The Making of Rapture

Today, we have another Psd tutorials. If you want to take your photo manipulation skills to the next level, then we have an awesome tutorial

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Tutorial Details
  • Applications Used: Photoshop CS3+
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Estimated Completion Time: Several Days

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In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to successfully create this epic scene in Photoshop. This piece involved the use of several stock images and is loaded with useful tips and tricks. It took several days to complete, so let’s stop fooling around and get started!

Step 1

Before you start creating this piece. Open the dancer image in a new document and cut him out using Layer Mask. Test this dancer on 1-2 different backgrounds to see if you did a good job with the extraction.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights and adjust the values for Shadows only – Amount 50%, Tonal Width 33%. These are the values I picked for that particular picture; depending on your own picture they will be different. Just keep in mind to make the picture brighter and lighten the shaded areas (but don’t overdo it).

Now take a look at the 3rd image below. Go to the Layers Palette and add a new adjustment layer – Curves. Drag the slider to the top left (like you see in the 1st Curves dialog box of 3rd image below). Then go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. This will hide the Curves content. While you still have Curves layer selected, right click on it and select Create Clipping Mask. This will stick the layer to our dancer layer allowing us to paint only in the areas of the dancer. Name this layer “Highlights”. Next, add another Curves adjustment layer, and referring to the one we just made, create same one but with the difference of slider going to the right bottom. Also remember to create clipping mask for it. Name this layer “Shadows”.

In the 4th image below I indicated spots where you need to paint. But before you do it, grab the Brush Tool, set your Hardness to 0% and Flow to around 5%. Pick white color; select “Shadows” layer mask and paint in the red spots indicated in 4th image below. There are of course more of these spots, I just pointed some of them. You need to enhance the shade areas. Then switch to “Highlights” layer mask and do the same with the highlight spots (showed with green line).

Step 2

Now go to the Layers Palette again and create a new adjustment layer above all – Selective Color. Set the values as you see them below. The goal is to make this person look more fantasy. That’s why we need to play around with tonal variety. When you’re done, right click on this layer and select Create Clipping Mask.

Next create Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and desaturate it a little bit. You should get similar result to mine in the 2nd image below.

Step 3

Now we can start working on our project. I’m recommending you to work on a canvas of 1100x1700px, this will lower your expenses of buying large pictures, and for tutorial purposes I think it’s enough for you to learn something cool. For your own projects I recommend to use bigger canvases like the size of A4 / A3.

Drag our dancer to the main project document (incase you don’t know what to do with all these clipping mask I will give you a small hint – disable the background layer to get your dancer on transparent background, then hit Command/Ctrl + Shift + C (Copy Merged), go to the main project document and hit Command/Ctrl + V to paste, this will paste our cut dancer with all these adjustments applied).

OK, let’s finally take care of the 1st image below. Pick a dark blue color (showed in the image) and create a background out of it. Then open paper texture, drag it to our project and change it’s Blending Mode to Overlay. Next go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and adjust it how you feel it looks best.

…and that’s the end of the preview!

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