Composition and Realistic Rain

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to combine simple images into a complex new creation. This process is called composition. But we will be continuing on to taking the final composition into a rainy world.

Let’s begin with the starting images. I chose a rapeseed field because I love the flowers. You can choose any background you like. Make sure to grab a close up view of whatever your field is filled with. Then I chose a main focus for the picture, the midieval dressed girl. Finally I found a castle I thought was a good fit for the image

The first step is cutting your main subject from the the image. I recommend using the pen tool to make an out line of the subject since you will have the most control and the magic wand simply will not cut it. Then to get a little more detailed with the subject cutout go into the quick mask option and take out anything else you need. Do the same steps with your image of the close up flowers.

Then add the flower image into the image that is going to serve as your new background. Once the flowers are added scale them down so they look like they are in the foreground but not so big they overpower your main subject. Once they flowers are scaled down hit CTRL+J to duplicate the layer. Flip the new layer horizontally by Edit > Transform > Flip

Then hit CTRL+E to merge these two layers together. Once they are merged then you need to adjust the brightness and contrast so the foreground flowers match up with the background flowers.

Next add the girl into the image and place her layer just under your foreground layer.

Then follow the same steps as you did cutting out the girl on the image of the castle. Then place the castle cutout layer behind the layer of the girl. After the castle is added you want to adjust the contrast.

Now that you have all the basic images added together it’s time to start the fun steps. Go back to the layer of the girl and Dupliacte it CTRL+J then hit CTRL+I to invert the color and set the layer to Hue. Then you will need to once again use the pen tool to remove the area where the girls face, hands, and lightened hair are.

Now that you have the Hue layer select it and hit CTRL+U this will bring up the hue and saturation options. Then you can change the girl’s dress to whatever you like I made her match the field.

With the dress and the girl layer selected nudge them over so they are just behind the left set of foreground flowers. Next you will need to add a slight blur the the foreground flower by hitting Filter > Blur > Gaussian
set the blur to between .5 and 1.0.

We are now at the last step of the composition portion. Select the all the sky in the background layer with that selection open a new layer and fill the layer with black. Now go to your color palette and select a blue for the foreground color and white for the background. Then go to Filter > Render > Difference
and hit enter. Now hit CTRL+F to repeat the render until you have a sky you like.

And there you have a beautiful composition piece. Now you can stop there if you do not want to move on to the realistic rain…

Here is the final image without the rain added.

Ok, so rain falls more or less evenly across a field, so it should have some depth to it. Use the brightness and contrast adjustment to quickly darken the image. Be careful, you can easily overdo it and have a black picture with no details. Next you need to desaturate your image.

Now on to the actual rain layers. Create a new layer and go to Edit > Fill… and select 50%
to fill the layer. Then add a very strong noise to to the fill layer by Filter > Noise > Add Noise… set the Amount
to 400.00%
, Distribution to Gaussian and make sure Monochromatic is selected.

Now add a .5 Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to the Noise Layer

Next you need to adjust the levels on this layer by Image > Adjustments > Levels… or Hit CTRL+L. Set the input levels yo 230, 1.00, and 255

Next you need to add a motion blur to this layer. So go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur set the Angle to 49 and Distance to 20

Now you need to adjust you levels again to bring up the the brightness on the rain drops. So hit CTRL+L again and set the input level to 0, 1.00, 131.

Set this layer to Screen. Now you need to remove what is the mid field and foreground. It does not have to be perfect just close.

Follow the steps we created the the first rain layer. Only this time adjust the level so there are less white spots and only remove what is going to be the foreground of the image. Now you have the background and mid field rain.

Last step is to do the same as you did with the first two rain layers this adjust the levels so there are even less white spots. Adjust the MotionBlur Distance to 40 – 50 so you get some nice long rain fall. And here is the Final Image with all the rain fall added.

I hope you all enjoyed this Tutorial.

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