In this lesson we will create a photo manipulation of a house floating in the air, you will see how to combine completely different photos, easily and without much effort. Add different lighting effects and create a mystical look for our work.
Step 1. Create a new file
It all starts with creating a new file, File – New (File – New) then enter the parameters of the new document in the appropriate fields.
Width: 3508 pixels
Height: 2480 pixels
Resolution: 300 pixels / inch
Color Mode: RGB color, 8 bits
Background content: Transparent
Step 2. Create background
In this step we will create the earth and the sky. To get started, open the images in the program Adobe Photoshop “Sandy Road”. Then using Move Tool (V) (Move tool) drag the image to our main document. Place the image as shown below.
Next, activate the Free Transform tool (Ctrl + T), resize the image as shown below.
The result of the action should look like this.
We have dealt with the field so far, now we will take up the sky. Open the next image “Desert and Clouds”. Choose a tool Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) (Rectangular Area tool) and highlight the area around the sky. See the images below.
The result is below.
Choose a tool Move Tool (V) (Move tool) and drag the selection to our main document. Place the cloud layer above the field layer, as shown in the image below.
Now our work should look like this.
Now we need to adjust the size of the sky so that it blends in harmoniously with the earth. To do this, activate Free transform (Ctrl + T) and edit as shown below.
The result is below.
Step 3. Work with background lighting.
Next, we will create layers on which we apply light and shadows using brushes. Create a new layer. Ctrl + Shift + N over the layer with the field and sky. Then rename this layer to “Brighten.”
Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush tool). Before we begin, make sure you have brushes loaded by default. They are shown below in the screenshot, if you don’t see this in your program, then we perform the manipulations described below:
Right-click on the document canvas, and click on the button, as shown below.
Then click on “Reset Brushes” in the context menu.
When everything is ready, change the brush settings: the size brush 800 pixels; Rigidity 0%; Opacity 15%; Pressure 100%; Colour # fff7bf.
Note: the “#” sign indicates the color number. Select color #: fff7bf, pale yellow. To change the brush color, look at the image below.
If you click on Foreground (Foreground) then the window will appear Color picker (Color selection), in which we enter the desired color number (fff7bf).
Now that everything is set up, we can start drawing.
Next, create a new layer, Ctrl + Shift + N, and name it “Fade”. Choose a tool Brush tool (B) (Brush tool), The tool settings are as follows: the size brush 1500 pixels Rigidity 0% Opacity 25% Pressure 100%, Colour black (#: 000000).
Then drag the brush to the specified location.
Again create a new layer, Ctrl + Shift + N, and name it “Fade 2”. Adjust the brush as follows: the size 1200 pixels pixels Rigidity 0% Opacity 25% Pressure 100%, Colour black (#: 000000). Start drawing as shown in the image below.
The result of your actions should be similar to the following image.
When you’re done with brushing the border, in the Layers Palette, select all the layers you created from the beginning of the work, and put them in one group, Ctrl + G. Grouping layers will not be confused with future new layers. Rename the group to “Background”. To rename a group, double-click on the word “Group”; when the rename function is activated, you can replace the group name.
Step 4. Making a soaring house.
Next we will add a house that will hang over the top of this large field. To begin, open the image of the old farm, see the link to the image at the beginning of the lesson. After opening, select the tool Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) (Magnetic Lasso Tool), to create a selection around the house. The image below shows where the tool is located.
Using the Magnetic Lasso tool circle the house as shown in the image below.
When the selected area is ready, select the tool. Move Tool (V) (Move tool) and drag the house into the main document. Move and position the house as shown in the image below.
Activate the Free Transform tool with Ctrl + T, right-click on the frame to bring up the context menu.
The context menu of the Russian version of the program Adobe Photoshop.
Click on the line “Flip Horizontal” (“Flip Horizontal”).
Your home should now look just like the image below.
Now resize using the Free Transform tool (Ctrl + T) as shown below.
Activate the Free Transform tool again (Ctrl + T) and expand the house a bit, see the image below.
See the result below.
Now we will slightly adjust the lighting of the house, first select the tool Burn tool (O) (Dimmer tool).
Tool settings: the size brush 125 pixels Rigidity 0% Range Medium tones Exposition 25%.
Having prepared the tool, we begin to darken one of the sides of the house in accordance with the light source.
See the result in the image below.
Step 5. Creating land under the house.
