Depicting Atlanta’s Punishment in Photoshop

See what should happen after this lesson.

In Roman mythology, Titan Atlas (in Greek mythology, the Atlas corresponds to it) was chained and literally kept the whole world on its shoulders. This was his punishment for participating in the battle against Zeus on the side of the titans.
In today’s lesson we will try to depict the punishment of Atlas.

First we need:

Step 1. Open the Model Image using the tool. Pen Tool (Pen), select the Atlas and place it on a new layer (Ctrl + J). Name the layer “atlas”.

Step 2. Fill the initial layer (background) with black. We need to change the canvas size. Image> Canvas Size (Image> Canvas Size). Select size in percent (percent): width 120, height 140 percent, select the color of the original layer.

Step 3. Open the Planet image. Note that the ground consists of three layers. Remove the original layer. Merge the other two layers (Ctrl + Shift + E).

Step 4. Insert the image of the earth into the working paper. The layer with the ground must be below the “atlas” layer. Layer the ground name ‘earth’. Make a bigger land, then turn right so that the dark side is on the left side. Press key Enter, to complete the transformation.

Step 5. Go back to the “atlas” layer and make it smaller (Ctrl + T). Note that the image is reduced proportionally, and for this you need to hold the key Shift and resize. Press the key Enter, when done.

Step 6. Use the tool Crop tool (Crop) to distort the image. Next you need to add stars to the background. To do this, select the initial layer and go Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Settings set those shown in the figure below.

Step 7. Next, apply a blur Filter> Blur> Blur More (Filter> Blur> Blur +). You can blur it again if you want the noise to look even more blurry. Call the window with levels (Ctrl + L). Set the following values. Click OK.

Step 8. Load a brush with clouds in Photoshop.

To draw clouds, we need more space, so select two layers (“atlas” and ‘earth’) with the Shift key and reduce the size.

Step 9. Choose white for the brush with 100% opacity. Create a new layer above the remaining layers. Start painting the clouds using different clouds brushes. As you noticed, the clouds are located in the lower part of the body of the Atlas.

Step 10. Download the following Smoke brushes. Combine these brushes with previous brushes for best results.

Step 11. Create layer mask to the clouds layer. Now, with the previous brushes of black color, go over the mask of the layer with low opacity (20% -25%). This is necessary in order to balance the appearance of the clouds: not too thick, not too thin.

Step 12. Select the “atlas” layer and press Ctrl + U to open the window Hue /Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Set the following values.

Step 13.Open the image with the texture. Using rectangular selection, (Rectangular Marquee Tool), copy and paste into the working paper.

Step 14. Place the texture layer under the cloud layer. Change the name of the layer to “texture” and create a clipping mask. Alt + Ctrl + g. Thus, the texture will appear only on the body of our hero. Change blending mode to Overlay (Overlap) and then, resize, Ctrl + t.

Step 15. Open the image of fire. Select its part with the tool. Rectangle selection . Drag the image onto the working document.

Step 16. Place the fire layer below the cloud layer, then create a clipping mask. Change blending mode to Overlap. This will give the Atlas body an interesting color.

Step 17. On the fire layer create layer mask . Using Linear gradient (Linear Gradient), go over the layer mask. Thus, on the body of the character you get a smooth color transition.

Step 18. Open the image Chain1. Tool Pen select the whole chain or you can use Quick mask to highlight.

Step 19. After drag the finished chain to Atlas. Place the layer with the chain above all layers and name ‘big chains’. Using transformation, Resize and map as shown in the image below.

Step 20. Make a copy of the layer and flip horizontally. Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally). Display the circuit as shown.

Step 21 Open the image with the texture again and drag its right chain. Place the texture layer above the chains big chains ’layer.

Step 22 Create Clipping mask (Alt + Ctrl + G). Change blending mode to Overlap.

Repeat the same process with the left chain.

Step 23 Open the image Chain2. Select the rightmost chain tool Rectangle selection and drag on the working document. The layer must be above the other layers. Call it “small chain”.

Step 24 Using the tool Magic wand , remove the black background from the chain. See the settings below.

Step 25. Display the chain horizontally. Tool Clone stamp Tool (Stamp) Extend the length of the chain.

Step 26. Click Ctrl +J four times. So you will have five layers (along with the original layer with a chain), which you place as shown in the figure below.

Step 27. It turned out that small chains are on top of a large one. It should not be. We will fix this later. Now select the layer with a small chain and go Edit> Transform> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp). Warp as shown. Next, do this with each small chain until they become crooked.

Step 28. Using round Eraser with hard edges, remove a few chain links as shown.

Step 29. Now create a shadow. First we need to select all the chains. Hold Ctrl + Shift and click on the thumbnail of the chain layers. Choose the entire right side. See the drawing.

Step 30. Create a new layer above the cloud layer. Fill with black color. Press Ctrl + D. Name the layer “shadow”. Turn the shadow to the left by the transformation. See picture below.

Step 31 Blur a little shadow. Navigate Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 5px-7px and click OK. To make the shadow even more blurry, you can repeat this step by pressing Ctrl + F.

Step 32 Staying on the same layer, add layer mask. Use soft round brush low opacity to hide the shadow. You should look as if the shadow is gradually disappearing. For more clarity, see the figure below.

Step 33 Repeat Step 29 through Step 32 to create a shadow for the left side of the chain.

Step 34 Now select the topmost layer. Hold Alt, click the layers menu button, select Merge visible (Merge visible layers). All visible layers will be merged into one new layer.

Step 35 Now go Filter> Other> High Pass (Filter> Other> Color Contrast). Set the radius to 1.5px – 2px and click OK. Change blending mode to Overlap. The hero is clearer in color.

Step 36 Add a adjustment layerColor balance (Color Balance). Set the following values ​​to get a yellowish effect.

Here is the final image.

Thanks for attention!

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