Create a Photo Manipulation of a Fisherman in a Lake

Create a Photo Manipulation of a Fisherman in a Lake
Place the cut out to the main scene. Make sure to place this layer below the fisherman folder. step20b Set this layer to screen blending at about 80-90% opacity. Mask some parts of this cut out where needed. step20c

Step 21 (Fisherman’s friends)

Let give the lonely fisherman some friends. Place the flying bird png image to the scene. Scale its size and position the birds flying around the fisherman. Hide some unneeded birds as the ones circled in red by masking them. step21a step21b Finally, give the bird image some Gaussian blur. step21c

Step 22 (More colors)

Create a new layer below the adjustment folder. On this new layer, paint more color of #1afcfc on the lower part of the scene. Here is the result I created. step22a Here is the scene will look now: step22b

Step 23 (Shading)

I decided to darken the foreground a bit. Create another new layer above the previous color. Take a very soft round brush set to low opacity of about 10-15%. On this new layer, paint soft gray around the foreground. Here is the result I created. step23a step23b

Step 24 (Sharpening)

Make sure to be active on the topmost layer in the layer panel. Hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to stamp all the visible layers. This will create a new single layer of the scene we have created. Convert this new layer into a smart object. I named this layer final result. Finally, go to filter > other > custom to give it custom filter as given below: step24a Here is the result step24b

Optional Step

If we use photoshop cs 6, we can give some painting effect to the final result of the scene. While we are still active on the final result layer, go again to filter > oil paint. Set the filter as given below: step25a Here is the result should be: step25b We can reduce the effect of this smart filter by editing its blending option. We can set its blending option to normal at 60-70% opacity to have the result like the one below: step25c

Final Results

final result1[1] Optional Result final result2

Download the PSD | 102 MB

Tutorial by Dek Wid

profileThank you for following this tutorial! Hope that you learn something today and happy photoshopping. Wid's side - My personal blog - Dek Wid
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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


    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.


  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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