The Sin City movies are modern masterpieces that reimagine the film noir genre from the 40s and 50s. They use black and white imagery with low key lighting to creating striking pictures with high contrast between light and shadow. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you some techniques to transform your static photographs into a Sin City inspired scene with a dark atmosphere and harsh tones.

Sin City Effect in Photoshop

Along with the classic characteristics of film noir, neo-noir movies like Sin City also make use of modern effects like partial colour and post processing tricks to mimic comic book illustrations. We’ll use techniques in Photoshop to replicate these styles and create a dark atmosphere within a static image. What starts as a cheesy stock photograph becomes an intriguing scene straight from a movie with the help of high contrast to achieve the stylised look, the use of colour and focus to draw in the eye, and faux low key lighting to add suspense and drama.

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12 Comments

  1. I’ve tried to follow this, but as it is set up for mac users, I have had to remember that it has different command keys, So firstly, thanks for thinking of those that use a windows pc.

    Secondly, when I get to the point of putting the black lines across my image, when I press ctrl+t to open the transform tool, right click and choose perspective, it warps the whole image not just the lines. Is this correct or am I missing something?

    TIA for you advice.

  2. This tutorial is superb. I love your video tutorials- esp the recent one about the graveur effect. Are you any realtion to the famou Reverend Spooner- because then your actions would then be “spoonerisms”- which wuold be great as the a whacking great crotch. Sorry, that is, so tay, a cracking great watch. Meetings from the Grinistery of Pissmonunciations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ0nFQgRApY

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