Learn how to create a photo manipulation based on the HBO series, “Game of Thrones”. This Photoshop tutorial will give you in-depth instructions on compositing, adding snow, and lighting/blending techniques.
Preview of Final Results
- Model – faestock
- Mountains – Burnt
- Sky – salsolastock
- Ball – rivendell-photostock
- Colors – needanewname
- Snow Brush – carocha
Step 1 – Open a new file
Open Photoshop and ant the top of the screen select the option File – New. The size has to be Width: 2249 and Height: 2000
Step 2 – Model
Place the model in the new file and resize it if is necessary. I resize it here pressing Ctrl+ T and holding shift change the size. Is important that you hold Shift because in that way the image will not distort.
Step 3 – Selection
You can select the model with pen tool or polygonal lasso tool.
Step 4 – Layer Mask
Now add a layer mask to hide the model’s background, you will have something like this. You will find the layer mask button at the botton of the layer’s menu.
Step 5 – Duplicate
Duplicate the model’s layer and change the layer mode to Soft light to add more contrast to the model. Change the opacity to 60% and the fill to 85%.
Step 6 – Skin
Select only the model’s skin with lasso tool like you did before.
Now change the saturation of the skin to get a pale tone. Press Ctrl + U and in the option saturation reduce it to -25 like this:
The result is this one:
Step 7 – Coat
Now you have to desaturate the coat. To do this is the same process as the skin, go to the model original layer and using lasso tool select only the coat, then press Ctrl+J to duplicate the layer.
Step 8 – Coat Saturation
Press Ctrl+U to se the color menu and reduce the saturation completely. Press ok to save the changes.
Step 9 – Coat details
Duplicate the coat layer Ctrl+J. To give the coat movement press ctrl+T and choose the option warp to modify the coat. Don’t worry if it doen’t look perfect you can hide undesired parts passing a black brush over the layer mask.
Step 10 – Darker
To make the coat darker you have to duplicate the coats layer and change the mode to soft light to have something like this:
Step 11 – Background
Tip: Before you continue with the model is important to add the background. You may asked yourself why? Well if you have the background you will know where the light is coming, remember that lighting is something that will make your art realistic.
Star with a base color, in this case since is a winter art blue is a great color you can create a gradient like this:
Step 12 – Sky
Add a picture of a sky to give texture to the background.
Use the picture in soft light mode.
Step 13 – Mountains
Now add the mountains background. And like before place the background resize if you think if necessary and use the layer mode in soft light.
Step 14 – Light
Create a new layer and paint over that layer with dark and clear tones. Like this: If you have a tablet set the opacity to the pressure of your tablet. Use a soft round brush.
Step 15 – Soft Light
Use the layer in soft light mode to get this result
Step 16 – Colors
Make a new layer and choose soft ligth mode and paint in the top of the image with a yellow and orage tones, with a soft round brush also add black and blue around the model. Mixing colors is important to get a great result. This is a sutil change cause the opacity can be set to 20%
Here is the layer in normal mode so you can see the painting. Also you can use Gaussian blur (Menu – Filter – blur – Gaussian blur) to get more softer look.
Step 17 – Colors
To get a dramatic change use a image with sunrise color and place it over the image
Step 18 – Gaussian blur
Now go to filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Use 100 of radius. Press ok to save tha changes.
Change the layer to soft light
Step 19 – Model
Go back to work with the model now that the background is almot done.
Tip: The result will be better if you have a tablet. That doesn’t mean you can’t do it without it.
You need to fix some details is the model’s coat so pick a small soft round brush with a similar color ( you can use the eyedropper tool) paint in the edges of the coat. Set the opacity to the pressure of your tablet.
Step 20 – Skin
With the Eyedropper pick the color of the model skin and paint over a new layer with a soft round brush.
Step 21 – Make up
You can add some blush to the model and a little more color on the lips, to do this work with the layer in multiply mode and pick a pink tone.
Step 22 – Eye shadows
To make the eye shadows you have to follow the model’s original make up a little bit stronger in the bone of the eye and brighter around that area. This step is hard to explain cause you can be creative with the colors you use. Here is a 4 steps. Paint all with a soft round brush with natural colors.
