Create a Lady Trapped in Spider Web Surreal Scene in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create a lady trapped in spider web surreal scene in Photoshop. We will be using lot of custom brush painting, layer blending and image adjustments along the way. Have a try!

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This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)


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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Grunge texture

Grunge brush set

Model by mjranum-stock

Hair brush set

Smoke brush set

Spider web brush set

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1000px* 1430px with black background. Un-zip the downloaded grunge texture and select the “05.jpg” file and load it into Photoshop:

1 choose

Copy and paste the entire texture onto our document, re-size it to fit our canvas size:

1 paste

Apply the following image adjustments to this grunge layer:

Black and White (set layer opacity to 70%)

1 bw


1 lvs

Create a new layer on top and use the grunge brush set downloaded, paint some extra pattern over it:

1 paint

Step 2

We will start working on the lady figure in this step. Load the model into Photoshop and cut out the model, paste it onto our document and use a soft eraser to remove/fade the edges as shown below:

2 erase paste

Apply the following image adjustments as clipping masks to this layer figure layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs

Optional: create a new layer on top of the previous 2 adjustment layers, use a crack brush and paint some crack onto the arms: (set layer blend mode to “overlay”)

2 crack1

2 crack 2

Use the hair brush to paint some hair to the position shown below:

2 hair

Use the smoke brush set downloaded, paint some black cloud around the model as shown below:

2 cloud

Also paint some white cloud around the bottom of the lady figure as shown below:

2 white cloud

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect


Step 3

Create a new layer below the layer figure layer, and use the spider brush downloaded, paint a spider web behind the model’s head:

3 paint

Use a soft eraser to fade the edge of the web as shown below:

3 fade

3 fade 2

Step 4

We will wrap the lady’s arm with the spider web. We will use this brush (only available from Photoshop CS6 or above. If you don’t have this brush, use any hard brush as replacement):

4 round brush

Set the brush opacity to 30%:

4 opacity

Use this brush to paint lines across the arms:

4 paint

Also paint some lines around the body:

4 more paint

Step 5

In this final step of the tutorial, we will work on some touch-ups and colouring of the image. We can flatten the image, duplicate the background layer and use the Smudge tool:

5 smudge

This is the Smudge tool settings:

5 smudge setting

Use the Smudge tool on the spider webs around the arm and thicken them a bit:

5 apply smudge

Apply the following adjustment layers to add colours:

Selective Color

5 sel colour

5 sel colour 1

5 sel colour 2

5 sel colour 3

Layer mask on this selective colours adjustment layer:

5 sel mask


5 curves

Layer mask on this curves adjustment layer:

5 curves mask


5 vib

and this is the final effect for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • Great tutorial!! totally helps me a lot and It is easy to understand.

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