Call the spirits in Photoshop

In this lesson we will learn how to create a paranormal scene where a girl wakes up at night, lights a candle and finds a ghost in front of her. In carrying out this lesson, we will consider the following points:

  1. Creating a night scene
  2. Making the room a burning candle
  3. and many other interesting techniques associated with this photo manipulation

Final result

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Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with the following sizes Width (Width) = 2098px and Height (Height) = 2264px.

Step 2

1) Next, create a selection around the girl with a candle, as well as a rough selection around the girl’s hair.

2) Now with the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), create a rough selection around the girl’s hair, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, go Selection – Refine Edge (Select> Refine Edge) and using the tool Refine Radius (Refine Radius Tool), we increase the quality of the selection at the edges. Once you have done this, press the (OK) key to apply the changes and create an exact selection around the edges of the hair.

Step 3

Next, open the image with the enchanted room, move this image to our working paper, placing the layer below the girl so that it is clear that the girl is in this room.

Step 4

As we know, there should be objects in the room, for example, a table with a kettle or a cup, etc. In this step we will add a table, a teapot and a cup, which are located on this table.

Using tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), create an active selection around the image of the table, teapot and cup. Copy the selected image to a new layer, and then move the layer with the image of the table, kettle and cup to our working document. Arrange the table with dishes, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 5

Since we create the night scene, then we need the room to be dark. Therefore, we will draw shadows in the corners of the room.

Using the soft brush tool, draw the shadows in the room, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

In this step, we will carry out the color correction of the girl in order to combine it with the whole surrounding scene that we are creating.

1) Being on a layer with a girl, we go Image – Correction – Exposure (Image> Adjustments> Exposure), set the value Exposure (Exposure) = -0.46, Shear (Offset) = 0.0102 and Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) = 0.72.

2) Next, add a correction. Curves(Curves). Set the RGB curve as shown in the screenshot below to get the next effect.

Step 7

In this step, we will darken the table, because it’s too bright for our scene.

1) Being on a layer with a table, we go Image – Correction – Exposure (Image> Adjustments> Exposure), set the value Exposure (Exposure) = -1.28, Shear (Offset) = + 0.0061 and Gammas Corrections (Gamma Correction) = 0.68.

2) Next, add a correction. Brightness / Contrast(Brightness / Contrast). Reduce value Brightness (Brightness) = -28, and also set the value The contrast (contrast) = 77.

3) Now using a soft black brush, paint over the table to create the shadows, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

In this step, we will add a glow effect to the candle using blending modes. We can see that the glow starts from white and further, the orange glow slowly decreases.

1) Using a soft brush, draw a dissolving orange color around the candle image, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, change the blending mode for the glow layer to Multiplication (Multiply), and also reduce the layer opacity to 85%.

2) Now draw a bright glow around the candle flame, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 9

In this step, we will add a blue shading to the girl to show the moonlight falling from the window at the back, which is not visible in our scene.

1) Using a soft brush, paint in blue on the image of the girl and on the table, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Next, change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) to get the next effect.

3) Next, in the same way, add blue shading to the window in our scene, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

In this step, we will color-correct the entire scene using the adjustment layer.

Add a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves), set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to darken the shadows and enhance the contrast of the color shades of our picture.

Step 11

Since Since the candle is the only source of light in our scene, then the light from the candle will fall on the teapot. Therefore, in this step we will add a reflecting candle light to the teapot.

Using a soft brush, paint over orange on the edge of the kettle, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 12

In this step, we will draw the shadows under the sleeve of the blouse from the side of the hand that holds the candle.

Create a new layer on top of the layer with the girl, and then draw the shadows under the sleeve of the right hand, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 13

In this step, we will reduce the degree of brightness of the light piercing from the window. Using a soft brush, brush color # 38465, paint over the windows, and then change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply) to get the next effect.

Step 14

In this step, we will add a ghost image to our scene.

1) Open the image of the woman pirate, move this image to our working paper, placing it in front of the girl, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Usually ghosts look pale, because they have no blood. At least, this is how ghosts were depicted in films since our childhood. And therefore, being on a layer with a woman pirate, we go Image – Hue / Saturation (Image> Hue / Saturation) and decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) to -49.

3) Now using the curves, set the curves, as shown in the screenshot below, add a pale look to the ghost woman.

Step 15

Ghosts have no physical body and no smooth skin, the skin appears smooth and glows thanks to the energy of the aura. Therefore, we will create the same effect in this step.

1) Being on a layer with a woman pirate, we go Filter – Distortion – Distracted Glow (Filter> Distort> Diffuse Glow) and set the value Effect (Glow Amount) = 8, and the value Original (Clear Amount) = 15.

2) Next, use the Eraser Tool (E) to hide parts of the female ghost, as shown in the screenshot below, and then reduce the opacity of the female ghost layer to 78%.

Step 16

Ghosts appear only in those places that belong to them. Therefore, we will add a frame on the wall with a photo of a woman pirate to show that this room once belonged to her. In this step, we will add a frame to the wall.

1) With a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool (W), select the frame, and then use the tool Moves (Move), move the selected frame image to our working document. Apply the transformation according to the perspective (Ctrl + T).

2) Now we will color the frame with Curves (Curves) and Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to align the frame with the lighting of our scene.

Step 17

Next, open another image of a pirate woman in Photoshop. Move this image to our working paper by placing the image in a frame, as shown in the screenshot below. Remove unnecessary parts of the image that protrude beyond the frame.

Step 18

Using the Grunge brush, paint over parts of the photo frame to make the frame look worn.

Step 19

Since old photos are made in black and white, then we need to convert our framed photo to gray tones. Being on a layer with a photo, we go Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and decrease the value Saturation (Saturation) = -100, and the value Brightness (Lightness) = -10.

Step 20

In this step, we will add shadows to the frame to create a natural depth.

1) Duplicate the layer with the frame, and then convert the duplicate of the layer with the frame into a silhouette using correction Levels (Levels).

2) Next, place a duplicate of the layer with the frame silhouette below the original layer with the frame. Apply filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 2.5px.

Step 21

In this step, we will add curtains to our scene.

1) Open the image of the curtains, move the curtains to our working paper, placing them at the top of the room, as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Using a soft blue brush, paint the curtains to add moonlight to them. Change the blending mode for this layer with moonlight to Multiplication (Multiply), reduce the layer opacity to 13%.

3) To match the curtains to the paranormal atmosphere, trim the edges of the curtains as shown in the screenshot below using the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool (L), so we will give a worn effect to the curtains.

Step 22

In this step we will add a ghostly inscription to our scene in accordance with the theme of the picture.

1) Using the Creepy font, type the text H GHOST ’(GHOST). Next, using the Smoke brush, paint over the outline of the letters.

In the screenshot below, we can see the technique of creating a ghostly inscription.

Final result

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Author: Santhosh

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