Create a photo game cover in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a picture that was inspired by the computer game “Quantum Break” in Photoshop. I’ll show you some techniques for working with masks, blending modes, and we’ll create a brush with abstract shapes that we add to our scene. Let’s try!

This lesson is of medium difficulty, so some actions may be difficult.

The final result:

Source materials:

  • Model
  • C4D Kit
  • City
  • Battle scene

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 1440 px * 810 px, the background color is white. Open the original image with the model in Photoshop. Create a selection around the model image, and then copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted image on our working paper. Position the soldier on the right side of the image:

To the layer with the soldier, add a layer mask and using a large soft Eraser (eraser tool), create a soft discoloration by clicking to the left of the soldier.

We get the following effect.

Next, on the model layer, apply the following 3 adjustment layers as clipping masks.

Black-white (Black and White)

Switch to the adjustment layer mask Black and white (Black and White) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the effect of correction in the model’s face area.

Levels (Levels)

Curves (Curves)

The result of the current lesson:

Step 2

In this step, we will add C4D rendering to our scene. Open the C4D kit in Photoshop. Highlight the rendering as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted rendering on our working paper. Place the shards under the feet of the soldier. Apply compression to the image using free transform.

Add shards around the soldier image as shown in the screenshot below.

Do not forget to adjust the size of the rendering.

Step 3

In this step, we will create our own brush. Create a new document with the following dimensions 300 px * 300 px, create a new layer. Draw a shape as shown in the screenshot below. Next, turn off the visibility of the background layer:

Let’s go Editing – Define a brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset):

Give the name of your brush:

Press the “F5” key to display the brush settings window. Apply the following settings, which are shown in the screenshots below:

Apply the created brush. Draw an abstract pattern, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 4

Open the original cityscape image in Photoshop. Select a part of the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected part of the image with a city landscape. Place a layer with a fragment of the city on top of a layer with an abstract pattern. Next, transform the cityscape layer into a clipping mask.

We get the following effect.

Step 5

Open the original image with a battle scene in Photoshop. We use separate fragments of this image to enhance the dramatic effect of our design:

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) selected image fragment on our working paper. Change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen):

Position the layer with the selected fragment on top of the layer with the urban landscape to combine both layers:

Select another fragment of the battle scene:

Copy / paste the selected image fragment onto our working paper. Change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen). Place this fragment of the image near the feet of the soldier:

Step 6

Selective step: using Watercolor / Grunge brushes (https://https://photobecket.com/adds/brushes/10124-kist-dlya-fotoshopa-granj-.html), you can add effects around the soldier image:

Finally, create a merged layer, then duplicate the resulting merged layer. To duplicate a layer, apply a filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask filter) to slightly sharpen the image:

Add the following adjustment layers as color correction for the entire image:

Color Balance (Color Balance)

Photo Filter (Photo Filter) uncheck the box Save glow (Preserve Luminosity)

So, we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you. See you, have a nice day!

The final result:

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