Learn how to create a beautiful Arabian night photo manipulation with Photoshop. You will learn several blending tricks and composting tips that will help you create a vivid vector-like landscape.

What you’ll be creating

This photo manipulation is my vision on how the desert should look in a story: mysterious and welcoming. You will need Photoshop CS5 or newer to create this tutorial..


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document 3797×2440 px. Using the Gradient Tool to create a nice gradient with #04243f as foreground color and #0e74d6 as background color.


Step 2

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N), set the foreground color to white and using the stars brush create some stars.


Step 3

Create a new layer and using white and white-orange draw a comet coming from above. It’s not that hard really, just draw with the white brush a couple of short diagonal lines and draw a loose circle at the end of those lines (head of the comet).


Step 4

Open the clouds image and choose Select> Color Range. Click with the marker once on a bright spot in the picture to select most of the white clouds. Click Ok. Press Ctrl + C to copy the selection and close the clouds document. Go back to our document and press Ctrl + V to paste. Rename the pasted layer Clouds to keep layers from cluttering. Right click the Clouds layer and choose Convert To Smart Object. Press Ctrl + T to enter Free Transform and resize the clouds as I did in the image below. Finally, set the blending mode of the layer to Lighten.


Step 5

Add a layer mask to the Clouds layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). With a soft black brush mask the edges of the clouds so that they integrate flawlessly with the sky.


Step 6

Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. Choose #e37952 as foreground color and with a soft brush paint lightly in the area indicated below. Lower the opacity of the layer to 40-50 %. This will be the horizon diffuse light later when we will add the terrain. You can also group all the layers we created until now. To group layers select them by shift- clicking each and press Ctrl + G.

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19 responses to “How to Create Vivid Arabian Night Composite in Photoshop”

  1. lantai marmer Avatar
    lantai marmer

    File please..

  2. Rajesh Avatar
  3. Ihsan Avatar

    link to the download ?

  4. JM Avatar

    This is some half-assed work indeed. The stars can been seen straight through all over the moon. The clouds are overblown to white and badly blended. This looks like the work of a troll to me. I mean come on.

  5. Chris Avatar

    There’s no link to the download file!!!

    1. Chris Avatar

      The PSD file …

  6. mr.Rasel Avatar

    its so informative tutorial.

  7. Gail lenio Avatar
    Gail lenio

    its really helpful tut i learn many things from this.

  8. John Avatar

    wtf is this shit? looks like something a kid in elementary school would draw = /

  9. Nico Avatar

    There’s no link to the Clouds image… : ((

  10. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    This is a really inspiring collection for all, I like it, thanks for shearing!

  11. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    Thank you for the great tutorial! It has been very helpful to see a few techniques in action.

  12. Arafin Sardar Avatar
    Arafin Sardar

    Really amazing photo manipulation tutorial.

  13.  Avatar

    Nice tut!

    1.  Avatar

      what a hard im just a highschool

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