Meet the new day with Photoshop

In this lesson, I will show you how to create a real sunrise scene. I will show you how to transform a daytime image into a dawn with a few adjustment layers and gradient maps. I hope you will like it.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1. Open the city image in Photoshop. You will need to remove the sky from the original image and insert your own. For this, you will need a tool Pen (Pen Tool (P), because in the image of the city, in the background there are several tall buildings and using the soft brush technique to switch between buildings and the new sky does not work very well. Therefore, select the pen and cut out the sky, and then insert a new The sky is on a new layer below the background layer.

Step 2. Open the image of a man using the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P) cut it and paste it into our document, on a new layer above the sky and background layer. If necessary, scale the image dimensions.

Step 3 – Matching background colors.
OK, as soon as our image is ready for work, we will begin to turn the image into a sunrise scene. If you wish, you can transform the image into a night scene with a big bright moon and stars. If you decide to create a night scene, then read my lesson “Beauty in the lake“, it can be useful, because in this lesson, you will learn how to create a night scene.

I took the sky as the basis for creating color and light for the rest of the elements. I just need to adjust the background and the man to match shades with shades of the sky. I used the Color Matching technique, which I explained in a series of my processing secrets Part 2– “Secrets of Manipulations”.

The first thing we need to do is make the background darker. All layers that will be applied to the background will be created as clipping masks and they will all be in the same group to simplify the work.

So, add a correction layer. Curves (Curves) and slightly increase the dark shades. I also used the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool (G) from black to transparent to create radial gradient (radial gradient) to darken buildings on both sides of the road even more, leaving the center brighter.

Next, I added a few more adjustment layers to get the same yellowish tint in the background as in the sky. In the screenshots below, you can see more detailed information on these adjustment layers.

This is how the image looks after applying all these adjustment layers.

Step 4. Using tool Lightening and dimming (Dodge Burn Tool), you can dim and brighten some buildings to create real lighting effects. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Fill it up Gray 50% (Gray) through Menu – Fill(Edit> Fill). Set the blending mode for this layer. Overlap (Overlay) and then using the tools Lightening and Dimming (Dodge Burn Tool), darken or lighten parts of buildings. See screenshot below.

In the screenshots below, you can see the result before and after exposure. Lightening and blackout (Dodge / Burn) on the image.

Step 5. And now, let’s also apply the correction to the man. Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient fill (Gradient Fill) as a clipping mask and apply a black to transparent gradient. See screenshot below.

Step 6. After creating the shadows due to the gradient fill, it’s time to apply color correction to the man. Apply the same technique as described in Step 3. Apply the adjustment layer. Color balance (Color Balance) to increase the shades of yellow and increase the shadows and mid-tones due to the adjustment layer Curves (Curves).

Step 7 Almost done. All we need is to apply a few basic corrections. I have already explained this several times, so it will be superfluous. In essence, a clone Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E is created and adjustment layers are applied to the merged layer as clipping masks.

As you can see from the screenshot in Step 6, there are too many reds and oranges in the image, among my final adjustment layers there are Color Balance (Color Balance), which I used to increase the shades Blue (Cyans). I also added a vignette effect, highlighting the central part of the canvas and adding feathering through Selection> Modification. Then I inverted the selection and filled it with black.

Translator’s Note: 1. to create a vignette, create a new layer. 2. After filling with black color, lower the layer opacity.

I also added a glare effect. I created a new layer and filled it with black, then I added highlights through Filter – Rendering – Glare (Filter> Render> Lens Flare) and changed the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen).

Further. I created a clone, as mentioned above, and added some light effects through Filter – Rendering – Lighting Effects (Filter> Render> Lighting effects). You can learn more about the final corrections from this lesson, and about the coverage from this lesson (translation of the lesson). See screenshot below.

Ok guys for today. If you decide to add a really interesting effect, then apply a filter. Blur at shallow depth of field (Lens bur) to the buildings and to the road, you will see how cool the image looked.

Final result

Author: Andrei Oprinca

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