Want to create something horrible in Photoshop? Then try this tutorial tutorial by Jenny Le. In it you will learn how to create an abstract scene, which included a creepy flaming tree-woman. Also in this Photoshop tutorial you will learn various techniques and manipulations, such as creating lighting effects and applying textures.
The end result

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Resources lesson

Forest background
Fire background
Branches 1
Branches 2
Wood texture

Step number 1
Create a new document with size of 1000 to 1050 pixels and fill it with white color (you can try your own size and color – it does not matter). Open the image with texture. Use Move Tool to drag it in the document head Free Transform tool (Cmd/Ctrl+T) to reduce the size by 40%:

Step number 2
If you do not like some details on the texture, then create a new layer by pressing (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and activate tool Clone Tool (shortcut S) and delete them:

Step number 3
Place the workpiece with the forest on the texture and change the blending mode to Soft Light 100%:

Click on the 2nd button on the bottom of the layers panel to add a mask to the layer with the forest. Use soft black brush with opacity 30-70% to blur the parts. You can see the result below.

Step number 4
Duplicate this layer and flip it horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal). Move it to the right and use a layer mask to remove hard edges:

Step number 5
To edit all forest layers, they need to select, and then press the key combination cmd/Ctrl+G to create group. Change the mode of this group from Pass Through (group mode default) Soft Light 100% (very important to adhere to the same effect in front of the group). Rename the layers.

On the second layer, go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves:

On the curves layer, use soft black brush with opacity to remove or “blurry” in some parts of the picture:

Since this group we changed to Soft Light 100% (no Pass Through) so layer with curves is valid only on the layers inside this group (forest).

Step 6
To change the brightness of the background (texture, forest), you can move the layer with the curved top:

Use a black color brush to clean the selected portion, as shown in the figure below:

Create another layer with curves to continue shading in the background. Try to achieve something similar:

Step 7
Select the model and place it up in the center (you can not take the feet, as they are not needed):

Step number 8
Add layer mask to the model. Use the brush to remove white parts of hair remaining after the allocation:

Step 9
To make the model’s shadow on the background, create a new layer under the layer with the model. Hold Cmd/Ctrl while clicking on the thumbnail of the layer with the model to load its selection:

Go to the boot menu colors: Edit-Fill (Shift+F5) and take a black color, drag to the right, convert to Smart Object:

Reduce the opacity to 50%. Select Filter-Blur-Gaussian Blur and set radius to 6 px:

Use layer mask to blur the two sides of this shadow:

Step 10
To change the color and brightness of the models used some adjustment layers with clipping mask. The layer with the model, go to item Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Hue/Saturation:

Curves and Photo filter (Curves, Photo Filter):

On the layer mask erase the upper curves in the left corner of the shoulder model to make it brighter:

Step 11
Open the photo of the skull. We for example chose a room 0053 to cut and paste it onto the model’s face after reducing the size and rotation:

Use the mask layer for bonding the skull with the face:

Step 12
Add a couple adjustment layers (Clipping Mask) to the skull to reduce the saturation and darkening:

Now apply the brush on the mask in the middle of the skull to make it brighter than the rest of the elements:

Step 13
Open the texture with the tree and use the tool Rectangular Marquee Tool to select image:

Drag it on the left side of the model. After the size reduction use Warp Tool – (Edit-Transform-Warp) to get the following:

Step 14
Open brush menu, choose reset. Now click on the change brush in paragraph Spatter 24 pixel:

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