Mat’s paintings are a beautiful style of modern digital art that are easy to do with Photoshop.
Today I will show you how to turn an ordinary photo with a lake into a dramatic photo manipulation. Let’s get started!
Create a new document (600px X 550px), resolution (resolution): 300.
Open the image with the lake by downloading the link at the beginning of this tutorial. Copy / paste this image onto our document.
I painted my plan in the screenshot of what I am going to do in this image. Before creating any painting by Matt Paint, “Planning” is a basic step that needs to be performed properly. If you don’t plan your actions well, then Mat Paint is such a thing that will encourage you to apply more and more effects, and in the end, you will be stuck solely in the effects, and you will get the wrong result. Therefore, planning your actions is the most important thing!
So let’s get to work on the image itself. First, we begin with an image of the sky. On the original image with a lake, the sky looks ordinary, in order to give it a dramatic look, you will need to replace the sky with another image. For this purpose, I chose the following image of the sky, which I arranged in such a way that it replaced part of the sky:
So, in order to replace the original sky, first duplicate the background image layer. Then, using the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool), carefully, highlight the sky, especially the areas between the trees.
Apply Inversion (Inverse) to the selection Shift + Ctrl + I or (through the menu, Selection – Inversion (Select -> Inverse). Next, add a layer mask to the layer, and then place the dramatic sky below the base layer.
See the result in the screenshot below.
Slight correction: If you look at the result in the screenshot, you will find several areas between the trees that were left unselected, therefore, it is necessary to fix it, for this we apply the following trick.
First, with the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso), highlight the area you want to fix, as shown in the screenshot below:
Next, go Selection – Color Range (Select> Color Range).
“Color Range” is a tool that highlights the shades in the specified color range of the selected area.
In order to fix the defective area, first, in the settings Color range (Color Range) per line View (Selection Preview): set the value Not set (None), and then using Pipette (eyedropper), select the color shades of the areas of the defective area that need to be corrected. See screenshot below:
Finally, click OK, as soon as you click OK, you will see an active selection of the defective areas. Just press the Delete key (press the delete key twice), this action will automatically align the image with the background sky.
To remove the sharpness of the trees and the fortress, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) and apply Blur radius (Radius): 28.9.
For. In order not to lose image quality during the workflow, it is recommended to convert images into smart objects.
Right click on the duplicate layer and select the option Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object), as shown in the screenshot below. With this option, you can change the filter settings at any time.
There are undesirable areas in the image of the fortress, in order to hide them, add a layer mask to the image with the lake and use the black brush to process the extra areas located near the fortress. The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Next, we will add an image of the moon to our document. For this purpose, I chose the following image of the moon.
To add a moon to our document, create a selection around the moon using the tool Oval area (Ellipse Tool), then, select the tool Move (Move Tool) and move the highlighted image of the moon to our document. Apply scaling to fit the background. Next, to the layer with the Moon, add a layer mask and using a black brush, process the image of the Moon.
On a layer mask using a brush, hide the excess areas only around the moon. The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Next, add birds to our composition using the following bird image.
To add birds, do the same steps that you did when adding the image of the moon. You should not use any selection tools to highlight the complex contour of the birds. This action will take you a lot of time.
Therefore, to avoid time-consuming selection actions, simply create a rectangular selection around the birds with the tool Rectangular area (Rectangle Marquee tool), and then move the selected image with the birds to our document. Apply scaling to the image with birds.
Next, to combine the image with the birds with the background. You will have to use the tool Color range (Color Range Tool), (the same action that you already did in Step 5 and 6). Using tool Pipette (Eyedropper tool), select the extra areas using the value Scatter (Fuzziness): 55. Next, delete the selected area.
The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Further, if we look at our image, we will notice that the shore of the lake looks empty. Therefore, it is necessary to fill the void, for this you can add stones by placing them along the edge of the shore.
For this purpose, I selected the following image of stones:
Using tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool), select the stones and then use the tool Moves (Move), move the selected image of stones to our document. Do not perform color correction yet, and do not use the tool. Color range (Color Range Tool) to the stones. Leave the stones as they are. In the screenshot below, you can see which part of the stones I selected:
Place the stones on the shore of the lake. See the location of the stones in the screenshot below:
Color Correction Procedure:
We come to the main part, which is called “Color Correction”. Color Correction is a procedure that provides a general mood of the image, if you succeed in this part, then you are lucky, and if not, then you will have to work on color correction. So, this is a very important part of the final process when creating a manipulation.
But do not be discouraged! Follow the techniques and procedures described below and you will master the color correction technique that you can apply to your work.
Add Night Shade to Image:
At the beginning, we will add a night shade to the image (this means that we will add dark shades to the image). To do this, add a new adjustment layer. Levels (Level) to all layers in the layers palette. Place this adjustment layer on top of all layers.
