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.