Photo Manipulation of Underworld Demon Lord in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this abstract style, underworld demon lord in Photoshop. We will use a variety of custom brushes and textures to manipulate a model’s image. You will be doing lots of painting and image adjustments along the way. Have a try!

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 Null-Entity

Metal Texture

Human Vector Graphics

Grunge Brushset

Dirt Brushset

Splatter Brushset

Step 1

Create a document sized 1500px * 1500px with white background. Use the grunge brushset and paint some blacks over the canvas. Be creative with your brushes, use a mixture of them and don’t just stick to one brush:

1 paint

Keep painting, this time we use a white grunge brush to paint over the black colour:

1 paint 2

1 paint 3

Step 2

We will add the model’s image onto our document. Select the facial area and copy + paste it onto our canvas, re-size it to fit our canvas size:

2 paste

Use the grunge brushset as eraser, remove the edges off the face layer:

2 erase

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to the face layer”

2 bw

2 lvs

2 curves

Then, load the metal texture into Photoshop, and select a portion as shown below:

2 metal

Copy and paste the selection over to our document and cover the face area. Make sure you place this layer above the previous 3 adjustment layer. Then set it as clipping mask to the layer below, and change its blending mode to “Color Burn”:

2 color burn

and here is the effect so far with the metal texture applied to the model’s face:

2 effect

Step 3

We will do some further painting around the face. Create a new layer and again use the grunge brushset to paint some white colour gaps (you may need to use the free transform tool to rotate and resize your paintings):

3 erase

Use the dirt brush to paint some particles around the face, use the eraser tool to remove any extra dirt:

3 particle

Use the splatter brushset (small brush tip) to paint some drippings from the eye and month area:

3 splatter

Step 4

We will add some “floating humans” around the canvas. Download the human vector graphics and open it in Illustrator, then export it into a JPEG file. If you don’t have Illustrator, simply download the image below:


Select the following portion from the image:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, apply the following Hue/Saturation adjustment for this layer:

4 hue

Re-size this human layer into a smaller scale, rotate it slightly as well:

4 resize

Duplicate this layer a few times, scatter them around the canvas as shown below:

4 effect

Step 5

We will add some red glows to the eye. Use a small soft brush with red colour:

5 paint red

Paint it over the eye area:

5 paint red 1

Then switch the brush colour to white, and use a smaller brush to paint a dot at the centre of the red:

5 paint white

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Step 6

We’re almost done! I further added the following Selective Color adjustment layer on top:

6 sel black

6 sel neu

6 sel whites

and here is my final effect: (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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