Design a wolf howling at the moon

In this tutorial,I`ll show you the steps I took to create an amazing wallpaper with a wolf howling at a big magic moon.

Along the way,we`ll be using a lot of blending options,lights and shadows,selection techniques,pen tool and brushes.I hope that you`ll find it useful and inspirational.

This is how my final result looks:

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For This tutorial,as background I used this image.So…let`s get started:

Load the image into Photoshop.Duplicate the layer and name it “Background clouds”(or whatever you want),deselect the first one and using the selection tool delete the bottom part of the image like in the picture:

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Using the crop tool,select the rest of the image to get rid of that space from the bottom of the image.Delete the first layer(the locked one).Duplicate the “Background clouds” layer 2 times.Change the blend mode for the first to “Soft light” and for the second to “Overlay”..Now we have an image with more light and contrast.

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In the bottom left of the image,add some mountains.I used a set of mountains brushes,but is just a suggestion.

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Make a new layer and in the bottom-right of the image,add a wolf sitting on a rock mountain.You can download the brush from here.

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Now we`re gonna make the rock of the wolf to become real.Download this rock image and paste it into Photoshop.

Duplicate the layer of the image,select the “Selection tool”,right click on image and “Load selection”.Ctrl+C to copy and paste it in our project.

Put the layer under the wolf layer.Transform the scale of the image to look like this:

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Using the pen tool,make the selection of the exterior rock and delete it,like in the image:

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Increase the height of the canvas(Image->Canvas size) to see if you have any rock under the image.If you have,get rid of it.

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Now put the layer with the rock above the wolf layer.Now you have a rock mountain.Set the opacity of the layer to 30% and duplicate it.

Set the opacity of the new layer to 100%.

Go to Filter->Render->Lightning effects and apply the next settings for the rock layer:

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Now make a mask to this layer(Layer->Layer Mask->Reveal all),set the foreground color to #d2d2d2,and with the Airbrush Soft Round make more light to the rock,like in the image:

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Duplicate this layer and set the blending mode for the new layer to Soft light.Merge those 2 layers.You may set the opacity to 70-80% to make the rock a little bit darker.

Now add the next outer glow effect:

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Our image looks like this:

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Using the pen tool,make the selection to the wolf,copy the selection and paste it into a new layer.

To this layer,add the next blending options:

Outer glow:

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Color overlay

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We have now a wolf a bit more darken.

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In a new layer,with “Airbrush Soft Round 200” ,hardness 0% make some shadows on the margins of the rock and set the Fill layer to 40-45%.

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I`ve found some Planet Brushes and Star Brushes at DeviantArt.Add them to your picture.This is how my picture looks:

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Let`s add some lights:

Select Rectangle tool(U) and draw a stripe from top to bottom.Go to Filter->Render and add some Fibers:

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Now go to Filter->Blur and add Motion Blur:

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Transform it a little bit…

Go to Edit->Transform and add it some perspective like in the image below:

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Rotate and put the lights into the top-right corner of the screen.Set the Fill to 60% and give the layer “Soft light” as blending option.

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The last step is adjusting a little bit the image.Go to Layer->New adjustment layer->Color Balance and apply the next numbers:

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We`ve finished our great wallpaper.

I hope you enjoy it and if you have any questions don`t hesitate to leave a comment…

This is how our image looks:

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Madalin Tudose

I`m a web developer. I build HTML Templates and WordPress Themes which are eventually released on ThemeForest under the DeliciousThemes brand.

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  1. Cynthia on March 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I believe this is extradinary. I’m 14 years old, and I am a graphic designer, love wolves. I’ve used Photofiltre, and I would love to get photoshop. If you would like to see my gallery, Email me at tasha02006@yahoo.com, topic: wolf photoshop’ Thanks.

  2. CAmi on March 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I followed the instructions to the word, but when putting the outer glow on the rock mountain, it didn’t look the same as yours. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    1. Pseudonymus on March 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      Hello,CAmy…Thank you for your comment…I reviewed the post and I saw that there`s missing the step about you talk…I`ve completed the post and now should be OK.If you don`t succeed in creating your design,tell me and I`ll give you my PSD file.Thanks again…

  3. Cody Beckett on March 18, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    ya i had the same problem but i was like screw it and used the burn tool to acheive my picture if u wanna see how it turned out go to this link.btw ive been using photoshop and i plan on going to the art institute of pitsburg and i really like your work. plz reply and tell me how u tihnk i did ty.

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9084/wolfu.jpg

    1. Pseudonymus on March 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment,Cody.I saw your work and looks amazing.If you`ll continue like that,certainly you`ll get trough the art of institute of Pitsburg.All my respect for your work…

      1. Cody Beckett on March 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

        Thanks man means alot 🙂

  4. psaddict on March 19, 2009 at 1:58 am
    1. Pseudonymus on March 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

      Thank you,psaddict…it means a lot for me…

  5. Michael on March 20, 2009 at 4:33 am

    This definitively worth watching. Thanks man for the great work.

  6. Becca on March 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Hi I have taken formal graphic design classes and I’m used to CS3 and CS4 but don’t have them at home I have Photoshop Limited Edition 5 [augh] which doesn’t have history, rectangle tool, and MANY other functions. I’m trying to get used to it.

    So I would like some feedback/advice on my work. Email me at pinkpanther_blastergirl@hotmail.com

    Here is url to the downsized picture…

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e95/Beccatheblastergirl/wolfmooncopy.jpg

  7. marina on March 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    su trabajo es muy muy bueno ^^
    es la primera vez que hago esto,
    muchas gracias por su aporte
    hasta pronto !

    1. Pseudonymus on March 22, 2009 at 7:21 pm

      Buenas y muchas gracias por el comentario…significa mucho por me…

  8. inhighcotton on March 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I really like your work, but I have a question about the light source…if the light is coming from behind the wolf, would you see that much of the cliff he is standing on? and if its coming from in front going back, wouldn’t you see more of the wolf like the cliff? also if it is in back wouldn’t there not be a sorta halo effect on the wolf? Not a lot but some?
    Light and light source and shadows are what I am studing so forgive me if I seem some what stuck on the question.
    The composition is truly great.

    1. Pseudonymus on April 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

      Hello…I`m not an expert in the domain but I`ve tried to express my thoughts about the image as well as I could…Thank you for your advices and I promise that in the future I`ll keep them in my mind…

  9. Bhoomi on March 24, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Hey i loved ur work…
    It’s just simply Fantastic…
    I trid doing it but in Vain 🙁
    Can u send me ur PSD file so tht i can go through it n learn….
    Thankx…
    god bless….

  10. Brochures on March 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Nice work! I would’ve preferred a different moon photo over the one you used. But the technique you used in creating the final artwork is really good. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    1. Pseudonymus on April 5, 2009 at 11:11 am

      Following the tutorial steps you can very easily change the moon photo.Simply find the right photo or brush with the desired moon and put it in the right place in your project.Use your imagination…:)

  11. tiana on April 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    yeah

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    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:19 am

      Thanks!

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    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:19 am

      Thanks a lot

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    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:20 am

      This is the purpose of my blog…thanks

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    I can’t remember the last time I saw something like that…bookmark ftw =)

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  17. Prior on April 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I agree with you 99% but wonder if you have really looked at the whole picture. DOn’t mean to be critical just food for thought.

    1. Madalin Tudose on May 3, 2009 at 3:22 am

      No problem…I respect your opinion…At the end this is the purpose…to learn from each other :)…Thanks

  18. F. on April 28, 2009 at 3:01 am

    i love this, really! niiice work. thanks!

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    Great Work!

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    Thx 🙂

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