Kendall Plant is a designer, content creator, and art director whose unique creations incorporate nature, street photography, and even skulls. She works at Adobe as an associate creative director.
To prepare the image, Plant made sure the image mode was set to RGB (Image > Mode > RGB Color), then converted it to black and white (Image > Adjustments > Black & White).
She double-clicked the new layer and turned off the Green and Blue channels in the Layer Style dialog.
To prep the image so she could distort it in the next step, she selected the Liquify filter (Filter > Liquify) and brushed over the model’s face with the Freeze Mask tool to protect it from warping as she liquified the rest of the photo.
In the Properties panel, she checked Pin Edges to prevent pulling in too much of the edge of the image when she used the Warp brush. Finally, she clicked Show Backdrop to preview the distortion before committing to any changes she made.
Plant used the Forward Warp tool to offset areas of the photo. She used the [ ] keys on her keyboard to adjust the size of the brush as she worked — primarily using a large brush. When she was happy with the results, she clicked OK to exit Liquify.
Next, Plant wanted to adjust the highlights and shadows to enhance contrast. To do this, she chose Curves from the Adjustment Layer icon, then moved the points along the curve until she got the balance right.
Plant added grain to blend the effect, then used Shift+click to select all of the layers, right-clicked, and chose Convert to Smart Object. She used Filter > Noise > Add Noise to adjust the Amount and checked Monochromatic to get the look she wanted.