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Red Riding Hood - Walkthrough Part 2

So, I set out to create an image for a new tutorial. I thought I'd kept it short and uncomplicated, but... erm... well, the steps seem to feel way easiere than they actually are to explain ^^; especially since this time I thought I'd put in more about my process/workflow/chaos (whichever you want to call it). Breaking that down into digestible pieces while keeping with my timeline wasn't easy, so if it feels a bit disorganized, that's the reason: I am disorganized when it comes to my manips! Yes, sure, I am almost obsessive when it comes to putting my layers in folders and naming them according to the stock source, but that's just about the extent of it.

In short: I hope you can learn something here and I'd love to hear if anything of this was actually usable for you :heart:

About the Tutorial
This is not a step by step guide on how you can recreate the image. I couldn't teach you that even if I wanted to! It's just an accumulation of techniques that work for me - they're not the only way to do things in PS, but they are my way.
    Part 1: [link]
  • Starting the manip & a trick on cutting out stock
  • Blending and setting an atmosphere
  • Adding an object after you've already started blending the rest
  • Correcting the skin
    Part 2: you're viewing it
  • Making her glow in the backlight
  • Adjusting the background to fit the light
  • adjusting the composition
  • making her glow in the backlight
  • adding a second light source to the basket

This walkthrough was created with Photoshop CS5, but most should work just as well in older versions. If you're unsure where to find something, Photoshop comes with an extensive help file (accessible via F1 - I mean the built in help, not the online help, that one can be a tad confusing especially when searching for something really basic, like where do I find that tool etc).

Additional tutorials & articles that are referenced in this one:
  • The Lighting Tutorial, part 1 & 2 [link] & [link] - explains in more detail the soft light layers, the clipping layers/masks and how to create a layer from a style
  • Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link] - more on setting an atmosphere and working with masks
  • Know Your Basics - Perspective [link] - is an article about what perspective is and how to use it in your manips
  • Know your Basics - Composition [link] - deals with how the Rule of Thirds can be applied to art and how to use "leading lines" to guide the viewer's eye to the focal point

:bulletblue: any kind of feedback is much appreciated - it takes ages to write these and comments (and faves) are what keep me going!


:bulletgreen: Stock Credits
Model *magikstock | wolf ~LosRebeckos | basket ~LunaNYXstock | forest ~angel1592Stock | hair brushes ~frozenstocks | hair smudge brushes =kuschelirmel-stock --> [link]

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GitteKoeppel's avatar
Danke für die Arbeit, sehr gute Tipps.
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
gern geschehn! Freut mich wenn's hilft :love:
CzareenYJ's avatar
Did you know that you're so awesome for creating this very detailed tuts?  It would certainly help me a lot. I am still new to photomanipulation and all your tuts helped me. 
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
:hug: thank you for the compliment, I'm glad I can help :aww:
CzareenYJ's avatar
You're welcome. Looking forward to more of your tuts.
ToddDuquette's avatar
Would you mind if I posted this on my graphics forum with full credit to you and a link back to your DA?
Site is
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
yes, actually I would mind. If you want to share, please just use the share buttons or share a link.
ToddDuquette's avatar
Those can't post to a graphics design community;
I'll respect your decision, thanks for the tutorial anyways!
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Innfhinithydesigns's avatar
great tutorial many many thanks :w00t:
I LOVE the light emanating from the basket. Gives a little more rich red color to the scene to really portrait Red Riding Hood. A beautiful piece of art.
Lupsiberg's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing :iconflowerthnxplz:
stebev's avatar
Briliant tutorial, thanks. I will go and read some more of your tuts :D

Need lots of help on lighting, I don't seem to be getting the hang of it yet!! Thanks again :thumbsup:
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Great Tutorial!!!
Hend-Watani's avatar
soooo amazing i can lear so much from this good job
Jhordan92Peacemaker's avatar
I'm commenting because of those to last things
"pay" me with words
-That keeps me going
Your tutorial looks awesome :3 It's just what I was looking for to try to learn Photomanipulation ^^ Thanks
kellllly's avatar
This is an amazing walkthrough! :D I don't do photomanipulation, but I still found this to be incredibly useful, the tips and tricks you gave about lighting and atmosphere are all really good. I've been looking for a way to enhance my lighting and using layers set to Soft Light seems like a good idea. :)

The final piece is gorgeous by the way :lol: Seeing you slowly transform the stocks into this is just so great, I love seeing the evolution between each stage. :D thank you for sharing your techniques! :hug:
kuschelirmel-stock's avatar
thank you so much for your wonderful comment :love:
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liadan-bran's avatar
I've been waiting for this. Thank you so much! :D I'm sure it'll help me out with one of my weaknesses: lighting and shadows.
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