Step 23 – Red T-Shirt

To make the man even more visible we’ll make him deep red t-shirt. Add new layer on the top of the layers and name it RED T-SHIRT. Grab the brush and pick #FF0000 red color. Now carefully paint over the man’s t-shirt. After you’re done change the Blending Mode of this layer on Darken.

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Step 24 – Adding the Moon

Download the picture of the moon and drag it into the manipulation. Name it MOON and place it on the top of the layers. Press Ctrl + T and resize it on proper size. Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Screen which very easily blends the moon with the rest of the image. Screen Blending Mode works on the principle that it makes black color completely invisible and let the white color completely visible. Other color are visible depending on their lightness. This blending mode is also really useful if you blend lens flare. You can reed more about this (and other) blending mode in this article.

But back to the tutorial. To make the moon looking even more realistic lower the opacity of the layer on 70%. It would be also well looking if part of the moon is hidden behind the clouds. To do that add vector mask to this layer. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select soft round brush, pick black color and lower the opacity of the brush on about 40%. Now gently paint over the areas where the moon should be hidden. After this step you manipulation should be similar to the one shown below.

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Step 25 – Adding Birds

This is really quick step. Download the bird brushes and install them into the Photoshop. Create a new layer on the top of the layers and name it BIRDS. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select one of the brushes you’ve just installed, pick some very dark grey or blue color and paint birds similar as on the preview picture.

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Step 26 – Reflection under the Man

The man stands in the water. It means he should have some reflections in it. To add them right click on the layer MAN and select Duplicate layer. Place this new layer under the MAN and name it e.g. MAN’S REFLECTION. Change the Blending Mode of the layer on Overlay and lower the Opacity on 30%. Add vector mask, grab the Brush Tool (B), select soft round brush and pick black color. Set the Opacity on 80%. Now paint over the head and body of the reflection. You should get something like this:

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Step 27 – Adding the Textures

In this step you will add two textures to create grungy look. First drag the texture number 3 from the grunge pack you’ve downloaded few steps back. Place it on the top of all layers and name it TEXTURE 1. Press Ctrl + T and resize it on the size of the manipulation. Change the Blending Mode of the layer on Soft Light and lower the Opacity on 75%. Download this texture and drag it into the manipulation too. Place it on the top and name it TEXTURE 2. Change the Blending Mode on Overlay and lower the Opacity on 30%.


Step 28 – Improving the Light

The light still needs some improvements. We’ll do them in this step. Add new layer on the top of the layers and name it LIGHT IMPROVEMENT. Grab the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the layer with solid #808080 grey color. Change the Blending Mode of the layer on Overlay. Now grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color, lower the opacity on 40% and start painting over the areas which should be lighter. Then pick black color and do the same with the areas which should be darker. Below it’s shown how the layer should look with the Normal and Overlay Blending Mode. As you can see I made wall bit lighter because of the shining moon and bottom part of the wall and some of the waves darker.

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Step 29 – Softening

According to me the picture would look better if it’s softer and has little dreamy feel. I’ll show you little trick how to do that. Grab the Marquee Tool (M) and select the whole manipulation. Press Ctrl + Shift + C to copy the picture merged and then Ctrl + V to paste it. Place this layer on the top of the layers and name it SOFTENING. Now go to Filters > Other > High Pass and set the dialogue as it’s shown below. Press OK. Now go to Image > Adjustments > Invert to invert the colors of the layer. Now change the Blending Mode on Overlay. The picture is softer isn’t it?

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Step 30 – Vignette

The last thing you’ll do is adding vignette to the picture. To do that press Ctrl + Shift + C to copy merged image again and Ctrl + V to paste it. Place it on the top of the layers and name it VIGNETTE. Go to Filter > Lens Correction… (might be bit different in different versions of Photoshop) and set the window as you can see below. Press OK.

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Final Results

Congratulation. You’ve just finished the manipulation. Thank you for reading the tutorial and hope you’ve learnt something new and useful during the reading or found inspiration for your new work. I’d like to see your work based on this tutorial in the comments! See you in the next tutorial

- Jarka

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