How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop

How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop
step3c_rotate_buggy
To create the reflection illusion we would need to erase some parts of the “Buggy” layer. Activate your Eraser tool (E) and input these settings:
  • Brush size: 175px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Note: To activate the hardness option click on the drop-down menu beside the word Brush on the Options window.
step3d_brush_hardness
step3e_eraser
Let’s create the reflection for our Buggy. Click on the “Buggy” layer and press “Ctrl/Cmd + J” to duplicate it. Rename that layer to “buggy reflection”. Now let’s apply the same technique we did on our sky image. Transform the image and click on Flip Vertical from the transform tools’ contextual menu.
step3f_flip_vertical
Now let’s make it look more like a real reflection. Left click on the “buggy layer” and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur on the Menu bar and input these settings:
  • Angle: 90’
  • Distance: 75px
step3g_motion_blur_car
To improve the authenticity of the reflection we would need to erase some areas. Activate your Eraser Tool (E) and then input these values:
  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
step3h_eraser_and_move
Now let’s group these layers and name that group: “buggy and its shadow”.

Step 4 - Creating the shadows and the light and correcting the colors of the Buggy

In this step we would be using the Burn tool (O) to darken some light parts of the Buggy; we will be using the Brush tool (B) to create light and shadows and use the Clone Stamp tool (S) to retouch some errors in the Buggy and using the Color Balance to adjust the colors of the Buggy. Note: Include all the layers that you would be creating on this step within the “Buggy and its shadow” group. First let’s fix the error in the window which has a reflection from the camera’s flash. First, let’s adjust the zoom level on the Navigator window; input a zoom level of 100%.
step4a_zoom
Activate the Clone Stamp tool (S) and then input these settings:
  • Brush size: 50px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
To use the Clone Stamp tool (S) first you’d have to click on area which you want to clone (to do this, press Alt + Left-click) and once you’ve selected an area, left-click on the spot you want replaced.
step4b_clone_stamp
The result should be similar to the image below after cloning:
step4c_result
Now let’s adjust the colors of our subject. Click on the “Buggy” layer and then go to the Menu bar and select Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and input these values, respectively:
  • Color Levels: +15, 0, -15
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
Now let’s use the Burn tool (O) to alter the light on the Buggy.
step4d_activate_the_burn_tool
Activate the Burn tool (O) and input the values below:
  • Brush size: 300px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
step4e_apply_the_burn_tool
Now let’s create the shadow to where the Buggy is stationed. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N and press OK. You may also do that by going to the menu bar and clicking on Layer > New > Layer or simply by pressing the Create New Layer button on the Layer Window which is represented by a paper-like icon beside the Delete Layer icon (trash-can). Rename the new layer to “shadow”. This layer should be above all the layers that have been created.
step4f_create_new_layer
Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Brush Color: 000000
Note: The brush’s color can be changed from the Color Picker menu. It can be activated by clicking either on the “Set foreground color” or “Set background color” on the Tools window.

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3 comments on “How to Create A Long Exposure Sunset Image Using Photoshop”

  1. WoooW !!
    This is fantastic not only the image but the processes. Totally awesome. Thanks very much !!!!

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