In this manipulation tutorial I will show you how to make an emotional scene in Photoshop Making this kind of artworks is not very difficult in my opinion, you just need to be creative. Maybe the hardest part when you make this kind of manipulations is choosing the right stock images.
- Girl – http://pieceofmestock.deviantart.com/art/Candlelight2-stock-143274117
- Window stock
- Castle – http://www.psdbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Premade_BK_Stock_5_by_Fairiegoodmother.jpg
We will start with the window stock. Open it in Photoshop and get the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and start cutting out the glass from the frame. You can use 2 pixels of Father. Name this layer window.
I didn’t quite liked the perspective op this window so I made a little adjustment to it. Go to Filter>Distort>Lens Correction.
Set Vertical Perspective to +14, Horizontal Perspective to -14 and Scale to 110%. That will hide part of the left side of the window.
Open the castle stock image and put in on a new layer below the window layer and scale it down to 35%. Place it like in the screenshot below and name the layer background.
Create a Gradient Map adjustment layer above the background layer. You can do that from the menu Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map or from the icon located under the Layers Palette. Use the settings shown in the image below. Change the layer’s blending mode to Multiply and set the Fill to 70%.
Time to turn off the lights. This is an important step to create the overall ambient. It will make the image look like it’s night time. Create a new Gradient Map Adjustment layer above the window layer. Set the Blending Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 70%. Use the gradient colors shown in the image below. I named this layer night.
Open the girl with the candle stock and use the Pen Tool (P) to draw her outline using paths. When your done, convert the path in a selection and subtract the girl from the background.
On the hair area use the select color range from Select>Color Range. The hair on on the back of the head is not really important because most of it will be hidden on the next steps. Paste the girl on a new layer above the night layer and scale it down to 35%. Name the layer candle girl.