How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch

How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch
step11b
Give the duplicate layer mask and mask areas round the moon to reveal it. Here it is now:
step11c
step11d

Step 12

I decided to hide some areas on the rock 2 layer by masking them. So go to the rock folder created in previous step 3. Open the folder and select the rock 2 layer. Give this layer a layer mask and mask some areas around it as indicated in red color.
step12a
This is what I did as a result:
step12b
We need to alter the shape of this rock a bit. To do this, we will get ride of some upper part of the rock.
step12c
Give the rock folder a layer mask and mask the upper part of the rock.
step12d

Step 13

So far we have almost finished the composition of the scene. However referring to the moon as the main light source, the front sides of the right and left rock is too bright while the moon is in the upper position behind them. The moonlight does not shine that much on the areas. We will fix this in the following step.
step13a
To fix the bright parts, we will give them the other rock texture. Open the rock image and cut out the part used to be texture:
step13b
Scale the size of the texture and place it in front of the left rock to cover the bright part of it.
step13c
Then give this texture a clipping mask.
step13d
Finally, mask some parts of this texture where needed.
step13e
Duplicate the texture layer. Move the duplicate downward to cover the rest of the bright parts of the rock. Here is the result I created for our inspiration. Select the left rock and texture layers and hit Ctrl+G to group them in a folder. I named the folder left rock.
step13f
Do the same ways to cover the bright parts of the right rock by giving them the same rock textures.
step13g

Step 14

Now we will fix the castle. We will get rid of the people seen in the image, we do not need the people. There should be vampires or Dracula living there instead…. LOL.
step14a
To get rid of the people we can do this by painting over them, using the clone stamp tool or patch tool. On my own, I used a simple way to do this purpose. Cut out the nearest wall and use the cut out to cover the people. Make sure to give the cutout layer a clipping mask.
step14b
step14c
Mask the edges of the cut out to blend them well to the main wall.
step14d
Do the same ways to cover the other parts of the image.
step14e

Step 15

Proceed to add tree behind the castle. Place the tree image in the main document. Scale the size as needed. Position the tree layer under the castle layer. Set this layer to multiply blending at about 50% opacity. Mask the edges of the image where needed.
step15a
With the same ways place more other trees behind the rock on the left and right sides.
step15b

Step 16

Well here is the complete composition of the scene we have created so far. Next following step, we will do color adjustments to every object in the scene. We will use the color tone and mode of the background (cloud image) as a reference to the color adjustment.
step16a
Let’s set the color adjustment for the rock layers within the rock folder. Open the rock folder and select the first rock layer to be active on it. Go to layer > adjustment layer > hue/saturation. Make sure to give this hue/saturation layer a clipping mask.

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18 comments on “How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch”

  1. Does't work to just copy and paste images to new document. Can't transform. Needs another way to be able to move the cut out images into the new document and still be able to transform.

  2. Hey! Dek Wid,
    My bad ;) I missed the link to next page. Beautiful work. I really love the way you combined different Images. Looking forward to see more from your side.
    Cheers

  3. You have not shown the complete tutorial. Want to see rest of the steps after step 14 till that blue mysterious atmosphere... ;)

    Ajay Yashpaul

  4. Thank you very very much...I had finished 98% this tutorial:) .Just some step last example nebula, girl ... is difficult

  5. This is a great tutorial, this is what we want, a tutorial with quality.
    Thanks Photoshop Tutorials and Dek Wid for this powerful tutorial.

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