Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene

Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene
step2g_final
To make the walls unique and not identical to each other, we would have to clone some parts of the image to make it look like a different wall. Click on “wall 1” and activate the Clone Stamp tool (S) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 175 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
step2g2_clone_stamp_tool
Note: To change the Hardness setting, click on the drop-down menu beside the Brush size and a menu would appear and you would see the Brush Hardness tab. You may also press B and then right-click on the image to bring up the Brush menu. Because the light is coming from the outside, we would need to add shadows, without these shadows of the walls, it is impossible to form any depth on our image and the result would be a flat picture. So we would have to add shadows on the floor to make it appear realistic. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N or you may click on the paper like button in between the folder button (New Group) and the Trash can button (Delete layer) on the Layer window. Once the new layer has been created, rename that layer to “shadow 1”. Note that the succeeding layers on this step should be below the layers “wall 1” and “wall 2”.
step2g3_create_new_layer
Now, activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 125 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
step2h_brush_within_the_yellow_region
It should be similar to this image:
step2i_shadow1_outcome
For the shadow of “wall 2”, just duplicate “shadow 1”, then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then right click on the image and pick Flip Horizontal from the contextual menu and then position it under “wall 2” using the Move tool (V). Rename this new layer now to “shadow 2”. Now let’s add some cracks on the gate to give it an ancient feel. First, click on the “wall 1” layer and activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 20 px
  • Hardness: 100%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
step2j_delete_area
Now let’s add some shadows on the walls to add more depth. Create a new layer and position it above all the created layers and rename it as “wall shadow” and then activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 150 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
Now that we’re done with this step, we would need to organize the layers under a group to avoid confusion in the next steps. Before creating a new group, select the layers “wall 2”, “wall 1”, “shadow 2” and “shadow 1” and then, create a new group by pressing Ctrl + G, now all those layers that you have selected would be automatically included in that new group. Rename the new group to “walls and floor and their shadow”. Note: Upon doing that, the new group will hide the layers inside of it. To unhide it, just press the “play” button on the left side of the new group, and it will then roll the layers down.

Step 3 - Create the sky

Now, what we’re going to do on this step is that we would be adding the epic sky which is outside of the big doorway. Let’s open the “Stormy Sky” stock and then activate the Marquee tool (M) to select the sky in the image.
step3a_marquee_sky
After that, drag the sky to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and once it is in our canvas, rename the layer to “sky” and then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) to reposition the sky. Make sure to place the layer under the “walls and floor” group so the sky would appear only on the opening of the doorway or gate.

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5 comments on “Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene”

  1. Many thanks, I enjoy your tutorials, you write very clearly so I am able to understand what I should do. I am learning a great deal!

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