How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop
  • Color Levels: 0, 0, +44
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked

The result will be similar to the image below:

step2f_color_balance_result[4]

Now that that's done, we will now distort the perspective of our background to give an illusion of movement for our subjects. To do that, left-click on the layers: "sky" and "sea" and then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and then rotate and resize as shown below:

step2g_scale[4]

The result should be similar to this:

step2h_result[4]

Now that we're done, we're going to blur the background a little to create an illusion of movement - right-click on any of these layers and then click on Merge Layers. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and input the following values:

  • Radius: 4.0 pixels
step2i_gaussian[4]

Before continuing to the next step, let’s group the layers that we had just created. To group the layers, click on all the layers that we have made and press Ctrl/Cmd + G. After doing that, you’d notice that all the layers are now inside the group. Let’s rename this group to Background. To rename a group, simply click on the words “group 1" (etc) and a text box would appear and you may now rename it.

step2j_group[4]

Step 3 - Create the Floating Island

Now in this step, we will be creating the Floating Island. To start, open “island 1" by shelldevil. We need to separate it from its background. To do that, we will need to activate the Magnetic Lasso Tool (L).

step3a_magnetic_lasso[4]

Once activated, left-click your mouse anywhere on the edges of the island and drag your mouse until you reached the point where you started. This will thus create a selection area around the island.

step3b_island

When you're done, activate the Move tool (V) and then drag the island to the canvas that we've created and once there, rename the layer to: "island" Once the "island" layer is in the canvas, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on the canvas to bring up the Transform tool's contextual menu. Once open, click on Flip Vertical.

step3c_flip_vertical
step3d_result

Then, activate the Transform tool again and this time, resize the island as seen below:

step3e_resized

To make it blend with the rest of the images, let's adjust its Brightness/Contrast; To do that, click on the "island" layer and then go to the Menu bar, click on Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. When it opens, input the following values:

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