Step 23 – Eyeliner
Now choose a really small brush like 3px to make the liner you can make a black liner and paint a lil small white liner as well, also you can paint over the model’s eyebrows to make them stronger. Look here:
Step 24 – Eye lashes
Also with a small round brush paint the eyelashes 100% of opacity.
Step 25 – Hair reflections
Choose a 1px soft round brush, color red and orange and start making strokes in the model’s hair
After you made all the hair you will have this result:
Step 26 – More hair
Duplicate the stroke’s layer Ctrl+J, and made the strokes white.
Set the opacity to 80% and the fill to 50%
Step 27 – Details
Add more strokes to make the hair look better.
Step 28 -Nails
Pick a hard round pressure brush and pain over the model’s nails.
Step 29 – Reflects
With a soft round brush with a 75% gray color paint over the model’s nails, this one is has to be a small brush 3px .
Step 30 – Ball
Create a layer mask and hide the undesired parts just leave the ball.
Step 31 – Screen
Reduce the saturation (Ctrl +U) in the option saturation -100. Change the layer mode to screen
Change the layer mode to screen
Step 32 – Rezise the ball
Press Ctrl+T to make the size of the ball fits the model’s hands.
Step 33 – Layer mask
Hide the parts that are over the model’s fingers.
Step 34 – Paint
Paint with a white soft round brush over the ball the opacity has to be low 25%
Step 35 – Shadow
To make some shadow in her hands you create a new layer and paint with a black brush also with 25%. The layer mode has to be overlay.
Step 36 – Snow
To add snow to the ball, use a snow brush.
Now you have to make it into the ball
Step 37- Snow in the background
You can use the same brush as before, but you have to change size and opacity. The first layer is going to be apply just in the background.
Modify the brush settings use more spacing and more scattering
Step 38 – Motion Blur
To make the snow look realistic add a motion blur to the flakes (Menu – Filter – Blur – Motion blur) Angle: 30 and Distance: 28
Step 39 – layer settings
Change the opacity to 50% and the Fill to 70%.
Step 40 – Emphasis
To give more emphasis to the model paint around her with a white soft round brush, to give the effect that light is coming from behind her.
Step 41 – More Snow
You still need to add snow in front of the model, so repeat the process before, but this time create two layers one with flakes almost the same size as before, and another one with bigger ones.
Step 42 – Snow
Paint over the model’s hair and coat to give a look like it’s having snow on it, also do this to the mountains in the background, pick a chalky brush, a white one and paint, reduce the opacity if you need to get a natural look (It’s optional, just if you think is to strong) . Change the settings of the brush mark brush dynamics and Scattering.
Step 43 – Light
In a new layer paint over the model with a orange soft round brush, the opacity is 30%
Step 44 – Light
Another layer of light, but in this one you have to use a white brush and the layer in normal mode with 65% of opacity.
Step 45 – White Details
Pick a white soft round brush with 2px (Pen Pressure set to the tablet) and paint in the siluette of the model like this:
Step 46 – Shadows
To make the shadows pick a black soft round brush, you can use a big one, and to make details use a smaller one. I set the pressure to the tablet, so if you want it darker just have to make more pressure and if you want it sutil apply just a lil bit of pressure.
If you don’t have a tablet you can use a 20% of opacity and then go and change it to 50% if you want darker spots.
Step 47 – More Shadows
Make more shadows in the model dress and arms, with the same technique.
Step 48 – Touch of yellow
With a yellow soft round brush with 20% of opacity paint around the ball and hands. Use the layer in soft light mode.
Step 49 – Light and shadow
Create a new layer and paint with black and gray. Black in the corners and gray in the middle.
Step 51 – Layer mode
Change the layer mode to soft light.
Step 52 – Color Lookup
To end this manip, you need to use some colors changes. Go the icon “create new fill or adjustment layer” at the bottom of the layers, and choose the option Color lookup.
Now choose the one with the name “fall colors” and reduce the opacity of the layer to 50%
Step 53 – Color Lookup II
Repeat the process but this time choose the color lookup “Crisp Warm look” and reduce the opacity of the layer to 30%.