Night city in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a photo manipulation in the form of a surrealistic city. You will learn how to combine several different images and apply adjustment layers. I want to draw your attention to the fact that this lesson is created in Photoshop CS6.

Final result:

Lesson resources:

Step 1

Create a new document of 900×1278 pixels with a black background. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and using grunge brushes (they can be found on the Internet), make a few clicks on the background. For brush set Opacity (Opacity) and Pressure (Pressure) 30%, and can also use the tool Eraser(Eraser Tool) (E) soft type in order to slightly erase some areas of the painted brush.

Open the image of the city and tool Rectangular area (Rectangle Marque Tool) (M) select the area shown in the screenshot:

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected part of the city image into the main document, reduce it and erase the edges a little with a soft eraser:

Add a correction layer to the part of the city Black and white (Black and white) with clipping mask (to add an adjustment layer, click on the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette and select the desired item). Then right-click on the added adjustment layer and select Create Clipping Mask.

This should be done so that the added adjustment layer affects only the layer for which it was intended, and not the entire image as a whole.

Also add more adjustment layer Levels (Levels):

On the mask of the adjustment layer Levels (Levels) and instrument Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) with soft edges, erase some parts:

This is how the city layer now looks like:

Step 2

On our image now need to add a male portrait. Open the model image in Photoshop, separate the face and place it in the center of the document.

Wipe your face off with a soft eraser.

On the male face layer, apply two adjustment layers with a clipping mask: Black and white (Black and white) and Levels (Levels):

If desired, you can on the face of a man grunge texture, using brushes, which are added to the image of the city.


Step 3

At the bottom of the image we will add a platform and place a person on it. To create a platform, add a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N), select the tool Pen (Pen Tool) (P) and draw the shape as shown below, and fill it with light gray:

Apply a layer style to a layer with a light gray platform. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Using the tool Eraser with soft edges, slightly wipe off the edges and bottom of the platform, adding depth.

Open the image of the man and place it on the platform as shown below:

Use a soft eraser to darken the lower part of the man:

Apply two adjustment layers to the male layer on the platform. Black and white (Black and white) and Levels (Levels).

Here is the effect:

Step 4

With grunge brushes or filter Filter> Rendering> Clouds) (Filter> Render> Clouds) create clouds on top of the document.

Now create an abstract glowing flying line. To do this, create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) and draw an orange dot on it.

In the center of the orange dot, draw a small yellow dot:

Merge both layers with dots (Ctrl + E), duplicate them (Ctrl + J) and apply a filter to the duplicate Plastics (Filter> Plastic) (Filter> Liquify). Distort the point as shown in the screenshot:

With the tool Distortion (Distort Tool), match the edited filter Plastics (Filter> Plastic) (Filter> Liquify) point with the original point.

Combine both layers (Ctrl + E) with dots into one and using the tool Free transform (Free Transform Tool) (Ctrl + T), give the dot this form:

Duplicate the glowing layer (Ctrl + J) and place these lines around the man’s face, rotate them and lower the opacity so that the lines in the color tone match the overall picture:

Step 5

Open the image with a zipper and tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) (L) with 30 Feather Feather, select the part of the lightning.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected part of the lightning into the main document and apply Black and White adjustment layer to it:

For a layer with lightning, set the Overlay mode. Lightening (Screen), duplicate it once and place on top of the image.


You can also add a color effect to the image.

Final result:

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