How to Create a World Under the Sky using Photoshop

How to Create a World Under the Sky using Photoshop
Your image should be looking like this now:
Now, let’s create accentuate the cloud format ions. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) above the “Whole Roof Shadow” layer and then name it “Accentuate”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 125px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
You may paint on any part of the bottom of the clouds, but recommended areas are shown below:
Now, let’s balance the light between the house and the clouds. Let’s darken some areas of the house which less light should be shining. Create a Gradient Adjustment layer.
Once the Gradient Adjustment box is open, click on the drop down menu with the gradients and click on the following gradient:
When it’s done, just use the settings shown below:
On the Layer Window, while the Gradient Adjustment layer is selected, click on the drop-down menu near the word “Normal”. This should open several blending mode layers. Click on Multiply. Once in Multiply, set the Opacity of the Gradient layer to 60%.
The image should look like this now:
The light on our image is flat now so we definitely have to fix that. To do that, left-click on the Layer Mask of the Gradient adjustment layer.
Once the layer mask of the Gradient Adjustment layer is active, activate the Brush tool (B) and set brush settings to the following:
  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Remember, on a layer mask, we use black paint to erase and white paint to show. Paint on the highlighted areas:
The result should be similar to the following:
(Optional): If you want to darken it more, you can do it selectively by creating a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) over the stack of layers. Next, click on the Color Picker and use the following settings:
  • H: 0
  • S: 0
  • B: 50
Now, on the new layer we created, fill it with gray using this shortcut: Alt/Option + Delete. This will automatically fill the layer with the gray color we set-up.
Your layer canvas should be filled with gray now, and we don’t want that, so on the Layer window, while this layer is selected, click on the drop-down menu near the Normal button and then click on the Overlay blending mode.
Now, to darken it, select the Burn tool (O) and use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 900px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 45%
Brush now on the following areas:
The result should be similar to this:
Select all the layers now from this Step and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G), name the group to “Cloud Roof”.

Step 6: The Sleeping Giant and her Bed

Open February Winter Morning by Eirian Stock and select her using either the Quick Selection too (W), the Pen tool (P) or the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).
Here comes another fun yet tricky part! Create a layer mask to the girl layer.  Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following settings:
  • Brush size: 70px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
We are going to use a soft brush to mimic the softness of the clouds on the girl’s skin.
Enhance the color of the girl and make her blend with the dawn background. Create a Color Balance adjustment layer!
When it opens, input the following:
Make sure that this Color Balance adjustment layer is clipped to the girl.
Now, let’s enhance the lighting on the girl, to further enhance the light produced from the horizon. Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) over the girl’s layer and create a clipping mask to the girl by right-clicking on the new layer and clicking on Create Clipping Mask.

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19 comments on “How to Create a World Under the Sky using Photoshop”

  1. Please re uploaded PSD file because when i click on download showing 404 error, this is best work for me i want check how did you do this

  2. Thank you, this was good practice, Though I did change some things, such as the shadow beneath the clouds. I made it more of a slow fade together of the house and cloud pictures, looked more cloudlike.

  3. "Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T), take note we don’t have to convert this image to a Smart Object since we only have to resize it once."

    WTF? Nothing is more wrong than that

    1. I understand that from the authors point of view but the larger issue here is that he doesn't understand the concept of non-destructing editing. The tutorial is constantly copying and pasting when it should have been imported as smart obj and stenciled with a layer mask. He knows how to use it but purposefully teaches destructing editing. Thus, leading myself to believe that the authors does not grasp the concept of non-destructing editing.

  4. I really hate this tutorial. You start by explaining "non-destructive editing" and then everything is destructive from the 2nd page on.

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