Create a Desert City Photo Manipulation

Create a Desert City Photo Manipulation
“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.” In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a scene of a city in the desert. First added city and desert, next remove the man with the clone stamp tool. Then blended it together with adjustment layers. Next added balloons, mist, and texture. Also for the final touch added some Gradient maps and apply Camera Raw Filter.

Preview of Final Image

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Now, let’s start by creating a new image file, go to the Menu bar and click File > New, and then input the following values on their respective fields
  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 3080px
  • Height: 3080px
  • Resolution: 300px
  • Color Mode: RGB Color 8 bit
  • Background Contents: Transparent

Step 2

Now, place Background Go to File > Place and select background, then place it to our work canvas and position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together.

Step 3

Add Adjustment Layer "Color Balance"

Step 4

Create a new layer and make a light source. Select brush tool (B) Soft Round with foreground color white and paint a light. Blend mode change to Overlay with Opacity 50%, then place light to the right corner.

Step 5

Next, we will open the desert photo, Go to File > Place, and select desert. Then place it to our work canvas and position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T). Hold Alt + Shift and rasterize like the image below. In Photoshop CC only hold Alt to rasterize all sides together. Now use the Rectangular Marquee tool and select the only sky, when we select go to create a layer mask.

Step 6

Now in this step, we will use Clone Stamp Tool(S) to remove man and shadow. First, select Clone Stamp Tool(S) and create a new layer. Use an empty layer for the Clone Stamp retouching With the Clone Stamp tool, you can use an empty layer to keep your retouching separate from the main image.
  1. Click the Add New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
  2. With the new layer active, click the lock position button at the top of the Layers panel to keep the new layer aligned with the Background layer.
  3. In the Options bar for the Clone Stamp tool, set the Sample menu to Current & Below to copy detail from the underlying layer and place it on the new layer.
Define a sample area, and brush new detail over the object
  • With the Clone Stamp tool selected, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (MacOS) an area of detail to set the sample point. A preview inside the Clone Stamp pointer shows the detail you will use for the retouching. The preview is useful for aligning sampled detail with other parts of the image.
  • Brush over the area where you want to add the sampled detail to cover an object.  As you work, a crosshair indicates where the detail is copied from.
Inspect the results to check for repeating detail Removing objects with the Clone Stamp tool can sometimes result in detail from the sampled area repeated where you used the tool.

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One comment on “Create a Desert City Photo Manipulation”

  1. The original desert photo's lines on the road make the image look funny. I would have lessened the intensity of the right yellow line and the white middle lines to make a more complete photo. Also the person is tiny compared to the road and there's no sand/dust in the foreground making the image look more fake. I understand the image has to be as raw as possible for the article but if you put a polished final with the little details people would appreciate that more. Because that's the artistic touch that kind of needs to be taught. What separates a B+ and an A+.

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