Making of a Scary Mental Hospital Scene

Create a new document of 500×708 pixels. Download Abandoned Hospital 13 by Kathy Ophelia. Open up the image and drag it into your working document. Rename this layer to Hospital.
Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer above the Hospital layer and key the Hue to 75, Saturation to -50 and Lightness to 0.
Download Mad About You by Mjranum Stock. Extract the man from his background and place him in the middle of the document as shown in the example below. Refer to this post for various methods of extractions. Rename this layer as Original Man.
Duplicate Original Man layer. Select the duplicated copy and go to Edit > Free Transform. Compress the image towards the bottom as shown in the example below.
Now go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Enter -100 for Lightness. Then Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter 10 pixels for the Radius. Rename this layer as Man Shadow.
Download In Your Face by Mjranum Stock. There are two heads in the stock. Extract one of them and place it behind Original Man layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Rename this layer as Head 1.
Repeat the same step as above for the other head in the stock image. Rename this layer as Head 2.
Repeat the same step as above for the Mad About You stock image. Rename this layer as Head 3.
Select Head 1 layer, go to Filter > Liquify. Select the Twirl Clockwise Tool. Set the Brush Size to around 495, Pressure to 100 and leave the rest as default. Deform the face slightly by pushing your cursor towards the face.
Repeat the same step as above for Head 2 and Head 3 layers.
Download Smoke Brush Set 2 and Smoke Brush Set 1 from Falln Brushes. Set the foreground color to #000000. Create a new layer behind Head 1, 2 and 3. Rename this new layer as Smoke. Paint some random smoke with the brushes behind the heads.
This is how it will look like with the black smokes.
Now hide all the other layers, leaving only the heads and the smokes. Go to Channels tab and select the Red Channel.
Ctrl+left click on the Red Channel to load a selection. Go back to Layers tab. Go to Select > Inverse. Hide all the heads and smokes layers. Create a new layer and fill the selection with #FFFFFF. Rename this new layer as Smoke Faces.
Duplicate the Smoke Faces layer. Select the duplicated copy and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 8px. Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen and Opacity to 80%.
Create a Levels Adjustment Layer above the Smoke Faces layer. Set the values to 40, 0.61, 255.
Download the Debris Brushes by Zigabooooo. Select the Eraser tool and set the type to one of the debris brushes. Erase parts of the Original Man as shown below.
Duplicate the Original Man layer. Go to Edit > Free Transform to enlarge the duplicated copy slightly. Rename this layer as Enlarged Man.
Select the Enlarged Man layer and apply a Layer Mask to it. Fill the mask with #000000. Set the foreground color to #FFFFFF. Select the Brush tool and set the type to one of the Debris brushes. On the layer mask, paint around the border to the man to create an explosive effect.
Flatten all your layers. Now is the interesting part. Download Topaz Adjust from Topaz Labs. It is an excellent filter that can be trial use for 30 days with full functions. Install the program and restart Photoshop. Go to Filter > Topaz Labs > Topaz Adjust 3. Open up the Presets on the left and select Portrait Drama. Leave all the settings as default and hit OK.
You are almost done. If you wish to adjust the colors further, you may create a Curves Adjustment Layer to adjust the RGB curves.
This is the final work. Hope you all enjoy this tutorial. Thanks!

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88 Comments | Write a Comment

  1. Marcel says:

    Hello i tryed the tutorial but it doesn’t work.
    my Smoke Layers are in white and not this blue/white.
    Pleace help

  2. Erinn Szarek says:

    Hello, I love your work, you are great with your instructions! I’m having a problem understanding what to do for the smoke, though. I open up both of them, and set it to #000000. Then I created the layer under the heads, but then what? Do I use the clone stamp then color it black?

  3. Daniel says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, I tried it. very well explained, but there is one thing u missed. The light source.

    The man has a different light sources, coming from his left side, while the window has its own light source coming from the right. otherwise very good!

    // Daniel K

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  5. ums says:

    nice work ..but i stuck here …

    Ctrl+left click on the Red Channel to load a selection. Go back to Layers tab. Go to Select > Inverse. Hide all the heads and smokes layers. Create a new layer and fill the selection with #FFFFFF. Rename this new layer as Smoke Faces.

    cant get the inverse..that is not activated ….

    oops help me out ….

  6. CoolAmp says:

    damn mna, you have a lot of time on your hands, but your art is out of this stratosphere. keep it up

  7. mohammed says:

    man can u put video plz !

  8. shahrukh ahmed says:

    hey ur tutorial is gr8, but im stuck at
    ctrl+left click on red chanel to load a selection, out there i cant inverse the selection….. plzzzzzzzz help me out

  9. tino1988 says:

    hy…..i have little problems here….i’v stuck here:

    “Now hide all the other layers, leaving only the heads and the smokes. Go to Channels tab and select the Red Channel.

    Ctrl+left click on the Red Channel to load a selection. Go back to Layers tab. Go to Select > Inverse. Hide all the heads and smokes layers. Create a new layer and fill the selection with #FFFFFF. Rename this new layer as Smoke Faces.

    Duplicate the Smoke Faces layer. Select the duplicated copy and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 8px. Set the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen and Opacity to 80%.”

    i’m not getting same picture you have….

    i got this:

    http://i49.tinypic.com/63uele.jpg

    can you solve my problem?
    tnx :)

    • Beverly says:

      Hey I have the same problem- can anyone please please help me out as soon as possible? Thankyouuuu!

