Create a stone house in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a surreal house of mysterious form. You will learn how to combine several stock images to create a surreal home on the edge of the dock, as well as create an imitation of the sky, which is obtained on images with a long exposure. You will also learn how to create a reflection on the surface of the water, how to enhance light and shade, so that the final image looks like a whole picture.

The final result:

Source materials:

Step 1

First, create a new document (Ctrl + N). Apply the following settings in the appropriate fields:

Width (Width): 3000px
Height (Height): 3000px
Resolution (Resolution): 300 pixels / inch (pixels / inch)
Color mode (Color Mode): RGB Color; 8 bit
Background content (Background Contents): Transparent (Transparent)

Step 2

In this step, we will create the sky for our image. To do this, first open the stock image “Field”. Next, activate the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool) by pressing the (M) key.

Once you have activated this tool, create a selection around the sky image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Move (Move tool (V), left-click on the selected area and pressing the selected area with the left button, move the selected image to our document. Place the selected sky image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Now, let’s rename this sky layer to “Sky 1 ?. To rename a layer, simply double-click on the text: “layer 1? (the text box is located on the layer row) to make the text box active. As soon as the text box becomes active, you can rename the layer. See screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) and scale the image as shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, we will add another image with the sky to add more drama to our scene. First open the stock image “Sky ?. Once this image has opened, activate the tool. Move (Move tool (V). With this tool, move the sky image onto our working document. Place this sky layer on top of the “Sky 1” layer. Rename this sky layer to “Sky 2 ?. Position this image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) and scale the image as shown in the screenshot below:

Result.

Next, we will erase the bottom of the image “Sky 2 ?, to combine it with“ Sky 1 ?, therefore, select the tool Eraser (Eraser tool (E), apply the following settings for this tool:

The size brushes(Brush size): 2200px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 100%
Pressure(Flow): 100%

So apply the Eraser as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, lower the opacity of the “Sky 2? up to 80% to combine this image with “Heaven 1 ?. To reduce the layer opacity, go to the layer settings in the layers palette and reduce the layer opacity from 100% to 80%.

Next, let’s merge the layers with the sky; To merge layers, simply select both layers, then click on the selected layers and in the window that appears, select the option Combine layers(Merge Layers).

So, we merged both layers with the sky; further, we transform the merged layer with the sky so that our sky looks like the sky, which is depicted on images with a long exposure; being on the combined layer, we go Filter Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and apply the following values:

Angle (Angle): 0
Bias (Distance): 200 px

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 3

In this step, we will create a dock. First, open the stock image “Floating dock”. Next, select the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). With this tool, create a selection around the dock image.

Once you have created the selection, select the tool. Move (Move tool (V) and using this tool, move the selected image onto our working document, placing it on top of the merged layer with the sky. Name this layer “Doc.” Position the dock image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) and scale the image as shown in the screenshot below:

Result.

Step 4

In this step, we will add the sea. First, open the stock image “Seascape ?. Next, activate the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M). With this tool, create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, activate the tool Move (Move tool (V). With this tool, move the selected sea image onto our working document. Place the sea layer below the dock layer so that the dock image is visible. Name the sea layer “Sea.” Position the sea image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, let’s brighten the horizon of our image. First, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). So, when the dialog box appears when creating a new layer, name this layer “brightening of the horizon”. Once you have created a new layer, select the tool. Brush (Brush tool (B), but before we begin, make sure the brushes are set to default. Standard Photoshop brushes are shown by default in the screenshot below, if you have other brushes installed, then follow the instructions in the screenshot below:

Right-click on the document, the layer and brush should be active, and then click the icon that is highlighted in yellow:

In the context menu, select the option Restore brushes (Reset Brushes).

Now that you have restored the brushes, apply the following values ​​to the brush:

Brush size (Brush size): 1000px
Rigidity (Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 15%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): ffffff

Note #: ffffff means the number of the color of the brush. In order to change the color of the brush, just follow the instructions in the screenshot below:

As soon as the window appears Color palette (Color Picker), apply the following values:
#: ffffff

So let’s apply a brush.

Result.

Next, let’s darken the front background, for this, first create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Name this layer “darken foreground background”. Place this layer on top of all the other layers we created. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool (B), apply the following values:

The size brushes(Brush size): 1400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity (Opacity): 15%
Pressure (Flow): 100%
Colour (Color): 000000

Next, paint as shown in the screenshot below.

Result.

