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Photoshop Ghost Tutorial in Gothic Setup

Tutorials Photo Manipulation 20843 Views February 20th, 2012

Learn how to create a Ghost Photoshop Manipulation from this easy to follow Photoshop tutorial. In just a few simple steps we'll transform this Old Castle into a creepy Monastery. By adding the two Monk characters and the Girl Ghost will complete this Gothic background transformation.


You'll need two hours and intermediate Photoshop skills (like cropping, a little bit of painting, some brushes) to make this photo manipulation. I really hope you will enjoy this new tutorial and, as usual, I am really curious to see your results!

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Before we begin it is better to gather all the stock images, to resize and crop them. So here are the stock images needed for this Ghost Photo Manipulation Tutorial:

Many of the Stock Images used in my Photoshop tutorials are taken from the deviantArt community, meaning they are not our personal resources. So if a link is no longer available because the author removed the image, you can either contact us or the author for support.

Ghost Photoshop Tutorial Preview

Let's take a quick look at the final image for the Ghost Photoshop tutorial that we are about to create, and hopefuly you decide not only to read it but olso to practise it. As always we will be more than happy if you leave us a comment(even if it is a constructive critique) and if you upload you work result.

Old Castle

The first step is to gather all the stock images, crop and resize them to fit one with another in terms of proportion. The first image that is going to act as background image is the Old Castle. Call this first layer Old Castle.

As you can probably see the photo was taken at a day time and we need the opposite. So to turn day into night in Photoshop it is clear that we have to decrease the brightness. Because I want to change the color tone also I will use the Hue/Saturation balance. Make sure you check the Colorize option and follow all of the settings presented below.

Open the Brightness/Contrast balance and set the Contrast to around 65. This is how you before and after images should look like:

Castle Window

Now I will add another window on the left side wall, so crop the Dorway Castle and use the Perspective Tool (Transform Menu) to adjust it like in the image. Use as reference the door that is already in the image. Our new window must be parallel with the door.

Resize the image use the Hue/Saturation and the Brightness/Contrast balance to obtain similar tone colors and contrast as the background image.

Pick the Eraser Tool and with a soft round brush gently erase the unwanted areas to blend the two images better. You can even use the Burn Tool and the Dodge Tool to adjust certain areas. When your window looks good enough duplicate it, resize the second one a little bit and place them like in the following image:

The Two Monk Characters

In this step I will add the two monks so of course we need to crop them and put them in place. Start with the Monk with Candle and place it on the left side of the image. Use again Hue/Saturation balance with Colorize option to give it the same tone color. Resize it to fit with the rest of the image.

Open the Layer Style Window and add a Gradient Overlay using a linear gradient with black and white colors. That way the upper part of the monk becomes brighter.

Because any object needs a shadow, let's add one for the monk. Select the monk shape, create another layer behind the Monk Layer and Fill it with black color. Flip the shadow vertical and use Perspective to adjust it.

Add a Gaussian Blur with a 3 pixels radius setting. Change the opacity of the layer to 80%.

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8 comment(s) for "Photoshop Ghost Tutorial in Gothic Setup"

John
John
6:59 AM Friday, February 24, 2012
Hi, I really like your new tutorial, it looks awesome! Even if my Photoshop skills are not as good as yours I will try it :-D reply
Design Knock
12:18 PM Wednesday, February 29, 2012
really helping techniques you sharing in this tutorial. reply
PsdDude
6:00 AM Thursday, March 08, 2012
I am glad you find it useful! reply
George Wood
George Wood
12:24 AM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Hi!

just to let you know the girl and the monk with candle are no longer available. Will try with other figures.
Nice tutorial. reply
PSDDude
12:27 AM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Unfortunately there is nothing I can do, the owner has the right to remove the stock image. Maybe you could write him/her to put it back! reply
Sansan
Sansan
4:49 AM Saturday, December 08, 2012
Hi !
I like your tutorial ! I replaced the missing people, this is good. But I can not be a shadow of Monk (the second). Can you explain me with more full details please ?

Sorry for mistakes I do not speak English well. reply
PSDDude
5:32 AM Saturday, December 08, 2012
Hi Sansan,

to cast shadow for the second monk you have to:
- duplicate the monk layer and make it black color
- use the Gaussian Blur filter to make the shadow more soft
- use the Transform Scale tool (CTRL+T) to resize the monk to about 40% on the vertical scale only (H: 50%)
- use the Transform Skew Tool to distort the monk like shown in the following image.
- and use a Gradient Overlay like in this text cast shadow in Photoshop tutorial to make the shadow more realistic reply
kentostudios.com
6:17 AM Tuesday, January 08, 2013
happy to see your step by step cool tutorial....
nice work reply

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