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In this tutorial, I will show you the steps used to create this distorted lady figure effect in Photoshop. We will use metal and rock texture over a female body to create the main effect, and use various image adjustments, layer masks and filter to fine-tune the effect.

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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:

Model by mariaamanda

Metal texture

Rock texture (image 1)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 800px * 1180px with black background. Load the rock stock image into Photoshop and select the following portion:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, rotate it 90 degrees and re-size it to fit our canvas size. Use a soft eraser to fade the edges as shown below:

1 paste

Use a solid eraser, dig some holes on the rock texture as shown below:

1 erase 2

Add the following levels adjustment layer on top:

1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will work on the lady figure in this step. Load the model image into Photoshop and cut out the body, paste it over to our document as shown below. You will have to re-size the model layer to fit our canvas size.

2 paste

Use a combination of soft and hard eraser, remove the edges of the body as shown below:

2 erase

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this model layer:

Black and White

2 bw

Layer mask (in red) on the black and white adjustment layer:

2 mask


2 lvs

Layer mask (in red) on the levels adjustment layer:

2 lvs mask

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will apply the metal texture over the model in this step. Load the metal stock into Photoshop and select a portion with Lasso Tool as shown below:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, set it as a clipping mask to the model layer (place it above all those adjustment layers in step 2). Apply the following Black and White adjustment to it:

3 bw

Add the following layer mask (in red) to this metal texture layer to hide some parts:

3 mask

and here is the effect so far:

3 paste

Change the layer blend mode of this metal layer to “color burn”:

3 col burn

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add some rock patterns to our image. Go back to our rock image and select the following portion on the top left:

4 se

Copy and paste the selection over to document and remove the edges as shown below with a soft eraser:

4 mask

Add the following adjustment layers to this rock texture layer:

Black and White

4 bw


4 lvs

Add some splatter brush effect around the rock, and here is the effect so far:

4 splatter

Step 5

We’re almost done! We can now flatten the image (make sure you save a layered copy just in case you want to go back to it later on), duplicate the background layer and apply the following Accented Edges filter to the duplicated layer:

5 accent edges

and you will see this filter adds some extra black lines around the rock texture:

5 after ac
5 after ac 2

Add the layer mask onto this layer to reveal the background layer:

5 mask

Step 6

I decided to add some colours to our image. To do this, let’s add the following adjustment layers on top:


6 lvs

Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

6 lv mask

Color Balance

6 col sha
6 col mid

Layer mask on the color balance adjustment layer

6 col mask


6 curvs

Layer mask on the curves adjustment layer:

6 cur mask


6 vib

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

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