Step 5

In this step, we will add a mysterious stone house, which will be located on the edge of the sea dock. To get started, open the stock image “Piedra Parada”. Once you have opened this image, select the tool. Magnetic Lasso (Magnetic Lasso Tool (L). With this tool, create a selection around the image of a giant stone. See the screenshot below:

Once you have created a selection, select the tool. Move (Move tool (V), using this tool, move the selected image of a giant stone onto our working document. Place the stone layer on top of all the layers we created. Name this layer with the stone “giant stone.” Position the stone image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, we darken the image of the stone, to combine it with the whole scene. First, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Name this layer “darkened stone”. Convert this layer to a clipping mask to the “giant stone” layer, so any correction will be visible only on the image of the stone. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool (B), then apply the following settings:

The size brushes(Brush size): 1400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 15%
Pressure(Flow): 100%
Colour(Color): 000000

So let’s apply a brush as shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, we will create a reflection of the stone on the water surface. First, duplicate the giant stone layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J). Next, move the duplicate layer down, placing it below the “dock” layer. See screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T), right-click on the document to display the context menu. In the menu that appears, select the option Flip Vertically (Flip Vertical). See screenshot below:

Result.

Activate the tool Move (Move tool (V), move the duplicate layer with the stone down, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, let’s create a water reflection. Being on a duplicate layer with a stone, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). As soon as the filter window appears, apply the following values:

Angle (Angle): 0
Bias (Distance): 50 px

Result.

Step 6

Now, let’s make our image look like a real house. We will add a door and a window. First, let’s add a door. Open the stock image “Old door”. Choose a tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso tool (L) and with this tool, create a selection around the door image.

Once you have created a selection, select the tool. Move (Move tool (V). Move the selected door image onto our working document, position the layer with the door on top of all the other layers we created. Name this layer “Door.” Position the door image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) and scale the door image, as shown in the screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, let’s reduce the brightness of the color shades of this door; for this, being on the layer with the door, go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation (or just press the keys (Ctrl + U). As soon as the correction settings window appears Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), apply the following values:

Edit (Edit): Everything (Master)
Color tone (Hue): 0
Saturation (Saturation): 0
Brightness (Lightness): -20

Result.

Next, let’s create the shadows for the door. First create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N). Name this layer “door shadow”. Next, move the shadow layer down, placing the “door” layer below, so the shadow will be visible in the background of the door. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool (B), apply the following settings for the brush:

The size brushes(Brush size): 400px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 15%
Pressure(Flow): 100%
Colour(Color): 000000

So let’s apply a brush.

Result.

Let’s go ahead and create the windows. First open the stock image “Window”. Once you have opened this image, select the tool. Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee tool (M). With this tool, create a selection around the window image.

Once you have created a selection, select the tool. Move (Move tool (V). Move the selected window image onto our working document, position the layer with the window on top of all the other layers we created. Name this layer “Window.” Position the window image as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, select the tool Transformation (Transform tool (Ctrl + T) and reduce the window image, as shown in the screenshot below:

Next, let’s create another window, for this, simply duplicate the “Window” layer (Ctrl + J), and then move the duplicate layer to the right side of the house. See screenshot below:

Result.

Now, let’s create the shadows for the windows. First, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), name this layer “Shadows for Windows”. Place this layer below the layers with windows. Select the brush tool and apply the following values ​​to the brush:

The size brushes(Brush size): 80px
Rigidity(Hardness): 0%
Opacity(Opacity): 15%
Pressure(Flow): 100%
Colour(Color): 000000

So let’s apply a brush.

Result.

Step 7

Next, we will enhance the color shades of the entire image, as well as conduct a light correction. First, let’s create an adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color). Press the button Create an adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment layer) in the bottom toolbar.

In the context menu that appears, select the option Colour (Solid Color):

Selecting the option Colour (Solid Color), further, a settings window will appear. Color Palettes (Color Picker). In the appropriate field, apply color shade # 000120.

So, we have filled our working paper in dark blue. Next, change the blending mode for this adjustment layer. Colour (Solid color) on An exception (Exclusion), and also reduce the opacity of the adjustment layer to 40%. See screenshot below:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Next, let’s create another adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color). Apply the following color tint:
#: 3a220d

Next, change the blending mode and layer opacity for this adjustment layer to the following values:

Mode overlay(Blending mode): Soft shine(Soft Light)
Opacity(Opacity): 30%

Now, let’s create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance). Also press the button Create an adjustment or fill layer (Create New Fill / Adjustment layer) in the bottom toolbar.

In the settings window that appears, apply the following values:

Levels(Color Levels): -5, +5, -10
Tone Balance (Tone Balance): Mid tones (Midtones)
Save glow (Preserve Luminosity): tick

Next, create a new adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter).

In the settings window that appears, apply the following filter:

Filter (Filter): Red
Density (Density): 25%
Save glow (Preserve Luminosity): tick

Reduce the opacity of the adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter) up to 70%

Next, create another adjustment layer. Photo Filter (Photo Filter). This time, apply the following filter:

Filter (Filter): Sepia
Density (Density): 25%
Save glow (Preserve Luminosity): tick

Now, let’s enhance the image exposure. Create a new adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure).

In the settings window that appears, apply the following values:

Exposition (Exposure): 0.40
Shift (Offset): 0.0000
Gamma Correction (Gamma Correction): 1.00

Final result

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