Create a photo manipulation with a whale and a seagull in Photoshop

Today I will teach you how to create photo manipulation using 5 stock images. In this lesson, you will learn how to combine stock images, apply the rain effect, and finish the lesson by applying a dramatic effect to the image.

Final result


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Source materials:

STEP 1. Open Photoshop and create a new document using the following settings: 1920 x 1200 px. Remove the lock and name the document: Bg.

Translator’s Note: You can create a new document, further open the image with the sea and transfer the image with the sea to our created document, remove the lock from the image with the sea.

STEP 2. Create a new layer and name it Whirl. Next, apply the Cloud effect using the following steps: Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

STEP 3. Repeat the same steps to apply the same effect again by pressing the Ctrl + F keys or through the menu Filter – Clouds (Filter> Clouds).

STEP 4. Next, convert Clouds to Whirlpool using Filter – distortion – Polar coordinates(Filter> Distor> Polar Coordinates).

STEP five. Select Rectangular to Polar (Rectangular to Polar) and click OK!

STEP 6. Change the size of the Maelstrom using the free transformation, go to Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform) or press CTRL + T.

STEP 7. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

STEP eight. Apply a layer mask to the Whirlpool layer.

STEP 9. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool) and process the edges with the following steps.

STEP 10. Let’s make the swirl a little darker, we go Image – Correction – Curves (Image> Adjustments> Curves) or press CTRL + M.

STEP 11. Press B to select the tool. Brush (Brush) and select the waterfall brush number 1339 (Waterfalls Brush).

STEP 12. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light).

STEP 13. Let’s add a crack to our work. You can use a “crack” brush or use a crack image. Copy the image and paste it into our document, press CTRL + T or via the menu Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform).

STEP 14. Follow the same steps as we did for the Whirlpool.

STEP 15. Change the blending mode to Blackout Basics (Color Burn).

STEP 16. Apply a crack mask to the layer.

STEP 17. Choose a soft brush and clean the edges of the crack.

STEP 18. Open the image with the whale and select only part of the image. Copy the selected part and paste the copied image into our document.

STEP 19. Scale the image with the whale using transformation by pressing CTRL + T.

STEP 20. Apply a layer mask to the whale layer.

STEP 21. Using a brush, remove the background from the image with the whale.

STEP 22. After the overwhelming work with the image of a whale, let’s proceed to the image of a bird.

STEP 23. Let’s remove the background from the bird image! This is a simple procedure, just repeat after me and you will succeed !!!!! First, make sure you unlock the layer, to unlock the image, press ALT + double click on the layer, right? !! Looks like it’s okay. So, let’s remove the background through the menu. Highlight – Color Range (Select> Color Range).

STEP 24. Select white color on the background and apply the settings as in the screenshot.

STEP 25. Next, go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse).
(Translator’s Note: do not worry that in the screenshot the background has already been removed, you will delete the background in Step 27).

STEP 26. Apply a layer mask to the bird layer.

STEP 27. Next, let’s remove the mask from the layer. Drag the mask to the delete icon and apply the mask to the layer before deleting.

STEP 28. Copy the image of the bird and paste it on our document with the whale!

STEP 29. You’re good at!!!!! Next, open the image of the fish.

STEP 30. Let’s remove the background from the image with the fish. But first, let’s unlock the image. Select the layer with the fish and then go to the tab Channels (Channels) and select Blue channel (Channel Blue) or you can just press CTRL + 5.

STEP 31. Next, do the same thing that you did with the image of a bird. Allotment Color Range (Select> Color Range) and highlight the background color. Apply inversion.

STEP 32. Return to the bookmark Channels (Channels) and select the RGB Channel or press CTRL + 2.

STEP 33. Press the Delete key to delete the background.

STEP 34. Copy and paste the image of the fish in our document. Expand the image using the tool Free Transformation (Free Transform) CTRL + T as in the screenshot below.

STEP 35. Choose a tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool) and add 4 dots on the image to create light from the sun.

STEP 36. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) and fill the selection with white.

STEP 37. Apply the layer mask to the light layer, then select the tool Brush (Brush Tool), set a soft round brush and paint over the contour of the area or you can simply apply the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool).

STEP 38 Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Layer opacity (Opacity) up to 88%.

STEP 39. Create a new layer and name it “Rain”, let’s go Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill) or press SHIFT + F5, then in the appeared window select Gray (Gray) 50% and click OK.

STEP 40. Let’s add some noise using the filter Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise) and apply the settings, as in the screenshot below. Also do not forget to set the amount of noise 400% | Distribution (Distribution): Uniform / Monochrome (Uniform | Monochromatic).

STEP 41. Now let’s transform Noise (Noise) in the rain. We go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and apply the following settings: Angle (Angel): 45 ° – Bias (Distance): 58 Pixels.

STEP 42. Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

STEP 43. Apply a layer mask to the rain layer and apply a gradient to the layer mask. First choose a tool Gradient (Gradient) and choose a gradient from black to transparent.

STEP 44. And now the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) click on the document and hold the mouse button down and drag the gradient down a bit.

STEP 45. Do the same, only this time below.

STEP 46. You will get an amazing result, which can be seen in the screenshot below.

STEP 47 Almost done!!! Create a new layer and name this layer. External channel (Apply Image). Next, apply the following settings: Image – External Channel (Image> Apply Image). Do not change the settings, just click OK.

STEP 48. Discolor CTRL + SHIFT + U or via the menu Image – Correction- Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate).

STEP 49. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and install Opacity (Opacity) layer at 50%.

STEP 50. It’s time to add some effect with Curves.

STEP 51. Apply the following RGB settings: Red, Green, Blue.

STEP 52. After correction, we get the following result!

STEP 53. Create a new layer and name it External Channel 01 (Apply_Image_01), then apply the following settings: Image – External Channel (Image> Apply Image). Change Channel (Channel): RGB on Blue (Blue).

STEP 54. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and install Opacity (Opacity) layer by 25%.

Final result.
The lesson looks complicated, but I am sure that if you complete my lesson, you will find many useful things, using your skills and imagination to create your own masterpiece! Thanks again for reading our lesson.

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