    • Blaise90 says:

      Hello,

      I ended up just like that. Could someone explain what to do next or where did i went wrong? Please, it would be a great help and i really want to experiment with this effect.
      Or if you guys are busy, please just drop me an email with the solution to blaise07@freemail.hu

  10. Christ says:

    wow… all of your stuff is very cool and useful ^^

  11. jendel says:

    hi nice work i really learned a lot from you hope you can make other master piece and post it in this site… i looking forward to it thank you ..

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  13. Fuzu says:

    Ooh gosh i just wrote a long comment and as soon as i submitted it it come up blank! Please tell me it worked right? I do not want to sumit it again if i do not have to! Either the blog bugged out or i am just stuipd, the latter doesnt surprise me lol.

  14. Antonela says:

    I liked very much your work, so, I tried something similar…

    With ur permission, I added a link where is my work, accept critiques…

    http://tonela.deviantart.com/art/Madness-141425771

  15. CMYK says:

    Very nice tuto!!! Thanksss!!!!

  16. retno pawitra says:

    Two thumps up..n more..

  17. Script says:

    cool bro….

  18. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks everyone! Hope you guys enjoyed the Saturday.
    @Thomas: Sorry for my late reply :) Actually I still prefer CS3 than 4.
    @Shutter-bug: It is great to have you here!

  19. shutter-bug says:

    That is completely brilliant.
    Retired photographer. After 50 years, still learning

  20. LuciferX says:

    Very nice

    Thank’s

  21. dGjess says:

    @jerson!hahaha..bisaya diay ka dong..dali lang man xa..pag try lang gud!

  22. jerson says:

    dili gyud ko maka balo oi.. ambot gi-unsa na ninyu pag himu

  23. munyuk mumet says:

    awesome…. i’ll give it a try..

  24. Jeevan says:

    2 Thumbs up. Impressive work.

  25. Thomas Christensen says:

    Johnson.. thx for the help man. it helped me out alot..
    and btw the tut deserves max scale.. it’s really impressive, and I’m only working with Photoshop CS, and even I can make it in there..
    Even though I know that I prob should buy CS 4 very soon.. :P

  26. phsalat says:

    Wow, impressive design & interesting tutorial this tutorial deserve 10 out of 10

  27. adul says:

    i’m sorry
    beginner always make a prob.
    er.
    i can’t really understand about this statement.
    ” Create a new layer and fill the selection with #FFFFFF.”
    so..really stuck to the heart my friend.huhu.
    sorry again.

    • Erinn says:

      if you look at where you choose your colors (two boxes with a arrow between them, and click on the top box you will find a little box with a # next o it under all the percents. This is where you can put 000000

  28. Johnson Koh says:

    Hi Thomas, Thanks for trying out the tut :)

    To create a Levels Adjustment Layer, first open Layers Panel (if you have not done so), Window > Layers.

    Then look for a button named “Create new fill or adjustment layer”. Click on that button and select “Levels”.

    Hope these helps!

  29. Thomas Christensen says:

    Well now did I try to make it as you say.. but I got stuck @ “crate a Level Adjustment layer above” but the layer, what do you fill the layer with? cuz I can’t use it when there is nothing on the layer..
    please respond, I love your work..

  30. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks everyone! ;)

  31. pankaj says:

    hey dude,
    Wow, impressive design & intresting tutorial
    this tutorial deserve 10 out of 10
    cheers

  32. Typegeek says:

    *drool*
    Wow, impressive image, interesting looking tutorial (haven’t followed it yet but I’ll try it). I hope my version of PS has all the required features! Got CS3 at work so I should be good I hope.

  33. Garry says:

    wow! very nice!

  34. e11world says:

    This tutorial deserves a 10.. Really amazing and nice techniques.

  35. lawrence77 says:

    great work john….. :D

  36. Johnson Koh says:

    @ricardofx: Yup. Mclovin has been a good supporter :D

    @Ronald: Thanks and welcome back! Great to see you again ;)

  37. Your really doing great on your tutorials johnson :) thumbs up :)

  38. ricardofx says:

    yes :D

  39. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks everyone!

    @ricardofx: Are you referring to the Mclovin in one of the earlier comments? :)

  40. dGjess says:

    very cool tut..more of this johnson. :0

  41. Bones says:

    Wow that’s terrific ! I Think i’ll give a try. Thx

  42. ricardofx says:

    wow,wow,wow… @johnson;stunning tutorial man!
    great idea,great job,beatyfull composicion,reaaly god idea,nice photos…
    congratz bro!

    ps:you know @maclovin? good guy i think :D

    regards.

  43. and3 says:

    AMAZING!!

  44. rohin says:

    This is you johnny every time you get writers block lmfao !

  45. CgBaran Tuts says:

    Great Tutorial Thanks love the mental effect

  46. orphicpixel says:

    this is amazing tutorials, its a good one

  47. PennyGo says:

    That was Waaay Cool! Thanks!

  48. raki says:

    it is pretty awesome great job

  49. Johnson Koh says:

    Thanks friends!

    @Mclovin: I will try harder for the next one ;)

  50. Sander says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  51. I can’t believe it…WOW

    Great job ;)

  52. Mclovin says:

    its just an opinion but i dont like it,sorry
    you usually make a great job

  53. David says:

    Wowsers! Great tutorial :P

  54. Sammy says:

    Now that’s pretty cool!

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