Making Of

By Jeff Mottle

The Making Of White Form

Hello everyone!  My name is Andreas Petropoulos.  I am an architect and founder of BLANKWALL Arch-Viz Studio which is located in Athens, Greece.  Jeff Mottle contacted me in order to write a ‘Making of’ on this small project that I have created. I would like to thank him and for the invitation for the ‘Making Of’ section and for giving me the opportunity to introduce you to a part of my work.

To begin with, the White Form was a small project that I created in my free time.  This was a simple render with a lot of post-production work.


So here is the process that I followed:


As you can see the modelling was quite simple. Just some extruded boxes and planes.


Lighting and Camera Setup

For the illumination of the scene I used the Vray light dome where I assigned a Vray HDRI in the texture slot. The HDRI that I used here was by Peter Guthrie.

Concerning the camera, I’ve used a Vray physical camera and made adjustments to the F number, ISO and Shutter Speed.  I’ve set the colour balance to neutral and unchecked the vignette effect because the purpose was to create it later in Post Production.



The materials used are plaster, concrete and simple bitmap grass.


Rendering Setup

I worked with Linear Workflow and set up the Gamma on 2.2. Here are the settings that I used.

Post Production

The Post Production was the creative part for me and the part that I enjoyed the most. Here is the raw render. It’s just a simple well illuminated scene. During the Post Production process I have used render elements like Object ID, Vray Diffuse, Raw Reflection, etc.

I made some adjustments to the levels and curves to enhance the contrast, but they were very subtle.

I set an image with plenty of trees as a background and I also changed the grass surface. I made some colour corrections to the grass layer and the background together with some adjustments to the saturation. 

The original image is that of a sunny day, but in this case I decided to change the atmosphere and create a cloudier mood, which I thought would be more interesting. Here is the part where we see how flexible Adobe® Photoshop® really is. It is not required to render the image again with cloudy HDRI so all I did was use some adjustments in PS to achieve this effect.

First of all I desaturated the sky to achieve the grey mood. To add some variation to the background I painted the trees in different colours, using a basic brush.  I’ve also used some leeks and set them to blending mode (colour burn). In a subtle way, I increased the contrast a little bit using levels and curves. Also, I added an extra tree to the left of the house.

Here is the palette of the pictures that I used. All the photos were found on Google Images. It is very important to find the right photos for your image. You really have to search a lot but in the end your work will be rewarded.

So, I placed the path on the right side, I masked it and erased all the elements that I didn’t wish to appear.

I added two more pictures on the left and on the right of the path with another layer of vegetation and I made some adjustments on colour correction, hue and saturation.

Here I used the clone stamp tool and a grass shaped brush to enrich the vegetation a little bit.

I consider it very important that we try and work on finding a great story behind our images. In this case, the building is the primary character. With my next step, I introduced the second character of the image, a little girl, who accidentally discovers the place while riding her bicycle, and she is about to explore the White Form.

I increased the contrast of the image together with levels and that was my last change for the brightness and contrast.

And here it is: the final product with its last adjustments. I used a basic brush to create a red spot and changed the blending mode to screen. I also reduced the opacity a bit. The final touch was the lens correction used to achieve the Vignette effect.

That was the end of the ‘Making of’ the White Form. I hope that you enjoyed it and found it useful.

Thanks for reading!

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Thanks. Great work!

Great work, thank you. Did you do something about the paintbrush that is holding the girl?
Less is more :)
Thanks for sharing your technical process and congratulations on a beautiful image. You've brought atmosphere and impact without Cliché. Inspiring work.
Great!! thank you for sharing!
amazing, wonderful work, thank you for this making-off
incredible photo. Bravo Andrew!!!!
we want a video tuturia!! its great ! :)
"Less is more" ;) Great work!
beautiful picture. but from the legal point of view how using google photos looks?
I love seeing post-production workflow, and you have great work! Thanks for sharing, sir. I only have two comments- one: the shadow inside the building may be a bit strong for an overcast day; two: where are the leaves on the path coming from? Sorry for being nit-picky, the image is really beautiful.
more than great!! I'm really impressed by this one!!
Amazing how little can look so good.
Hi, I want to say , becareful little girl... simple and nice pic.. cheers
Great, Work
Great work ! Thank you for sharing ! Keep it up .
Great work Bro...
Thanks for your tutorial! =) Great ideas and simple tools always make the best images!
Some great tips and techniques here!! Great tutorial!!

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The Making Of White Form by Andreas Petropoulos, founder of BLANKWALL Arch-Viz Studio located in Athens, Greece.

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