Create a Photo Manipulation of a Fisherman in a Lake

Create a Photo Manipulation of a Fisherman in a Lake

step13a

And here is the result when this layer is set to normal at about 20-25% opacity. Select all the color layers and group them in a folder. I named this folder color

step13b

Step 14 (Adding some highlight)

Create a new layer above the fisherman folder. Set this layer to overlay and make sure to check Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% gray) to fill this new layer with gray color.

step14a

On this new layer, paint soft white color on the trees and water ripples to give some highlight. Here is the layer set to normal at 100% opacity I created.

step14b

This is the result in overlay at 100% opacity.

step14c

Step 15 (Light on boat)

Select and open the fisherman folder. Create a new layer with a clipping mask above the two hue/saturation layers within this folder. Set this layer to color blending at 100% opacity. Take a very soft round brush and paint red color (#fb080b) to have something like the one below:

step15a

Step 16 (Illuminating the light)

Proceed to create another new layer above the fisherman folder. Fill (Shift+F5) this layer with black. Set this layer to color dodge blending. Take a very soft round brush set to a very low opacity of about 4-5%. Finally, paint the combination of yellow and a bit white color to illuminate the red color (step 15) and some areas around the boat. Here is the normal blending of this layer I created:

step16a

And here is the result:

step16b

step16c

Step 17 (Foreground for the scene)

In this step we will add foreground for the scene. We will use some water lily as the foregrounds. Open the water lily image and cut out part needed.

step17a

Place the cut out to the main scene. Scale its size and give it some Gaussian blur.

step17b

Alter the color of this water lily layer a bit by giving it hue/saturation color adjustment layer with a clipping mask.

step17c

With the same step, add more water lily to left foreground. Here is the result so far.

step17d

Step 18 (Overall Adjustments)

In this step we will set the overall color adjustment for the scene by giving it some new adjustment layers above all the other layers. Firstly, we will give it color balance set to the values given below:

step18a

Duplicate (Ctrl+J) this color balance layer and set the two layers to normal blending at 100% opacity. Here is the result:

step18b

Then, give more adjustment layer above the previous layer: curves as set below:

step18c

Here is the result

step18d

Mask some part of the curves layer:

step18e

Finally, give the last adjustment layer: photo filter

step18f

Set this photo filter layer to normal at 80% opacity. Select all the adjustment layers to group them in a folder. I named this folder adjustments

step18g

Step 19 (Where is the moon?)

So you know what we should add to our scene now, we will add the moon. Open the moon image.

step19a

Cut out the moon and place it to the main canvas. Make sure to place this moon layer above all the other layers. Scale its size and set it to screen blending option. Here is the result:

step19b

Step 20 (Reflection of the moon light)

Next, cut out the reflection of the moon light.

step20a

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32 comments on “Create a Photo Manipulation of a Fisherman in a Lake”

  1. HI, I'm really struggling with getting the size and perspective of the water ripples right. How big did you make it before changing the perspective and how exactly did you change the perspective.

    I'm using CS3

    LP

    1. For the transform tool, hold the Shift+Ctrl+Alt (Shift+Cmd+Option on Macs) and then drag the top-left corner towards the right. Then drag the top-middle downwards.

  2. Thank you for this, it has helped me understand the adjustment layers much better, which is what I was aiming for.

    Appreciate the time & effort.

    Scott

  3. Здравствуйте. Вижу что урок хороший и по возможности всегда стараюсь ваши уроки выполнять, только у мне трудности с луной. Перехожу по ссылке а страница отсутствует. Можно ли это исправить? Спасибо за интересный урок.

  4. Found this guide to be missing loads of steps, such as better explaining how to make the light glow.
    in CC many of your layer blending modes don't work the way you talk in this guide.

    And the way to blend in the waves just isn't described and probably out of date for CC again.

    1. Thanks a lot A, yeah it should be 'above' thanks for the correction, it would be a big help....

  5. I'm having a really hard time getting my radial blur so dark and smooth. I've played with the controls to no avail. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  6. Hello.Thank you for the great tutorial.
    But would you give me some more helps about making that wave in water ( page2 )? I have this problem the boat disappears behind the wave. Thanks

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