Learn how to create this dark photo manipulation with a burning figure in a mirror. This Photoshop tutorial will show you how stage a scene with multiple photos, add smoke and fire to a witch, and coloring techniques that you can use in other photo manipulations.
Preview of Final Results
- Fenestra – Deviantart
- Model – Deviantart
- Fire – Deviantart
- Particle brushes and png – Wegraphics
- Fireflies and sparks – Deviantart
First off create a new blank document (Ctrl+N) with size of 2000 pixels wide and 2424 pixels high.
Take gradient tool in the tool panel and choose linear gradient. We will fill the blank document with gradient color. Make sure to set the foreground color to #151723 and the background to #423e43. Fill the document by hold-clicking and dragging the tool from the top to bottom of the document.
Next place the fenestra image in the document.
Activate the free transform tool (Ctrl+T) to scale the image up. Position it in such way that the window of it becomes the main part of the background.
Proceed to alter the color of the wall. We will do this by just simply duplicating the original image four times. Set the original image to multiply blending at 100% opacity, the first duplicate to screen blending at 20% opacity and the other three duplicates to soft light blending at 100% opacity. Finally select all the layers and hit Ctrl+G to put them in a folder. I named this folder wall.
Here is what we will have:
Select the original layer within the folder and give it a layer mask. Take a very soft round brush to mask the upper part of this image as indicated by the red color in the screenshot.
Proceed to select the first duplicate layer and give it a layer mask as well. With soft round brush, mask area around the lower part of the window.
Here is the result should be:
Open the raven image and extract it from its background.
Add the raven to the main document. Scale its size and place it on the chair.
With the raven layer still selected, go to layer > new adjustment layers > hue/saturation. Make sure to give this hue/saturation layer a clipping mask by checking ‘Use The Previous Layer To Create A Clipping Mask’ in the new layer option box.
Here is the value of the hue/saturation should be set. Select the raven and hue/saturation layer and put them in a folder. I named this folder raven.
Now we will set the color of the window background by giving color adjustment layer above the raven folder. Go to layer > new adjustment layer > vibrance. Set the value of this layer as below:
Next extract the model image and add it to the main document above the vibrance layer. With free transform tool, scale its size and position it in the middle of the window. Put this model layer in a folder. I named this folder model.
Select the model layer and then go to layer > new adjustment layers > exposure. Give this exposure layer a clipping mask. Set the value as the one given in the screenshot.
Give another adjustment layer with a clipping mask: color balance.
Proceed to give the model some highlight and shadow. To do this purpose, create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) above the color balance layer within the folder. Make sure to give this new layer a clipping mask and fill it with color of 50% gray and set its blending to overlay.
Take a very soft round brush set to 10-20% opacity. Stroke white color on the areas around the lower part of the model’s outfit to give some highlight. On contrary, stroke black color to areas where needed to give some shadow. In the screenshot shows us the normal and overlay blending of this layer I created.
Create another new layer with a clipping mask above the highlight and shadow layer within the model folder. On this new layer we will add some dusk particles on the model. Take the particle brush and paint some white particles around the model as indicated by red arrows.
Next, give this model folder a layer mask. Mask the lower part of the model.
In this step we will add color to the scene. Create a new layer below the model folder in the layer panel. Take a very soft round brush. Set the color of the foreground to #feef08. Paint the color behind the model. Set this layer to overlay at 100%. I named this layer yellow.
Create two other layers above the yellow layer. With the same color (#feef08), paint more soft yellow color behind the model and on areas above the model head. Set this layer to overlay. Finally, to give more vivid color, paint more yellow on areas behind the model’s waist. Set this layer to pin light. Make sure to adjust the opacity of this layer to get desired glow.
Proceed to paint some smoke around the model. I painted the smoke on a new layer. Select all the yellow layers and the smoke layer. Hit Ctrl+G to group them in a folder. I named this folder yellow.
I decided to hide the effect of the vibrance adjustment layer (created in step 5) by masking on area around the window.
Next, we will give another color to the scene is that red. Set the foreground color to #ff0607. Create a new layer below the wall folder. Take a very soft round brush set to size of about 1900 pixels. On this new layer, click the brush on the area circled in red as shown in the screenshot. Set this layer to overlay blending at 100% opacity. I named this layer red.
Create a new layer in which we will paint more red (#ff0607) on the lower part of the model. Set this layer to overlay at 100% opacity.
Here is the result I created after adding more soft red on areas behind the shoulder and window. I created it in a new layer set to overlay blending.