Make A Chained Arm with Blood Stain Effect In Adobe Photoshop. In this tutorial, I will highlight the steps I took to create this Chained Arm with Blood Stain Effect in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be a little tricky, but why not have a try 🙂

We will be combining several images together and use custom brushes to render the blood effect. We will be using some image adjustments as well as tools such as the background eraser tool and the quick selection tool.


Chained Fist

Step 1:

Create a new document sized 800px * 900px with black background. Create a new layer, use either a cracked or a grunge brush, paint some texture over the background layer, set the layer opacity to be around 30% for a subtle effect:

1 Paint

Load the arm image into Photoshop, select the arm with the magic wand tool:

1 Sel

Copy and paste the selection into Photoshop, resize and position it as shown below:

1 Paste

Step 2:

Add the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping mask to this arm layer:

Black and White

2 Bw


2 Lv

On the Level adjustment layer mask, use a big soft eraser to erase the top left part of the fist, and you will have the following effect:

2 Effect

Step 3:

Now let’s add the chain into the composition. Load the Chain stock image into Photoshop – Now we want to cut of the chain from the rest of the image: grab the background eraser tool from the toolbox:

3 Bg Era

Apply the following setting for the background eraser tool:

3 Set

Unlock the background layer of this chain image, erase the textures around chain with the background eraser tool – this creates some dusty effect around the chain:

3 Erase

Once you’ve done than, use the quick selection tool to select a portion of the chain and its surroundings:

3 Sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our canvas, resize and rotate it with the free transform tool, attach it to the right side of the arm:

3 Paste