Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop

Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop
step11d
Next, duplicate the blue layer once again. Set this duplicate to linear light at about 60% opacity. This will give the scene a stronger bluish tone. Actually, we don’t need the bluish tone this much. We will hide the bluish effect a bit more by masking some parts around the house, lawn, leaves, and cloud.
step11e
Give the duplicate layer a layer mask. With a very soft round brush, mask some areas mentioned before. We should vary the brush stroke and size when we want to mask some parts of the cloud using the setting like the ones below to define cloud texture. Here is the setting:
step11f
step11g
Here is the result of the layer mask should look like I created. The parts marked in the red areas are the masked parts stroked with the brush set before. The other parts are the ones stroked with a very soft round brush with clear brush control.
step11h
Here is the scene look like after masking.
step11i

Step 12

Now give the scene new adjustment layers. Go to layer > new adjustment layer > brightness/contrast. Set this layer to normal at 60% opacity
step12a
Give another adjustment layer: curves. Set this layer to normal blending at 100% opacity.
step12b
step12c

Step 13

Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) above all the other layers. Name this layer "color". On this layer, paint color texture like the one below. This texture is a combination of color dark blue #010b15 and greenish dark blue #041c28. Why do we choose this color combination? We will create gloomy misty nuance to the scene. This color combination will be a help to achieve this.
step13a
Set this layer to exclusion blending mode at 100% opacity.
step13b
Duplicate this layer two times. Set the first duplicate to exclusion blending at 100% opacity and the second one to multiply at 35% opacity. Give these two duplicates layer masks. Mask areas around the brightest cloud background and the topmost part of the roof.
step13c

Step 14

Proceed to give another new adjustment layer above all the other layers. Go again to layer > new adjustment layers > brightness/contrast. Set this layer to normal blending at 80% opacity.
step14a
step14b

Step 15

In this step, we will work on the cloud background. We should alter some cloud that looks uniform as indicated in the screenshot.
step15a
Open the cloud BG folder and create a new layer above all the other layers within the folder. Take a soft round brush tool (B) and set the setting of the brush as the ones done in previous step 11. With the color of #fcdgb1, paint the cloud as indicated in the screenshot.
step15b
We can lower the opacity of this layer if we stroke the cloud too strong.
step15c

Step 16

Now we will give some color adjustment to the house layer. Select the house layer to be active on it. Go to layer > new adjustment layers > brightness/contrast. Give this adjustment layer a clipping mask.
step16a
step16b
Give this layer a layer mask and mask a few areas around the brightest cloud and windows. Finally set it to normal at about 54% opacity.
step16c

Step 17

Give another adjustment layer with a clipping mask to the house. This time we will give it Hue/saturation layer.
step17a
Set this adjustment layer to normal at about 60% opacity.
step17b

Step 18

Finally, create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) with a clipping mask above the two adjustment layers. Take a very soft round brush. Set this brush to about 10-15% opacity and then paint soft white color on the edges of the upper roof to give it some highlight.

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11 comments on “Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop”

  1. How do I "Mask some the edges of this layer"? I have cut out the section of grass as instructed, but there is a line on the edge of the cut out that I have not been able to remove or blend so the line is not seen. Guidance would be appreciated.

  2. Step 21 - #fdg601? (cs 5.1 doesn't appear to be taking the 'g' in this color?) is this my mistake?

    1. I believe that's a 9 - not a g.

      Sorry for the confusion! I'll update step 21 to clear things up.

  3. I am working on this tutorial and thus far this is great!!!! I do have a few little questions and that is like in step 28 where the value in the radius appears to be 3,7 ? what is that suppose to be with a comma between the two numeric values?

    1. It should actually be a period; not a comma. So the correct value is 3.7 and not 3,7.

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