I also photographed these pipes, cut them out, rotate them 45°, then placed them on the bottom left corner of the image.
Here’s a hot water tank that I photographed to be used in the project.
I placed it on the landscape near some rocks then I deleted the area around the rock.
Finally, I cut out some of these copper pipes to put on the bottom right side of the image.
Create a new layer on top of the other layers. Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to create borders like shown in the image below.:
Now we are going to add some shadows. Realistic shadows are important because they show the light source; and there’s always a light source! So without shadows in the project, it won’t look real. Add shadows one by one. Start with the first model and duplicate it into a group. Then go to Layer > Merge Layer Set.
Create a selection of the merged layer by holding down the Ctrl button and clicking on the layer thumbnail. You’ll now have a selection of the model. Fill the selected area with a blue color shown below.
Use the Distort tool (Edit > Transform > Distort) to transform the shadow.
Here’s how the shadow should be transformed.
Now reposition the layer with the shadow under the model. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Apply a slight blur of around 6 pixels then reduce the opacity of the layer.
Repeat this to create a shadow for the tank.
Now we will colorize the pipes and tubes. Start by making selections of the tube that you’d like to change the color for. Use the Hue/Saturation tool (Ctrl+U or Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation) to colorize the tubes. Make sure that the colorize option in the Hue/Saturation tool is checked.
For the digital display, I changed it from red to green by changing the hue without the colorize option checked.
Here’s the settings I used for the oxygen meter.
For the explosive tank, I used these settings to turn it from red to teal.
I also used these settings to change the color of the model.
Next, I applied a Shadows/Highlights tool (Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights) on all three of the models so that they blend in with the landscape.
Now we’ll add the name for the spaceship. Here’s what I typed.
Right click on the layer then choose Rasterize Type.
Then choose Edit > Transform > Warp.
Try to reposition and shape the text so that it fits in the beam.
Change the blending mode of the layer to Color Burn and reduce the opacity or fill.
To complete the effect, create a new layer then press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E. This command is called “Stamp Visible”. It is similar to merging all the layers down but instead, it will copy the merged image into your new layer. Duplicate this new layer by pressing Ctrl+J. Select the top one then go to Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges. Apply the settings shown below.
Select the second layer that you just duplicated from then go to Filter > Artistic > Dark Strokes and apply the settings shown below.
Create a new layer then call it “text balloon”. Use the Pen tool to create a chat box like shown in the image below.