Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene

Dark and Eerie Photo Manipulation Scene
step3b_transform_the_sky
Now let’s change the color of the sky. From the Menu bar, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Once the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following values respectively:
  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: -25
  • Saturation: -50
  • Lightness: -3
Now we will add a dark area on the sky to give it depth. Create a new layer and rename that layer to “dark area: sky”. After that position, that layer above our “sky” layer and then activate the Brush tool (B). Input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 300 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
step3c_dark_area
Finally let’s give the sky a calming yet eerie feel through blurring the sky. Select the “sky” layer and from the Menu bar go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and input the following settings:
  • Angle: 180’
  • Distance: 100 pixels
step3d_sky_with_motion_blur
Now that we’re finished with this step, let’s group the layers that we have made. Rename that group to “sky and its dark area”.

Step 4 - Add the shadowy-figure

In this step, we would be adding our subject, the dark figure. Open “Walking on ice 1” stock; we would need to remove the man from his background and move him to our canvas. So, activate the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) or the Magnetic Lasso tool (L). Note: The Magnetic Lasso Tool can also be activated by left-clicking and holding the Lasso tool for a few seconds to bring up the Lasso tool menu on the Tools window.
step4a_lasso_the_man
When you’ve successfully selected the man, drag him to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and rename that layer to “man”. Make sure to put the man outside on top of all layers and groups. We would need to reduce his size, so activate the Transform tool and scale him down by bringing up the contextual menu and picking on “Scale”.
step4b_reduce_the_man
Now we will turn him into a shadowy-figure. Click on “man” and from the Menu bar go to Filter > Blur > Motion >blur and input the following settings:
  • Angle: 90'
  • Distance: 40 px
step4c_motion_blur_man

Step 5 - Add a Vignette

What we are going to do here is we would be adding a vignette to give emphasis on the center of our image to where our subject is positioned. To start off, go to the Menu bar and click on File > New and use the same settings we used to create our canvas. (Refer to Step 1). But take note, the background contents should be: WHITE Once it has been created, go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction. Find the tab Vignette and use these settings:
  • Vignette amount: -100
  • Midpoint: +50
step5a_vignette_settings
Now that that’s done drag the vignette to our canvas using the Move tool (V) and put it on top of all the layers that we’ve created, and then set its Blending mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 75%. Note: The Blending mode can be found in the Layer window, the Opacity tab is just beside it. You may also access the Blending mode by double clicking on the layer that you want the Blending mode changed.
step5b_blending_mode_opacity
step5c_blending_mode_2xclick
The image with the vignette should be similar to the image below:
step5d_vignette_applied
You may also want to use this Vignette layer in future projects. How? You just have to create a new file, drag the Vignette using the Move tool to that canvas and save it as a PSD file. (Saving as a PSD file is explained on Step 7 of this tutorial).

Step 6 - Retouch the image

In this step, we would be changing the overall color tone of our image, correcting the Brightness/Contrast, adjusting the colors of the wall to make it blend in seamlessly with the rest of the image.

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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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