Mysterious ghost ship in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a mystical photo manipulation with a ship by a ghost and a mysterious figure aboard a ship. You will learn how to create a ghost ship using a combination of stock images. In this lesson, you will master the technique of combining images and creating light effects, as well as the technique of using brushes.

The final result:

Source materials:

Step 1

First, create a new document (Ctrl + N) 1772 px in width and 2100 px in height.

Open the stock image of the Boat, move this image to our document. Choose a tool Pen (pen tool) in the toolbar. Using this tool, create a selection around the boat image by clicking on the edge of the boat image to create the first anchor point.

Continue to create a contour around the edge of the boat image until you close the starting point of the contour with the last point of the contour. Once you have closed the contour, right-click on the contour so that the context menu appears.

In the window that appears, select the option To form selected region(Make Selection). Next, press Shift + Ctlr + I to invert the selection, and then press the Del key to remove the background.

Step 2

Next, activate the tool Free Transformation (free transform tool (Ctrl + T). After activating the tool, the transformed image will be located inside the contour with reference points.

As soon as you activate the tool Free Transformation (free transform tool (Ctrl + T), right-click on the document to display the context menu. We will change the shape of the boat, use it to create a ghost ship. In the window that appears, select the option Perspective (Perspective).

Next, click on the lower right anchor point + hold down the anchor point with the mouse button and move it in the direction of the red arrow to transform the boat in perspective, as shown in the screenshot below. Next, select the option Distortion (distort), click on the upper anchor point + hold down the anchor point with the mouse button and move it in the direction of the blue arrow to distort the boat, as shown in the screenshot below.

Apply distortion and perspective to other anchor points to transform the image of the boat in order to match the desired shape.

Next, we will apply the option Deformation (warp) for best results.

Step 3

Open the stock image of the Web, select the part of the image with the web. Next, move the selected part of the image with the web to our working document, placing the layer with the web on top of the layer with the ship. Temporarily lower the opacity of the cobweb layer so that we can see the images with the ship. This will make it easier for us to apply the web on the image of the ship.

Once on the cobweb layer, activate the free transformation tool again. Select an option Perspective (Perspective) to change the shape of the web. Pull the anchor point in the direction of the blue arrow, as shown in the screenshot below. Continue applying perspective to the remaining anchor points until the patina closes the side of the ship.

Keep applying Deformation (warp) until we get the best result.

Step 4

Open the stock image of the Wall. Cut out part of the wall image with an iron support. Expand the selected image of the wall, for this we go Image – Rotate canvas – Flip canvas horizontally (Image> Image Rotation> Flip Canvas Horizontal). Place the layer with a part of the wall on top of the cobweb layer.

Using the free transform tool, apply the deformation to the selected part of the wall until the wall closes the bow of the ship.

Step 5

Open the stock image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, cut out only part of the tower.

Place the selected part of the tower at the top of the ship. Apply the deformation to the selected part of the tower if necessary:

The result that I got.

Step 6

Next, open the image Ruins. Select a part of the ruins, we use this part of the ruins in our composition.

Activate the free transformation tool again to change the shape of the selected part of the ruins.

Duplicate the transformed part of the ruins (Ctrl + J), then try to combine both parts by transformation.

Step 7

Next, go to the web layer. To the cobweb layer, add a layer mask. Choose a splatter brush, brush color is black. Using a brush, paint over the web mask layer with strokes to hide part of the web.

Next, place some of the ruins behind the cobweb.

Add another deformed part of the ruins ahead. To the deformed part of the ruins, add a layer mask to hide the part of the ruins where there is a need.

Step 8

In this step, we will complete the creation of the ship, we will give shape to the ship and add some elements to this form. Open the image of Tower 2. Cut out part of the tower.

I created a vertical ship design using parts of an image with ruins. To enhance expressiveness, I added parts of the image of the tower. Duplicate part of the tower as many times as necessary. Place duplicates on the ship’s structure. Using a layer mask, process the edges of duplicate images to better align them.

Finally, add the created design to the ship image. Place the layer with the created structure below all created layers.

After adding additional ruins, the ship will look like in the screenshot below.

Step 9

Next, open the Wall image, select the image of the iron support. Move the selected image of the iron support to our working paper, placing it on the left side of the ship.

Step 10

In this step, we will add ropes to the ship image. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N), select the tool again Pen (pen tool). While on a new layer, click with the stylus on the farthest support, and then once again click on the nearest support, hold the mouse button + drag the mouse in the direction of the red arrow. Due to this, we will create a contour of the curve.

Make sure the brush is set hard and round, the brush diameter is 2-3 px, and the foreground color is set to a dark brown shade. Finally, right-click on the created contour so that the context menu appears. In the window that appears, select the option Outline the contour (stroke path), and further in the window that appears, set the brush tool.

Using the same technique, add more ropes to the ship.

Step 11

In this step, we will add more support to the ship, by drawing them. Choose a round hard brush. Apply the following settings for the brush, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Using a dark brown shade, draw a foothold.

Add smaller supports.

Step 12

Using the same brush settings, draw supports on the prow of the ship.

Choose a tool Clarifier and dimmer (dodge and burn tool). Use a brightener on the supports to create light highlights and a dimmer for shading. When using the tool, make sure you have the spray brush installed.

Step 13

Create a new layer, select the brush tool. Make sure you install the Spanish Bearded Moss Brush. On a new layer, draw moss hanging from different parts of the ship. To draw them, use dark color shades.

Continue to draw moss on those parts of the ship where there is a need. The result that I got.

