Learn how to create this dark photo manipulation of an spirit ritual in Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to change daylight image into dark night using techniques, create a light effect, painting human hair and blending techniques that will help you create better dark scens in Photoshop. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create dark concepts in photoshop.
What you’ll be creating
This tutorial is 42 Steps, containing three main sections. The story behinde this artwork tutorial is about magics rituals, that’s why I called this Artwork Spiritual Ritual. To create this dark artwork, we’ll start by creating a dark background of a temple. Next, we’ll add some Light effect to the ground and add the model to the artwork and Finally add more light effects and blend all images in one atmosphere. I created this artwork using Photoshop CC but you can follow up with it using Photoshop CS6.
- Model – seaoffirestock
- Background – elandria
- Torch – cactuskim
- Fire 1 – ayelie-stock
- Fire 2 – ayelie-stock
- Hair Brush – para-vine
Create a new document, set the Width to 2480px and the Height to 3508px, Resolution on 300px, this is the A4 default size, set a name to your new document and hit OK.
Lets add the background image, we want to add it as a Smart Object, to do this go to File > Place > and choose the background image. Resize the image so it fits the document, when done hit Enter.
The ground on the image will not fit with the model perspective that we are going to use in later steps, so we will use the perspective tool to fix this. Start by picking the Lasso Tool (L) and make a selection around the ground then hold Ctrl+J to duplicate the selection to a new layer, name the duplicated layer to Ground.
Go to Edit > Transform > Perspective, hold and drag out the bottom right pointer to change the ground perspective.
Go to Edit > Transform > Distort, hold and drag down the upper right and left pointer to change the ground distortion.
Create a Levels Adjustment Layer and set the Output Levels values to 0, 105
Create another Adjustment Layer but this time choose Hue/Saturation, set the Saturation to -30 and the Lightness to -35.
Create a Curves Adjustment layer and create a curve as shown in the image below. Now click on the Curves Layer Mask and fill the Mask with Black, use Alt+Delete to fill it with black but make sure your Foreground color is set to Black. Next pick the Brush Tool (B) and set the Brush Size to about 3300px Hardness 0%, set the Foreground color to white. Start brushing in the middle of the image (make sure you are working on the Curves Mask) to show the curves effect, we did this because we want the curves effect to be hidden in the image corners. (The red color in the image below shows where you should use the brush tool)
Create a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer, make it black to white Gradient, and set the Blend Mode for this Adjustment Layer to Hard Light.
Go back to our main background image and apply a Gaussian Blur effect to it, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 7%.
Adding a Filter to a smart object layer will create a Layer Mask to the filter so you will have much control over the filter. We will use the filter mask to apply the effect only on the back section of the background. Click on the Filter Mask and pick the Brush Tool (B) Size on 200px Hardness 0% and make sure your Foreground color is set to black, next start brushing over the columns and the front walls of the background image, make sure you are using the brush on the Filter Mask. (The red color in the image below shows where you should use the brush tool)