Create a beautiful photo manipulation with Batman in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create beautiful photo manipulation with Batman using many techniques in Adobe Photoshop. We will work with the images of the wall and the sky to create the main scene, and then, as it were, mix them using adjustment layers, layer masks and brushes.

Then we add the moon and the model and apply the same techniques to make them part of the scene. Next, we will add additional elements – branches, smoke, bats and particles, and we will complete our work by adding several adjustment layers.

In this lesson you will also learn how to enhance light and contrast, apply texture, create a dark atmosphere, depth in an image and much more.

1. Creating the main scene

Step 1

Create a document of 1700 by 1500 pixels in Photoshop with the settings as in the image below:

Step 2

Open image with sky. Use the tool RectangularMarqueeTool ( M) (Rectangular area) to highlight part of the image with the sky.

Move this part to our document with MoveTool (V) (Move). Use the tool FreeTransform (Cmd/Ctrl + T) (Free Transform) to slightly stretch the image in height.

Step 3

Click FilterBlurGaussianBlur(Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set Radius(Radius) by 6 pixels.

Step 4

Create an adjustment layer using the previous layer as a clipping mask to remove the color from the image. Click LayerNewAdjustmentLayerHue/Saturation(Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation) and change Saturation(Saturation) at -96.

Step 5

Create an adjustment layer Curves(Curves) to darken the sky.

On the mask of this layer, use a round soft black brush with Opacity (Opacity) about 20-25%, to reduce the effect in the middle of the upper part of the sky.

This is how the result looks on the layer mask and on the image itself.

Step 6

Use adjustment layer Levels(Levels) to further darken the sky.

On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush to reduce the effect where areas of the sky are too dark.

Step 7

Open the wall image. Use PolygonalLassoTool (L) (Polygonal Lasso) to highlight the part with the wall.

Place the wall at the bottom of the image and use Cmd/Ctrl + T, to rotate it a little.

Step 8

Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation using the previous layer as a clipping mask and reduce Saturation(Saturation) to -88.

Step 9

Create an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) (using the previous layer as a clipping mask) to darken the wall.

On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush to remove the effect from the horizontal contour on the top of the wall. This will help to leave light on this area of ​​the wall (we are going to position the light source in the middle of the top of the image).

Step 10

Create a new layer (using the previous layer as a clipping mask), change the blending mode to Overlay(Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) 100% and fill with the neutral color of the Overlap mode (50% gray).

Take advantage ofDodgeTool (O) (Clarifier) ​​with a range of (Midtones) (Mid Tones), Exposure (Exposure) Set to 30-40% to make the horizontal contour of the wall more vivid. You can see how I did it in overlay mode. Normal(Normal) and result with mode Overlay(Overlap):

Step 11

To make the highlight on the edge of the wall more bright and noticeable, create a new layer and select LineTool (U) (Line). Change the base color to # d9d9da and set Weight (Thickness) by 2 pixels. Draw a line along the horizontal contour of the wall.

2. Adding the moon

Step 1

Open the moon image and highlight the moon using EllipticalMarqueeTool (M) (Oval area).

Drag it into the working document, position it in the middle of the upper part and rotate using Cmd/Ctrl + T.

Step 2

Click FilterBlurGaussianBlur(Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set Radius(Radius) by 6 pixels.

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation using the previous layer as a clipping mask and reduce Saturation(Saturation) to -94.

Step 4

To add iridescent light to the moon, double click on the moon layer and select OuterGlow(External glow) and InnerGlow(Internal glow). Set the glow color to #fcfcfc.

Step 5

The moon, especially its central part, still looks a bit dark, so create a new layer and, using a soft white brush, paint over the dark part of the moon. Set the blend mode of this layer to SoftLight(Soft light) with Opacity (Opacity) 100%.

3. Adding a model

Step 1

Open the model image. Select a model usingPolygonalLassoTool (Polygonal Lasso), then place it on the wall.

Step 2

Create a new layer under the model layer. Use a soft black brush with Opacity (Opacity) about 40% to draw the shadow of the model on the wall.

Step 3

Use adjustment layer Curves(Curves) (using the previous layer as a clipping mask) to darken the model. On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush to erase the effect from the outer contour of the model, leaving it light.

Step 4

Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation using the previous layer as a clipping mask and reduce Saturation(Saturation) to -75.

Step 5

Create a new layer, change the blending mode to Overlay(Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) 100% and fill with the neutral color of the Overlap mode (50% gray).

