Create a Scene with Popup Photos in Photoshop

Create a Scene with Popup Photos in Photoshop

Step 28

Open file "Segals". Make a selection of the seagull then make a new layer from the selection. Use the instructions from step 20. Free transform the layers until they look like shown below then mask everything outside the frame in the bottom layer.

Step 29

In the next steps we will adjustment layers to make our image "snap". Each adjustment layer will be applied selectively by using layer masks. I will show you the layer mask for each adjustment layer and remember that black conceals the effect while white reveals. Gray colors only partially reveal the effect. This is not exact science but rather a trial and error process. You think to yourself " What this image needs now? It is a bit bland and has some washed colors so I want to increase the contrast of the midtones. Let's do that by adding a Black&White adjustment layer set to Overlay blend mode. Hmm, is to strong. Let's change the blend mode to Soft Light and lower the opacity. Better now. " and so on. Remember that all the adjustment layers and blend modes and masks are merely tools, servants of your imagination. The tools you use and the way you use them are unimportant in comparison with the results achieved. Focus on what you want to achieve and worry less about the techniques used by others or the complexity of the various tools.

Step 30

Let's increase the contrast of the midtones by using a Black&White adjustment layer. Use the settings shown below. We want to leave our 3D pictures intact so mask them away.

Step 31

We notice that the background it is too saturated so we will use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to desaturate it. We also want to increase the saturation of our 3D pictures and of our character skin so we will use a Vibrance adjustment layer.

Step 32

Let's darken the scene a little. We will use two adjustment layers, one set to normal and one set to multiply blend mode. You will notice that I masked away the 3D pictures and the characters face so they will not be affected by the darkening .

Step 33

Now we will lighten the pictures and also the space around them. Add a curves adjustment layer and fill the mask with black. Using a white soft brush mask over the 3D pictures and the face in the layer mask. Because we are using a white brush on a black background we are revealing the effects of the curves adjustment layer only in the white and gray areas. Remember that black conceals and white reveals.

Step 34

As a final step I added a Curves Adjustment layer with blend mode set to soft light to darken up a bit the horses and the tree. Now you can turn off the visibility of the "Reference" layer.

Final Results


Authors Comment

image035In this tutorial we learned how to use some advanced channel masking techniques in order to acquire difficult selections. We also learned how to make a regular photo look like a 3D picture. I hope I will live long enough to see this technology becoming realityJ. You can see some of my other art deviations here . Have fun photoshoping!! Adrian Scheff

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