With the new Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows movie on the big screen, here's a little tutorial for the fans
or for those who have a kid, a little sis or a brother that loves Harry
Potter. This could be a nice surprise for them.
Before & After
you need for that is your camera, the person you want to be in the
picture and a wand (or even just a stick). A white or at least neutral
background would be great. As you'll see, it doesn't have to be perfect,
I intentionally used something very simple rather than a professional
setup. Just try to use an external light source - an off-camera flash or
even a halogen lamp will do. After you did that, transfer the picture
to your computer and also download the cool stuff I've attached to this
tutorial: the Harry Potter font, the background that I used and a couple
of useful brushes.
So open your Photoshop and let's get started.
Select the Quick Selection Tool (W) and start
selecting the area around the person in the photo.
After you're done, you can use the Refine
Edge dialog to add some feathering. If you have the new
Photoshop CS5, the new Refine Edge allows you to select
fine details such as hair, much easier, by simply painting over the
tricky edges using the Refine Radius Tool. Just make
sure your selection is conservative (includes only "inside") areas and
then paint over the transition. You can also use the Decontaminate
Next, copy the selection with Control/Command-C,
open the background image in a new window and paste the selection as a
new layer with Control/Command-V.
With the new layer selected, click
in the menu Image - Adjustments - Levels (or
press Ctrl + L) to adjust the levels of
the photo and make sure you have enough contrast by moving the white
point and black point to the edges of the histogram; use the gray
midpoint to make the midtones lighter or darker.
Now where still in the adjust
area so go to Image - Adjustments - Variations and play with them until
you find something you like.
Select Pen Tool (P)
and go round the "wand" and the adjust its color.
Create a new layer, this
will be for the wand charming glow. First of all select the brush you
want by clicking B and then right click to
select a small soft brush foreground color white. After that you select
the Pen Tool (P) and draw the path of the
charm, right click and select Stroke Path and select Brush
from the options.
Right now it's just a
line. From the Brushes panel, load the brushes I've
prepared and "stamp" them randomly hear and there.
Then, double-click on the layer with the charm and play with the Layer
Styles Options (Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Outer Glow) like in
the images below:
You can use the same
technique to add a layer of "mist" in the hallway.
Now we are
going to write the text Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by
using the Text button (T) - of course you can
replace "Harry Potter" with the person's name if you want to.
sure you download and install the font. Pick the "Harry P" text style;
adjust the size and the start writing with the foreground set on white.
After you arranged the text as you wanted make sure to right click on
every text layer you created and chose Rasterize Type.
After you have done that by
holding the Ctrl button down chose all the text layers and
right click to choose Merge Layers. Double click on the
layer with the text to adjust the Layer Style like in
the images below:
I hope you enjoyed this
small tutorial about how to quickly edit yourself or your friends as a
Harry Potter character.