London flood

I remembered a good joke. Sherlock Holmes sits and eats oatmeal. Suddenly, behind the door a terrible crash.
-Mrs. Hudson, what happened, who came?
-Thames, sir!
Something in this spirit we will create today.

This is what should happen in the end:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Open the main image, main image on which one of the streets of London is visible. In the photo there is an elderly couple, which we will have to remove. So take the tool CloneStamp (Stamp) and carefully remove the old men from the picture. Use alternately and hard and soft brushes to achieve a perfect result.

Step 2. Now we need to add a terrible, black sky. Take PolygonLasso (polygonal lasso), circle them to the roofs of houses, as in my drawing, worry if it does not work out very carefully. We will work on the details later. For now unlock the background layer and name it The outside. Now remove the sky.

Step 3. Open the stormy sky image and place it under the layer. The outside. Name the new layer Sky. Now take FreeTransform (tool free transformation) and adjust the size of the sky under our picture. Do not forget about the future, the sky should seem to approach us.

Step 4. Not very pretty yet, is it? Do not worry and continue to work. Open the wave image and place it in the center. Take eraser (eraser) and erase the excess. Again, do not try very hard, we will leave all the nuances for a snack. Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast (image – correction – brightness / contrast). Here are my settings:

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (image – correction – hue / saturation) and put such settings:

Name layer Wave. See what should come out at this stage:

Step 5. Now it will be a little heavier. We need to add all these files with water water files to our image. Transform them like I do and erase too much. You will probably need to duplicate some layers of water to create the effect of a universal flood. Do not rush, play with the textures, as long as the flood looks natural. See, poor London has already slowly begun to flood:

Step 6. Now drain all layers with water into one layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > ColorBalance(image-correction-color balance) and make the following settings: (Note that you need to work with the color balance twice)

Now drain the layer Wave with a layer Water. Leave the name Water.

Step 7. It’s time to clean up our flaws. Hide layer Water, we will work with layers The outside and Sky.
Take BurnTool (dimmer) mode highlights(lighting) with exposure (exposure) 50% and darken the roofs of houses, they almost have to merge with the sky:

Open this derelict1 image and place it on the right side of the main document. Using a soft eraser (eraser), smooth all seams. Merge this layer with a layer The outside.

Step 8. Let’s work on the nuances. Make the water visible, take a soft eraser (eraser) and slightly wipe around the edges. Then activate SmudgeTool (finger), choose brush charcoal(charcoal) with a size of 20 pixels t adjust it as follows:

Slightly smear the waves around the edges, try to create the effect of streams and splashes flying in different directions. Take your time, at this stage of work the main thing you need is patience and accuracy. If you want, you can duplicate this layer first before you start working on the spray. So you can always later correct your mistakes.

Step 9. Now activate the layer The outside. Go to Image > Adjustments > ColorBalance (image-correction – color balance) and put such settings.

Now, now it’s better, gradually everything falls into place. However, there is more work to do.

Step 10. Now it’s time to do the water jets. This is the most difficult stage for all the lesson. But we will focus and prove that we can overcome any obstacles in our path.
Open the images splash1 and splash2, carefully cut out the jets, remove the excess.

You will need to make 4 streams of water: 2, which flood the cars standing on the side of the road, and 2, which whip from the doors on the right and left sides of the street.
You can smudge the streams a little at the edges to give them a natural look. You can also add a little white color with a brush. But this must be done on a separate layer. Now merge all layers with streams together and name the layer Flow.

Step eleven. Happened? Now add a little bit of roughness to the image. We need to create an effect, as if a stream of water rushes right at you. Dream up and play with the settings. For example, I slightly reduced the saturation of the color in the layer Water and added a red tint to the buildings in the layer The outside.

Step 12. Now we will fill the fog. In fact, it is quite simple to do. Choose a blue color similar to the color on the Water layer. To do this, use EyedropperTool (pipette).
Activate Radial GradientTool (radial gradient) and set these settings:

Create a new layer under the layer. Water and make a gradient like mine. Then duplicate this layer and place a duplicate above the layer. Water. Reduce transparency to 30%. Make blend mode Multiply

Step 13. Now it’s time to add some rain. London is always a nasty weather, isn’t it? There are many ways to make rain in Photoshop. If you follow this link, Here is one, you will find a very interesting technique for imitating rain. But we will go more simple way and do this:
Open a new layer and fill it with black. Then go to Filter > Noise > AddNoise (filter – noise – add noise) with the following settings:

Then go to Filter > Blur > MotionBlur (filter – blur – motion blur)

Then- Image > Adjustments > Levels (image – correction – levels):

Set the blending mode Screen (lightening), with a soft eraser, remove the excess on the top and bottom of the layer, go to Edit > Transform > FreeTransform (edit – transform – free transform) and achieve the effect that the rain fills the entire image.

Step 14. But still something is missing. Open the image with the car and place it at a distance, under the layer Fog. Resize, then add the image again. Stream 1 splash1. This will give greater realism. The car carries the stream of water.

Step 15. There is still a little bit more. First we will make two gradient maps (gradientmaps). Click the button Adjustmentlayer (correction layers) at the bottom of the layers palette and select GradientMap (gradient map). Then choose such a palette:

Use the following settings: Change the blending mode of the layer to Multiply (multiply), transparency 100%.

Conclusion
It remains only to add a little depth and slightly adjust. You are taking BlurTool (blur) pressing 20% ​​and blur the roofs a little and the background on the layer The outside.

Create a new layer, go to Image > ApplyImage (image – external channel) and then Filter> Sharpen> Sharpen (filter – add sharpness – add sharpness). This will give our work an even more stylish and complete look.

All is ready! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let only the bright sun always shine in your life, and floods and floods will pass you by. Good luck!

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