Create a scene with night hunter in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an emotional scene with a night hunter. You will learn how to combine different source images and turn day to night. We will also add the moon and create a dark atmosphere, including lighting effects. In addition, you will learn about working with groups and layers, as well as we will pay attention to the details of the picture.

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. Let’s go File – New (file> new). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 2

Open the original image with the old city, separate the image of the city from the background, and then move the selected image of the city to our working paper with the tool Move(Move Tool (V)).

Step 3

Open the original image with the sky. Select the sky image with the tool. Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)):

Move the selected sky image to our working paper with the tool Move (Move Tool (V)). Place the layer with the sky below the layer with the old city.

Step 4

Next, add a correction layer to the sky layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to change the color of the sky. So let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New adjustment layer> Color Balance). Set the settings for this adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance), which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 5

Now, add a correction layer to the sky layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the sky. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

Go back to the layer with the old city, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to change the color of the image of the city.

Step 7

Now, add a correction layer to the city layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the image of the city. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below.

Switch to the adjustment layer mask Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush with low opacity (about 5-10%), loosen the effect of the curves in the areas that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

Go back to the layer with the old city, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to further change the color of the image of the city.

Step 9

Create a new layer, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), and also put a tick in the box gray fill 50% (fill with 50% gray):

Choose a tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O)). In the settings of this tool, set Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones) as well as install Exposure (Exposure) by about 10% to darken the details, as shown in the screenshot below. In the screenshot below, you can see the application of the brush in the blend mode Normal (Normal), as well as the result when the overlay mode Overlap (Overlay):

Step 10

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to darken the entire image. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below.

Switch to the adjustment layer mask Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush with opacity (about 10-15%), loosen the effect of the curves on the street sections of the old city, as well as on other parts of the image, in order to keep the lighting on these areas.

Step 11

Next, add an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers to change the light and colors of the entire scene. Set the gradient as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on An exception (Exclusion), opacity (Opacity) layer 90%.

Step 12

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to darken the entire scene. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush to hide the effect of the curves in the specified area

Step 13

Open the original image with the model. Separate the model image from the background using any selection tool you prefer to work with.

Create two new layers on top of all layers. On the first layer, using a brush, brush color # 8a6454, paint the hair on the curls:

On the second layer, using a brush, brush color # d2bba9, draw individual hairs on the model’s head.

Turn off the visibility of the background layer, and then press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E) to merge all layers related to the model.

Step 14

Move the merged layer with the model to our working paper.

To the model layer, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the image of the model. Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with a soft black brush, loosen the effect on your arm, shirt and gloves.

Step 15

Next, add a adjustment layer to the model layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the model image.

Step 16

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) as a clipping mask, color gradient # 494996 and # f7e68a. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%.

Step 17

Add adjustment layer Photo Filter (Photo Filter) as a clipping mask. Set the color tint # f3e784.

Step 18

Create a new layer, use the same settings you used in Step 9. Using the tool Clarifier and dimmer (Dodge Burn Tool), add highlights to the hat and gloves, and add details to them.

Step 19

Create a new layer and use a soft brush with an opacity of about 20-22%, brush color # 0d0b19, lighten the highlights on the model’s pants:

Step 20

Open the original image with a saber. Select the saber image with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)). Move the selected saber image to our working paper.

Place the saber image near the left hand of the model:

To a layer with a saber, add a layer mask and with the help of a round hard black brush hide part of the saber handle to create the feeling as if the model is holding a saber:

Step 21

Next, to the saber layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to change the color of the saber:

Step 22

To the saber layer, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the saber image. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction in the upper part of the blade of the saber.

Step 23

Create a new layer, use the same settings you used in Step 9. Using the tool Clarifier and dimmer (Dodge Burn Tool), add chiaroscuro to the saber.

Step 24

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to reduce brightness.

Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush, hide the correction of the curves in separate areas of the model image, the streets of the old city and houses.

Step 25

Create a new layer. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the saber layer to load the active selection around the saber image. Fill the selected area with the color shade # c2f1f2:

Add a layer mask to the fill layer and use a soft black brush to hide the fill in the handle area, creating shading on the saber.

