Halloween is fast approaching and the internet is starting to fill up with Photoshop horror tutorials, so why not throw my work onto the pile. This week I was inspired by a video tutorial on Phlearns youtube channel adding x-rays over the portait. I really liked the idea and decided to create an image of my own using an x ray. In the video they used a side profile back light portrait, I don’t have a portait like this and decided to use one of my self portrait images. Finding a good x-ray of a skull was a little difficult, many of them were 3d images and I wanted something more authentic. In the end I found one on wiki commons with the license to adapt and share the image.
I converted the skull image to black and white, I placed my portrait on a layer above and blended the images together using the overlay blending mode. I used a split toning to create the blue shadows and yellowish highlights. The final touch was to add a vintage wet plate texture to give the image some age.
Although the image may not be to everyone’s taste, I think it looks interesting, possibly an image that could inspire a horror story.
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