- At first I shot photos of the model, Natalia Kuternoga in the studio of the Polish photographer Jacek Ura.
- After the photo shoot I did some basic adjustments to the photo in Adobe Lightroom, exported the result and opened it in Adobe Photoshop.
- The first thing I did in Photoshop was to make selections to separate the model and background.
- Then I created a displacement map from a photo I took of a worn down graffiti wall in an old fort near Krakow in Poland.
- I added the displacement map plus a few details from a color splash photo.
- Separated two copies of the models left eye. Changed the settings, dodge and burned and finally merged the layers when I had my wanted result.
- Brushed in a couple of leaves from the standard Photoshop brushes
- I then changed the overall colors of the photo by adding several layer masks (the following numbered list is reversed, so # would be the bottom, # 5 on top):
- a black & white layer
- gradient map red/orange set to color and with lowered opacity
- copy of gradient map set to soft light and a very low opacity
- a gradient fill ranging from dark to light green and set to soft light
- a color balance layer with a medium opacity and individual settings for the shadows, mid-tones and highlights
- The first layer was set to screen mode with a high opacity before I brushed out the unwanted parts leaving the effect basically on the left side of the photo.
- The flames was added as 3 layers from two different shots I have in my catalog.
- The second layer is another photo of flames, set to darken and medium opacity. Also on this layer I brushed away the effects using a layer mask.
- The third flame layer is a copy of the second, but now set to luminosity with a medium strong opacity (and off course with an individual layer mask like all the other layers).
Now the image looks something like what I wanted it to look, so it’s time to go through all the layers and layer masks, change the opacity if needed, brush out masks, and do minor adjustments. I decided to make another copy of the eye, create a selection, border the selection and paint a white circle. I sat the blend mode to lighter color and lowered the opacity and fill drastically, so that it left a hint of some crazy iris but without becoming too dominant.
Model: Natalia Kuternoga.
Photo, execution, idea, design, layout: Cardinal Guzman
This was my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue.
Mr Guzman….. Speechless!!!! You need to setup your own studio and charge $$$ for your creations.. This is an awesome portrait.
Thank you very much Mr Dilano, that is an awesome compliment. Thanks.
Excellent image! Slightly sinister, certainly disturbing! This is Art… I want to start creating composite images, but not a clue at present! Reading through your process, I have no idea what a displacement Map is, for starters
A displacement map is to take a texture from one photo and add it to another photo like I’ve done with the right side of her face (her right side) . If you want to learn the technique there’s a lot of tutorials in blogs and on YouTube.
Thanks! I’ll get checking out You Tube.. I have just googled it to check I can use the technique in some way in PS Elements..
Check out this source: http://flypapertextures.com
Are they selling textures, or are they giving them away for free?
Thanks Rick, I will
Fantastic! Really well done – thanks for the tutorial.
No problem. It can always be helpful for people and perhaps they’ll try something similar?
Looks like this was a fun and tine consuming process. Very well done and fantastic finished product!!
Thank you very much Rick. You’re spot on: it’s a fun and time consuming process. I wish that this was my daily job!
Great effect Cardinal and thanks for explaining the process.
No problem. It’s nice to share the knowledge. I went to Krakow on a photo shoot with other photographers, so I wanted to mention the process for them so that we’d might learn something from each other.
If I had the time I’d make a proper illustrated tutorial (like I’ve done on a few subjects earlier), but unfortunately that’s way too time consuming.
Fantastic composite! Really creative and the color / tone makes it even more surreal. Awesome!
Thank you for the compliment Mrs Hanks 🙂
Thanks for going into detail about how you achieved your final image. I really like it. I am wondering how much time you spent on your editing process?
I’d say that this took me about 4 hours of editing, plus the studio time.
OMG – 4 hours …
Wow. It’s an investment, that is certain. I do like the final.
WOW – !!!
Natalia has a very expressive face 🙂 Your use of displacement map technique has yielded some unexpectedly good result here. Nice to see you combine your favourite subjects in one photo – graffiti and human body 🙂
Thanks Paula. As you know I love working in Photoshop with images, especially when I have a good photo to start off with. A good foundation is alpha omega.
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