The Prince of Egypt Photoshop “Tutorial”
I’m not sure how useful it will actually be, but I thought I’d share my (probably very haphazard) process for editing this scene.
1. Brighten the image
The first thing I do with any screencap from this movie is brighten it.
The well scene is particularly dark, so my Brightness/Contrast layer is adjusted to 150 Brightness and -30 Contrast.
Here’s the result:
That’s better! But…
2. Alter/Bring out the colors
One of my long-time editing goals has been to try to reduce/replace the blue lighting in this scene. After some experimentation, I found that a Vivid Light fill layer set at 100% opacity works pretty well. The color I used was #bf9570.
This makes the background, clothing, and skin tones look a lot more natural:
…though the patch of light on the right side seems too vivid.
To soften it, I made a Saturation fill layer (40% opacity) and used the Brush tool (#b1b1b1) to color over the area. While I did that, I also tweaked the background some more and deepened the shadows with a Soft Light fill layer.
And that’s it! — Not really ;) It’s just a base…
3. Continue to edit
Besides adding more layers, I used the Replace Color tool and played with the Hue/Saturation and Levels settings.
Here’s the image a little further along in the process:
but still not finished!
Well I hope this is… something. :) Again, I don’t make gifs (yet?) and have no idea if this would even apply to gifs, but I’m glad it works for now.
BONUS - Other (best/fave) examples from the same edit (raw vs. finished)