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How I Made: Mount Zhongnan

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How I Made, by Mark White
September 19, 2016

Explore how Edmond Yang pieced this photomanipulation together

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1. Model shoot

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The model was photographed at my studio. Using the Pen tool, brushwork and colour correction, I prepped her for the artwork. I also took fabric shots using a studio fan, to achieve dynamic shapes.

2. Composing the landscape

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I had an idea of how I wanted the scene to look, so I applied a selection of images loosely to match this and to establish the correct composition. This was very much a process of trial and error.

3. Blending and merging

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Layer masks were applied too, merging everything together. I then matched the colours easily with Curves layers. A custom tree brush was made to help blend the gaps and edges.

4. Adding depth

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Several cloud image layers were blended to create a dramatic sky, which was important for establishing mood. Using a soft white brush, I then painted fog into the mountains, creating depth of field.

5. The pavilion

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I found a very suitable Chinese pavilion image, masked it out and adjusted the perspective with Transform>Distort. The walls beneath then needed to be built, so I transformed a masonry texture into place.

6. Compositing fabric

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I used the Warp tool to composite and distort additional fabric, from my earlier photoshoot, around the model. Using an ellipse-shaped soft brush, I then painted shadows onto her and her clothing.

7. Detailing

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The sun was added next. I used two different Curves layers and painted on the attached layer masks, creating shadows and highlights. I used After Effects to create the leaves blowing past her.

8. Scrutinise effects

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I usually zoom in and inspect the image, looking for mistakes or masking errors, before running the Exposure 4 plug-in. This helps to set the final mood and texture, bringing all of the effects together.