Here is a great way to create post-apocalyptic environment. This tutorial will show you how to composite your own scene with multiple photos and retouch characters by adding hair extensions and more. Try it out!
Preview of Final Results
- Model – Mirish
- City – Almudena-Stock
- Wolf – Xcrystals
- Clouds – Chainbound
- Sky – Freestock.ca
- Sky – xdante-stock
- Fur Brushes –Snow-body
- Sea – Dragoroth-stock
- Crack Brushes – Funerals0ng
Step 1 – Size
The size of this image is going to be 2000px of width and 1282px of height
Step 2 – Base
Start with a base image like this:
Step 3 – City
Place the image of the city and chage the layer mode to overlay.
Step 4 – Layer Mask
Attached a layer mask to the image of the city and hide some parts with the black brush.
Step 5 – clouds
As before place the image of the sky and add a layer mask to it.
Change the layer mode to soft light and paint over the border of the image to blend it with the city
Step 6 – sky
Place the image of the sky
Change the saturation to -100
Step 7 – blending
Change the layer mode to soft light. Also add a layer mask and hide some part of the images to blend it with the layer below. Hide the parts of the clouds that are covering the buildings
Step 8 – Decay
In a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) in soft light mode paint cracks in the buildings, for this you can use brushes.
Step 9 – Model
Place the model in the background and select her with the lasso tool
Step 10 – layer mask
Add a layer maskt to the model’s layer and you will see how the background of the model’s dessapear
Step 11 – details
With a small black brush pass over the edges to have a clean cut of the model.
Step 12 – skin
Select the model’s sking with the lasso tool, duplicate selection (Ctrl + J) press (Ctrl +U) to access to the hue/saturation menu and reduce the saturation to -25
Step 13 – Screen
Duplicate the layer once again (ctrl+j) change the layer to screen mode, reduce the opacity to 40%
Step 14 – Hairs
To make the model’ s hair pick a soft round brush (white) with 1px and 2px and paint some hair strands.
As you can see in the image below in the top of the head and in the bottom the strands are fine, make some wavy hairs to give the impression of movement.
Step 15 – Make up
To add the make up to the model create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) with the eyedropper tool pick the same color of the eyebrow of the model and paint over it to make it stronger.
Paint below the eyebrow with a white brush, also make a little white spot in the eye.
Paint the lips with a red tone and in the middle create a reflection with a white brush.
Step 16 – building
Return to the model’s layer and duplicate (ctrl+j) now paint with a black brush to hide everything except the building here the model is, use the layer in soft light mode. This will give more contrast to that part.
Step 17 – Shadows
Create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N) paint over the left size of the model, where the light is not in contact with her use the layer in soft light mode, and change the opacity of the brush depending of how hard you want the shadow to be.