Use tools Dodge (Clarifier) ​​and Burn (Dimmer) with the range set to (Midtones) (Mid Tones), Exposure (Exposure) about 20-30% to improve the light and shadow on the model. Use the tool Clarifier, to add more color to the outer contour as well Dimmer – to strengthen the shadow.

4. Adding branches

Step 1

Open the image with the branches. Use the tool MagicWand (W) (Magic Wand) to select the branches, and then place them in the working document so as not to obscure the parts of the model.

Add a mask to this layer and hide the branches behind the model.

Step 2

Click FilterBlurGaussianBlur(Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set Radius(Radius) by 8 pixels.

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Curves(Curves) (using the previous layer as a clipping mask), and with its help make the branches brighter.

On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush to remove the effect from the bottom of the branches so that the light and shadows on them coincide with the background lighting.

Step 4

Create a new layer, change the blending mode to Overlay(Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) 100% and fill with the neutral color of the Overlap mode (50% gray). Use the tool Dodge(Clarifier) ​​to enhance the light on the branches, especially on the lower ones.

5. Adding smoke

Step 1

Reopen the sky image and place it at the bottom of the working paper. We will use this image to create smoke.

Add a mask to this layer, and use a soft black brush to make the smoke less intense, as well as remove the hard edge of the image.

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation using the previous layer as a clipping mask and reduce Saturation(Saturation) to -100.

Create an adjustment layer Curves(Curves) and use it to dim the smoke.

On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush with a very low opacity (about 10%) to reduce the effect at the edges of the image and make the smoke more noticeable.

6. Adding Bats

Step 1

Open the bats image and cut them from the background with the tool MagicWand (Magic wand).

Choose different bats and place them around the model, duplicating, if necessary. Use Ctrl/Cmd + T, to resize them – this will help create depth in the image.

Step 2

Apply GaussianBlur(Blur according to Gauss) with a radius of 4 pixels to each of the layers with bats.

Step 3

Add another bat to the right of the image, and then apply GaussianBlur(Blur according to Gauss), changing Radius(Radius) by 8 pixels.

Step 4

Place another mouse on the bottom of the image, increase its size using Ctrl/Cmd + T. Apply GaussianBlur(Blur according to Gauss) with a radius of 12 pixels. This step is also needed to create depth in the image.

Step 5

Select all layers with bats and click Ctrl/Cmd + G, to create a group for them. Change the layer blending mode with PassThrough(Pass through) (default group overlay mode) on Normal(Normal) c Opacity(opacity) 100%. Create an adjustment layer Hue/Saturation inside this group and reduce Saturation(Saturation) to -91.

Step 6

Create an adjustment layer Curves(Curves) (using the previous layer as a clipping mask), use it to make mice brighter.

On a layer mask of this layer, use a soft black brush to reduce the light on the bats located below and farther from the moon, since mice farther from the moon receive less light than other mice.

Step 7

The body of the mouse in the right corner should be slightly darker. To correct this, create a new layer (using the previous layer as a clipping mask), change the blending mode to Overlay(Overlap) and fill with the neutral color of the Overlap mode (50% gray). Use the tool Burn (Dimmer) to darken the specified area.

7. Adding particles

Step 1

We will add particles to enhance the dark atmosphere of the scene. Drag the particle texture into our main document and change the blending mode to Multiply(Multiplication) with Opacity (Opacity) 100%.

Do not worry that the background is black – we will fix it right away.

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer (using the previous layer as a clipping mask) Invert(Invert) to remove the black background and show the particles and the scene.

Step 3

Add a mask to the layer with particles and use it to remove those particles that cover the moon and the area with the model. Also reduce their intensity.

Step 4

Click FilterBlurGaussianBlur(Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and set Radius(Radius) by 5 pixels to soften the appearance of particles.

8. Last adjustments

Step 1

Create an adjustment layer ColorBalance(Color balance) on top of all layers and change settings Midtones(Midtones) as follows:

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer GradientMap(Gradient Map) and select the colors # ae7272 and # c0dd97. Change the blending mode of this layer to SoftLight(Soft light) with Opacity (Opacity) 100%.

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Curves(Curves) and darken the scene.

On the layer mask of this layer, use a soft brush of black color to remove the effect from the moon, the model and the top of the wall – so we will leave them light.

Step 4

Use adjustment layer Vibrance(Juiciness) to enhance the final effect.

Congratulations, everything is ready!

I hope you enjoyed my lesson and you learned some new techniques.

Our result:

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