How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop

How to Create a Stormy Fantasy Scene in Photoshop
step5a_position[4]
Next, activate the Transform tool then position and resize the girl as seen on the image below:
step5b_resize[4]
Activate the Eraser tool (E); we would need to erase a little part of the girl’s dress which makes the girl look like she is floating instead of riding on the bird. Right click on the canvas to bring up the eraser menu and the scroll up (your eraser brush is still the grass brush) and find the round brushes, then click on any of them. See image below:
step5c_round_brush[4]
When you’re done, use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 65 px
  • Hardness: 100%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Use the eraser on the area shown on the image below:
step5d_remove[4]
Now let's adjust the girl's Color Balance. Use the following values:
  • Color Levels: -46, 0. +46
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Check
The result should be similar to this:
step5e_color_balance[4]
Then, adjust the saturation of this layer by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Make sure that the "girl" layer is selected. Use the following settings:
  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: 0
  • Saturation: -50
  • Lightness: 0
Next, let's adjust the Brightness/Contrast of the girl. Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and then input the following settings:
  • Brightness: -15
  • Contrast: -30
Now, put this girl in a group, and rename it to “girl".
step5f_result[4]


Step 6 - Add the texture

Now, let's add a little texture to our canvas to create a dark and much grungy feel. Open the stock image: Decay 03 by louise_knightstock then move it to our canvas using the Move tool (V). Transform the image as seen below:
step6a_resize_texture[4]
When you’re done, change the Blending mode to Overlay and its Opacity to 50%. See image below:
step6b_blending_mode[4]
The result should be similar to this:
step6c_result[4]
Notice the quite distracting portion of the texture?
step6d_distracting[4]
Some of you might like the look and feel it gives the image but some might think it looks rather off. If you like to remove it, activate the Healing Brush tool (J).
step6e_healing_brush[4]
Set the Healing brush settings to the following:
step6f_healing_brush[4]
To use the Healing brush tool on the texture, simply follow the instructions on the image below:
step6g_instructions[4]
step6h_gone[4]

Step 7 - Add Rain Now let's add rain to give it a much stormy feel. We will be using the Brush pack that we've downloaded which is: "Digea Rain brushes". o use this brush, make sure that after downloading the pack, copy it to this destination folder: Program Files > Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4 > Presets > Brushes. To start, let’s first create a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N, and then name it: "1". After that, activate the Brush tool (B) and then right click on the canvas to bring up the menu. When the menu opens, click on the drop-down menu button to open the brush’s advanced contextual menu. See image below:
step6i_brush_menu[4]
step6j_load[4]
Once that load brushes menu opens, locate the “Digea Rain brushes" and then click OK. Check your brush tool now. The rain brush that we’re going to use is the one with the size of 1000px. See image below:
step6k_1000[4]
Once your brush has that ready, let us change the color of our brush. We would need a white colored brush for this. To change the brush’s color, follow the instructions on the image below:
step6L_color_picker[4]
On the # box, input the following: ffffff
step6m_white[4]
Next, change the brush settings to the following:
  • Brush size: 2500 pixels
  • Hardness: Default hardness of the rain brush
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
Now we’re all set to brush, apply the brush as seen on the image below:

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