Create a collage with a lonely passenger in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation. You will learn various techniques of image processing, retouching, highlighting objects, using brushes, color shades and much more.

Final result

Source materials:

STEP 1. Open the stock image Sky 1, trim the bottom of the image so that you can do it, as in the screenshot below:

STEP 2. On the background layer, I used the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) to create a dark part of the sky with a feather = 20, then right-click on the created selection and select the option Copy to new layer (Layer via Copy). Move the top to hide part of the sun’s rays. Name this layer “cloud 1 ?:

Duplicate this layer twice, name the layers “cloud 2? and “clouds 3 ?, and using an eraser to remove any unnecessary areas:

STEP 3. Now we will lighten the part of the image with the clouds. On the background layer, apply the tool Lasso (Lasso Tool) to create a sky selection with feathering = 30. Copy the selection to a new layer (right-click on the selection created and select the option Copy to new layer (Layer via Copy), then move this layer on top of all layers, name this layer “cloud 4 ?. Reduce the opacity of this layer to 30%:

STEP 4. I want to create a more dramatic effect for the sky, so I use another sky stock image. Open the image and select only the sky (you can use any similar image with the sky if you could not download the image from the link from Photoxpress). Paste the copied image onto our document, scale and place this image on top of all layers:

Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) 100% and on the layer mask using a black brush, hide the rough edges to create a smooth transition. Name this layer “sky 1 ?.

STEP 5. To match the color shades of this part of the sky with the color shades of the background layer, I used the adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer-New adjustment layer-Hue / Saturation):

STEP 6. Copy the image of the sky 2 again and paste it on our document. Apply scaling and flip horizontally, let’s go Editing – Transformation – Flip canvas horizontally (Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal):

Name this layer “sky 2 ?. Set the blending mode Soft light (Soft light), opacity is 100% and apply a layer mask to this layer to hide rough edges and create a smooth transition. And also to this sky layer create an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation layer), as a clipping mask. This time, I used other values ​​for the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation layer):

STEP 7. Now we will shift the light to the center of the sky. On the background layer, create a selection of sunlight with a feather = 30. Copy the selection to a new layer using the technique we used in the previous steps. Place this layer on top of all layers, name it “clouds 5 ?:

Move the copied image to the center of the document and slightly transform, add a layer mask to hide some parts:

Duplicate the selection, then apply the transformation again and add a layer mask, you should have it, as in the screenshot below. Name this layer “cloud 6 ?:

Do not worry if the light does not look so good. Later we will make the light better.

STEP 8. On the background layer, copy the dark part of the sky (create a selection, feathering = 30) and paste the copied selection onto a new layer, placing it on top of all layers. Arrange the copied selection so as to hide the sunlight on the right. Due to the fact that we copied this part from the background layer, then when we placed the copied image on top of all layers, the light from the sun is still preserved. Using a layer mask, hide these extra patches of light. Name this “cloud 7 ?:

Duplicate this layer (name this layer “clouds 8?”) And apply the same technique, we see that we have reduced the light.

STEP 9. Create two new layers with blend mode Soft light (Soft light), with a layer opacity of 50%, then select a soft brush, set the brush color to # c1c2c2. Paint over dark areas of the sky (upper left and lower right) to brighten them up a bit.

This part of the world in the center must be corrected. Create a new layer and using a soft white brush, paint over this area, then change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), 100% layer opacity:

I want to reduce the light intensity in the center, so create a new layer and select a brush, set the brush color to # dad2c9. Paint over the world and around. Reduce the opacity to 50%:

STEP 10. Open the image with the Building. Using any selection tool that you like, select the building, copy and paste into a new layer. Move the selected building image to our document and center it at the bottom of the picture:

As you can see, I just used the top of this building, name this layer “railway station”. And you probably noticed that our image with the station is too light compared to the background. Therefore, I use the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the brightness and slightly change the hues:

Do not decrease the brightness value too much, as you may lose contrast. We will use another technique in the next step to darken the image from the railway station.

STEP 11. Create two new layers and both as clipping masks. Choose soft black brush and paint over our railway station. Set the blending mode Soft light (Soft light), set 100% opacity for one layer, 50% for another.

STEP 12. There are some parts of our station that are darker than the rest. Create a new layer as a clipping mask and using white soft brushes paint over some parts of the station. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), opacity 100%:

As you can see, the main source of light comes from the center, so the upper part of the station, onto which the light falls, must be made lighter than the rest. Create a new layer as a clipping mask, set a soft white brush. with opacity and pressing 50% and apply the brush as indicated in the screenshot below. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity 50%:

STEP 13. In addition, we will apply layer styles to create a light effect for our railway station, I applied the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Right click on the layer with the railway station, select the option Options overlay(Blending options):

Please note that I set the option Angle (Angle) value of 90 to match the direction of light with the background layer.

