Jul 09

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space-Age Landscape

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 20:45 — julie

psdfanmembersbut Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

spacescenefinal Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 1

Creating a new document (600X600px) and fill your canvas with black:

spacescene1 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 2

Go to filter>noise>add noise and then add noise at 20%, gaussian, (monochromatic).

spacescene2 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 3

Now open your adjustments panel, and create a ‘levels’ adjustment layer. Apply the settings shown below in order to generate a nice star-field effect:

spacescene3 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 4

Create a new layer called ‘clouds’ and go to filter>render>clouds. Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 15%.

spacescene4a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene4b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 5

Now, with your clouds layer selected, go to image>adjustments>levels. Apply the settings below to increase the contrast of your clouds:

spacescene5 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 6

Create a new layer called ‘radial gradient’. Drag out a radial gradient from the center of your canvas, ranging from yellow (ffe400) to transparent.

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’. Then duplicate this layer twice.

spacescene6a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene6b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 7

Create a new layer called ‘circle’. Now create a circular selection in the center of your canvas and fill it with black. Then apply an inner shadow and outer glow effect (settings below):

spacescene7a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene7b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 8

Download this great image of a mountain range: mountain range.

Cut it out and paste it into the bottom right of your document:

spacescene8 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 9

Repeat this step with a second mountain range photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1280637.

Erase the edge of this photo so that it blends nicely with the first mountain range:

spacescene9 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 10

Now apply the levels settings below to your two mountain range images:

spacescene10a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene10b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 11

Cut out and paste in this photo of a house:

House Photo. Make sure that it’s layer is beneath your mountain layers.

spacescene11 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 12

Now apply the levels settings shown below:

spacescene12 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 13

Now paste in two more images of buildings and apply the same levels settings.

You may need to decrease the saturation of your photos to fit with your main composition:

House 2 Photo.

House 3 Photo.

spacescene13 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 14

Now use your dodge/burn tool on each of your mountains and building layers. You want to give the impression of the planet’s light casting light down on your scene. Therefore the lightest areas should be closest to the yellow light, and the darkest areas furthest away from it:

Try not to go overboard with this step, and use a brush exposure of around 50%.

spacescene14 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 15

Now create a new layer called ‘yellow highlight’. Use a large, soft, yellow (ffd800) paintbrush to paint over the areas that you used your dodge brush on.

Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 10%.

This should give a nice yellow tint, cast from your planet:

spacescene15a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene15b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 16

Copy and paste in this photo of a swan, and position it on top of your right side mountain:

Swan Photo.

spacescene16 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 17

Now apply the previous levels settings to your swan layer, as well as your dodge/burn brush.

Then apply the yellow highlight brush again, to give that ‘basked in light’ effect:

spacescene17 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 18

I want to give a shadow to my swan layer, being cast on the mountain range. I start by duplicating my swan layer. Then I flip vertically it and fit it underneath my original swan.

Then I go to edit>transform>warp. I warp the reflected swan to fit better with the shape of my mountain range.

Go to blending options for this layer and apply a black color overlay.

Then go to filter>blur>gaussian blur and apply a 3px blur. Reduce this layer’s opacity to 75%.

Finally, you want the shadow to become less pronounced as it gets further away from the swan. Use a soft, low opacity erase brush to erase away the bottom part of your shadow partially.

spacescene18a Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

spacescene18b Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

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Step 19

Now apply a gradient overlay adjustment layer, with a 20% layer opacity:

spacescene19 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

Step 20

Finally apply a color balance adjustment layer (settings below) to add a more murky, blue feel to the piece:

spacescene20 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

And We’re Done!

You can view the final outcome below. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome:

spacescenefinal Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

psdfanmembersbut Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

 Photo Manipulate a Surreal Space Age Landscape

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