Photo Manipulation

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

Step 40

Next, create the engine blast which is supposedly coming from the inner core of the engine. To start, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and then name it “engine blast 2”. Activate the Brush tool (B) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 30px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • #: ffffff

Now, let’s paint:


The result should be similar to this:


Next, right click on the “engine blast 2” layer and then from the contextual menu, click on “Merge down” so that the layer would be merged with “engine blast 1”.


Now, that they are merged, we will give the effect that this engine blast is also in motion as with the ship itself. To do that, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and then input the following:

  • Angle: 180′
  • Distance: 30px


The result:


Step 35

Now, let’s make the engine blast look more realistic. To do that, activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following:

  • Brush size: 100px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%

Erase the area as shown below:


The result:


Step 36

Next, let’s create the other patrolling ship. To start, click on the “ship” layer and then press Ctrl/Cmd + J to duplicate it. Once duplicated, activate the Move tool (V) and drag the image as shown below:


The result:


Step 37

Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize the duplicated layer as shown below:


Step 38

Finally, let’s make the duplicated layer look like it is a little farther from the original ship. Change the layer opacity of the duplicated layer to the following:


The result:


Step 39

Now, select all the layers that we’ve created for this step and press Ctrl/Cmd + G to group these layers.

Step 40

Now, we will enhance the color and overall brightness of the image. To start, let’s create a Solid Color adjustment layer. From the Layer window, click on the “Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button”.


Once the contextual menu opens, click on Solid Color:


Now, clicking on the Solid Color option will open the Color Picker box. Now, input the following on the #: space.


Step 41

Next, let’s change the Blending mode of this Solid Color so our image isn’t filled with brown. Change the Blending mode and Opacity to:

  • Blending Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 30%

Note: To change the Blending mode, simply click on the Solid Color and then go to the Layer window and find the “Normal” option. Click on that and it will open a contextual menu, once its open, click on Soft Light as shown on the image below


Step 42

Next, let’s adjust the overall Brightness/Contrast of the image, to do that, simply click on the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button and then click on the Birghtness/Contrast from the contextual menu.


Once it’s open, input the following:

  • Brightness: 25
  • Contrast: 25
  • Use Legacy: Uncheck


Step 43

Next, let’s create another Solid Color adjustment layer. This time, input the following values:

  • #: 00011d


Step 44

Once your canvas is all blue, change the Blending mode and Opacity to the following:

  • Blending mode: Exclusion
  • Opacity: 60%


Step 45

Finally, let’s create a levels adjustment layer from the Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button.


Once it is open, input the following:

  • Channel: Green
  • 15, 1.00, 255


Don’t close the Levels box yet, because we would now input the following for the Blue channel:

  • Channel: Blue
  • 15, 1.00, 255


The resulting image should be similar to this:


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