Time: 1 hour
Tools: Adobe Photoshop
Step 1: Summary of Steps
1. Creating Perspective
2. Creating contrast and darkening the image
3. Adding a stormy sky
4. Adding a light in the attic
5. Creating fog
6. Distressing the exterior of the house
7. Sharpening the final image
Step 2: Creating Perspective
1. On the top menu go to Edit>Transform>Perspective
2. Slide the top corners towards the center so that the house appears narrower at the top.
3. Crop the image accordingly.
Step 3: Contrast and Brightness
1. Below the Layers tab, click on the box for "New Fill Layer" and choose "Black and White." This will create a black and white copy of the image in a layer above the original.
2. Select this layer and choose blending mode, "Multiply." This blending mode deletes parts of the image according to their color. For example, a 100% white pixel is deleted completely, and a 100% black pixel is left along. A gray pixel halfway between black and white will be made 50% opaque. This results in a unique effect that dramatically changes the images colors and mood.
3. Adjust the color sliders according to your image and taste.
Step 4: Adding the Sky
2. Cover the entire sky in your image with a new layer of the new sky you chose.
3. Choose blending mode, "Multiply" again.
4. Use a soft eraser to erase areas where the sky overlaps the house.
Step 5: Shadows and Highlights
1. Image>Adjustments>Shadows and Highlights
2. Set values at:
Tonal Width: 40%
Radius: 100 px
(Adjust these values according to your image, but these should serve as guidelines)
Step 6: Light in the Attic
1. Use the "Pen" tool to create a path around the window and right-click "Make Selection" with a feather radius of 0.
2. Use the paint brush to fill the selection with white.
3. Apply a gaussian blur: Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Choose a radius similar to the one in my photos. (The number will differ depending on the size of your photo)
4. Create a new layer and use a large brush with a "Hardness" of 0% to color a yellow spot over the window. Set this layers blending mode to "Color Burn".
Step 7: Adding Fog
2. Right click the path and choose "Make Selection".
3. Use a large brush to fill the selection with white.
4. Choose Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and choose a large radius.
5. Lower the opacity of this layer to 50%
Step 8: Distressing the Exterior
1. Cover the whole exterior of the house with your texture and set the blending mode to "Multiply".
2. Use a soft eraser to clean up around the edges of the house.
3. Use the "Smudge" tool to pull down the spots, as if they have been streaked by the rain.
Step 9: Sharpen and Finish
2. Select this layer and choose Filter>Sharpen>Smart Sharpen
3. Enter the values:
Radius: .5 px
And the image is done!