Create an apocalypse scene in Photoshop

Today I will show you how to create a panorama using Photoshop CS5 algorithms. And then, who is interested in photo manipulation, I will show you how to create an apocalypse scene with meteorites and smoke. You can use my images or your photos. If you decide to make a panorama yourself, do not forget to use a tripod and take pictures consistently.

Materials for the lesson:

I think you will enjoy the lesson!

Final image:

Step 1. For this lesson I applied my personal photos. You can use your set of photos and make a panorama of them, just as I will show in the next steps. Here are my photos. I used a tripod to do them, which I recommend you do.

Step 2. Now open Adobe Bridge in Photoshop: File > Browseinbridge (File> Browse via bridge). Find your photos and then click there. Tools > Photoshop > Photomerge (Tools> Photoshop> Combine Photos)

Step 3. In the window that appears, apply the settings like mine:

Step 4. After processing, you have something like the one below. Now I will cut the picture, because we need a smooth, rectangular image. So take CropTool (Crop) and leave this section here:

Step 5. If you look in the window with layers, you will see that each part of the panorama is on a separate layer and using a mask. Merge all these layers (Shift+Ctrl+E or Ctrl + Click lk.k. for each layer> Click p.k. over all> Merge layers) and rename the new layer to “background”:

Step 6 Go to image> adjustments> brightness / contrast (Image> Correction> Brightness / Contrast) and set the Contrast to 30, then duplicate the “background” layer (Ctrl + J).

Step 7. Now we need to discolor the new layer, Image > adjustments >hueandsaturation (Image> Correction> Hue and Saturation) or just Ctrl+U and move the saturation to -100. Then set the blending mode of the layer (blending mode) to Replacing dark (Darken).

Step eight. Now open the image with the sea and enlarge it. having opened Image > Imagesize(Image> Image Size) and changing resolution at 800 px / inch. Next, cut the sky with rectanglemarqueetool (Rectangular selection area) and click Ctrl+X. Paste the sky into the panorama document (Ctrl + V) and scale it to the canvas size (Ctrl + T), then rename the new layer and name it “Sky”.

Step 9. Create a mask for the layer with the sky and using linear gradient (gradient tool) from foreground to transparent, draw on the mask, as in the figure below.

Step 10. Duplicate the sky layer (“Sky”). Discolor layer duplicate (Ctrl+U > Saturation (-100) and change blending mode layer on Multiply(Multiply), then merge the layers with the sky into one (Select them> click cl.> mergelayers(Merge layers).

Step 11. Now we have one layer with the sky again, so again we go to Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) by pressing Ctrl+U. Set the Hue to -20 and the Saturation to -20. Then change blending mode layer on Multiplication(Multiply) and opacity by 90%.

Step 12. Now you can begin to create an apocalyptic scene. Take the tool brush (Brush tool) and set the “Smoke 1” brush from the kit you downloaded in this lesson, with color # 787878 for the foreground and with black for the back. Draw it on a new layer as in the image below, going from a smaller brush to a larger one (name the new layer “fireball 1”).

Step 13. Now double click on lcm to invoke layer styles. Use my settings for Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) and Gradient overlaps (Gradient Overlay) (Move the gradient to the bottom of the smoke).

Translator’s note. To move the gradient, with the “Overlap gradient” window turned on, move the cursor over the smoke. When the cursor changes drag a yellow spot.

Step 14. Now add black smoke. Create a new layer and name it “smoke 1”. Using the “Smoke 2” brush from the same set, with the same colors as for “Smoke 1”, draw smoke, changing the size of the brush from smaller to larger. Do as shown below. Then double-click lk.k. by layer in palette to invoke layer styles. Add gradient overlap to my settings:

Step 15. Now we have to create the main meteorite, which will look very cool. Start painting the same way as previous meteorites using the “Smoke 1” brush and the same colors. Draw on a new layer (name it “main fireball”) and do not forget to resize the brushes!

Step 16. Add the same styles to this layer as in step 13, but change the settings a bit (apply mine or create your own)

Step 17. Add smoke, with the same settings as in step 14. Create a new layer under the “main fireball” layer and name it “smoke 2” (use the “Smoke 2” brush). After that, set the layer’s overlay mode to Hard light (Hard light).


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Step 18. We need even more meteorites, big and small. Now you know how to do it, so create using various settings, different gradients, etc. Check with me, understand, it’s not so difficult, just repeat the steps of the previous steps.

Step nineteen. Now I will show you how to make a meteorite “fly through” a building. On the new layer, draw a meteorite. brush “Smoke 1”. Then take the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal lasso tool) select the desired part of the building, and then remove the selected zone from the meteorite layer. Then apply the same styles to the meteorite as the others.

Step 20. Now add some smoke (using a “smoke 2” brush) like mine. Then apply the same styles as for the “smoke 1” layer and you should have something similar to my result:


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Step 21. Combine the three background layers (“background”, “background copy” and “sky”): Select them> Ctrl+E. Rename the resulting layer to “background”. Now, zoom in on the building with the tower, which is on the right side and, using the tool Polygonal Lasso (polygonal lasso tool), create a selection like mine, then click on the sc. click on selection, and select copy to new layer (layer via copy). Name the new layer “tower”.

Step 22 We will again need to select the tower, so while holding Ctrl, click on the thumbnail of the “tower” layer, which will create a quick selection. Make the tower layer invisible and go to the “background” layer. Take the clone tool and fill the selection (use the cloning space to select the cloning location, hold down Alt, click on the area you want to copy).

Step 23 Draw a meteorite on the new layer with the same settings as always.


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Step 24 Make the layer with the tower visible, then rotate and move it (Ctrl + T), as in the image below. Next, add smoke on a new layer, under a layer with a meteorite, using the same styles as in the “smoke 1” layer.

Step 25 Add even more meteorites to your image. Our image will become even more creative if we add several effects.

Step 26. Now you can add sparks, so create a new layer and name it “flames”. Take the “Smoke 2” brush and paint like me. Next, add the same styles to the layer as in any of the meteorites and change the overlap with the gradient to these (make sure that there is a tick near the reverse (invert)):

Step 27. Set white for the foreground color and black for the background. Draw a smoky curtain with the “Smoke 1” and “Smoke 2” brushes. Use different sizes and different opacities, be creative and try to do everything as I do or even cooler. Name the new layer “main smoke” and place it above all others. Then change the layer blending mode to Hard light (Hard light).

Step 28. Select all layers and duplicate them, then merge all duplicates, name the resulting layer “all layers”. Place it above all others. Change the layer’s overlay mode to Softshine(Soft light).

Step 29. Create a new layer above all others and name it “tint”. Using radial gradientfrom # 533800 to # ffb80f, get something like the image below, and then change the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft light).

Step 30. Using the “Smoke 2” brush, add smoke in places that are marked in red (use 50% gray (# 727272) color, as always). Draw on a new layer (call it “sky smoke”) located below the “tint” layer. Next, go to Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) by pressing Ctrl + U, and set the brightness (lightness) to -100.

Step 31 Create a new layer and name it “lines” and fill it with gray # 7d7d7d (let black remain the background color). Go to Filter> Sketch> Halftone Pattern (Filter> Sketch> Halftone pattern), use my settings. Then go to Filter> Design> Mezzotint (Filter> pixelate> mezzotint), where also use my settings. And the last thing we have to do: change the layer blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) and opacity of the layer by 45%.


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That’s all! Hope this tutorial was helpful.


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