Create a sinister bay in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an eerie sea grotto, including a reaper boatman. You will learn various techniques of combining images, with which you can combine several images without noticeable transitions. You will also learn how to create an effective depth of field, as well as how to create beautiful lighting effects.

Let’s get started!

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

First, create a new document (Ctrl + N) 2000 px in width and 1200 px in height, resolution 72 ppi. Content must be white.

Step 2

Next, select the tool Rectangular region (Rectangular marquee tool) and with this tool, create two strips. Fill the created stripes with black (# 000000).

First, open the Storm Sky image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image with the sky to our working paper.

While on the sky layer, press the V key to activate the tool. Move (Move Tool). Clamping this image with the left mouse button, move it to our working document. Name this layer “Sky”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and on a layer with the sky, apply the scaling to the sky, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (the sky layer and the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 4

Next, open the image of the Ocean arch in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image from the ocean arch to our working paper.

On the ocean arch layer, press the V key to activate the tool. Move (Move Tool). By pressing the image with the left mouse button, move the ocean arch to our working paper. Name this layer “Ocean Arch”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and on the layer with the ocean arch, apply scaling to the arch, as shown in the screenshot below.

To the ocean arch layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

The size brushes(Brush size): 400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 40%
Pressure(Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 5

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask for the ocean arch layer. Hold the Alt + key and left-click between 2 layers (layer with ocean arch and Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, go to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast).

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). Transform this adjustment layer into a clipping mask to the oceanic arch layer.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

Next, go to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation).

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Hue / Saturation adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 6

Next, open the Skull Island image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image with the skull to our working paper.

On the skull island layer, select the tool. Pen (Pen tool (P), and then with this tool, create a selection around the image of the skull. After creating the selection, press V to activate the tool Move (Move Tool) to move the selected skull image to our working paper. Name this layer “Skull”.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

To the skull layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 7

Next, create a new layer. Name this layer “Shadow on the Skull”.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 8

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask to the skull layer. Hold down the Alt + key and left-click between 2 layers (a layer with a skull and a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, create an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance). Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and Color Balance adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer settings window appears Color Balance (Color Balance), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Color Balance adjustment layer Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 9

Create a new layer below the skull layer. Name this layer “Darkness”.

Create an arbitrary selection, and then fill the created selection with black.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Open the brush set and select the brush:

Next, create a new layer on top of the “Darkness” layer. Name this layer “light 1 ?:

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

The size brushes(Brush size): 400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 85%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 542210

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Create another new layer on top of the “Light 1” layer. Name this layer “Light 2 ?:

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 9e3317

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 10

Next, open the Fire image in Photoshop. We use the image of fire in our composition, therefore, we need to move this image with fire to our working paper.

Next, select the tool Magic wand ( Magic wand tool). Using this tool, select the fire, and then move the selected fire image to our working paper. Name this layer “Tear 1 ?:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and while on the layer with fire, apply scaling to the fire, as shown in the screenshot below.

Change the blending mode for the fire layer to Bright light (Vivid light):

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). Hold Alt + left-click between the Tear 1 ’layer and the hue / saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, in the same way, create a second tear.

Step 11

Next, let’s open the Lava image in Photoshop. We use the texture of the lava in our composition, so we need to move this image with lava to our working paper.

On the lava layer, press V to activate the tool. Move (Move Tool). Holding the image with the left mouse button, move the image with the lava onto our working paper. Name this layer “Lava 1”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and while on the layer with lava, apply scaling to the lava, as shown in the screenshot below.

To the lava layer, add a layer mask through the bottom toolbar.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask to the lava layer. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (a layer with a lava and a Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Add more layers with lava.

Step 12

Now, let’s open the Boat image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move the image of the boat to our working paper.

On the boat layer, select the tool. Pen (Pen tool (P), and then using this tool, create a selection around the boat image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Without removing the selection, press the V key to activate the tool Move (Move Tool) to move the selected boat image onto our working paper. By pressing the selected image with the left mouse button, move the image with the boat to our working document. Name this layer “Boat”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and on a layer with a boat, apply the scaling to the boat, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 13

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask for the boat layer. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (boat layer and Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 14

Next, open the Lantern image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move the image of the lantern to our working paper.

From the flashlight layer, select the tool. Pen (Pen tool (P), and then using this tool, create a selection around the flashlight image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Without removing the selection, press the V key to activate the tool Move (Move Tool) to move the highlighted flashlight image onto our working paper. By pressing the selected image with the left mouse button, move the image with the lamp to our working document. Name this layer “Lantern”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and on the layer with the lamp, apply the scaling to the image of the lamp, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 15

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). Hold the Alt + key and left-click between the ‘Flashlight’ layer and the Hue / Saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Hue / Saturation adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 16

So, create a new layer on top of the lantern layer. Name this layer “Light bulb 1 ?.

Next, create a selection and fill the selected area with the color tone # da8c05.

Next, create a new layer on top of the lantern layer. Name this layer “Light bulb 2 ?.

Create a selection and fill the selected area with the color tint # e2c003.

Once again create a new layer on top of the lantern layer. Name this layer “Light Bulb 3 ?.

Also create a selection and then fill the selected area with the color #ffffff.

Once again create a new layer on top of the lantern layer. Name this layer “Light bulb 4 ?.

Create a selection and fill the selected area with the # d5bb78 color shade. Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (screen) and reduce the layer opacity to 23%.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 17

Next, open the Reaper image in Photoshop. We use this image in our composition, therefore, we need to move the image of the reaper to our working paper.

Without removing the selection, press the V key to activate the tool Move (Move Tool) to move the reaper image onto our working paper. By pressing the image with the left mouse button, move the image of the reaper to our working paper. Name this layer “Reaper”.

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), and while on the reaper layer, apply scaling to the reaper image, as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask to the reaper layer. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (the reaper layer and the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer) to convert the adjustment layer to a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). Hold the Alt + key and left-click between the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layer and the Hue / Saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Hue / Saturation adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 18

Create a new layer, name this layer “shadow on the reaper”.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 100px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

Once again create a new layer, name this layer “the reflection of light from the lamp”.

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 400px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 6f4a0e
Mode (Mode): Lightening (Screen)
Layer opacity (Layer opacity): 20%

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 19

Next, create a new layer, create an arbitrary selection, fill the selected area with the color shade # 000000. Name this layer “Grotto”.

Next, open the Texture image in Photoshop. We use this texture in our composition, therefore, we need to move this texture to our working paper.

Press V to activate the tool. Move (Move Tool) to move the texture onto our working paper. Holding down the texture with the left mouse button, move it to our working document. Name this layer “Texture 1”.

Convert the texture layer into a blending mask to the ‘Grotto’ layer. See screenshot below.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Repeat the same process, creating a holistic grotto.

Step 20

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation). Hold Alt + left-click between the Grotto ’layer and the Hue / Saturation adjustment layer to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation), apply the following value:

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / saturation).

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 100px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar. Hold Alt + left-click between 2 layers (Hue / Saturation adjustment layer and Curves adjustment layer) to create a clipping mask.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

Switch to the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Curves (curves).

Select the brush tool and then apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 100px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 40%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): # 000000

So, paint over the specified area.

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Step 21

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves), this correction can be activated through the bottom toolbar.

When the adjustment layer window appears Curves (curves), apply the following values:

The result should be as in the screenshot below:

Final result

Posted by: Vik Aadi

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