Step 5 – Roots
I’ll start now add roots, but first, I’ll explain how I created them. As you can see on the picture I prepared different shapes, they were cut out of the pictures of rocks. I did it with Lasso Tool (L). You can use any photo with interesting shapes like mountains, tree bark, rocks etc.
- Under you see screen of the ROCKS.psd
- Folder ROCKS / ROCKS.psd
I did not use them all, but maybe you will. To make them easier to find inside PSD I gave them the numbers.
Now I will explain how I transformed them. I will use Liquify (Filter/Liquify). I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools. On the next screen I showed in steps how I used this tool, as you can see it is really easy!
Step 6 – Adding roots
Now I will start build roots.
Part in the red circle I want to put under the arm. I added a layer mask on root layer, then I selected Dancer layer. There are two ways to make such a selection:
- Right click on Dancer layer and chose Select Pixels
- OR Press Ctrl + click Dancer layer
Now go to root layer select Layer Mask then use Brush Tool (B) and paint with black #000000 part which you don’t want.
Now I will show which photo I used for roots marked in red.
The transformation was made of course with Liquify. Quick steps:
At this point all roots are in two folders
Step 7 – How to make image darker
This is good time make image darker, and of course add first lights. Between groups CLOUDS and ROCKS_BACKGROUND I created a new group called LIGHT (Layer > New > Group). Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Set the blending mode to Color Burn and opacity to 100%. For the first layer I will use Gradient Tool (G) filled with black color #000000
Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). Paint with black (#000000), use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layer blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with white #ffffff, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Shift+Ctrl+N). and paind with #d8d2cc, use soft brush, opacity between 30-50%. Set the layers blending mode to Normal and opacity to 100%.
At this point I have to say few words about colors, to be honest you can use only black and white, with diferent opacity, but I’m always try to experiment and this is why I used those strange colors. Also different colors will give you different strenght of light. Just give it a try please! OK let’s see what we have right now, I don’t like left part of the image, I mean there is not enough clouds, let’s add some.
- CLOUD 5513
- Folder CLOUDS / IMG_5513
- Set the blending mode to Overlay Opacity 100%
Press (Ctrl+U) and set Saturation to -100
Add new layer and fill with black color #000000. Set the blending mode to Soft Light and opacity 70%. Add layer mask, and use the Gradient Tool (G) on it. Set the gradient color black to white.
At this point I want to make entire background darker. For this I will use Curves (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves).
The dancer is still too dark so I will use Shadow/Highlights tool (Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights) to make him brighter. As you remember Dancer layer is a Smart Object right now, so you will be able change lights and shadows if it will be necessary.