Tutorial Thursday Oct. 15

This week’s Tutorial Thursday has a “spooky” Halloween look! Enjoy!


I began with this image of a pumpkin patch, first using the Healing Brush to remove the little bits along the right hand edge and debris in the bottom right corner.


I decided to fill in some of the open space with a copy of another pumpkin. Using the Quick Select tool, I selected the pumpkin in the center of the image. Once selected, I clicked Control + J to duplicate the selection to a separate layer (Command + J on Mac).

Separately, I copied the shadow to the left of the pumpkin on to its own layer. The reason for the separate shadow, is I selected the pumpkin layer and flipped it horizontally so it would not be exactly like the other one (Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal).

I enlarge the pumpkin slightly and placed in the empty foreground, then moved the shadow into place (also enlarging to match the pumpkin).


Next I added two presets/looks in Luminar 4 – Deep Sky and Mystic, which gave me this look:


I wanted even more drama and spookiness, and applied Nik’s Midnight Filter choosing Sepia from the drop-down menu and opening up the shadows to 73%. Here’s the final look and layer stack:



With everything I hear and see about the upcoming new LuminarAI, I get more excited!!

In an affiliate press release today, I found out two things about Sky Replacement AI that I’m very happy about!

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I haven’t yet chosen the dates for the last 2 webinars of 2020 – I have Barns & Backroads Workshops through 11/11, then we’re scheduled to head to Sedona for a week (depending on what’s happening in the world then!). So I’m looking at probably late Nov. and mid-Dec. to round out the year. Stay tuned!!

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