Making a spectacular collage with Spiderman in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to create an amazing collage with Spiderman in Photoshop. We will use the image of a black and white city as a background for our hero, and then add the spider itself. After that, we will change everything using adjustment layers and finish the collage using light effect correction using the Lighting Effects filter.

Final image:

1. Add a city

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop with dimensions Height (Height) 1200 px and Width (Width) 1366 px.

Step 2

Place the image of the city in the main document through the menu File> Place Embedded (File> Place Embedded). You can also use Transform Tool (Free Transformation) (Ctrl + T) to rotate it or to combine with the main document. But try to arrange the largest building on the scene, as I did below:

Step 3

Transform the image of the city into Smart objects (Smart Object). Go to menu Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and set Radius (Radius) 1 px. This will add more visibility to our topic, and if you want to blur the city more, then simply increase the radius value.

Below is the result:

Step 4

We will now color the city with corrective layers. Create an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) by clicking on the third icon at the bottom of the layers panel.

Tick ​​on Colorize (Toning) to color the city image with the following parameters:

Result:

Step 5

We continue to paint the image of the city using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves). So create an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) and use Red (Red) and Blue (Blue) channels to add blue and yellow tones. Here you can see the values ​​used:

Result:

Step 6

Add adjustment layer Levels (Levels) and increase the contrast of the entire image. Below you can see the settings:

Result:

2. Add our hero

Step 1

Download file spiderman psd and open it in Photoshop. Move Spider-Man to the main document with the tool Move Tool (V) (Move). Now adjust the position of the spider as shown below.

Step 2

Create an adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) for the spiderman layer and change the values Midtones (Mid Tones) to add yellow tones to Spiderman. You can see the image below for reference. Remember to specify this layer as a clipping mask.

Result:

Step 3

Create a new layer and name it. Dodge Burn. Fill this layer with 50% gray and set the blending mode. Overlay (Overlap), Opacity (opacity) 100%. Be sure to include it as a clipping mask.

Activate the tool Burn tool (Dimmer) (O). Install Range (Range) on Midtones (Mid Tones) and Exposure (Exponir.) About 9-10%. Now check the shadow on Spiderman using Burn tool ( Dimmer). Just go around the places where you think that they will be less illuminated by the light source (I strive to create light from the upper left corner), the main thing is not to overdo it. You can see how I did it in both modes.

If you want, you can also use Dodge tool (Brightener) (O) to clarify the light, but Spiderman already has enough light, so I only used Burn tool (Dimmer).

3. Final Correction

Step 1

It’s time for the final correction. Create an adjustment layer Color lookup (Search color) on top of all layers. Use the Candlelight.CUBE filter to change the color of the entire scene.

Result:

Step 2

Create a new layer and name it. Shine. Set the foreground color to # 644C19. Take Brush tool (Brush) (B). Now draw the light source as shown below. Just paint a large blot with a brush.

Set the blending mode Linear dodge (Linear Dodge). Result:

Step 3

Create an adjustment layer Selective Color (Selective color correction). Change the values Yellows (Yellow) and Neutrals (Neutral) colors:

Result:

Step 4

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E to merge all layers into one layer. Go to menu Filter> Render> Lighting Effects(Filter> Rendering> Lighting Effects) and adjust the light spot as shown below:

Light effects settings:

On the filter layer mask Lighting effects(Effects of Illumination) I masked the effect in a selected area because I don’t want to see a lot of light there. Use a soft black brush to mask the effect:

Result:

Step 5

Finally, I increased the contrast a bit using an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels).

Final result:

Thank you for completing the lesson, I hope you enjoyed the lesson.

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