Night at the cemetery

In this lesson, I will show you how to create a dark mystical scene with a lost girl in a cemetery. You will also learn about the technique of combining stock images, about working with masks and lighting, including other various techniques that are used when working with images.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Open the background image in Photoshop. We use the image shown in the screenshot below as the background for our scene. This is a really interesting image, the only thing I decided to change this image a little by removing the moon.

Step 2

What we need to do to get rid of the moon: first, select the tool Rectangular area (rectangular marquee tool), and then select the top of the image. Next, press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selected area to the new layer. While on a duplicate layer, flip this layer horizontally. Finally, move the duplicate layer up a bit, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3

Next, to the duplicate layer, add a layer mask. Using a soft black brush with an opacity of 20-40%, hide the extra areas of the image to combine the duplicate layer with the entire scene.

Step 4

In this step, we brush over the image with the background to hide the moon. To do this, create a new layer on top of all other layers by pressing the keys (Shift + Ctrl + N). Being on a new layer, paint it with a soft brush with an opacity of 10-15% over the image of the Moon. As the color of the brush, I used a combination of dark gray and light gray, the samples of which I selected from areas located near the Moon.

Step 5

After deleting the moon, select all the layers related to the background, and then press the keys (Ctrl + E) to merge them into one layer. I named this layer: ‘Background’. On the ‘Background’ layer, go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (layer> smart objects> convert to smart object). Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (filter> blur> surface blur). Thus, the Blur smart filter will be added to the smart object. Set the blur radius shown in the screenshot below. Next, reduce the opacity of this layer to 70%.

Step 6

Next, we will change the background color by adding a bit of blue with the adjustment layer. Photo Filter (photo filter). Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter (layer> new adjustment layers> photo filter). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7

Open the model image. Cut out the model image. Next, move the selected model image to our working paper, placing it as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

To the model layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation) as a clipping mask. Apply the values ​​that are shown in the screenshot below. The blend mode for this adjustment layer Normal (normal), opacity is 100%.

Step 9

Add another adjustment layer. Photo Filter (photo filter) also as a clipping mask. The blend mode for this adjustment layer Normal (normal), opacity is 100%.

Step 10

Create a new layer on top of the adjustment layer. Photo Filter (photo filter). Convert this layer to a clipping mask. Using a soft black brush with a very low opacity of 5-10%, paint over the right side of the model, where the yellow arrows point to add shadows. Name this layer ‘Shadow’.

Step 11

Create a new layer on top of the shadow layer. Convert this layer to a clipping mask. Fill this layer with 50% gray. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay). Add light and shadow to the image of the model. Using a soft round white brush with low opacity, add light highlights to the areas where the white arrows point. And with the help of a soft round black brush, add shadows to the areas where the black arrows point. Select all the layers related to the model, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group the selected layers into one group. Name this group ‘Model’.

Step 12

In this step we will add a slight flare to the lantern. Create a new layer on top of the flashlight image (Translator’s Note: create a new layer on top of all other layers in the layers palette). Create an active selection on top of the flashlight image, and then fill the active area with black.

Next, go Filter – Rendering – Blick (filter> render> lens flare). Select Lens type (Lens flare) 105mm prime, install Brightness (brightness) about 78%. Change the blending mode for the layer with the glare on Lightening (screen). I decided to change the color of the flare by adding yellow shades to it, so add a new adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue saturation) as a clipping mask to a layer with a highlight:

Result at the moment.

Step 13

Create a new layer on top of the highlight layer. Fill this layer with 50% gray, then set the blending mode for this layer to Linear light (linear light). Additionally, draw a light flare of light orange (# faa840). To do this, use a soft round brush with very low opacity, about 25-30%, brush size 200-300 px. Select all layers with highlights, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them into one group. Name the new group ‘Lantern Light’.

Step 14

We must additionally add lighting to the model image, since light from the lantern falls on the model. Go to the layer with the ’Model’ group. Create a new layer as a clipping mask on top of the layer with light highlights that you previously created in Step 11. Fill this layer with 50% gray and set the blending mode Linear light (linear light), layer opacity is 100%. Add a glow where the light from the lantern supposedly falls. To do this, use a soft round brush of a light yellow color with a very low opacity, about 3-5%. A few times brush strokes on the areas where the light falls.

