturate it. Increase the brightness to 35 and the contrast to 95. Add also a Inner Shadow effect. Also add a new layer below this one and paint a shadow for the ribbon, visible only on the roses heart surface.
Copy these roses petals to your image. It is great that the petals are on a transparent background so you don't have to waste time with removing the background. Add a Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow layer styles to the Rose Petals Layer;
To create a grunge vintage effect I will use one of these old paper textures to texturize the image. Set the blend mode to Multiply; you might have to adjust the saturation, luminosity, contrast of the texture.
As final touch you can add some light effects, for example I added a flare texture with Screen blending mode. I also used the Lens Flare filter to make the light effect more interesting. You can learn from here how to add lens flare in Photoshop
So here is the final result for the bloody roses heart photo manipulation that I hope you will enjoy making.
If you want you can create a Valentine's Day greeting card using one of our free greeting card templates with editable PSD file. I have also added this rose PNG and some roses petals inside of the card.