STEP 14. Open the image with a traffic light. First, select the part shown in the screenshot below, copy and paste into our main document. It will be a support for our traffic light, because the support is large in size, then we can easily increase the size with the help of transformation. I pulled it out and did it already:

Add a layer mask to the selected part and on the layer mask remove the bottom part with a black brush:

Name this layer “Iron Support”.

STEP 15. Select the traffic light itself and paste it on our document on top of the layer with an iron support, do not forget to scale it to fit the size. Name this layer “Traffic Light”.

STEP 16. In this step we will create a shadow for the Traffic Light. The background light comes from behind the traffic light, that is, the shadow must be in front of the traffic light. Select the layer with the iron support + the layer with the traffic light, right-click and select the option Duplicate layers(Duplicate Layers).

Next, right-click again on the layers you just duplicated and select the option Merge layers (Merge Layers). Move this layer below the layer with the support and the traffic light, name this layer “traffic light shadow”.

Apply option Flip Vertically (Flip Vertical), apply the transformation, placing it under the bottom of the support, then reduce the brightness to -100 using the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) by pressing Ctrl + U to display the dialog box. Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to 40%:

Take into account the angle of the railway station. The shadow should be at the same angle and shorter than the height of the iron support.

STEP 17. To change the hues of the “traffic light” to match the hues of the background layer, I used two adjustment layers as clipping masks:

Curves (Curves):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

STEP 18. The red color of the traffic light looks too dark, so I will strengthen it. Create two new layers as clipping masks, choose a brush, set the brush color to # d5102e, and paint over the red part of the traffic light. Change the blending mode for these layers to Soft light (Soft light), the opacity of the layers is 100%.

STEP 19. I still want to fix this part of the traffic light, which is shown in the screenshot below. Create a new layer on top of the “traffic light” layer, name this layer “light 1 ?. Go to the traffic light layer, create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below:

Press the Ctrl + C keys to copy the selection, and then go to the “light 1?” Layer and press the Ctr + V keys to paste on the layer. Move this part down to hide the part we wanted to fix. You should be able to do this, as in the screenshot below:

STEP 20. Next, we will add more light to the layers with the traffic light using the option Inner shadow (Inner shadow). I applied different light intensity values ​​for each of these layers:

Result:

After adding light, we had undesirable light areas in the lower part of the support:

To fix this, right-click on the layer with the support, right-click on the icon Shows layer effects (Indicates layer effect) and select the option To form layer(Create Layer). Layer style Inner shadow (Inner shadow) is converted to a regular layer as a clipping mask:

We can add a layer mask to this layer and use the black brush to remove unwanted light areas:

STEP 21. Open the stock image of the train. Cut out and place the image of the train on our document, apply scaling and transformation. Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal), as shown in the screenshot below:

Name this layer “train 1 ?. Now our task is to remove all the inscriptions on the train, and then add your text to your taste. Create 3 new layers as clipping masks. On each layer, I made a selection around the text, which should be removed and filled with the appropriate color shades (# 141c1e, # 1c1417, # 888661).

I added Layer styles (Layer Style) after the fill to the part shown in the screenshot below, so that the image does not look flat:

STEP 22. Now we will add the name and number of the train. Create a new layer as a clipping mask, press T to activate the tool. Text(Type Tool), I used the Candara font (you can find this font if you are using Window Vista or Win 7), but you can use any font you see fit. Set the color shade to # cccbbb and type SKY 2 EXPRESS (NIGHT 2 EXPRESS), font size 11 pt, as shown in the screenshot below:

Click option Create warp text (Warped text) and select the type of warp Arc (Arc), and apply the values ​​that are shown below in the screenshot:

Press Ctrl + T and select the option Deformation (Warp) to create a suitable curve for this text:

Create a new layer, I used the font Impact (Window font by default), font size 22 pt. font color # cccbbb. Type in any number you want and apply the transformation as shown in the screenshot below:

STEP 23. Next, I applied the adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to reduce saturation to match the background:

STEP 24. As you know, some parts of the train reflect the background light, so they should be lighter. Create two new layers as clipping masks, then, using a soft white brush, paint over the parts of the train that are shown in the screenshot. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), the opacity of the layer is 100%, for the second layer on Overlap (Overlay), opacity 100%:

Create a new layer to make the front of the train lighter, because she is too dark. Using a soft white brush, move the brush across the front of the train, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), reduce the opacity to 50%:

STEP 25. In this step, we will add more light to the train using the same technique that we used earlier. Right-click on the train layer to select an option. Overlay options (Blending options):

I created a new layer (without clipping mask) on top of all layers to reduce the light on some parts of the train. Choose a brush with a tint of # 727369 and paint over the areas that are shown in the screenshot below, change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply), 50% layer opacity:

STEP 26. Once again, open the train image, separate it from the background and move it to our document, position the train image on the right side of the picture, do not forget to increase the size of this train compared to train 1, leaving only the last cars of the train visible in the picture:

Name this layer “train 2 ?.

