How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

Step 4 - Blending the Bottom Part of Sky

As I already said the bottom part of the sky needs to be blended better. Right now it causes that the city on the horizon is too dark which doesn't look believable. There is also very sharp transition between the added sky and the rest of the image. You'll fix both in this step.

You could use the Eraser Tool (E) to give away the unwanted parts of the sky but I would recommend you to avoid this solution. If you use the Eraser Tool (E), the erased parts are lost for good and you can't let them reappear if you need.

I've got better solution for you - layer masks. If you use them you don't erase or delete some parts, you just hide them and you can let them reappear any time you want, which is very practical. Especially for photo manipulators.

Make sure that the SKY layer is active - just click on it. And then add layer mask by clicking on the button Add layer mask in the bottom part of the palette layers.


Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and lower its Opacity on about 30%. Pick black color and paint over the areas of sky you want to make invisible. To get the inspiration where to paint you can take a look at the following image. Areas which should be hidden are red highlighted.


Note to how layer masks work: If you want to hide something paint over it with black. If you want to make it visible again paint with white. E.g. 50% grey color makes the picture 50% invisible etc..

Step 5 - Making Sky More Dramatic

I don't know how you but I really like drama in my pictures and drama often means high contrast. That's why you'll increase contrast of sky in this step.

Add new adjustment layer (same as in step 1) Levels above SKY and set the Input Levels on 37; 0,68; 218.


You want to adjust only the sky and not the rest of the image. To achieve that you'll create clipping mask from this adjustment layers.

Right click on the Levels adjustment menu and choose the option Create Clipping Mask.

On the following picture you can see the order of the layers so far.


And there is how your image should look like so far.

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5 comments on “How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. Amazing photo manipulation tutorial in Photoshop. Local adjustment, global adjustment, fire and light effects are raeally art work.

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