Photo Rehab Cover Makeover #12: The Cabin in the Woods

Since I missed the deadline last week, I figured I should get a head start on Cover Makeover #12

This challenge involves another movie: The Cabin in the Woods. Here is the cover from the challenge post linked above. 

On my last post, my readers learned I do not like musicals. This post offers more insight into the strange and wonderful that is me . . . I also don’t like horror movies.

For the most part, they are an insult to the intelligence of people. I know people who love horror movies and are very smart and readily admit they put their brain in park when watching horror movies. In the most extreme cases, they store it in another room of the house. 

By now everyone has seen this:

I hear The Cabin in the Woods is a pretty good movie, but it’s from Joss Whedon, and I’ve still not forgiven him for killing Wash and all the other characters he kills for no reason other than to satisfy his blood lust.  

I read the summary of the plot, and it’s just as I suspected . . . not a movie I want to watch. I can, however, do a cover for it. 

First, I need my photo of the Smith Mansion.

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

I shot that on the way home from Yellowstone just a few hours after shooting this next shot.

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

I chose that particular cabin because it looks strange. I chose the woods because they look stark. 

First, I isolate the cabin . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

I then work some magic to “mystify” the woods using Silver Efex Pro 2 and Topaz . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Next, I photograph my hand and do a couple of treatments on it:

hand2

red hand

OK, this is where the readers can contribute their expertise and good taste . . . . after throwing everything into the pot and stirring, I came up with a few different looks.

. . . I am partial to this version:

Version one

Version one

But, it almost seems too cheerful, so I did a few more versions.

Yellowstone June 2015

Version two

When I looked at that, I wondered how it would look in a monochromatic version . . . 

Version three

Version three

I liked this version, but it did not seem menacing enough for a horror movie, so . . . 

Version four

Version four

Those are tough choices, so let me give you one that is clearly different . . . 

Version five

Version five

I should make a few comments preempting readers jumping all over me for the following:

  • yes, I know it’s too busy for a movie poster
  • yes, I know titles have prominent positions in movie posters
  • yes, I know movie posters have all that fine print at the bottom

Here’s the deal . . . think of it as the cover to the book adaptation of the movie. 

Ok, with that out of the way . . . 

I hope this exercise in a bit of escapism has entertained you. If not, don’t tell anyone about this post. Unless there is someone you don’t like, in which case point them here so they too can suffer. 

Edited to add: Here are a few without the hand . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

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30 Responses to Photo Rehab Cover Makeover #12: The Cabin in the Woods

  1. It was a toss up for me. I liked version one and three. Chose version one. It is kind of busy. I don’t think the hand is needed because it’s already stark and sinister. I love what you’ve done here. ;-)

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  2. Why do people conducting polls never give one the following option:
    6) No of the above.
    Consequently I had to either abstain from voting or vote for second best and exercising my democratic right to vote I went for #…

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  3. In truth I found them all to busy and not nearly stark enough for my liking, I was too busy working out what is going on to be scared, but then I don’t suppose I scare easily, can you select a happier subject next time ej I need cheering up. :(

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  4. I thought the hand was unnecessary. Why would someone be holding a cabin in their hand? I thought the building was great. I thought the trees could have been a little less prominent. I thought I’d vote twice but I should have known you’d be the type not to allow that (based on the fact I don’t either). The hands free ones were interesting, if a little too much blur.

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  5. oneowner says:

    v5 is my choice but I like the ones without the hand, too. I did see the movie and the hand was a nice addition but it may be too much of a give-away. This is one of the best makeovers.

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  6. Maybe that is not your plan but you are an entertainer.
    I share the same horror for horror movies. I cannot possibly understand the choice. Well, I don’t understand human’s choices anyways.
    The hand was quite creepy, so it would serve well a horror movie…
    As always I’m following your steps in disbelief with my incompetence and (laziness) to watch the tutorials and learn to use Photoshop.
    Great work as usual.
    PS. Is the voting secret? ;-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you.

      The hand, as mentioned on other comments, plays a role in the movie. As for the photoshop expertise required with this one, it’s minimal. All the processing is done with Topaz plugins and onOne Effects before bringing the photos into Photoshop; these are canned settings from those program. The blending once in Photoshop is just layers with different opacities and blend options. The last three are just different styles from Topaz’s Restyle plugins.

      The voting is secret but not by intent. I’ve never bothered to find out if I can identify the individual voters. The tally or results can be seen by clicking on the “View Results” option right under the “Vote” button. You can often identify who voted for which photo from the comments although some people do vote without leaving comments.

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      • Most welcome!
        It’s even more complex than I thought! I don’t know if it challenges me or discourages me! 😉
        I’m really ignorant in all of this. I have Lightroom and photoshop came with the package but I didn’t start yet to use it.
        I was asking about the voting because I didn’t mind saying that I went for version 5.
        I saw the results already!

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      • disperser says:

        Nope, no more complex than sliders in Lightroom.

        Do this:
        1) select two photos in Lightroom (hold the Cntl key as you pick them)
        2) right-hand click and choose “open as layers in Photoshop”. Photoshop should open automatically if it’s not already open.
        3) On the side panel, where the layers are shown, pick the top-most layer, and change the opacity and fill sliders to get different amounts of blending. Right next to the opacity there is a box for the type of blending (it defaults to “normal”). Change it to any of the other options to see what they do (one group makes things darker, another lighter).

        Optional (select both layers):
        Under the Edit menu there is an option for “Auto-blend layers”. Choose the option to blend colors.

        When done, close and save, and the result returns to Lightroom as a PSD file (usually; unless you chose a different option). You can them make further changes there.

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  7. I’m with you. I don’t like horror flicks (but I’m a sucker for musicals). I like #1 first and #5 second. You did a good job with all of these. Nicely creative.

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  8. I love mystery-sci-fi-y horror movies…not slasher inane teenagers ones.
    Ooh! I love when you let us vote!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  9. Very well done. I’m drawn to the red in version 5.

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  10. desleyjane says:

    The hand is a very smart addition. This is an awesome recount of your process again and cool covers that you’ve created.
    Man, you don’t like horror either?! I’m having the worst time picking titles.
    Sorry for the delay, almost getting back to “normal” here.

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    • disperser says:

      I like action (The Mummy, Hitman), some romance (a la Six Days, Seven Nights), science fiction (can’t think of any right now), smart comedies (Joe Versus the Volcano, Creator). Not big on drama, horror, musicals, literary works, pretentious musical acts who strive to “look cool”, redemption movies/shows/books, and a bunch of other stuff that I consider as self-indulgent and of no value to humanity.

      Good luck with getting back to normal . . . my experience is that one never quite recaptures what they thought of as normal. Some say that is a good thing.

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      • desleyjane says:

        I like those movies too. But I love good horror or thrillers. I hate musicals generally. And I used to love disaster movies but haven’t seen a good one in years. Yes – normal, it’s an interesting concept!!

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  11. AnnMarie says:

    The covers with the hand are creepy but the ones without are scarier. I was going to choose #5 because of the blood red but then thought it did make it too festive. #1 seems just right to me.

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