This first post is way to wordy and it's 90% sure I'll submit this wallpaper shortly so ignore it please.
The pictures alone pretty much tell the process, but I tried to put it into words with too much detail and it ended up in a big mess. -_-
after posting the final version of this, while
waiting for feedback I was already working on another wallpaper.
And yesterday, after a brutal final lasting hours after hours I finally got to the point where I would love to ask for your opinions.
This is the scan I used
It started with paint.net until Lina looked all orange/red-ish, around that time I only changed colors, saturation,
contrast and stuff nothing more, but especially the hair turned out pretty good and it left me with something to work
on, in photoshop that is.
That version is sadly lost, because I didn't think about keeping track around that time, but in the next version you can still see how the hair turned out.
The differences are :
I colored her skin, made the earrings look more yellow-ish and made here shirt look more red-ish.
(Sry in advance, I don't know the english names)
After using the swipe-finger tool -> oil paint filter -> diffuser/blur tool
it turned into this
After this I tried fixing the little light points and used the blur tool on the earring too.
Then the muse of photoshop made me find the "Replace Color" under
Image/Adjustments -> Third from bottom
After some more blur tool on the hair and shirt to mix the colors this was the result
Now I used the polygon-lasso tool to copy the shadow areas and played around with "Replace Colors" to create the shadows in color until I found a setting that I liked which was
Finally I decided to cut out Lina and create my own background.
I created three auras in different ways for Lina,
a black one,a dark-red and a yellow/white one,
too make her fit in better with the new background.
For the background I used a monocolored base, three brushes that come with photoshop (grass and two different leaf
brushes) and the stars from this scan.
It didn't take long and it turned into something I was satisfied with, but I'm worried I was satisfied tooo fast. >_<
Anyway,I came up with this
Sadly until this point I was working 1920x1080, but I believe the wallpaper survives the 2560x1440 resize pretty good, but what do you think?
So I created a separate 2560x1440 .psd and added my tiny sig at the right bottom, searched for all kind of nice fonts
and tried to come up with a text.
Finally I found the HDR option and played around with it to create the latest version.
I'll play around with the HDR options a bit more to get a better result (kinda to bright right now in my opinion) and
the light points need some more fixing,
but other that that I'm really happy with how this turned out to be.
But that's me, what about you guys? o,O