Create A Dark Abstract Crow Photo Manipulation


Create A Dark Abstract Crow Photo Manipulation

by  on April 14, 2014HomePhotoshop TutorialsPhoto Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a dark abstract photo manipulation with crows and disintegration effect. You’ll learnhow to create this interesting effect in an easy way, add abstract elements, create depth of field and more.





How to Create This Amazing Artwork of a Great Enchantress in Photoshop

by  on April 21, 2014HomePhotoshop TutorialsPhoto Manipulation

Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Great Enchantress with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photomanipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

What you’ll be creating

Let’s start creating pictures by creating a landscape, then add mystical items. The next step is to create the model and work with animals. The final step will be drawing the shadows and work on atmospheric paintings, correction and adding effects. You’ll need any version of Photoshop, inspiration and good mood!


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Step 1

Begin with we will create a vast landscape for our further manipulations. I believe that we will create that – something like an amphitheater. This will give depth and mystery our picture.

Start by creating! Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2365 pixels high. I named the document “Incantation”.


Step 2

Let’s start off adding the landscape to our manipulation. Go to File > Place and select the image of landscape.


Step 3

After addition Place a landscape in the lower right corner without changing its size.


Step 4

Duplicate the landscape 2 times. The short key Ctrl+ J.


Step 5

Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy” on the size of a little more the working document.


Step 6

Repeat the same with the last layer. Transform (the short key Ctrl+ T) the layer “background copy2” on the size of a little more the working document. Place it to the left, as shown in Figure.


All we have done is to make the landscape more and more expressive. I think that if all the original picture landscape stretch for the entire document, it is not realistic to happen and there will be little space for our next steps.

Step 7

Begin to create. You have a unique opportunity to become briefly creator and create a new piece of magical scenery :) First, add a layer mask to “background copy” By clicking on the layer mask icon in the Layers panel.


Step 8

Now take the Brush Tool (B) on the toolbar. Expose what settings Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 50% Flow: 100%. Press D to set the color to black and white. Be sure to brush should be soft for a smooth transition between the layers background.image9

Step 9

Begin to change. Turn off the top layer with the background by clicking on the eye icon in the Layers panel Activate the layer mask and remove the brush part of the landscape as shown. Draw black color.image10

Step 10

That’s how I got.


Step 11

If you find that an option that arranges proceed to the next layer. Add a layer mask to the layer “background copy2” and remove some of the excess. To make it easier to paint over the stone, and then invert the layer mask (the short key Shift+ Ctrl+ I).


Step 12

That’s it. Our landscape is ready. Now proceed to the creation of water. In the original image, water is not dynamic, so I decided to add dynamic waves. This will give freshness and unusual images.


Step 13

Go to File > Place and select the image of wave.


Step 14

Now transform the image placed so that a large wave was a little farther from the edge of the document and the edges of the wave touches the shore landscape and rotate the image by an angle -12, 30.


Step 15

Now duplicate the layer with the wave and transform it. Click LMB from the list, select Flip Horizontal. To apply the changes, click Enter. Move the wave a little left.


Step 16

Now duplicate the layer with the wave and change its size. Make it a little smaller and move it closer to the falls.


Step 17

Now merge the layers with a wave of the group. Click on the desired layers hold Shift and click on the folder icon in the Layers panel or the short key Ctrl+ G. Rename the group, double click on the group name and call it “wave”.


Step 18

Now remove the unwanted parts of waves that they are only in the riverbed. Add to each layer with a layer mask clicking on the mask icon in the Layers panel.


Step 19

Select the Brush Tool (B) and use the settings: Size: 200px, Hardness: 0% Opacity: 75%, Flow: 70%. Be sure to check the main color black.


Step 20

Remove unnecessary part of each layer. make invisible the upper layers by clicking the eye icon near the desired layer. So it will be easier to work.





How to Use Photoshop Actions

by  on April 7, 2014

Have you ever wanted something to do all the work for you in Photoshop? Then you’ll be interested to hear about Photoshop actions. These addons perform a series of actions to create everything from photo effects to 3D text. In this beginners tutorial, you’ll learn how to use and create your own Photoshop actions.

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Create a Photo Manipulation of Alice in Wonderland

by  on April 7, 2014

Learn how to this surreal photo manipulation of an Alice in Wonderland on amazing and surreal atmosphere with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your amazing atmosphere and adventure tales with realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with a bleak color tone effect. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better matte paintings and photo manipulations. Read this tutorial and find out how easy it is!

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Free Download: Awesome Lego Mosaic Actions

by  on April 3, 2014

Photoshop actions can do some amazing tricks and these new Brick Mosaic actions by SparkleStock will turn your photos into brick mosaics with just one click! Simply play the action that you want and the effect will be created for you automatically.  Download and try them out today!

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How to Turn Your Photos into Lego with Photoshop

by  on March 26, 2014

Turn any of your photos into a brick mosaic inspired by the official Lego photo app! This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create the effect from any photo and it’s really easy to do. You’ll learn how to pixelate your photo, create a brick pattern and overlay it on top of your photo, and compress the bricks into a limited color palette to make it look more realistic. Follow this tutorial and create your own cool brick mosaic photo!

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Free Download: Brilliant Photoshop Actions That Make Your Photos Look Vintage with Light Leaks

by  on March 18, 2014

Photo effects done right can completely change the way your photo looks. These premium looks by SparkleStock are everything you need to give your photos the nostalgic/emotional feel that you always see in fashion ads and retro-style wedding photos. If you want to take it a step further and totally vintage out your photos, then you have to try the brilliant light leak actions; they’re amazing because they’re created 100% with gradient layers. Download these actions and see for yourself how good they are!

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10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits

10 Tips for Taking Stunning Portraits

How do you take Portraits that have the ‘Wow’ factor?

