How to replicate the True Blood poster using Photoshop in 10 steps

True Blood

Level of difficulty: Easy

Required software: Adobe Photoshop

Required files:

Prior knowledge of Photoshop environment

Step 1: Make the skin grey

Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation or (Ctrl + U)

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Step 2: Select the background

Click onto the Marque Selection Tool. Enter 1 in feather box. Select the white background , tracing along the woman’s outline.

True Blood Poster Step 02

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Step 3: Remove the background

Press the delete key.

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Step 4: Set the foreground color

Click onto the Set Foreground Color Icon. It’ll open the Color Picker dialog box and enter #9aa2a4 for the color and click onto OK.

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Step 5: Set the background color

Click on Set Background Color icon. It’ll open the Color Picker dialog box and enter #dddddd. Then click onto OK.

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Step 6: Add a gradient background

Create a new layer by clicking onto the Create a new layer Icon located at the bottom of the Layers Palette. Make sure the layer is beneath the photo layer. Then click onto the Gradient Tool in the tool bar. Select Linear Gradient > Foreground to Background. Click onto the photo and drag the mouse from the top of the photo to the bottom.

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Step 7: Create the fangs

Open the fang drawing and drag it on top of the photo. Position it above the teeth. Using the Magic Wand Tool, select both the teeth. Then create a new layer following step 6. Click onto the Paint Bucket tool and select foreground color and change the color to #dddcd1. Click the selected areas, filling them with the color.

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Step 8: Make fangs appear natural

Select the fang layer. Click onto the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers pallet to add layer styles. Select the following settings:

True Blood Poster Step 8 Drop Shadow

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Drop Shadow

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Swatch Color: 56060f
  • Opacity: 33%
  • Angle: 112
  • Distance: 10px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 5px
  • Contour: Linear

True Blood Poster Step 8 Inner Shadow

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Inner Shadow

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Swatch Color: 000000
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Angle: 112
  • Distance: 5px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 5px
  • Contour: Linear

True Blood Poster Fangs Step 8 Gradient Overlay

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Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient:
    • Location 5% and 92% color: #cab99b
    • Location 41% and 50% color: #eeecdd
    • Style: Linear
    • Angle: 0
    • Scale: 100%

Step 9: Colorize lips

Select lips. Create a new layer. Change the foreground color to # c22d31. Fill the selected area using the Paint Bucket tool. Then click onto the layers style drop down box and select Color.

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Step 10: Add dripping blood

Open the blood drawing and drag it on top of the photo. Position it on the right side of the mouth. Then click onto the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to add layer styles. Select the following settings:

True Blood Step 10 Drop Shadow

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Drop Shadow

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Swatch Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 18%
  • Angle: 69 (uncheck Use Global Light Box)
  • Distance: 6px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 5px
  • Contour: Linear

True Blood Poster Step 10 Satin

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Satin

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Swatch Color: 000000
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle: 58
  • Distance: 11px
  • Size: 35px
  • Contour: Gaussian (check Invert box)

True Blood Poster Step 10 Gradient Overlay

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Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient:
    • Location 0% color: # 680404
    • Location 40% and 50% color: # fe0008
    • Style: Linear
    • Angle: 90
    • Scale: 100%

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Bevel and Emboss

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 154%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 90px
  • Soften: 1px
  • Angle: 112
  • Altitude: 0
  • Gloss Contour: Gaussian
  • Highlight Mode: Screen (Opacity 75%)
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply (Opacity 75%)

About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

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