Step 15

Create another new layer as a clipping mask over the previous layer with a highlight (Step 14). Fill this layer with black, set the blending mode to Lightening basics (color dodge). Add more glow to the model image. To do this, use a soft round brush of a light yellow color with a very low opacity, about 3-5%, and gently brush the strokes.

Step 16

Add another flashlight image to our scene. Cut out the image of the lantern, and then move the highlighted image of the lantern to our working paper. Apply scaling to the lantern, placing it next to the model.

To create a Halloween feel, I decided to add a pumpkin to our scene:

Using a layer mask, draw a combination of the lamp with the environment.

Step 17

Go to the pumpkin layer. Create a new layer on top of the pumpkin layer as a clipping mask. Using a soft brush, the color of the brush is white, light yellow, add light effects to the image of the pumpkin:

Step 18

I decided to create a new adjustment layer between the lantern layer and the pumpkin layer:

Result at the moment.

Step 19

Next, we will add light highlights to the ground where the lantern and the pumpkin are located. Create a new layer below the layers with a pumpkin and a lantern, fill this layer with black color. Set the blending mode for this layer. Lightening basics (color dodge). Choose a soft round brush with a very low opacity of 3-5%. You probably guess what we have to do next, well … using a soft brush of light yellow color, draw light flashes on the ground around the place where the lantern and the pumpkin are located. Carefully stroke the strokes several times. In the screenshot below, you can see the result of my processing under the mode Normal (normal), 100%.

Result with blending mode Lightening basics (color dodge):

To make the effect of light highlights more dim, duplicate the layer you just created, and then reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer to about 60-80% to get the result, as in the screenshot below:

Step 20

I decided to correct the light falling on the model’s face. As you can see, we need to add a glow to the face of the model. We return to the layer with the group with the model. Go to the group, then add a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (color balance) as a clipping mask on top of the adjustment layer Photo Filter (photo filter), which we added earlier in Step 9. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer Color Balance (color balance) on Lightening (screen), 100%. Perhaps you will not be satisfied with the result, because On the image of the model a lot of glow appeared. Do not worry, we will fix it.

We do not need to apply the effect of the adjustment layer. Color Balance (color balance) to the entire model image, therefore, we have to hide most of the effect on the model image, with the exception of the model’s face area, as well as individual sections of the dress. For this purpose, go to the layer mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, hide the correction on the areas that are highlighted in red in the screenshot below:

Result at the moment.

Step 21

Go to the layer with the фон Lantern Light ’group; this should be the topmost layer in the layers palette at the moment. Next, press the keys (Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E) to create a merged layer from visible layers. Name this layer ‘Merged. Multiplication’. Convert this layer to a smart object. Next, go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (filter> other> high pass). Change the blending mode for the layer with the smart object to Multiplication (multiply), and also reduce the layer opacity to 70%.

Next, go to the smart filter layer mask and use a soft black brush to hide the filter effect on areas that are highlighted in red.

Result:

Step 22

I decided to add another adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast).

Hide the correction on the layer mask of the adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (brightness / contrast). Hide the correction in the area of ​​the luminous lamp, which is highlighted in red.

Result.

Step 23

Let’s create an additional Halloween feel. We will add pumpkins to our scene. Duplicate the pumpkin image. Apply scaling to the pumpkin, placing the duplicate pumpkin where you see fit. Change the blending mode for the duplicate pumpkin to Lightening (screen), 100%.

Duplicate the pumpkin a few more times. Place duplicate pumpkin layers throughout the scene in the background. Set the blending mode for all duplicate pumpkin layers on Lightening (screen), 100%.

Step 24

Same as we did earlier in Step 19, add light effects to the areas under the pumpkins, where they are located:

Result at the moment.

Step 25

In conclusion, we will perform a general color correction of the entire scene. Add three final adjustment layers. First, add an adjustment layer. Channel Mixing (channel mixer), overlay mode for this adjustment layer Normal (normal), layer opacity of 89%, next, add the following adjustment layer Selective color correction (selective color), blending mode Normal (normal), layer opacity 100% and finally the last adjustment layer Vibration (vibrance) mode Normal (normal), layer opacity is 100%.

Result.

Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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