★ Queen Of Hearts – Premium Manipulation Tutorial

★ Queen Of Hearts – Premium Manipulation Tutorial

After playing Alice:Madness Returns and having to face the terrible Queen of Hearts, I felt inspired into doing a twisted version of her. The tutorial is quite complex but the steps flow easily, and you’ll end up with a beautiful yet morbid version of the Queen of Hearts. 

Final result

Theatre - pretty redhaired girl in jabot posing

Stock images used

ModelBackgroundRose 1Rose 2Fantasy vegetationStaff, Glitter heartHuman heart, Blood 1Blood 2Blood 3Eyeball

Tutorial details

  • Tutorial type: step by step text tutorial
  • Video version: no
  • Number of steps: 27
  • Detailed screenshots: yes
  • Stock images available: yes

STEP 1 – Crop the model 

Open the model image and start by cropping her out from the background.

STEP 2 – Collar Fix

The collar looks a little too bright, so we are going to darken it.

Select the collar, duplicate the layer by right click -> layer via copy.

Set the layer blending mode to “Multiply“.

Go to Image – Adjustments – Desaturate, and decrease the Fill until it looks good (I have 50%)

STEP 3- Background Darken

Drag the model to the background.

Now select the background image, and go to Image – Adjustments – Hue/Saturation. Master: Saturation -45%

STEP 4-  Blur the background

Select the background again, go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur, Radius 6 px.

This will blur the background a little, and will make the model stand out more.

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STEP 5 – Background vignette 

Make a selection around the model, right click – Feather – 350 px.

Right click again – Select Inverse.

Go to Image – Adjustments – Brightness & Contrast

and select the following values:

  • Brightness: -114
  • Contrast: +53

This will add a beautiful vignette to your image.

Here ends the preview

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My name is Andreea Bianca Grigore. I was born in Romania, a beautiful country in the East Europe. My interest towards art begin in my early ages. At that time I used to draw and paint, later switching to photography. In the late 2005, I discovered Photoshop, the tool which combined photography and drawing and opened a new door for me.It was my motivation to learn how to use Photoshop and today I'm proud to say that I'm a self taught artist.I kept improving my skills trying almost every kind of art, from fantasy to conceptual and from surreal to dark and different media types like 3D, digital painting, etc. I decided to stick on the fantasy and dark side. I find it easier to express my feelings with fantasy elements. I do not like realistic photomanipulation, especially because I see art as a gate to another world, an imaginary one. That's the reason why my name has the "Imaginary" word in it. Because ordinary has limits. Imaginary doesn't. I enjoy working and putting together different elements to help me portray the image I have in my head and showcase it to the world. I joined deviantART in 2005, the largest art community. http://imaginaryrosse.deviantart.com It was the place in which I grew and develop as an artist, thanks to the feedback of everyone there. I got to meet and later work with different artists which I admire, and from which I also got to learn different things. I decided to step up and start using art to help less talented people to portray their own imaginary worlds, and have something of their own. Something they can escape to. Something imaginary, they can relate to, when ordinary gets too limited.


  1. FotoAvanza says:

    Fantástico tutorial!
    Hay un paso que no veo claro, el cambio de color del fondo de verde a rojo. Supongo que es con Ajustes->Hue/Saturación, pero no lo veo descrito en el tutorial.

    • Julieta says:

      Hi Andrei,

      Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day. I tried to log in but I had no success. Would you mind to check this out, please? :)

      Thank you!

  2. lorenaschreiner says:

    Hola Andrei!! perdón por la molestia, pero te quería pedir por favor que en un tiempo que tengas, antes que se me termine la suscripción!! jajajajajaja!!!, un tutorial más teórico sobre “relleno y ajustes” como por ejemplo: curva, equilibrio de color, etc. sobre todo los que son más complejos!! no todos pero sí los más complicados!!!, o si tienes alguna página donde pueda aprender bien sobre ese tema, pero, me gustaría mucho un video tuyo, ya que con vos aprendo bastante, y te haces entender!!.
    Desde ya muchas gracias!!!
    Lorena Schreiner

  3. ptaurus says:

    What is the matter with the illustrations? There are no, but I do see a lot of space for this pictures. After step 2 the images are missing at this tutorial

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