In this tutorial we are going to learn how to blend and distort different desert landscape stock images to create a dynamic fisheye-like perspective and use different adjustment layers to get different coloring and feel to the manipulation so let’s get started!

Preview of Final Results

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Open a new file in Photoshop. It should be about 7200 pixels wide by 4800 pixels high and 300dpi of resolution. (You can do half these sizes if this is too big for you to work in).
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Step 2

Drag the Rock formation stock image into your document and rotate it slightly towards one side. This will helps us start building our perspective.
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Now place the desert stock image right on top of the rock formation layer and rotate it to match their position. You can lower this layer’s opacity if you are having trouble matching them.
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Add a layer mask to the desert layer and using a soft brush (B) hardness 0% erase the top part of the image so that the horizon matches the rock formation and they blend with each other:
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Step 3

Now we are going to start working on the blending between the two images. First we need to match the color of the sand on the desert stock with the rock formation image. Go to Image>Adjustments>Levels (or Ctrl+L)and apply the next settings to match the lightning:
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Now go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation to adjust the color:
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Go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness and Contrast to do the final adjusting:
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This is how your image should look like:
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Step 4

Although we matched most of the color on both images, they are not quite blended yet, they need to have a smoother transition between them. To fix this we are going to use the Cloning Stamp Tool (S) to soften the edges where the two blend. Create a new layer on top of the desert images, with the Clone tool selected, take a soft (0% hardness) large round brush with the opacity set to 45%, and the sample option set to “Current and Below”. While holding Alt, click somewhere in the image that will be the source point we are going to clone. Once you selected your source point, brush over the edges of the image where both Deserts meet.

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13 responses to “How to Create a Dramatic Fisheye Spartan Scene with Photoshop”

  1. Vector Designs Avatar
    Vector Designs

    Worlds best super fan

  2. Pragyan Prakash Avatar
    Pragyan Prakash

    have you posted this on youtube channel? if not plz do most of us are waiting for that.

    1. Vector Designs Avatar
      Vector Designs

      absolutely couldnt agree more :D

  3. vendle Avatar
    vendle

    You can do so much with layer mask. This is a great tutorial that you can learn a lot from. By looking at the end result, I would not have made it there without the steps you provided.

  4. PhotoTrims Avatar
    PhotoTrims

    Talented !! No doubt about it this is awesome.

  5. steve Avatar
    steve

    Really like the finished image.

  6. Raghavendra Avatar
    Raghavendra

    really nice! thank you very much.

  7. RobbCobb Avatar
    RobbCobb

    Thanks, that was pretty cool!

  8. kishore Avatar
    kishore

    nice tutorial

  9. Juggy Avatar
    Juggy

    awesome

  10. Joy Avatar
    Joy

    Thank you!

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