Create a Melancholic Scene of a Guy Standing in the Rain

Create a Melancholic Scene of a Guy Standing in the Rain

Step 79

Create a new layer and move it below the cloud layer in the layer palette. With the chalk brush at 50% opacity and 2px size paint some highlight lines on the lower margin of the cloud.

Step 80

This is a rain cloud and it should be more dark and menacing instead of a pearly white. Create a new layer and place it above the cloud layer in the layer palette. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with the color #979797 on the bottom section of the cloud (this is where the rain is coming).

Step 81

Ok, now it’s time to add the final effects. Create a new layer from all the visible layers and apply a 200px Gaussian Blur. Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft Light to achieve a nice and soft color contrast. If the effect is too strong (and it will probably be in the underwater section of the scene) use a layer mask to hide it.

Step 82

Create a new layer from all the visible layer and this time apply a subtle sharpen effect by going to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask and using the settings shown below.

Step 83

Create a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layers with the settings shown below to boost the contrast a little bit.

Step 84

Now let’s improve the overall highlights of the scene – by doing this we will add focus and clarity to our scene since white areas tend to attract the eye first. Create a new layer and change the blending mode to Overlay. With a round soft brush at 30% opacity paint with white over the areas indicated below (basically our points of interest – the guy, the boat, the cloud and the island).

Step 85

I wanted to add some green color vibrance to the scene – and specially to the underwater section. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. Set the color #1e7619 as the foreground color and with a round soft brush at 10% Opacity paint over the underwater in gentle strokes and a bit over the guy’s back.

Step 86

Since there’s a heavy rain going the sky should be a bit darker to reflect this situation and also to create a bit of a vignette effect (darker areas on the edges lead the eye towards the center of the scene). Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay. With a black round soft brush at 5% Opacity paint over the upper edges of the sky as shown below.

Step 87

Repeat step 81 but this time apply a 600px Gaussian Blur effect. Again the effect will be too strong in the underwater section of our scene so use a layer mask and hide that region.

Step 88

Let’s add some more white mist on the guy. Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Color Dodge. With a white round soft brush at 10% opacity paint over the hair, the umbrella and the shoulder as shown below to add some nice shiny mist.

Step 89

No scene would be complete without the classical lens flare. Create a new layer and fill it with black. Apply a 105mm prime render flare by going to Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Try to position the flare as shown below.

Step 90

Change the blending mode of the lens flare to Screen to get rid of the black color and use a layer mask to hide most of the lens flare except the area shown below.

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11 comments on “Create a Melancholic Scene of a Guy Standing in the Rain”

  1. Thank you for the fucked up tutorial, you jumped from step 19 to 80, i have lost 2hrs of my time for nothing, just to get stuck, such a waste of time , grrrrr.

  2. I really like this art... reminds me one my favorite 68´s song...everyday people---
    Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong
    My own beliefs are in my song
    The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
    Makes no difference what group I'm in
    I am everyday people, yeah, yeah!

  3. I can't find the chalk brush. I downloaded a couple but none of them produce the same results with the settings provided.

    Thanks for a great tut, though. I learned a lot.

  4. -(((
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    and an other tuts (2-too)
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