How to Create a Sci-Fi Giant Tortoise Shelter Photo-Manipulation

How to Create a Sci-Fi Giant Tortoise Shelter Photo-Manipulation
Note: Selecting the “ground” layer before creating a new layer automatically puts the new layer above it. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following values:
  • Brush size: 1100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 8%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
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Now, let’s paint:
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The result of that should be similar to this:
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Step 12

Now, we would need to darken it more through the use of the Burn tool (O).
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Once the Burn tool has been activated input the following values for it:
  • Brush size: 1000px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 8%
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Now, click on the “ground” layer and let’s start burning it!
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The result:
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Step 13

To fully make the ground and sky look like one seamless image, we would need to adjust the Brightness/Contrast of our “ground” layer. From the Layer window, click on the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.
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When it opens, click on the Brightness/Contrast tab from the contextual menu.
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  • Brightness: -40
  • Contrast: 40
  • Use Legacy: Uncheck
The result of that should be similar to this:
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Step 14

Finally, let’s add a little darkness on the foreground which will give more drama to the Tortoise shelter that would be put next. Click on the recently created Brightness/Contrast layer and then create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name it as “darken ground 2”. Make sure this layer is above all the layers that we’ve created so far. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 700px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Now, let’s paint:
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The result should be similar to this:
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When you’re done, select all the layers that we’ve created and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group them. Once grouped, rename it to “Background”.
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Step 15

In this step, we will be creating the giant tortoise shell which was converted to a shelter by a race of humanoids from the future. To start, open the stock image: “Tortoise3 Stock” by SilkenWebs. Once the stock image is open, activate the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L).
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Now, let’s create a selection area around the tortoise shell. Note: Unlike the Magnetic Lasso Tool, the Polygonal Lasso tool (L) is great in creating straight lines.
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Step 16

Once you’re done, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the image to our canvas. Make sure that you put this layer above all the layers that we’ve created. Rename this layer to “shell”. Position the tortoise shell to the area shown below:
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Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on the canvas to activate the Transform tool’s contextual menu. Once it is active, click on “Rotate”.
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Now, rotate the image as shown below:
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Step 17

Now, that that is done activate the Move tool (V) and move the image to the position as shown below:
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The result:
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Step 18

Now, we would need to Burn the Tortoise shell. Activate the Burn tool (O) and input the following:
  • Brush size: 500px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 15%
Use the Burn tool on the areas shown below:
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The result should be similar to this:
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Step 18

Next, let’s use black paint to darken the tortoise shell more. First, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and name this layer: “darken shell”. Make sure that this layer is above the “shell” layer. Right click on this layer from the layer window and then click on “Create Clipping Mask” from the contextual menu.
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Step 19

Activate the Brush tool (B) and then input the following values:
  • Brush size: 600px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: 000000
Now, let’s paint:

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