Tempest in a Glass: Creating a Fantasy with Nature Effects
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS NatureArt

Tempest in a Glass

 

Do you think that only wizards can create magic? With AKVIS NatureArt anyone can be a magician. It doesn't take long to learn how to change the mood of a photo by applying one's imagination and become a master of fire, thunder, and lightning. You could even create your own little tempest in a teapot.

    Original Image Result
    Original Image Result

 

  • Step 1. Open a photo of a glass in the graphics editor, within which is lapping an unknown amber beverage. Imagine a completely dramatic scene: two tiny men, struggling against the waves and fierce gusts of wind, amidst bolts of lightning and torrents of rain. Surpisingly, this can become quite real.

    Original Image
    Glass (empty)
  • Step 2. Make a copy of the layer using the command Layer -> Duplicate Layer.
  • Step 3. Call the AKVIS NatureArt plug-in (Filter -> AKVIS -> NatureArt from the menu) and choose Rain from the list of effects. Use the Selection Brush to select an area within the glass where there will be rain and adjust the effect's parameters.

    Selecting an Area for the Effect (Rain)
    Selecting an Area for the Effect (Rain)

    Start processing the selected area by pressing and accept the result by pressing . The plug-in's window closes, and in the graphics editor is a glass filled with rain:

    Rain in a Glass
    Rain in a Glass
  • Step 4. Call the AKVIS NatureArt plug-in again. Now some thunderclouds will be added - thick and heavy.

    Selecting an Area for the Effect (Clouds)
    Selecting an Area for the Effect (Clouds)

    The processed image will look like this:

    Rain and Clouds
    Rain and Clouds
  • Step 5. A few lightning bolts will add some drama to the event. After choosing the relevant effect from the list, use the tool to draw some lines which will indicate where the lightning will appear.

    Lightning Direction Lines
    Lightning Direction Lines

    Adjust the settings to make the lightning look realistic. After processing and applying the effect to the glass, a small but terrible storm rages:

    Lightning Flashes
    Lightning Flashes
  • Step 6. More work is needed on the image.

    There are two layers - the original photograph and the photograph with the effects. To get rid of the shadow which appeared with the rain, you need to add a layer mask to the top layer, using the command Layer -> Layer Mask -> Hide All. This opaque mask will obscure the top image. Use a white brush on the mask to reveal the glass. Use a translucent white color along the edge of the glass to create a smooth transition.

    Layers Palette (Creating a Mask)
    Layers Palette (Creating a Mask)

    Image with Mask
    Image with Mask
  • Step 7. Place a small boat with two passengers within the glass. Little do they know, that a quiet river voyage will turn into a battle against the raging elements.

    Photograph From Which a Fragment Will Be Taken
    Photograph From Which a Fragment Will Be Taken

    Crop the image using the tool and use a soft brush to gently remove the background (or use the AKVIS SmartMask plug-in).

    Cropping the Image
    Cropping the Image

    Deleting the Background
    Deleting the Background

    Copy the result to the glass:

    Adding the Fragment
    Adding the Fragment

    and adjust the collage by changing the position and size of the object (Edit -> Free Transform), and adjust brightness (for example, through auto correction Image -> Ajustments -> Auto Levels).

    Creating a Collage
    Creating a Collage

    Final nuance:

    To obscure the boat within the torrents of rain, use Blend If in the Blending Options menu by selecting Layer -> Layer Style -> Blending Options. To make white raindrops visible (light colors from the bottom layer) move the slider for the Underlying Layer slightly to the left. Separating the sliders ensures a smooth transition between visible and hidden pixels.

    Revealing the Lower Layer
    Revealing the Lower Layer
  • Step 8. Save the result:

    Result
    Tempest in a Glass
 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — How To Use The Program — How To Use The Program
   — Tips & Tricks — Tips & Tricks
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Rain — Rain
   — Sun — Sun
   — Water — Water
   — Lightning — Lightning
   — Clouds — Clouds
   — Frost — Frost
   — Rainbow — Rainbow
   — Fire — Fire
   — Ice — Ice
Examples Examples
   — Torch of Liberty — Torch of Liberty
   — Above the Sea — Above the Sea
   — Day & Night — Day & Night
   — Flaming Text — Flaming Text
   — The Sea on a Midsummer Night — The Sea on a Midsummer Night
   — Playing With Light — Playing With Light
   — Tempest in a Glass — Tempest in a Glass
   — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree
   — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist
   — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects
   — Frosty Window — Frosty Window
   — Planet Of Storms — Planet Of Storms
   — Frozen River — Frozen River
   — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing
   — Creating an Animated Avatar — Creating an Animated Avatar
   — Sunset Picture — Sunset Picture
   — Fiery Girl:  Drawing with Flame — Fiery Girl: Drawing with Flame
   — NatureArt Gallery — NatureArt Gallery
   — Water Effect on Specific Areas — Water Effect on Specific Areas

 

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