How to Add a Mermaid to a Dark Bleak Landscape

In this tutorial you´ll learn how to combine different stock photos and lighting styles to create dramatic, movie like photo manipulation. Let´s get started.


Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Beautiful Mermaid Fantasy Photo Manipulation


In this tutorial you´ll learn how to create realistic looking mermaid by combining a photography, 3D render and some textures. You´ll get detailed instructions on how to seamlessly blend them, tweak lights and shadows and create underwater atmosphere. Let´s get started!

Fantasy Photo Manipulation Resources: The Mermaid

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You can find plenty of free resources of my on my stock account on dA.




Final Image


 

Fantasy Photo Manipulation: Hidden Valley

After almost one year long pause when I barely create some photo manipulation, during the last two weeks I´ve created not one but two manips! Both are landscapes. First one has a scifi theme and here is the second one. This time with fantasy theme.



Everything That Was Before

Yesterday I couldn´t sleep. So many ideas flew in my head. So instead of being boring I sat in front of the computer and created this photo manipulation.

It originally started as completely different idea. Only the sky remain same as in the original concpet :) I experimented with few new techniques and had lot of fun. Most of the time creating photo manipulations is bit frustrating for me because I have very limited spatial imagination. But I really enjoyed it this time.


On the following photo you can compare how the photo manipulation looks after simple blending images and after adding lights and colors.


It´s quite easy to create it to be honest with you. I´m working on the tutorial right now. It should be online in couple of weeks :)

Do you have any ideas on topics you would like to read about in the future?

Resources: How to Create a Fairy Tale Photo Manipulation

There are private stock photos of mine. You can use them only to complete my future tutorial. Thank you for understanding.

You can find plenty of free resources of my on my stock account on dA.



Final Image



Resources: Moonscape

There are private stock photos of mine. You can use them only to complete my future tutorial. Thank you for understanding.

You can find plenty of free resources of my on my stock account on dA.


Final Image


Easy Way to Create High Contrast BW Photos

Hello everyone! It´s been a while since the last proper tutorial post. Live´s been pretty busy - I was finishing my Master Degree and then fully focused on running my photography business and really have no time to spare on this blog.

But now the school is finally finished (it was five hell long years!) and I´d love to go back to my old routine of posting tutorials here!

Let´s begin with tutorial requested on my facebook page about how I post processed following photo. It´s quick and easy and I use it quite often to turn photos into black and white.


Enough small talk. Let´s get started!

Resource photo


Below you can download resource photo to be able to try exactly what I did and see the results on your own eyes. It´s a photo of client so please do NOT upload it anywhere. Just try it and delete it.


Step 1 - Adding Vignette


I really like photos with dimension. I try to do everything I can to get interesting light right from the camrea. But sometimes you need to give it a little extra kick. In this case I´d like to add gentle vignette arround the edges of the photo to point main focus on the model.

Add new adjustment layer Levels on the top of the layers and set the Input Levels on  0; 0,75; 255.


Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black color.


Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and pick white color. Make sure the layer mask is activated (just click on it) and paint arround the edges to create a vignette.

Step 2 - Black & White


And now the trick comes. As I said before it´s very very easy. But that´s what we like right? :)

Add new adjustment layer Gradient Map on the top of all layers and choose Black, White gradient. And voilá you have b&w photo plus you´ve increased contrast of the photo a little bit too.


Usually I would end up right here. But I was feeling that the photo needs even more contrast. So what did I do? Big surprise - add one more Gradient Map adjustment layer with the exact same setting as the previous one.

What happened? Contras increased even more. Let´s take a look at the photos below to see what effect causes this step .


There is plenty other ways how you can increase contrast in your images. To name a few you can use:
  • Levels,
  • Curves,
  • Brightness and Contrast,
  • Black, White Gradient Map set to Luminosity Blending Mode.
The tool you decide to use depends on your personal preferences. Just try it all and see what suits you best :)


Do you have anything you want to read about next? Just write me in the comments below and I´ll do my best!

Sneak Peek: Missed Chances

Hello everyone,

it´s been pretty while since my last post. I´m finishing school and starting my photography/graphic design business so I´m preeety busy as you can imagine.


Today I´d like to show you my recent photo manipulation because I´m planning to write a tutorial about how it was done in one month.

Here´s the final version:



And here you can watch layer by layer how the manip was done. Everything will be described in depth in my next tutorial!

Create a Serene Fantasy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to compose magical scene from different stock images, how to create strong atmosphere and add interesting lights and shadows. You’ll also learn many different ways of color adjustments to get the exact images you’ve always wished. Let’s get started!