Step 9

Next, place a Sky below mountains. Go to File > Place select Sky and place it.

Step 10

Add Adjustment Layer “Levels”

Step 11

Add Adjustment Layer “Gradient Map” Blend mode change to Soft Light with opacity 35%.

Step 12

Now, Go to File > Place and open package_cosmos2 folder in this folder select cosmos2_0001. Place it as shown in the picture below, you can use the Transform Tool(T) to resterize image.
Then create a layer mask to delete a background of planets. Use Brush Tool(B) Soft Round with Foreground color black and start painting the background of planets. When you finish blend mode change to Lighten.

Step 14

Add Adjustment Layer “Levels”

Step 15

Next, select layer Background Copy and go to open Moon file. Use Elliptical Marquee Tool(M) and select the Moon. After the selection area has been created, simply copy (Ctrl / Cmd + C) and Paste (Ctrl / Cmd + V) it to our work canvas. Then position the image with the transform tool (Ctrl / Cmd + T).

Step 16

We’ll make three layers, First will be shadow, second light and third color. Go to adding shadow, use Brush Tool(B) Round Brush with foreground color black and size over 400px. Paint on the moon like this and create a Clipping maks (Right click, Create Clipping Mask) opacity set to 86%.

Step 17

Add light on second layer, repeat the same procedure as in the previous step, only change the foreground color from black to white and set opacity to 55%.

Step 18

Next, select foreground color and change code to #c66016. Use Brush Tool(B) Round Brush and paint the moon. Right click on layer and Create Clipping Mask, blend mode change from Normal to Overlay with opacity 80%.

Step 19

Now wee add a moon reflection in water. Duplicate layer moon (Ctrl + J) and convert it to Smart Object. Go to view and make sure “Snap” is checked. Press Ctrl + T to pen your transform tool, go to top middle of the transform and when you see a vertical double arrow drag it straight down and move little down moon. See the result in image below.

Step 20

Drag the top layer below the other layer and name it Reflection. Select Reflection layer and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set Angle to 90 and Distance 10px.

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7 responses to “Create a Surreal Moon on Island Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. Parachute Pete Avatar
    Parachute Pete

    My parachute wont deploy. The ground is getting closer and all i can do is watch. This is the last review I will ever write. The moon looks very surreal!

  2. laura Avatar

    I’m trapped. Im almost out of food. I think this may be the end for me…great tutorial. gootbye

  3. Caveman Crug Avatar
    Caveman Crug

    Caveman Crug approve! GURRUGH

  4. Douglas Honda Avatar
    Douglas Honda

    Very nice guy, thanks very much for this.. see you later !

  5. Jedi Avatar

    Nice 👍

  6. Silva Avatar

    Wow, was für ein grandioses Bild/Tutorial.
    Vielen Dank fürs teilen.

  7. Sofy Avatar

    Thanks I will try it soon

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