Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop

Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop
Create Gloomy House Scene in Photoshop

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.


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:


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.


Here is the scene look like after masking.


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


Give another adjustment layer: curves. Set this layer to normal blending at 100% opacity.


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.


Set this layer to exclusion blending mode at 100% opacity.


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.


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.


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.

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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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