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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Sinister Little Red Riding Hood Photo Manipulation

Final Image

Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating:

Step 1

Create a new document (1300X850px).

Paste in your ‘woods’ image from the resources section for this tutorial:

Apply a hue/saturation and levels adjustment layer to your ‘woods’ layer.

NOTE: For all adjustment layers in this tutorial, apply a clipping mask (unless otherwise mentioned). This will mean that your adjustments will only effect the underlying layer, not the entire canvas.

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -60
Lightness: 0

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

29 / 0.83 / 255

Step 2

Create a new layer called ‘vignette’. Use a large, soft black paintbrush to paint in deep shadows across the left edge of your composition, and a little on the right edge.

At this point you should be starting to identify light sources in your piece. You can see that the trees are being lit from the right, creating shadows on the left.

Step 3

In this tutorial we’re going to use dodge/burn layers to dodge/burn our composition in a non-destructive way.

To do this, create a new layer called ‘backdrop dodge/burn’.

Go to edit>fill and fill your canvas with 50% gray. Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.

Use a soft, 10% opacity black paintbrush to burn your image and a soft, 10% opacity white paintbrush to dodge it.

If needed, reduce the opacity of your dodge/burn layer if your effect is too intense.

The images below show this layer at ‘normal’ blend mode, 100% opacity, and then ‘overlay’ blend mode, 50% opacity.

Step 4

Download the ‘cottage’ image from the resources section for this tutorial.

Paste the image into your original piece and resize/position it to fit along the right edge of your composition:

Apply a layer mask to this layer and use a soft black paintbrush to mask off most of the background.

You want to leave only the cottage front, even masking off the snowy roof, as this didn’t go with the rest of our composition:

Apply a hue/saturation and levels adjustment layer (in that order).

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -60
Lightness: -12

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

26 / 0.79 / 230

Step 5

Create a new layer called ‘roofing’.

Use your lasso tool and paintbucket tool to construct a basic black roof area for your cottage:

Step 6

Download the FanExtra ‘raylight’ brush set. Select the sixth brush in the set (shown below). Make your brush color: eee6d2

We want to use our raylight brush to give the impression of light beaming out of the cottage.

You’ll notice that the selected brush is pointing in the wrong direction and at the wrong angle though. To fix this, go to window>brushes.

Tick the ‘Flip X’ box and change the angle to -50 degrees.

Then simply apply your brush over your cottage area. This will create a cool light beam effect:

Step 7

Download the ‘red riding hood’ image from the resources for this tutorial and paste her into the bottom right of your canvas:

We’re going to extract her from her original background using layer masking. Apply a layer mask and then use a black paintbrush to brush over her background. Use a larger brush for the main areas and a smaller brush for the finer edges.

Below you can see in red where we masked off:

And this is the result:

Step 8

Apply a hue/saturation and levels adjustment layer to your red riding hood layer:

Hue/Saturatoin Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -50
Lightness: 0

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

22 / 0.92 / 240

You can see the result below:

Step 9

The woman is blended a little better with our background, but the back of her cloak is standing out in a bad way. We need it to be a little more enveloped by the shadows on the left of the piece.

To achieve this create a new layer called ‘shadows over red riding hood’ and simply use a soft black paintbrush to paint shadows over the edges of her cloak:

Step 10

Create a new layer called ‘dodge/burn red riding hood’.

Use the same technique as our early dodge/burn layer (50% gray fill, overlay blend mode).

Try to emphasize the shadows on her left side and the highlights on her right, sticking with the light source in your background image:

The images below show your dodge/burn layer at ‘normal’ blend mode and then ‘overlay’ blend mode.

Step 11

Download the ‘wolf 1′ image from the resources section for this tutorial.

Copy and paste it into your original document:

Resize the wolf to fit amongst your trees and mask off the original photo background, just as your did with little red riding hood:

Step 12

Create a new layer called ‘wolf 1′ shadow and use a soft black paintbrush (20% opacity) to paint in shadows on the left side of the wolf, again following the main light source of the composition:

Step 13

Repeat this technique, adding further wolves to your wooded background:

Step 14

Download the ‘lantern’ image from the resources section for this tutorial.

Extract it from it’s background using your preferred extraction method.

Paste it into your original document:

Resize the lantern, positioning it against the tree directly behind little red.

Apply a hue/saturation adjustment layer:

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -35
Lightness: -5

Step 15

Time to add some light coming from our lantern.

Create a new layer called ‘light lamp’.

Select a large, soft paintbrush (color: f8f3cc) and click over your lantern:

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 10%. Duplicate it and resize your glow to about 50% of the original. Duplicate this layer and resize it again to about 50% of what it was.

You should end up with three ‘light lamp’ layers, each at 10% opacity, each 50% smaller than the last. This helps create a very subtle light, but one that concentrates more around the light source:

Step 16

Select one of the thin branches from your original ‘wood’ layer and paste this over your lantern layer. You want to give the impression that the lantern is hanging on this branch, so position it accordingly:

You’ll notice that this branch is very bright and blue. This is how the original ‘wood’ photo looked, so simply apply a hue/saturation and levels adjustment layer to your branch layer, using the same settings used on the adjustment layers for your ‘wood’ layer.

