The first thing I want to say is that this lesson is inspired by the lesson ‘Destroying New York’ from designer BlairHillen. Most of the things that I will do, you can peek in that lesson, so I will concentrate more on the little things.
I have an idea to “pull out” the dial and “throw” it right on the road. Imagine – the destroyed building of Big Ben, lying in front of him a broken dial; time has stopped, the whole city is in ruins … and so on.
I chose this photo of Big Ben, because the dial here turned out quite well, and a part of the road hit the frame, where I can “reset” it.
So far this is not exactly the atmosphere that I need, but we will correct it later. What is good about this source is that the street is almost empty, because if we had to remove a crowd of people from a photo, it would mean a lot of painstaking and tedious work.
I “removed” all passers-by from the street, but left the car to “break” it later. This we will do later.
Now I need another image of Big Ben: the dial itself and the top of the tower. Since the dial and the tower in the foreground, they will be larger than the original. If we were to increase the original photo, we would greatly deteriorate the quality, washing out the tower and dial.
Fortunately, on the Internet you can find a great many photos of Big Ben. I took an image large enough to fulfill my intentions and not lose quality.
Via PenTool(Pen) I “cut off” the dial from its frame.
After that we will use Edit – Transform – Distort (Editing – Transformation – Distortion) and Warp(Deformation), so to say, “crumple” the dial.
I do the same with the frame. Now add some construction waste and broken parts of the clock mechanism.
We cut down the tower (also from another, larger image) and place it near the clock.
I suggest you submit, so to speak, the background. There was a war, the very top of the tower was blown off, the back and left parts of the tower were completely destroyed, the right part was badly damaged, and the front dial is torn off and lies below with the top of the tower. I identified those parts that I decided to get rid of.
Many, being sure that these parts would no longer be useful to them, would simply have removed them. I’m not sure about this, so I’ll cut them to a new layer and for the time being I’ll just hide them – maybe they will still be useful to us.
Now, using PenTool (Pen), select the part of the right dial and again cut the selected part into a new layer. Now copy a part of the wall into the “hole” of the front part and darken it – as if the inside of the remnants of the left wall can be seen.
Another explosion made a huge hole in the wall and roof of the house of parliament. We need this to make an epic sunset – the rays of the sun will make their way through this hole. The selected part is not deleted, cut to a new layer and hide.
Now we will hide part of the windows – an explosion broke through the glass. Now make a copy of a piece of wall, put this piece in a hole in the wall and darken it. Or you can draw the fallen part of the wall yourself. This dark little piece, so it will not be difficult to draw it yourself.
The atmosphere is still so bland and boring, we need something more dramatic, such as sunset. Let’s get rid of the original sky and find some photo of the sunset. Let’s leave a “ray of hope” – let the sun still shine.
For the same reason, we will leave the leaves in the foreground – this illustrates that life goes on. By the way, about the leaves – we need to carefully cut all the gaps between them.
Well, it already looks more acceptable, but a bit illogical: for example, the remaining part of the roof would also fall over time. Maybe so, but this is another question.
Of course, such a sunset will give strong shadows. Therefore, select the front of the buildings and darken them.
About a piece of the tower. Duplicate the layer, darken it and put it on top. We also dim the dial to create a rust effect.
Towers should also cast a long shadow. Add some shadows to BlendingOptions(Overlay options). Of course, this cannot help us create the shadows we conceived. So we press Layer – LayerStyle – CreateLayer(Layer – Layer Style – Form a Layer). This function will itself cast a shadow, we just have to turn it around and place it the way we need it.
I decided that from the moment of the explosion and until the moment when this photo was taken, some time had passed. The rest of London is so ruined that people are no longer there.
So asphalt should crack, everything is already overgrown with grass and moss. This part of the work is well covered in the lesson, the link to which I gave at the beginning, so very briefly – find photos of asphalt with cracks and “screw” them to our work. The same with weeds and moss. As for the blending modes, something looks better with dimming, something with overlapping, something with lightening – play with the settings.
I find it a good idea not to add too much moss to buildings — I admit that this is illogical. So we will cover with moss only on the front parts, bypassing the internal ones. Do not forget about blending modes.
At the top of the remains of Big Ben, I added a little more vegetation – it looks better. The same with the dial.
Now the little things. I darkened the car a bit to make it look old. Add more rubble directly to the car. Let’s draw a soft brush across the sky – now it’s clouds. Completes the picture flock of birds.
Now let’s play with color with ColorBalance(Color balance) – add more red and yellow sunset colors.
And – done!