The Dark Forest Processing Video

The Dark Forest Processing Video


I’m shining a light on my entire “Dark Forest” workflow in this video for that unique, mysterious feel that won me several awards.

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What’s Included?

  • These two videos contains more than 2 hours’ worth of processing together, so my recommendation would be to watch it in two parts.

  • Two PSD-files (resized) of “Lotan” and “Evil Forest” with every adjustment still present.

  • Two resized raw files (DNG) of “Lotan” and “Evil Forest” with every adjustment still present.

  • Read-me file linking to additional tools such as TK Actions and the last sharpening tool you will ever need.

What Will I Learn?

This is my entire workflow for a Dark Forest shot. In two videos, we will cover: 

  1. Editing the raw file for use in Photoshop

  2. Directing attention to the parts that matter (and redirecting the eye away from the edges)

  3. Range Masking: Controlling light in Camera Raw and Lightroom

  4. Creative Controlled Warping & The Transform Tool

  5. Luminosity Selections (RGB Channels and Tony Kuyper’s luminosity masks)

  6. Highlight Color Dodging

  7. Specular Highlighting – a trick that I invented.

  8. Burning Shadows

  9. Changing the Hue without Artifacts

  10. Cloning

  11. Post-Processing for a moody, horror-esque forest image.

  12. Orton Effect creation and control

  13. Diffuse Light

  14. Sharpening for the Web

  15. Export for the Web

How do I Download the Video?

After you pay, you will download a document containing links to a secure download environment. It’s a large (800 MB) file, so a stable connection is very important. Unzip the files and play the video in VLC player for the best viewing experience. Links are included in the documentation. Note that the video uses an x265 codec to make it small while still serving a good quality for you to follow along with. With a modern computer you should not have trouble viewing that, although some legacy devices might not be able to play this sophisticated codec.


Notice: Watch me Edit!

These videos do not contain audible dialog. There are annotations to guide you through what you see me do, but there is no sound. The video is intended to be silent, so you can put some music on and let the creative juices flow. These videos are very competitively priced as a result.