To make our floating house more realistic, we will add torn earth to its foundation. First, open the image of the Rock. Choose a tool Magnetic Lasso Tool (L) (Magnetic Lasso tool), select a certain area along the contour. See image below.
Next, select the tool Move Tool (V) (Move tool) and drag the selection to our main document. Place the new layer with the rock element under the house and place it as shown below.
Activate the Free Transform tool (Ctrl + T), right-click on the rock image to bring up the context menu, then select item “Flip Vertical” (“Flip Vertical”).
Activate Free Transform again, and select “Flip Horizontal” (“Flip Horizontal”).
Using the same Free Transform, change the size of the rock, as shown in the image below.
Choose a tool Eraser tool (E) (Eraser Tool), configure the tool: the size brush 40 pixels Rigidity 100%, Opacity 100%, Pressure 100%. See the area to be erased below.
The way you should get, see below.
To give our work more realism, we need to darken the ground under the house. To do this, select the tool Burn tool (O) (Dimmer tool), configure the tool as follows. The size brush 125 pixels Rigidity 0% Range Medium tones Exposition 25%. Darken the area as shown below.
Result of using the Dimmer tool.
Now you need to add falling stones, as if the house had just left the ground. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) above the layer with the ground under the house. Name this layer “Falling Debris 1”. Next, select the tool Brush tool (B) (Brush tool) and right-click on the document to bring up the context menu.
Select item “Load Brushes” (“Load Brushes”) and select the snowflake brushes recommended at the beginning of the lesson from the folder where you downloaded them from the Internet. To avoid confusion, move the loaded brushes to a special folder Adobe Photoshop – Presets – Brushes. When the necessary brush is found and highlighted, click Ok, call the context menu of the Brush tool again and select the necessary brush.
Adjust the brush: the size 150 pixels Rigidity Default, Opacity 100%, Pressure 100%, Colour black (#: 000000). Next, start drawing.
See the result below.
Add some more wreckage. Reuse tool Brush Tool (B) (Brush Tool), with the same settings as above, but with the smallest brush size.
The result is in the image below.
Group all the layers related to the floating house, and name the group “Home”.
Step 6. Create a vignette.
Add a vignette to enhance the focus. Create a new document with the same parameters as in Step 1. Make sure the background is white. Next, select Filter – Distort – Lens Correction (Filter – Distortion – Distortion Correction).
Find the settings Vignette (Vignette), in CS5, it is in the Custom tab, and change them to the following: Vignette amount (Effect) -100, Midpoint +50.
Next, transfer this layer to our main document using the tool Move Tool (V) (Move tool), on top of all layers. Change layer settings: Blend mode Multiplication, Opacity 40% Fill 100%. To select the desired blend mode, click on the word Normal and select Multiply from the pop-up menu.
Our composition should now look something like the one below.
Step 7. Image color enhancement.
Now we will slightly change the shades of our work. To begin, create a correction layer. Click on the icon Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or a fill layer) bottom panel of the Layers Palette.
In the list that opens, select Solid Color.
In the color picker window, enter the number of the desired color in the appropriate field.
Next, for the created adjustment layer, apply the following settings.: Blend Mode An exception, Opacity 50%.
Then, in the same way, create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance.
After opening the settings window, change them as follows: Levels -17, 6, 25, Tonal balance Medium tones Option Save the glow.
Create a new adjustment layer. Levels.
In the settings, enter: for the red channel (Red) 15, 1.00, 255; for the green channel (Green) 7, 1.00, 255; for the blue channel (Blue) 15, 1.00, 255.
Compare your work with the image below.
Create another adjustment layer Solid Color, select Colour -:
Layer Settings: Blend mode Soft light, Opacity thirty%.
Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map).
Select the desired gradient.
Layer Settings: Blend mode Glow Opacity 60%.
Create a new adjustment layer. Channel Mixer.
Adjustment layer settings: channel mixing Default; target channel Gray (Gray); source channels: red (Red) 0% green +100%, blue (Blue) 0%; constant 0%; option Monochrome.
Change the blending mode of the adjustment layer to Darken (Replacing Dark).
Create the next adjustment layer Solid Color, select Colour #: ff7e00
Layer Settings: Blend mode Soft light, Opacity ten%.
Create a new adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter).
Adjust the adjustment layer based on the following image.
Next, create an adjustment layer. Exposure.
Exposition 0.24, shift 0.0020, gamma correction 1.04.
The final result.
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