Feeling alone

Sometimes a simple composition can be more effective when it comes to the transfer of the concept. Composition is a key element in this kind of art. Remember some moments from the rules of composition and even the most simple artwork can be amazing. This lesson is devoted to the rules of composition.

Final result

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STEP one. For this particular artwork, composition is more important than in my other lessons because of the concept I want to convey. I wanted to show the idea of ​​a lonely person isolated in the heart of the desert, so I used part of the image with the landscape, so that I could increase the sensation of the cosmos, and also to make the person look even smaller.

The size of my document is 4000? 2500, but you can use smaller sizes. Paste the image of the desert on our document, apply scaling if necessary.

STEP 2 I used the tool Spot Healing Brush (Spot Healing Tool), to “clean the desert” from large stones and branches, and small sand dunes. This is done in order not to distract the attention of the observer, and also to make the image look much better.

In order for the original layer to remain intact, I created a new layer, which I called ‘desert cleansing’ and on this layer, I used a dot repair brush, by ticking the box Sample of all layers (Sample All Layers).

STEP 3. Create a new layer below the desert layer (or unlock the layer with the background, if you didn’t delete it) and name this layer ‘night’. Fill this layer with black.
Next, select the desert layer and the ‘desert cleansing’ layer, group these two layers. Once you have grouped these two layers, create a layer mask to the created group.

STEP 4. We use the layer mask we created to hide part of the desert and create darkness around it. The easiest way to do this is to use the tool. Gradient (Gradient Tool) on the layer group mask. I used black and white Linear (linear) gradient to reveal the sky and create a smooth transition of darkness on the horizon.

To create darkness on the sides, apply a linear gradient from black to transparent, pulling the gradient from the middle to the side.

STEP 5. Add a planet to our document. I arranged the planet with a luminous part facing the earth. I added a blue outer glow using layer styles. I wanted the planet to be a little brighter, so I applied a filter Photo filter (Photo Filter), as a clipping mask. I used a blue tint, Density (Density) 45% overlay mode Normal (Normal).

STEP 6. Create a new layer on top of the ‘night’ layer and paste the stock image with the stars onto the created layer. Even if the image with the stars does not cover the entire space of the sky, simply duplicate the image several times as necessary, but do not enlarge them, because they will not look very good.

I really don’t like the little dots between the stars, so I used Levels (Levels) to enhance the shadows and darken a little mid-tones in order to get rid of them, keeping only the bigger stars. Also, I used a layer mask to shade the stars as they approach the horizon.

STEP 7. Select the man, then move the selected image of the man to our document. Reduce the image with the man as much as you like (but do not forget that the figure should look like a human). Apply to the layer with the man Curves (Curves) or Levels (Levels) to make it darker, but not completely.

STEP eight. Making a man’s shadow is very simple. Simply duplicate the image with the man, completely darken the duplicate with the help of correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), reduced Brightness (Lightness) to -100. Then reflect the image vertically, then apply the tools to the image. Distortion and Perspective (Distort and Perspective tools) to reflect shadows on the ground.

I reduced the opacity of this layer to 85% and applied a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) 3 px to soften the shadow (the amount of blur will depend on the size of your document and your taste).

STEP 9. As soon as the scene was completed, I added an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all layers, blending mode for this adjustment layer Soft light (Soft light), layer opacity 20%.

Final result

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