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Learn how to create this beautiful moonlight scene in Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you many great Photoshop techniques such as how to easily mask complex objects using channels, create your own astrophotography-like skies, and add surreal colors to the whole image. A PSD is also included with this tutorial. Read this tutorial and learn how to create your own surreal moonlight photo manipulations!
Preview of Final Results
Create a new document with a trasparent background.
- Width 1500px
- Height: 2000px
Go to File > Place and open the 'Railway' Stock.
Go to Edit > Free Transform and choose 'Rotate'. Rotate a bit the image to through right to fix the Railway prospective. Then choose 'Scale' to fit the canvas size. Rename the layer to 'Railway'.
We are going to select the sky so we can replace it with another one. Go to Channel and select the channel that has more contrast. In this case the Blue one. The image will turn to Black & White but don't worry, everything it's normal. If you don't see the Channels then go to Window and select Channel.
Now right click on the Blue channel and choose 'Duplicate channel'. Deselect the Blue Channel and select the Blue copy.
To make a selection of the sky we have to paint with black on the copy of the Blue channel. Before painting we can help ourselves running a Level adjustment on it. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. We have to give more contrast. Put the settings I set below and you will see that the sky will be white.
Now we paint with black over the parts we don't want. Brush has to be 100% Opacity.
Now we are ready for our selection. Place the mouse on the Blue copy channel. Keep pressed CTRL and press left click on the mouse. The white part will be selected.
We want to keep the part below so we have to invert the selection. Go to Select > Inverse. The selection is now inverted.
Delete the Blue copy channel and go back to the Layers panel. As you can see the image isn't black & white anymore and the lower part is selected. Now just click the Layer Mask and the sky will disappear.
Go to File > Place and open the 'Sky 1' Stock. Name the layer 'Sky 1'. Put this layer below the 'Railway' layer.
Go to File > Place and open the 'Sky 2' stock. Put it above the 'Sky 1' layer and name it 'Sky 2'. Then set it to Hard Light.
Go to File > Place and open the 'Moon' stock. Name the layer 'Moon' and place it above the 'Sky 2' Layer.
Set the 'Moon' layer to Screen.
Let's work to blend everything together. Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer above all layers. Clip it to the 'Railway' layer.
TIP: To clip a layer or an adjustment to the layer below simply hold ALT and click on the line between the two layers that you want to “clip.”
When you are done put these settings:
Master: Hue: 0; Saturation -40; Lightness: -19
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What are further tools you use for the picture
Quite interesting !
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Thank you for this tutorial, it is great and I had much fun at the work :-)
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Please re uploaded PSD file because when i click on download showing 404 not found error, this is best work for me i want check how did you do this
This is definitley one of the better written tutorials. Very concise and accurate. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing
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These are amazing. Super creative and imaginative and all things that are good.
But at-last I got different...
Since I made some changes to make it as night mode.. :)
Great tutorial, thanks a lot. I made a different version here http://milanaserk.deviantart.com/art/A-sky-full-of-stars-479377555.
Hi! Very nice tutorial!I have shared it on my Twitter Graphics account :)
This was really difficult to follow.
this tut was so soft
and easy explanation
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Wow! What a really inspiring! Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial in how to photo manipulates.
its cool but needs better explanations
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this sucks, srly why can this guy show what you should do instead of telling, may things that he says to you what to do is like playing a gamewith out telling the rules but only he knows them. the´r is only one layer that can be clipt one not tow. ti have bin really frustrating trying to get throe this tutorial.
Powerful tutorial. So many features are used here. Nice one. I ll like to be seeing other tutorials lik this.
I love this one. very nice :) Extremely helpful
it is very useful for beginners
learnt so much, and it is not obvious when you start, I had to discover how to set up personalised gradients and that was great. Sorry for the abuse from Jesse 007, must have a little problem.
thank you so much... :)
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Great job! Thanks.
How do you get the girl onto the image?
thank for knowing manipulating in photoshop
wow!fabulus designe i like it.
Can anyone help me with this, I was not able to make this exactly.
Am I able to do this in PSE?
wow, awesome thank you!
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Thank You... Amazing... :)
wow love it!!! THANK YOU
I also done the same..
Amazing piece of artwork!
This tutorial sucks. Be more accurate when you speak. Show commands from the keyboard. Plain and simple, speak clearer proper english
This is an awesome tutorial that is VERY easy to follow. IF, which I very very much doubt create a tutorial yourself! Just because you have barely progressed beyond your Janet & John reading books, don't expect people to create tutorials to be written at your level of intelligence and reading standard!
Very clear and easy to understand the instruction.
God Bless You!
Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing this Fabrizio