“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair” …..

My entry for the DAC – Grateful for Collaboration Challenge.

Main photographs used with kind permission of Hilary Dougill
– her images are both beautiful and inspirational. Hilary is one of the most generous and kind spirited individuals here on RB – she goes out of her way to encourage and support all of us lucky enough to be on her watchlist – not to mention the number of new members she seeks out and introduces. Thank you so much dear Hils – I am very grateful to have found you through Redbubble and it has been my pleasure collaborating with you ! x

Thanks also to : Marcus J. Ranum of Deviant Art for Models
Stock.xchng for Background/scenery
Obsidian Dawn for Hair and Bird Brushes

How it was made:-
Taking 2 of Hilary’s wonderful photos House with Tower and St._ Emilion- Dardogne – cut out the background from the house and steps.
Create new document in Photoshop and drag in photos onto two separate layers and position/resize to suit. (Use the perspective tool to narrow the top of the house to give it the apprearance of height).
Duplicate the turret from the steps photo and place behind the house as another layer. Remove the lower window with the eraser.
Add the models – Rapunzel and the Prince (both cutout from their backgrounds and dragged in as separate layers). Arrange Rapunzel’s layer to place it behind the turret/tower – as if she were looking out of the window. Prince placed on steps and use ‘burn’ tool to create his shadow as well as layer style – drop shadow added.
Orange box with glow placed behind Rapunzel to fill the window space behind her – hair painted onto the house layer with brushes and layer style added – shadows and glows to give depth.
Background/scenery added – another layer. Boat added on separate layer and positioned to suit. Flying birds also added.
Merge all visible layers – to ensure separate layer styles are maintained.
Flaming Pear Flood filter used to create front water and reflections.
Image brightened and colours adjusted with warm filter to unify overall appearance.


  • Angela Harburn
    Angela Harburnover 6 years ago

    For a CBBeebies Version of the Rapunzel Story – Click Here

  • WJPhotography
    WJPhotographyover 6 years ago

    Fantastic work :))xx

  • Thank you so much Wendy – always appreciate your comments! xxx
    How are things with your lovely Max? I hope he is feeling much better now! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous darling Angela, what a wonderful job you have made of it, and oh thank you so much for the details of how to make it haha. You know me, I mess and then forget what I did haha. This is such a glorious image, We should collaborate and write a children’s book haha.So beautifully engineered (for that is what it is a full blown engineering job) love and hugsxxx

  • You are a sweetheart my dear friend – I’m thrilled that you love it – they were fabulous images to work with! xxx Hugs back in triplicate! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • AngelArtiste
    AngelArtisteover 6 years ago

    This is beautiful!

  • Thank you so very much Angel! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 6 years ago

    Magical, one of my fav tales too. I once did a screen print on a Rapunzel theme many years ago.
    This is just the most awesome work Angela x

  • Many thanks dear Anita – I also love the story – when Hilary posted up her photos of the Dordogne – I could see Rapunzel leaning out of the window! lol ! It has been great fun to make! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • bamagirl38
    bamagirl38over 6 years ago

    #Congrats ! This is such a gorgeous collaboration and this is now the # 1 featured piece of the day in the group Live, Love, Dream ! Group Home Page Featured !

  • Thank you so very much bamagirl138 – what an honour – I am really thrilled ! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic compilation Angela, it is beautiful, the best I have seen I think and a fav

  • Awww Barry – what a fabulous compliment – it really means a lot – thank you my friend and for the fav too! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • ToastedGhost
    ToastedGhostover 6 years ago

    Great combination of images

  • Thanks so much ToastedGhost! x

    – Angela Harburn

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Fabulous work Angela!!! Congratulations on being featured in the LLD Group!!

  • Thank you so much Ann! xxx Means a lot! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

  • Babbler
    Babblerover 6 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thank you Violetta – I always appreciate your kind words! xxx

    – Angela Harburn

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