How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch

step20d
Here is the result after doing masking on the gradient map.
step20e
Give the scene another adjustment layer: color balance set in normal blending at 100% opacity.
step20f
step20g
More adjustment layer: brightness/contrast
step20h
Mask the brightness/contrast layer to hide its effect to areas indicated by red color.
step20i
Duplicate the brightness/contrast layer. Set the original layer to normal at 100% opacity and the duplicate set to normal blending at about 50% opacity
step20j
The last overall adjustment layer: selective colors. Set this layer to normal at about 70% opacity. Select all the adjustment layers and group them in a folder. I named this folder general adjustments.
step20k
step20l

Step 21

Proceed to add some light to the tunnel. Open the nebula image in the document. Scale the size and place it above the left tunnel. Set the blending of this layer to screen at about 85% opacity. With the free transform tool, warp the image to alter its shape. Mask some areas where needed.
step21a
Here is the result after giving light to the other tunnel.
step21b

Step 22

Now we will add more illumination inside the two tunnels. To do this, create a new layer above the general adjustments folder. Fill (Shift+F5) this new layer with black and set its blending mode to color dodge at 100% opacity. Take a very soft brush set to 20-30% px size at 3-5% opacity. With white color, stroke the brush on areas where needed to illuminate them. Here is the look of the layer in normal blending for your inspiration.
step22a
The result should be like this:
step22b

Step 23

To give nuance of life in the scene, I decided to add a figure in it. I used this model as the figure.
step23a
Here is the figure will look like after I did some retouching on it
step23b
Add the figure to the main scene. Place this figure layer on the bridge. Scale its size to the proper one.
step23c

Step 24

Finally, we will add some light to the hand of the figure. Create a new layer above the general adjustments folder created in the previous step 20. Set this layer to hard light blending at 100% opacity. Take a soft round brush set to about 10 px size at 100% opacity. On this new layer, click the brush with the color of #fe7303 on the right hand of the figure, this will give an orange spot on it. Now set the brush to a smaller size at about 8-9 px. With white color, click the brush once again on the orange spot. This will give nice brightness to it.
step24a

Step 25

Finally, we will do the last adjustments to some objects in the scene. Create another new layer above all the other layers and folders. Set this layer to hard light blending at 100% opacity. On this new layer, we will do the final touch to the screen. Take a very soft round brush set to about 15-20% opacity. On this layer, paint some soft dark blue color on certain areas around the upper, lower, left, and right edges of the scene. Then, take white color to paint some more highlights on the upper edges of the rocks and waterfall. Use a small soft round brush to do this. I also painted some contour inside the right tunnel. For our inspiration here the layer I created the look:
step25a
And here is the result.
step25b
Proceed to do some adjustments on the bridge. Go select the bridge folder. Create a new layer with a clipping mask within the folder. In this folder, we will create some highlights on the upper part and some shading on the lower part of it. Take a soft round brush and paint the highlight on the upper part of the bridge with the color of #eaf5fe. Then paint shading on the lower part with a dark blue color.

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18 comments on “How to Create a Dark Mysterious Hideout from a Rough Sketch”

  1. Does't work to just copy and paste images to new document. Can't transform. Needs another way to be able to move the cut out images into the new document and still be able to transform.

  2. Hey! Dek Wid,
    My bad ;) I missed the link to next page. Beautiful work. I really love the way you combined different Images. Looking forward to see more from your side.
    Cheers

  3. You have not shown the complete tutorial. Want to see rest of the steps after step 14 till that blue mysterious atmosphere... ;)

    Ajay Yashpaul

  4. Thank you very very much...I had finished 98% this tutorial:) .Just some step last example nebula, girl ... is difficult

  5. This is a great tutorial, this is what we want, a tutorial with quality.
    Thanks Photoshop Tutorials and Dek Wid for this powerful tutorial.

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