Also apply a layer mask to your branch layer and mask off the bit of the branch overlapping the lantern handle. This should make it look as if the branch is weaving through the lantern handle:

Whilst it’s obvious where the lantern handle is zoomed up close, when you view the piece at actual size it’s pretty hard to make it. To fix this, and also adhere to the main light source in the piece, create a new layer called ‘highlights on lantern’.

Use a 1px, soft white paintbrush at about 15% opacity to build up a subtle white highlight line going along the right edge of your lantern:

Step 17

Group all of the layers relevant to your lantern into a layer group (hit option+g to do this). Call this layer group ‘lantern 1′.

Duplicate the group twice. Move your duplicate lanterns to hang from other more distant trees. Resize the lanterns in order to establish perspective and if necessary flip them (if you select your entire layer group and go to edit>transform>flip horizontal it will flip all contents of the group).

We want to create a little more unison between the lanterns and the surrounding composition so create a new layer called ‘shadows/highlights lanterns’.

Use a soft, low opacity black paintbrush to paint in shadows on their left edge, and a white paintbrush to paint in subtle highlights on their right edge:

Step 18

Download the ‘basket’ image from the resources section for this tutorial.

Position it just between the edge of red riding hood’s cloak and the packs of wolves gathering. We want to give the impression that she’s dropped it fleeing in terror, which is why I chose an image of a basket with the apples spilling out onto the floor:

Apply a layer mask to your basket layer and mask of the background like so:

Apply a hue/saturation and levels adjustment layer:

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer Settings:

Hue: 0
Saturation: -85
Lightness: 0

Levels Adjustment Layer Settings:

60 / 0.65 / 255

The outcome of this is below:

Create a layer called ‘basket shadows’.

Use a soft black paintbrush to brush over the left edge of your basket, making it partially engulfed by the deep shadows of this piece:

Step 19

Create three new layers called ‘raylight 1′, ‘raylight 2′ and ‘raylight 3′.

Select your brush tool and select the sixth raylight brush from the FanExtra raylight brush set (this is the same brush we used earlier to create the light source from the cottage).

Ensure that your brush is white, and then apply the brush to each layer. One one layer give a subtle light source coming from the far right, and one the other two layers give a larger light ray pouring through the trees:

Try to identify areas of these light rays that look unnatural. For example, the light should appear to be moving more through the trees, rather than currently overlapping the nearest tree and red riding hood.

Apply layer masks to each light ray layer and mask off unnatural looking areas.

The image below highlights in red the area on one of these layers where I masked off the raylight lighting. You’ll notice that I focused mainly on the shadowed areas on trees and red riding hood’s cloak, as these areas are in shadow precisely because the light rays can’t reach them!

Here’s the result of masking each of the raylight layers correctly:

Step 20

To help bring the piece together I’m going to add some color tints.

When applying these areas try to think of colors and light from one part of your composition, casting a subtle glow of color on a nearby part. For example – the blue backdrop would natural cast a blue glow on some parts of red riding hood.

This is a really subtle part of the composition, but when build up properly can add a nice extra touch.

Create a new layer called ‘blue lights’.

Use a large, soft paintbrush (color: d9e5fd). Apply several brush marks along the edge of red riding hood:

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 10% to make the effect more subtle.

NOTE: Usually when applying coloring in this way I will set the layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. This is because leaving it at ‘normal’ blend mode actual conceals the data below, rather than tinting it. Your image will be less sharp using the ‘normal’ blend mode. For this ‘blue lights’ layer I’m leaving it at normal because I want to achieve a foggy glow, rather than a really sharp color tint. This fits better with the overall piece:

Step 21

Create a new layer called ‘dark blue’. Repeat the same technique, applying several dark blue (45597e) soft paintbrush marks over your composition. Try to think which areas would be tinted dark blue rather than just applying them randomly.

Reduce this layer’s opacity to 10% and change it’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. I’m using an ‘overlay’ blend mode this time, as our original blue ‘normal’ layer was sufficient for creating the hazy effect we’re after.

Step 22

Continue this process, adding red and yellow color tints over your image:

For each of these layer’s change their blend mode to ‘overlay’ and reduce their opacity to 5%:

Step 23

Create a final dodge/burn non-destructive layer.

Use the same technique we used on the earlier dodge/burn layers in this tutorial.

Below you can see this layer at ‘normal’ blend mode and then ‘overlay’ blend mode:

Step 24

Apply a final gradient map adjustment layer, but DO NOT apply a clipping mask to this layer, as you want your adjustments to effect your entire canvas.

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer Settings:

Gradient: (default blue, red, yellow gradient)
Layer opacity: 4%.

Below you can see this adjustment layer at 100% opacity and then 4% opacity. The final gradient overlay creates a nice tint for our final piece:

Gradient map adjustment layer at 4% opacity:

And We’re Done!

You can view the final outcome below. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome.

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