Step 26

Double-click the filled layer to apply the layer style. External glow (Outer Glow):

Step 27

Create a new layer, load the active selection around the saber, and then fill the active selection with the color shade # fd83df, also paint it with a soft brush on the model’s pants using the same color shade. Next, add a layer mask to hide separate areas of the fill, and then change the blending mode for this layer with fill to Overlap (Overlay), 100%:

To create a filled layer, apply a layer style External glow (Outer Glow):

Step 28

Create a new layer below the two layers filled with saber. Using a soft brush, brush color # c2f1f2, paint over the saber. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%:

Create another new layer, using a soft brush, change the color of the brush to # fd83df, paint the model’s pants at the location of the saber. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100%:

Step 29

Open the original image with devil 1. Separate this image from the background, and then move the selected devil image to our working document. Place the devil on the top of the house on the left:

To the devil 1 layer, add a new fill layer as a clipping mask to change the contrast of the devil image. Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this layer up to 70%. Next, go over the mask of this layer with the fill and use a soft black brush to paint over the image of the devil, weakening the effect of the correction, as shown in the screenshot below:

Step 30

To layer with devil 1, add an adjustment layer Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the image of the devil a little. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and using a soft black brush, hide the correction curves in the head and one hand.

Step 31

Open the original image with the devil 2. Separate this image from the background, and then move the selected image of the devil to our working paper. Place the devil 2 above the roof on the right.

To create a shadow from the devil on the roof, create a new layer below the layer with devil 2. Hold down the (Ctrl) key + click on the thumbnail of the layer with devil 2 to load the active selection, and then fill the selected area with black. Mirror the vertical shadow layer, for this we go Editing – Transformation Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical):

Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to 50%, and then go Filter – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 4 px:

To the shadow layer, add a layer mask and use a soft black brush to reduce the saturation at the top of the shadow:

Step 32

Next, add a new fill layer as a clipping mask (fill color # 8a8f9f). Decrease Opacity (opacity) of this layer to 30%. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and hide the head area with a soft black black brush to preserve shading:

Step 33

Select all the layers related to the layers with devils, and then press the keys (Ctrl + G) to group them. Change the blending mode for the created group from Skip (Pass Through (default group mode)) to Normal (Normal), 100%. Inside the created group, add a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to reduce the saturation of the images of devils:

Step 34

Next, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) so that the color of the image of the devils begins to fit the whole scene:

Step 35

Open the original image with horns. Select the horns, and then move them to our working paper. Place the horns on the heads of the devils. For each layer with horns, add a layer mask and use a soft black brush to make a combination with the whole scene:

Step 36

Group the layers with horns. Inside the created group, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to slightly reduce the saturation of the images of the horns:

Step 37

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to lighten the horns:

Step 38

Add a Smoke texture to our working paper and use layer masks to hide parts of the texture.

To the Smoke texture layer, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to make the effect subtle. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush, hide the correction of the curves so that the textures of the smoke become more saturated:

Step 39

Open the original image with the moon. Separate the image of the moon from the background, and then move the selected image to our working paper. Position the image of the moon at the top of the scene:

Double click on the Moon layer to apply layer styles. External glow (Outer Glow) and Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Step 40

To the layer with the moon, add an adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to slightly change the color of the moon:

Step 41

Create a new layer on top of all other layers and using a soft black brush, brush color # cecfd6, add a glow to the image of the Moon. Also paint over the moon. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), 100%.

Step 42

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers.

Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this adjustment layer up to 20%:

Step 43

Next, add a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of all other layers, for a slight color correction of the entire scene. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to loosen the light on the model, as well as on the moon.

Step 44

It’s time to add light as well as color shades to the whole scene. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), select the lower right part of the image of the old city, then set the value Feathering (feather) 60:

Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Channel Mixing (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Channel Mixer):

Step 45

Load the active selection using the adjustment layer mask. Channel Mixing (Channel Mixer) and then go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Color Balance):

Step 46

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) on top of all other layers to add clarification to the lower right side of the scene, as well as to the individual details of the model image and the saber. Next, go to the mask for this adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and with the help of a soft black brush, hide the correction of curves on top of the rest of the image, because I do not want a correction layer to affect these areas:

Step 47

It’s time to add shadows to the model. First, create a new layer below the model layer and using a soft black brush about 40% opacity, paint the shadows under the model’s shoes:

Step 48

As you can see, we have two sources of light, one is the Moon, the second is the blue effect, which is located in the lower right corner of our scene. Create two new layers below the model layer. Use the same technique that we used when creating the shadow for Devil 2. Create two shadows in the appropriate directions relative to the light sources, as shown in the screenshot below. For the shadow layer created from the street light, I reduced opacity (Opacity) layer to 50%, and for a layer with a shadow created from the light of the moon, I reduced the opacity of the layer to 40% (due to the removal of the moon). And then, for each layer with a shadow, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), radius (Radius) blur 4 px.

Step 49

Finally, add an adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance) on top of all other layers to enhance the final effect. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the correction on certain parts of the shirt to reduce the effect:

Thank you for being with me. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and that it was not difficult for you!

The final result:

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