Slender Man Photo Edit




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When I posted my last Halloween photo edit instuctable (Scary Woods Photo Edit) several of the commentors (such as nfk11) suggested that it would be much better with Slender Man in it.  I was resistant at first but I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.  I used similar adjustments and filters as in the Scary Woods edit and the original photo that I used was taken at the same location (Cortes Island, British Columbia).  I created the image of Slender Man himself in Pixlr using a photo of my brother (I wanted to use only my own images for this photo edit).

Step 1: How I Turned My Brother Into Slender Man

I was looking through my photo library for a image of someone in a suit.  I came across my brothers wedding photo which was perfect (I hope he doesn't mind).
  • To start editing the photo I went to the Pixlr website and select Open Pixlr editor (advanced). Then clicked on Open Image from computer
  • I cropped the image so that it had only my brother and smudged his face with the smudge tool.
  • Using the lasso tool I copied and pasted him onto a new blank background.
  • With the eraser too I cleaned up image so that it is just him.
  • I resized the image with out the proportion constraints to make him taller and skinnier.
  • I then created a new layer and used one of the flower brushes adjusted to a large size to create Slender Man's snake like protrusions.
  • I used the Free transform tool from the edit menu to rotate them and copy and paste a set for the other side of his body.

Step 2: Slender Man Insertion

I started by making some adjustments to the original photo.  I reduced the vibrancy of the image to remove most of the colour
  • Go to the Adjustment  menu and select Colour vibrance.
  • This gives you a box with a slider, I moved the slider almost all the way to the left
Then I used Pixlr's Glamour Glow filter to make it more intense.
  • To use glamour glow go to the filter menu and select Glamour glow
To bring Slender Man into the image. I went to the image of Slender Man, select him, copied and pasted him into the forest scene.  I selected Free transform from the Edit menu to move, resize and rotate the pasted man. 

Step 3: Filter Effects

In Pixlr, when you paste an object into an image it is on a new layer.  This is nice so that you can make adjustments or use filters on that object alone as well as adjust the opacity.  In this case, on the layer with Slender Man I used the Mimic HDR filter from the filter menu.  This created a halo effect around him (otherwise I was afraid that he would be lost in the background).  I also erase the parts of his his snake like protrusions where they overlapped the tree in front (so that it looks like he is farther away than those trees).

Step 4: Background Filter Effects

As I mentioned in the intro I used similar filter effects as I did in my previous instructable.  The first thing I did was the lighting effects.
  • First duplicate the background layer
  • Make sure you are working on that new layer.  From the Adjustments menu select Threshold.
  • Move the Threshold slider towards the right to about 85, press OK.
  • Now go to the Filter menu and select Gaussian blur.
  • The Gaussian blur window with a slider will pop up. Move the slider all the way towards the right  to 250, press OK.
  • Adjust the opacity of the layer to get the effect you want
The second effect I did was add some noise.  Unlike my previous instructable whereI created noise from a black background, this time I used a red background.
  • Select New Layer. Flood fill the whole layer with red.
  • Next select Noise from the Filter menu.
  • Move the slider all of the way to the right to 400 and make sure that Monocromatic is selected, click OK.
  • Adjust the opacity.
The last effect I used was the water swirl.  This filter distorts the image with wavy lines.
  • Duplicate the background layer.
  • Select Water swirl from the Filter menu.
  • Adjust the size slider to 12 and the amount slider to 47.
  • Adjust the opacity.

Step 5: Border

The last step is to add a border. As I mentioned before Pixlr-o-matic has some great borders for your photos.  Just load your image in Pixlr-o-matic, go to the Border section (which is the yellow part on the gauge) and selected the border you like best.  The first one I tried was Blackfive (used in the intro photo), I also tried Cornered which I used in my previous instructable.

Step 6: Just for Fun -animated

How about a Slender Man animated GIF.  I flipped the snake-like protrusions on Slender Man. Saved it under a new name. I then converted it to an animated GIF using GIMP (just follow the instructions here -I used a 400 millisecond delay between frames).  I had to scale down the image, other wise it wouldn't work in the instructable window.



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    25 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Please, can I borrow your pic of Slender man? I know, it's your copiright, but I won't use it for any competitions... I just ant to make a good picture.

    2 replies

    5 years ago

    So your the one who made this picture? Ive seen this in a lot of places! Your pic is famous!

    2 replies

    5 years ago

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go to you tube and look up how it should have ended slender games. let me know what you think.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    i got a marble hornets style photo on halloween, simply just by (well dressing up as slendy) but standing in a dark room with the croket camera in a bright room,
    what do you think?

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable, but what is Slender Man? Is it local ledgend or am I just out of touch? I live in California and have never heard of him. Guess I could google it but I would like to hear about it from you since you made him. Thank you :)

    5 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    My understanding is that slender man was created on the internet. There was photo editing contest with a paranormal them on The Something Awful Forums and someone photo shopped and image with a tall (~8ft), skinny, faceless man in a suit lurking around. Well I guess the image got around and people thought it was real. Then more photos appeared and it spread around the internet as some things tend to do, it became a meme. So a mythology developed about Slender Man, with people writing about him giving him a story, and saying such things as there is a woodcut print of Slender Man from the 16th century. There is now a video game about him called The Slender (that is where I first heard about him) and I think there might be a movie in the works.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That is the coolest mythology story ever. Thank you for the update.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Now that you told me not to, I have an insatiable urge to do both these things even though I have no idea what they are :)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I just changed the text in my intro to say that you were one of the people who suggested it. Thanks!