Today and tomorrow I want to talk about taking Portraits that are a little out of the box. You see it’s all very well and good to have a portrait that follows all the rules– but it hit me as I was surfing on Flickr today that often the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules.

I want to look at some ways to break out of the mold and take striking portraits by breaking (or at least bending) the rules and adding a little randomness into yourportrait photography. I’ll share ten of these tips today and a further ten tomorrow (update: you can see the 2nd part here).

1. Alter Your Perspective

Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) the eye level of the subject. While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor.


10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by striatic



Get up high and shoot down on your subject or get as close to the ground as you can and shoot up. Either way you’ll be seeing your subject from an angle that is bound to create interest.


10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by TeeRish


2. Play with Eye Contact

It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact an image. Most portraits have the subject looking down the lens – something that can create a real sense of connection between a subject and those viewing the image. But there are a couple of other things to try:

A. Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. This can create a feeling of candidness and also create a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. This intrigue is particularly drawn about when the subject is showing some kind of emotion (ie ‘what’s making them laugh?’ or ‘what is making them look surprised?’). Just be aware that when you have a subject looking out of frame that you can also draw the eye of the viewer of the shot to the edge of the image also – taking them away from the point of interest in your shot – the subject.


10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by monicutza80


B. Looking within the frame – alternatively you could have your subject looking at something (or someone) within the frame. A child looking at a ball, a woman looking at her new baby, a man looking hungrily at a big plate of pasta…. When you give your subject something to look at that is inside the frame you create a second point of interest and a relationship between it and your primary subject. It also helps create ‘story’ within the image.



10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by paulbence



3. Break the Rules of Composition

There are a lot of ‘rules’ out there when it comes to composition and I’ve always had a love hate relationship with them. My theory is that while they are useful to know and employ that they are also useful to know so you can purposely break them – as this can lead to eye catching results.

The Rule of Thirds is one that can be effective to break – placing your subject either dead centre can sometimes create a powerful image – or even creative placement with your subject right on the edge of a shot can sometimes create interesting images.



Another ‘rule’ that we often talk about in portrait photography is to give your subject room to look into. This can work really well – but again, sometimes rules are made to be broken.


10 Ways to Take Stunning PortraitsPhoto by Bukutgirl



4. Experiment with Lighting

Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them. There are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits.

Side-lighting can create mood, backlighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.


portrait-lighting.jpgPhoto by Bukutgirl


Using techniques like slow synch flash can create an impressive wow factor.

Portrait-Slow-Sync-FlashPhoto by diskomethod

5. Move Your Subject Out of their Comfort Zone

I was chatting with a photographer recently who told me about a corporate portrait shoot that he had done with a business man at his home. They’d taken a lot of head and shoulder shots, shots at his desk, shots in front of framed degrees and other ‘corporate’ type images. They had all turned out fairly standard – but there was nothing that really stood out from the crowd.

The photographer and the subject agreed that there were plenty of useable shots but they wanted to create something ‘special’ and out of the box. The photographer suggested they try some ‘jumping’ shots. The subject was a little hesitant at first but stepped out into the uncomfortable zone and dressed in his suit and tie started jumping!

The shots were amazing, surprising and quite funny. The shoot culminated with the subject jumping in his pool for one last image!

While this might all sound a little ‘silly’ the shots ended up being featured in a magazine spread about the subject. It was the series of out of the box images that convinced the magazine he was someone that they’d want to feature.


portrait-comfort-zone.jpgImage by TeeRish



6. Shoot Candidly

Sometimes posed shots can look somewhat…. posed. Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work.

Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love. This will put them more at ease and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the situation that they are in. You might even want to grab a longer zoom lens to take you out of their immediate zone and get really paparazzi with them.

I find that this can particularly work when photographing children.


portrait-candid.jpgPhoto by phitar



7. Introduce a Prop

Add a prop of some kind into your shots and you create another point of interest that can enhance your shot.

Yes you might run the risk of taking too much focus away from your main subject but you could also really add a sense of story and place to the image that takes it in a new direction and gives the person you’re photographing an extra layer of depth that they wouldn’t have had without the prop.


portrait-prop.jpgPhoto by Mrs. Maze



8. Focus Upon One Body Part – Get Close Up

Get a lens with a long focal length attached to your camera – or get right in close so that you can just photograph a part of your subject. Photographing a person’s hands, eyes, mouth or even just their lower body… can leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer of an image.

Sometimes it’s what is left out of an image that says more than what is included.


portrait-close up.jpgPhoto by Bukutgirl



9. Obscure Part of your Subject

A variation on the idea of zooming in on one part of the body is to obscure parts of your portrait subject’s face or body. You can do this with clothing, objects, their hands or just by framing part of them out of the image.

Doing this means that you leave a little to the imagination of the image’s viewer but also focus their attention on parts of your subject that you want them to be focused upon.


portrait-obscure.jpgPhoto by BigBlonde



10. Take a Series of Shots

Switch your camera into ‘burst’ or ‘continuous shooting’ mode and fire off more than one shot at a time.

In doing this you create a series of images that could be presented together instead of just one static image.

This technique can work very well when you’re photographing children – or really any active subject that is changing their position or pose in quick succession.


portrait-continuous shooting.jpgImage by diyosa



10 More ways to Take Great Portraits – Continued Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will complete this mini-series of posts on portrait photography with 10 more techniques like the ones above. Make sure you’re subscribed to Digital Photography School to ensure you get the second half!

Update: You can read the 2nd half of this series at 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography. Also check out What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You About Taking Great Portraits for a portraits tutorial with a difference.

Also – don’t forget the portrait section of our forum – an ideal place to discuss portrait photography and show off some of your work.