Add an adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to layer 2 train:

To make it lighter, I used two new layers as clipping masks, changed the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), the opacity of the layer is set to 100% and painted with a white brush:

Add a glow to train 2 using the option Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

STEP 27. In this step, we will add a fog effect to the trains, create a new layer on top of all layers, set the foreground and background color to # f9f9f5 and # babebd respectively. Create two highlights around the trains with feathering = 30. Go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter-Render-Clouds):

Reduce the layer opacity to 30% and add a layer mask to make some parts of the train more visible:

STEP 28. In this step we will create special railway tracks for our trains. Open the stock image Clouds and with the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool) with Tolerance (Tolerance) about 30-35, click on the blue part of the sky, then press Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the selection. Set the feathering for this selection = 30. Copy the selection to a new layer, then move to our document, scale and position below train 1, as shown in the screenshot below:

Add a layer mask so that only some parts of the clouds remain visible:

Duplicate this layer twice, apply a transformation and a layer mask, apply a black brush on the layer mask so that our clouds look like in the screenshot below:

STEP 29. For each cloud layer, I applied an adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

Name layers with clouds, for example, “clouds of train 1 ?,“ clouds of train 2 ?, “clouds of train 3? or otherwise call it what you like.

Do the same with train 2. Try not to repeat, but create a distinctive image from train 1. This is my result:

I noticed that the bottom of these clouds, which should reflect the background light, is too dark, so I will make them brighter.

Create a new layer on top of all layers (without clipping mask), using a soft white brush, paint over the specified areas, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light), 100% layer opacity:

STEP 30. Open the stock image of a man. Create a selection only for men (without highlighting the canister) and copy to a new layer. Move the man to our document, scale and position it at the top of the railway station.

The right hand is missing, so we fix it. On a layer with a man, create a selection of the left hand and then copy to a new layer. Flip horizontally (Flip Horizontal) and apply the transformation so that the brush fits under our right brush:

Next, merge these two layers and name the layer, for example, “man”.

STEP 31. A man should have two shadows: one under his feet, and the second, which falls on the station. Create a new layer below the layer with the man. Using a black brush with medium hardness (40-50) and opacity of about 70-80%, apply the brush under the man’s legs.

To create the shadow of a man falling on the station’s canvas, we will apply the same technique that we made with a traffic light.

STEP 32. To change the shades of a man, I used two adjustment layers as clipping masks:

Curves (Curves):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

STEP 33. In this step, I will retouch the hair of a man so that he looks younger. Create a new layer as a clipping mask, select the tool Stamp (Clone tool) in the settings Sample (Sample) select option All layers (All Layers). Use the stamp to hide white hair:

Create a new layer to hide the muscles in the hands of a man with the tool Stamp (Clone Tool):

STEP 34. In this step, I use many layers as clipping masks for retouching, brightness in some areas of the man.

Create two new layers and with the help of a brush with a tinge # b59582, paint over the man’s hands. Change the blending mode for these layers to Multiplication (Multiply), set the opacity for one layer to 50% and for the second to 70%:

Two layers with blending mode Soft light (Soft light), 100% opacity, I used a soft white brush to apply on my hands to lighten them. See screenshot below:

On two layers, I applied a brush with a tint of # 414344. Set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multipy), layer opacity is 50% and apply a brush over jeans:

STEP 35. I applied the adjustment layer as a clipping mask. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to reduce the saturation of a man’s skin:

STEP 36. I added light to the man layer using the layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow):

I want to make the light on some parts of the man more visible. Therefore, I will create a new layer as a clipping mask, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and fill with gray 50%:

Apply the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool) to lighten men’s clothes:

STEP 37. Open the image of the suitcase, separate it from the background, move it to our document, scale it and place it next to the man:

Using the same technique, we will create two shadows for the suitcase:

STEP 38. Apply two adjustment layers as clipping masks to change the color shades of the suitcase:

Curves (Curves):

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation):

STEP 39. I created a new layer as a clipping mask and selected a brush with a tint # c1cad8. Paint over the suitcase and change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply), 100% layer opacity to darken a little:

Create a new layer, apply a brush with a shade of # c1cad8, but to lighten the outer portions of the suitcase. Set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), 100% layer opacity:

STEP 40. Create a new layer on top of all layers. Using a brush with a tint of # a19b8d, paint over the brush on the trains and parts of the clouds. Change the blending mode to Chromaticity (Color) 50% layer opacity:

STEP 41. I used several adjustment layers to change the color of the whole picture:

Gradient map (Gradient Map):

Change the blending mode for the gradient map layer to Soft light (Soft light), the opacity of the layer is 70%.

Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) and Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

On the layer mask of the adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply a black brush to erase the contrast:

And we finished the lesson!

You can see the final result below. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your opinion on the technique of performance and the result.

Final result

Author: Jenny Le

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