In this Photoshop Tutorial we are going to create dark fantasy photo manipulation of a lost girl in the dark. Follow through this tutorial to learn how to set lightning, blend images, masking and some other important techniques in manipulating images. Resources needed: Background LINK Model LINK Lantern LINK Pumpkin LINK
Start by opening the background image in photoshop. We will use this image to set the background of the scene. This is really a beautiful image however I decided to alter it a little bit by eliminating the moon.
This is what we should do to get rid of the moon: firstly take rectangular marquee tool in the tool panel and make selection on the upper part of the image. Then, hit Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection into a single new layer. Select the new layer and flip it horizontally. Finally, move it upward to the position where needed.
Next, give the new layer a layer mask. Take the brush tool and choose a very soft round brush (0% hardness) set to opacity of 20-40%. Mask the new layer to make it well blended with the main layer.
In this step we will paint over the background to eliminate the moon. Now create another new layer above the previous new layer by hitting Shift+Ctrl+N. On this new layer, paint over the moon. Use the soft round brush at low opacity of 10-15. I used combination colors of dark and light grey which are sampled from the nearest colors around the moon.
After eliminating the moon, select all the background layers and merge (Ctrl+E) them to create a new single background layer. I named this layer: BG. Select the BG layer. Go to layer > smart objects > convert to smart object. Then, go to filter > blur > surface blur. This will give the smart object layer a smart blur filter. Set the value of the blur as shown in the screenshot and set the blending of this filter to normal at 70% opacity.
We will alter the color of the background by giving it a little bit blue tone by giving it photo filter adjustment layer. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > photo filter to do this. Set the value as shown in the screenshot.
Cut out the model and copy it to the main canvas.
Give this model layer a new adjustment layer with a clipping mask. I gave it hue/saturation adjustment layer. Set the value of this layer to the one shown in the screenshot. Set it to normal at 100% opcity.
Give another new adjustment layer with a clipping mask: photo filter. Set the layer to normal at 100% opacity.
Create a new layer above the photo filter layer. Make sure to give this new layer a clipping mask. On this layer, paint some shadow on the right side of the model as indicated in yellow arrows. Use a very soft round brush set to very low opacity of about 5-10. I named this layer shadow