Create a Sci-Fi Chamber Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Create a Sci-Fi Chamber Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
Create a Sci-Fi Chamber Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
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Referring to the given color, here is the result set to normal at 100% blending.

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And this is the result set to normal at about 75% opacity.

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Step 15

In this step, we will still add some more shade on the area around foreground walls and floor. Create another new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) above the previous shade layer. Take the gradient tool. Set foreground color to black. Choose a linear gradient set to above 10-15% opacity. Click-hold and drag the tool from the lower bottom upward as indicated by the orange arrow.

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Here is the gradient as a reference.

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Given this color reference, the result should be like the one in the screenshot. Select the shade layers and hit Ctrl+G to group them in a folder.

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Step 16

Proceed to create again a new layer above the shade folder. On this layer, paint a straight thin white line on the edges of the left and right wall. These lines will soften the edge of the wall.

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Step 17

Finally we will add ‘a life’ to the scene by placing a model at the edge point of the entrance. We will use this model for this purpose. Cut out the model from this image.

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Add the cut out to the main document. Flip horizontally and scale down the size as needed. Set this model layer to normal at about 75% opacity.

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Step 18

Next we will add two more color adjustments for the entire scene. On the topmost position, create new adjustment layer (layer > new adjustment layers) and choose a selective color:

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Another new adjustment layer: brightness/contrast.

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Mask areas around the entrance, left wall, and floor as indicated in red highlight.

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Step 19

Create a new layer again (Shift+Ctrl+N) above the two adjustment layers. Take a very soft round brush at low opacity of about 10-15% opacity. Set this new layer to overlay blending at 100% opacity. On this new layer, paint soft white color to define casted light as pointed with an orange arrow.

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Step 20

To add the feel of sci-fi, we will add some light flares on the wall and floor. To do this we will paint the light flares. We do this on a separate document. Create another new document (Ctrl+N) with size given below:

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15 comments on “Create a Sci-Fi Chamber Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

    1. I believe on the brightness/contrast layer. You can double-check this in the PSD file at the end of the tutorial

  1. Thanks for providing the new link. I don't see any information on how to create the shadow for the person and I know this is something that I need to learn. Do you have any info on that?

    1. Try using the Brush tool and manually painting the shadow on a new layer.

  2. Thanks so much for this - great tutorial - shame about not explaining the girls shadow BUT I managed to do it. It looks like you just drew one in, but what I did was copy the girl to a new layer and manipulate it and set it to overlay and got a good shadow from this.

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