Taking a break this week and just doing a little Halloween fun since it is this Friday! For some reason, I totally enjoy doing this kind of image. And there is not much rhyme or reason as to how I go about doing this.
For image details and resources: Mainly just need to get a really good texture for a background and see where you end up. In this case I started with one of my Corel Painter textures that was created to have a Halloween feel to it – lots of oranges, browns and reds in it. The Witch and Moon is a vector object from Graphics Fairy. The actual tree and horizon line is a small gray tone image from Beyond the Mist by Midnightstouch that was placed on top of the texture and set to Multiply to get rid of the whites in the small image. A dark brown Color Fill Adjustment Layer was clipped (ALT+click between the layers) to turn the color from a black and set to Color blend mode. Crows brushes were used to add in the birds – Crow Brushes by Zememz. A Gradient Map was clipped to them using a dark black to brown color to add some detail. Grass 009 from my favorite Frostbo’s Grass Set 2 was used to fill in grass in left foreground. Grass 005 was set to a little light color and painted in other areas of image. Aaron Nace’s Fog Brush was used to add some atmospheric haziness to the image, especially in the sky. A stamped layer (CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+E) was created and Topaz (see sidebar at my Tidbits Blog for website link) was opened. The Toy Camera Filter set to Awesomeness I preset with no changes was used to get the very diffuse feel. This layer was duplicated and Topaz Glow was opened and my SJ Mysterious Water II preset was applied and set to Multiply at 55% layer opacity. (The settings for the preset are: Primary Glow: Glow Type Dark, Glow Strength 0.30, Effect Sharpness 0.63, Electrify 0.14, Simplify Details 0.17, Edge Color 0.28, Detail Strength -0.06, Detail Size 0.20, Brightness -0.56, Contrast 0.44, Saturation 0.00, Line Rotation 0.00, and Glow Spread 0.00; Secondary Glow: Glow Type Light, Glow Strength 0.00, Effect Sharpness 0.22, Electrify 0.03, Simplify Details 0.00, Brightness 0.45, and Contrast 0.64; Color Overall – all set to 0; Red Sat 0.34; Orange Sat 0.33; Yellow Sat 0.03 and Lightness -0.29; Blue Sat 0.42 and Lightness -0.43; and Magenta Sat 0.75 and Lightness -0.35.) Topaz Glow gives a real soft lightness in the image. On a New Layer some distant birds were painted using Aaron Blaise Water brush SB 43-5 and Aaron Nace Fog brush again to distort their sharpness. The single bird vector image was duplicated and put on top now. A Bevel and Emboss layer style was added to him to make him stand out as one of the focal points in the image. A text layer using the Keep on Trucking font was placed on top. Next the Halloween Cat Brush by Altergromit was added on a New Layer and Bevel and Emboss, Outer Glow, and Drop Shadow layer styles were used to make him stand out a little. I just love this little cat brush! Next another text layer using the Halloween Spider font with Bevel and Emboss and Stroke layer styles on it. As a last step, WG Dust Particles was used to add some orange colored grain to the black areas and the foreground just to add some interest. Nothing to it!!!!!!! I really get into these Halloween pictures.
I have to admit it takes a bit of effort to do one of these – need to find resources that support what you are looking for. Most of the elements in this image I have used for years on different Halloween images. Thought I would repost a couple of these images from the last couple of years so you can see what happens with a few change ups. Click on them, which takes you to Flickr where the blog posts that list the resources are linked.
Hope you have a wonderful Halloween and get to keep some of the candy for yourself – that’s the best part of this holiday now that I don’t have to make costumes for everybody! See ya next week!…..Digital Lady Syd
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