The Secret Keeper by Sybille Sterk

Photographic Prints


Sizing Information

Small 10.7" x 8.0"
Medium 16.0" x 12.0"
Large 21.3" x 16.0"
X large 26.7" x 20.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Illustration to accompany the story of the same name.

He stood in the dark wood, doubtfully looking at the moon through the trees. He shivered in the cold air. Before he had time to consider his choices and give in to his fears she stood before him.

Her hair was long and shimmered blue in the light of the moon. Ribbons were tied in it, each with a key at the end of it.

“You are the Secret Keeper?” he asks her.

Read the rest of the story here


The image was created for a challenge in the Photo Manipulator’s Group


Textures Unlimited
Touched by Fire
Photoshop Masters


A set of textures/stock was to be used in the photo manipulation to qualify for the entry – I used all of them except for one (the house). The ones I used are highlighted in bold.

All images,patterns and textures are my own except for the credits given below:

Model, Faestock

Background, Trinketstock

Moon, Fantasystock


Texture 1, Sirius-sdz

Texture 2, JRMB-stock

Texture 3, Violentkiwiresources


Key 1

Key 2

Key 3

Key 4

Key 5

Key 6

Key 7

Key 8

Key 9

Key 10

Key 11

Key 12

Key 13



Clouds 1, Leboef

Clouds 2, Leboef

Script, Lady Victoire

Lace Mix, NadinePau-Stock

Hair, Para-Vine


Textures Unlimited
Touched by Fire
Photoshop Masters

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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 5 years ago

    Just read your story….and I absolutely love it….the image is exquisite…
    you so ROCK!!!!! xoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sally. :-) xo I’ve had so much fun with this one – both the story and the image. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Feylight
    Feylightabout 5 years ago

    Great image. Ethereal and haunting.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 5 years ago

    stunning image! a perfect companion to a truly beautiful story…

  • :-) Thank you Boo. I had sooo much fun with this. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneabout 5 years ago

    And astonishingly beautiful image- the depths in those eyes, the textures that add that element of ancient myth. Perfectly gorgeous!

  • Thank you so much Lianne, you’re making me blush!!! xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 5 years ago

    Had a look at how you started …the original photo of the model….Would love to learn how to do this but when I have such beautiful gifts from your creative fingers….I kinda feel less of the need in me…xxx

  • Thank you so much KarenSue. If you really want to learn, join the Photo Manipulators or Photoshop Masters and check out the tutorials. There is loads of info on the net. I wrote a tutorial as well, read it here

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linaji
    linajiabout 5 years ago

    Wwo your image is mystical and the tones are so perfect for your story!

  • Thank you so much Linaji. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersabout 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful, lovely atmosphere, the colortones and lighting and working out are superb !

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment. :-) It was so much fun to do. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully crafted – and the story written for it is lovely too.

  • Thank you so much. Greatly appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    fab work

  • Thank you so much, glad you like it. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordabout 5 years ago

    Amazing work, the keys tied in her hair are such a wonderful detail – love it :))

  • Thank you so much Trish. :-) The ribbons were all painted digitally and then layered with a pattern. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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