How to reach the moon in Photoshop

In this lesson we will create a magical illustration that is well suited for a children’s book.

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) of A4 size. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) and fill the background layer with # 0d0e10.
Open the photo with the girl on the stairs in Photoshop and tool Fast selection (Quick Selection Tool) (W) remove the background. Transfer the girl to the main document.

Step 2

Create a copy of the girl layer and apply a filter Colour contrast (Filter> Other> Color Contrast) (Filter> Other> High Pass) with a value of 5 pixels. Set the blending mode Bright light (Vivid Light) and create a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G). With the filter, we improved the detail of the girl.

Step 3

Create a new layer for the girl and use a large soft black brush to paint her. According to our idea, the girl will touch the Moon, which means her hands and face should be brightly lit, and all the rest should be immersed in the shadow.
Create a correction layer to increase the contrast. Gradient map (Gradient Map) in mode Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 4

Insert in our document a photograph of the moon on a black background. To hide the black background, set the blending mode Lightening (Screen). For the moon, apply a correction Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U) to increase the amount of blue. Then increase the brightness and contrast with correction Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast) (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast): 54/51.

Step 5

Create a new layer and fill it with the color # ff80b6. Choose a large soft brush and paint a large blot with # 61a5fb. Set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light). This layer should be at the top.

Step 6

Create a copy of the moon and apply a filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a value of 10 pixels. Blur will create a soft glow from the moon.
Insert a bright glow on a black background in our document and set the blending mode Lightening (Screen). Shift the black correction point Levels (Ctrl + L) and eraser correct the shine. This shine was taken from the NASA website, but you can find a replacement on the Internet.

Step 7

Insert clouds into our document. Adjust their brightness and contrast, and also change the tone with the help of correction Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U). Settings for the clouds used in the lesson:

Hue – 270
Saturation: 4
Lightness: -12

Step 8

Add more clouds to the back. Take care of color matching and erase the edges with an eraser or mask.

Step 9

Correction settings Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U) for clouds:

Step 10

Insert an image of the stars on top of a black background. Set the appropriate blend mode and lower the opacity slightly. In this lesson, the author used the mode Lightening basics (Color Dodge) and 80% opacity. Also reduce saturation to -60.

Step 11

Now we will create a Glow effect. Put all the layers on one separate (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and apply the filter Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blending mode Lightening (Screen) and an eraser, leave the glow only in areas illuminated by the moon.

Step 12

Create a new layer on the top and use a large soft brush to darken the edges.

Step 13

Finally, you can add a logo or some pattern. Author bent pattern using filter Plastics (Liquify).

Final result:

Author: Fabio Sasso

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