Unfathomable Depths: The Howling OutsideDisclaimer: This is a work of fiction. All events depicted herein are fictitious (save for one incident taken from the author's own life). Any resemblance of characters to any persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Author's note: The characters of the Maid, played in the 2015 DA Halloween game by fairygodpiggy; the stablemistress, played by BlueFire-Phoenix; and the Mistress of the house, played by cinyu, have a role in this chapter. They have all graciously given me permission to use the characters and scenarios in order to compose this tale.
Please note as well that some aspects of the game (such as the timeline) are changed from the original announcement of the game (Welcome to Halloween 2015).
Saul Whitmore had never been particularly fond of horses. When he'd been younger, he'd enjoyed going to the county fair and he'd managed to
The main faults of a beginner (Me in 2012)... and how to correct them.
Credits and links to the stocks used on the new picture I Ching 05 - Xu (Waiting)
I was a bit ashamed about this picture done in 2012 and chose to redo it entirely (with another house, due to the removal from dA of the first one). But what were the main mistakes and how can we correct them?
Here are the faults which immediately grabbed my eyes:
In 2012, I didn't master the adjustment layers and I tried to blend the pictures together using a full of colored layers (colors picked on every source layer) on a soft light mode: it may be a solution sometimes, but it often gives a bad result as we can see here: The foliages are too yellow compared to the rest of the picture; the house looks like a visible collage; t
Manip Academy 11: Tips for HairWelcome to Manip Academy!
Cut Hair with Background Erase Tool
Select the Background Erase Tool
Select the options below, the tolerance depends on each photo.
this technique to cut hair, works only for clean backgrounds and with a single color.
see some examples below:
My Brush tips, are Brush present in Photoshop CC.
I usually use brush present in photoshop to do my hair, specifically these two:
Brush > Soft Round Pressure Size or Flat Angle Low Bristle Count.
and always before starting to paint hair, select Pen Pressure on the brush configurations.
Simple Tips - How to Paint the Hair
I use wacom to do my hair, so the tutorials below are made with wacom and done for people who use tablet if you use mouse to do y
HOW TO ADD A REALISTIC SHADOW ON A GROUND TO
My picture was lighted by an early morning sun, I had to think to the way to add some shadows from the balustrade to the ground on the foreground. Here is the way I used and I hope it will be useful for you.
1. COPY AND PASTE on a new layer the balustrade (or any object you want to project the shadow).
Then place the copy just under the original layer, using the Free Transform tool.
2. CHANGE IT INTO A BLACK SILHOUETTE
Using the Image > Adjustments > Brightness Contrast setting, as shown below (Brightness minimum, Contrast maximum).
3. TRACE SOME DIRECTIONAL LINES FROM THE LIGHT SOURCE
Choose the light source (
Realistic blending of models with environmentsHi dear friends
It's my honor to have a chance to share my tip at Manip Academy here.
First of all, I have to tell you that I'm a lazy self-taught digital artist.
I know how to use only some simple tools in Photoshop old version (CS3).
Besides, English is not my first language.
However, I hope this article will be useful somehow at least for beginners and intermediate artists.
Last year I held KING KONG AND I contest. And I found that some contestants had trouble to put the woman stocks in their works properly, while they seemed have no any problem with gorillas and backgrounds. Why is that?
I noticed that most woman stocks they used were taken picture with brightness in daylight. And they didn't turn down the brightness of the women stock enough when they put them into darker environment like a sunset scene or a jungle. And the black hair of the giant gorilla
Manip Academy #10: Blending FireThere is an easy, fast way to blend fire into any scene. This won't work in some cases but on average is a nice method to make a basic and realistic blending. Here, we will create a body out of fire. This is our base composition:
What you need to do is to place your favorite fire photos (preferably on dark/black backgrounds) on Screen blending mode. At first sight there's something missing, and that is the dark areas of the fire, which are muted due to our blending mode.
Create a new layer between the fire layers and your subject and use the Brush tool with medium Opacity and Flow and black color (a dark brown/orange might work as well, depending on your background and color settings) to bring back the dark parts of the fire. Use the Eraser to get rid of any strokes that go beyond the fire itself. A pen tablet is highly recommended to make this process more accurate.
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