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Image Manipulation

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Hi, open up the image of the lady and the dress and the rest of the images.  The links are below.  Click on the links to open the images except for the Dress link.  Right click on that one and select  Save As


Dress Right click and select Save As (this is a Photoshop PSD file that needs to be saved before opening)




ball of lightning

Deviantart is also a good source of images.

With the image of the lady open.  Use your magic wand tool, or the quick select tool to select the background.  Once selected inverse the selection.

by inversing the selection you have now selected the lady.  Press [Contrl J] to make this selection its own layer.

You can also use Edit/Copy and Edit/Paste

Now open the Dress image.  You will notice that the dress has already been cut out and that the background shows a chekcerboard pattern.  This means that the background is transparent.

Using your Move tool, click and drag the dress from its document onto the image of the lady.

You’ll notice that the dress is much too big.  with the Move tool still selected.

Go to Edit/Free Transform and click and drag on any of the four cornders of the bounding box that appears.  Make sure to hold down shift to scale the dress proportionately.

Now that you have sized the dress.  Make a copy of the dress.  Go to your Layers Window and duplicated the layer and place one of the Dress layers on top of the lady and the other below the Lady.  You’re Layers should look like this.

Make sure you are on the top most Dress layer and go to Edit/Transfrom/Warp.  This will create a bounding box with handles that you can manipulate.

Once you have the Warp bounding box up.  Drag the lower right corner over to create layers in the dress.

Manipulate the handles to get a feel for how this moves, you will also have to make sure not to warp it too much.

Dont worry about the parts where it looks like the dress has disapeared, it is still there.  Accept the changes. to view them.

Create a new Layer above the lowest Dress layer but below the layer the Lady is on and on this layer paint black on top of the dress to shadow it.  Turn the layer to multipy and adjust its opacity until you achieve the desired results.  See the image below.  As you can see the image on the right has shadowing applied to it, and it looks more realistic.

Before we go too far on her, we should add some atmosphere to this image.  I added the walltexture image and used a multiply blending mode.

Next I added the wallpaper textrue to the background to create a wall.  As you can see I layered two of them on top of each other.  Below you can see them.  One is a Multiply blending mode, the other is a soft light blending mode.

Next I am going to add another layer of texture to the floor.  I am going to add a tile texture.  and then distort the tile so that its perspective works with the image.

To do this go to Edit/Transform/Perspective

Adjust it until it is correct.  As you can see once again I used two layers blended on top of each other.  The bottom layer is multiply while the top layer is soft light.

And last, to add a sci fi element we will add a ball of lightning to her left arm.  Open the ball of lightning image and drag it into your document.  Make sure it’s in the top most layer and go to Select/Color Range and with the color picker chose the color black on the ball of lighting.  Hit ok and then Delete on your keyboard.

You have now deleted only the black color in the image.  Move it so that its over her left hand and adjust the blending mode until you find one you like.  I personally liked Linear Dodge.

However the ball is too pink, use an adjustment layer to change the color to a more yellow red to match the rest of the image.

It still looks pasted on.  If she really was holding a ball of lightning we would expect light to fall on her and the scene.  To do this we will add a lighting effect.

Create a new layer and fill it with the color white.  To fill the layer use the Fill tool

Make sure you are in RGB mode then go to Filter/Render/Lighting Effects

Create something that looks like what you see below.  Keep in mind that you want the lightning ball to be the source of the ligth.

Then adjust the blending modes and opacity until you get a result you like.

With some twiking Hard Mix at 68% Fill seemed a good choice.

Here is what we started with.

Here is the final image