Step 14

Finally, open the stock image of the Lantern, using the pen tool, create a selection around the image of the lantern. Move the selected image of the lantern to our working paper, placing on the left and right support of the ship.

The result that I got.

Step 15

In this step, we will create the main background for our scene. Create a new document 1024 px wide and 1108 px high.

Choose a tool Gradient (gradient tool), set the foreground color to # 9eaabb, and the background color to # 0a0a0b. Gradient Type Linear (linear gradient). Apply a gradient on our new document.

Step 16

Next, we will add a cloud texture to our scene. Open the image of a cloudy sky. Move this image to our document. Apply scaling to an image with clouds, and then rotate the image as shown in the screenshot below.

Duplicate the clouds layer, place a duplicate layer on top of the original layer on the right side of the document. Using a layer mask, process the left side of the duplicate to create a smooth transition. To do this, use a soft round brush.

Select layers with clouds, then press Ctrl + E to merge them together into one layer.

Step 17

Next, go Filter – Blur – Blur on the surface (filter> blur> surface blur) to soften the clouds a bit.

Step 18

Change the blending mode for the cloud layer to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity is 100%. Duplicate the cloud layer four times. Set the blending mode for the first duplicate to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity is 100%.

For the second duplicate on Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity 80%. For the third duplicate Overlap (overlay) layer opacity is 45% and for the last duplicate Lightening basics (color dodge), opacity is 100%. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 19

Create a new layer below the cloud layer, fill this layer (Shift + F5) with a soft blue tint. Set the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay) 100% layer opacity:

To the blue fill layer, add a layer mask. Using a layer mask, hide the bottom part, marked in red in the screenshot below.

Step 20

Open the texture of Water. Move the texture to our document with clouds.

Change the blending mode for the water texture layer to Overlap (overlay). Using a soft black brush, paint on the layer mask of the layer marked in red, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 21

In this step, create a new adjustment layer below the water layer. Let’s go Layer– New corrective layer – Color tone / Saturation(layer> new adjustment layers> hue / saturation).

Set the blending mode for the adjustment layer to Normal (normal), layer opacity 20%. Next, on the layer mask of the adjustment layer, hide the areas that are highlighted in red in the screenshot below.

Step 22

Move the ship images to our main document.

To the ship layer, add a few adjustment layers. First, we go again Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibration (layer> new adjustment layers> vibrance). In the window that appears, do not forget to put a tick in the box Use previous layerto create a clipping mask (Use Previous Layer To Create Clipping Mask) to convert the adjustment layer into a clipping mask.

Next, add another adjustment layer: Color Balance (color balance), also convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask.

Next, add another adjustment layer: Curves (curves), also as a clipping mask.

Step 23

Create a new layer, convert this layer to a clipping mask to the ship layer. Choose a soft round brush with an opacity of 10-20%, the color of the brush is white and further, create light highlights on the image of the ship. At the bottom of the ship, add shadows.

Create another new layer as a clipping mask, fill this layer with black. Set the blending mode for this layer to Lightening basics (color dodge) and add light highlights to enhance the lighting effect.

Step 24

Open the image of the moon. Move this image to our main document. Reduce the size of the image of the moon by placing it in the upper left part above the ship. Change the blending mode for the layer with the Moon to Lightening (screen), layer opacity is 100%.

Once again, open the image of the Moon, this time increase the size of the image of the Moon, position this image as shown in the screenshot below. Change the blending mode for the second layer with the Moon to Lightening (screen) layer opacity 52%.
Next, to the layer with the Moon, add a layer mask and on the layer mask, hide the Moon, as well as unnecessary areas with the reflection of moonlight.

Step 25

Create a new layer below the ship layer. Choose a soft round brush with an opacity of 10-20%, the color of the brush is white and then, while on a new layer, go with a white brush, as shown in the screenshot below. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (overlay):

Step 26

In this step, we will add rays of light to our scene. Create a new layer on top of the Ship group. Choose a tool Pen (pen tool), then create a selection, as shown in the screenshot below. Choose a tool Gradient (gradient tool), gradient type Linear (linear), the color of the gradient from white to transparent. Fill the active selection with a gradient.

Set the blending mode for this layer with rays of light to Normal (normal), the opacity of the layer is 25%. Next, create a new layer below the layer with the rays of light. Using a soft white brush, paint over the area as shown in the screenshot below.

Finally, duplicate the ray layer several times as needed. Place duplicates on top of the original layer.

Step 27

Create a new layer again. In the brush settings, select the Ghost brush. While on a new layer, draw a ghost in white. Next, duplicate the ghost layer, change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Overlap (overlay), layer opacity is 100%. Go to the original ghost layer, then lower the opacity of this layer to about 20%.

Step 28

In this step, we will apply adjustment layers to the entire image. Settings for the first two adjustment layers: Vibration (vibrance) and Color Balance (color balance) are shown in the screenshot below. Set the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Vibration (vibrance) on Normal (normal), layer opacity 85%.

Next, create another adjustment layer: Curves (curves. Some areas of the adjustment layer, hide with a layer mask. These areas are marked in red in the screenshot below.

Step 29

The result at the moment after the additional addition of light rays.

Step 30

Finally, press Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E to create a merged layer. Convert this merged layer to a smart object, and then go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (filter> other> high pass). Change the blending mode for the layer to which you applied color contrast to Multiplication (multiply), layer opacity is 40%.

To the layer with color contrast, add a layer mask. And then, using a soft black brush, process the areas indicated in red in the screenshot below to reduce the effect.

You can see the final result in the screenshot below. I hope you enjoyed the lesson, I will be glad to hear your comments on the technique of execution and the result.

Final result

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