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The Forgotten Puppet Tutorial

Hey guys, today we’re going to make a bit of a creepy puppet composite image! We’re going to develop our puppet composite with both pictures I took myself, and some downloaded stock images. I’ll show you where I grab all my stock in my full tutorial offered through my premium membership.

We’re going to cut out our subject and place her onto our background before we and resize her. Then we’re going to place our chains and play around with them to make them look as realistic as possible. When we're done doing that, we're going to group them into their own layer.


Then we’re going to bring in the bottom of her bottom skirt and resize/ distort it to match our body. We’re going to tweak it a tad bit in RAW, bringing up our shadows and warming up the image slightly. To make the top of our subject match the bottom just a little more, we’re going to make a copy of it, adjust it in Camera RAW, mask it, and brush it where needed (we want it as closely blended as possible).


We’re going to bring in our hand, resize and mask it. Then we’re going to remove the parts of the hand we don’t want to show. Then we’re going to use the liquify tool to move our skirt around so that it's not so flat.

Then we go into tone correction for our puppet and hand. We want our hand to be warm and saturated, while our puppet, more pale and doll-like. I’ll go through it in depth in my full tutorial, which is available through my premium membership.


Going into the fine details, we’re going to brush some red onto her cheeks and lips before adding in some catchlights in her eyes. From there, we’re going to add in our eyelashes! We start by resizing and distorting them to fit each of our eyes.


Now we’re going to give our background some spooky cobwebs. You can use the warp tool to have them fit the shape you need. We’re going to add some to our puppet, using the warp tool to have it fit around her body more naturally.

After we have all our cobwebs the way we want them, we’re going to start placing our spiders using our pixelsquid plugin. You can place them however you’d like, definitely have some fun with it.


We’re going to start creating our shadows by duplicating layers, lowering their levels until they’re black, then moving them behind our original object. We’re going to make it larger than our original subject, and then blur it before reducing its opacity. Make sure you mask the areas you don’t want to show.


We’re going to play around with our effects now, adding a vignette and adjusting the light filtering to give our atmosphere a darker look. I go into depth on how to get the light filtering to match the look we’re trying to create. My full tutorial is available through my premium membership.

We’re going to break our puppet into a few pieces by selecting the area where our gap is going to be and removing them. Then we’re going to add our strings to make it look like the arms are still attached, but hanging on by a string! We’re going to add in some cracks and stitches using our custom brushes and some tweaking.


With a few more fill color layers and filters, we’re going to give our image the perfect spooky look. That wraps things up, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Be sure to check out the full tutorial and other ones like this, available through my premium membership.


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