The original photograph was taken on the side of Binnevenagh mountain near Limavady. There is a cluster of many disused farmhouses up there, I felt it was quite eerie and ghostly so I wanted to convey that feeling using photoshop to enhance the image.
There were many steps and repititions to producing the final image, i’ll try and cover the main ones;
The first thing I did was to create a blank layer in photoshop over the original image, I then hand painted using the paintbrush tool over the image, different colours over each part of the image, ie reds and yellows of the field and track, blues over the trees and greens over the sky. I then used a layer blending option to get the colours to ‘mix’ with the original image.
I also used a photoshop plugin called fractalius, you can see its effect mainly in the sky ( the ghostly like trails) but it is apparent to a lesser degree in the field and the hooded characters. Again I did this on a copied layer of the image and blended it down so it was not as strong in various areas of the picture.
I then applied another effect, this time the photoshop filter ‘poster edges’ on another copied layer, this created a comic drawn type look which I then blended down to taste.
There are also two or three ( I cant honestly remember!) different texture layers added as seperate layers blended down into the image, they are quite faint for the most part but you can see some slight cross hatching from a texture in the sky if you look closely.
You may notice a a slight ‘oura’ or flame like colour eminating from the two hooded characters, this was done buy copying the layer with the characters and smudging their heads upwards with the smudge tool, again I made this later almost transparent to about 10 per cent to blend the ‘flame’ into the sky.
Finally I adjusted the brightness and contrast and added a slight vingnette, to draw attention to the centre of the image.
There were about 30 adjustment layers in total in this image and I think I’ve covered the main treatments. I hope this is of some help to you!