To add an adjustment layer, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels).
Apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
Next, we need to correct the stones in order to combine them with the background. Add an adjustment layer to the stone layer. Levels (Levels) and apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Adding Shades of Drama:
Before the next correction, we created a beautiful effect that is still not perfect enough. This means that we still need to add shades of drama.
Therefore, to create a dramatic light, create a new layer and using a brush, randomly apply shades of three colors.
1st Color shade: 3b7480
2nd Color shade: 3f715c
3rd Color shade: 75743b
And then using Gaussian Blur (Gaussian Blur Tool), Blur these color shades. These color shades should look like in the screenshot below:
Change the mode for this layer to Hard light (Hard Light). To maintain the brightness of the moon, to the layer with three color shades, add a layer mask and on the layer mask, use a black brush to process the image of the moon. The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Add another adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) to make the image look even better. Apply the values shown in the screenshot below:
To enhance the brightness or brilliance of the moon, create a new layer. And right on the image of the moon with a brush, walk around the moon once, set the opacity of the brush to 60%, the color of the brush is white.
Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also to the glare of the moon, apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius (Radius) set to 20px. Duplicate this layer and place both layers on top of the main layer with the Moon and a layer with three color shades.
Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (hue Saturation) only to duplicate the layer with the moon. Apply the values shown in the screenshot below:
After the correction, your image should look like in the screenshot below:
Now, we turn to the details of the color correction process. So, first I choose the birds, I want to combine them with the background color, because earlier we had already made a lot of changes in the background image.
In order to combine the color of the birds with the color of the background, go Image – Correction – Pick up color (Image> Adjustments> Match Color).
“Fit color” is a tool with which you select a color for a selected object in accordance with the original layer.
In our case, the original layer will be the image of the moon; A source (Source) – This is an image with the Moon, in Image parameters (Image Options), I applied the values that are shown in the screenshot below. So, this tool will calculate the colors and apply the resulting value to the image of birds.
Let’s make small but necessary changes in the image of objects.
It is very important to choose a color on the borders of the objects in the background. Otherwise, the image will look unnatural.
If you look at the borders of images, such as trees and a fortress, you will see the reflection of moonlight along the contour of these objects.
Therefore, to match the boundaries of the contour of objects, we will perform one action.
First, go to the main background layer and create a selection, then apply the inversion by pressing the Shift + Ctrl + I keys (or go Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse), then move the selection one pixel inward by pressing the key Arrow to down (twice) and key Right arrow (twice).
Next, select the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool) in the settings Range (Range): set Sveta (Highlights) and meaning Exposure (Exposure): 92%. And just apply this tool (2-3 times) only on the border of the contour of the fortress, only where the contour passes through the image of the sky. The result should be as in the screenshot below (Do not forget that the layer with three colors should be placed on top of the main working layer):
Repeat the same technique to correct the defects in the trees (Step 22 and 23).
To make the lake look more beautiful, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
The result should be as in the screenshot below:
Change the light in the window of the fortress. In the screenshot below, you can see the light in the window of the fortress.
Now, we change the shade of light in the window of the fortress so that it looks more natural. To do this, select the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool) and highlight the light in the window of the fortress. Next, change the color tone, as shown in the screenshot below:
Next, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), Radius (Radius) blur set 8.5 px.
To make the light in the fortress window more natural, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue Saturation) and apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
In order to create a reflection of light in the window on the surface of the lake, you need to duplicate the layer with the light in the window and place it on the surface of the lake. Use the tool Finger (Smudge Tool) to blur the light on the water surface, taking into account the ripples on the water surface.
Learning to create rain. To create a rain effect, first create a new layer on top of all layers. Fill this layer with gray (# 989897), as shown in the screenshot below:
Next, add noise to this layer, let’s go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), the value of the number is set to 33. Apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below:
Next, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and apply the values that are shown in the screenshot below:
Next, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light). The result should look like in the screenshot below:
Finally, to make the rain look more natural, add a layer mask to the rain layer. Next, choose a soft black brush, Opacity (Opacity) brushes set: 35% and on a layer mask, brush small areas of rain with a brush.
Create an atmosphere of fog on the lake. If you watch the shore of the lake after rain, you will notice a light atmosphere of fog.
In order to create an atmosphere of fog, create a new layer, then use a brush with a low opacity of 35%, paint a fog around the lake, as shown in the screenshot below:
Next, on the fog layer, apply the filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Radius (Radius) blur set 71.1 px.
And then add some noise to the fog layer. Apply the values shown in the screenshot below:
Next, once again, apply the filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Radius (Radius) blur set 9.5 px and finally, change the blending mode to Bright light (Vivid Light) to combine mist with background.
So, friends, we finished the lesson on the creation of the night lake! See the final result in the screenshot below: