Google Map Parody Photo Manipulation

Google Map Parody Photo Manipulation
When you’re done with that, we will now be erasing the area of the sky to create a horizon. Activate the Eraser tool (E) and use the following settings:
  • Brush size: 500 px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Flow: 100%
To reduce the Hardness of the brush, you simply right click on the image while the Eraser tool is activated (this also applies to the Brush tool) and then you would see the Hardness box and from there you can now change the Hardness of the brush.
step2e_hardness
step2f_erase
Now that we’re done, let’s group these layers and rename the group to “background”. To create a Group, simply click on the Folder icon just beside the Create New Fill layer/Adjustment layer button on the Layer window and click on all the layers that we have created and drag them to the created Group.

Step 3 - Create the giant tacks

In this step we would be creating the giant pins, so to start, let’s open Earth pin 025. We would need to take that pin away from its background. To do that, let’s activate our Magnetic Lasso tool (L).
step3a_magnetic_lasso_tool
Now that it’s activated, left-click on any point on the tack and drag to form a selection area around it until you reach the point where you have started.
step3b_mlt_the_pin
When you’re finished with that, let us now transfer that to our canvas using the Move tool (V).
step3c_image_mismatch
Once it is on our canvas rename this layer to “giant tack”, and then activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) to rotate our image. See image below:
step3d_rotate_the_pin
The color of this tack is a bit unpleasant so we would need to give it a retouch to change its awful hue. Activate the Magnetic Lasso tool (L) and then drag a selection area around the green plastic that holds the tack.
step3e_mlt_the_plastic
Now what we’re going to do is we would be changing the color of the plastic, so do not deselect the area that you have created around the pin; while the layer is highlighted and the area around the plastic is selected, activate the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Ctrl/Cmd + U) then use the following values below:
  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: -10
  • Saturation: +4
  • Lightness: -4
  • Edit: Greens
  • Hue: -112
  • Saturation: -30
  • Lightness: -30
After that, let’s further enhance the color by changing its color through a Color Balance adjustment layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance and input the following values:
  • Color Levels: +8, 0, -13
  • Tone Balance: Midtones
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
  • Color Levels: +16, 0, -8
  • Tone Balance: Shadows
  • Preserve Luminosity: Checked
Now, let’s adjust the tacks exposure. Go to Image > Adjustments > Exposure and input the following values:
  • Exposure: -0.35
  • Offset: 0.0000
  • Gamma: 1.05
When you’re done, change the Opacity of the tack to 96% to give it a little haziness. If you’d notice there are bits of white on some edges of the tack which are from the original stock image’s background. We don’t want that, because it distracts the viewer and is aesthetically unacceptable. Activate the Eraser tool (E) and input the following values respectively:
  • Brush size: 150 px
  • Hardness: 100%
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
step3ee_erase_the_white_and_green
Now let’s retouch the light on the tack. Activate the Burn tool (O); we would be using this to darken some areas on the tack.
step3f_burn_Tool
Input the settings below for the Burn tool (O):
  • Brush size: 150 px
  • Range: Midtones
  • Exposure: 15%
step3g_apply_the_burn
Now let’s activate the Dodge tool (O); we will use this tool to brighten specific areas on the tack. Use the same settings we used for the Burn tool (O).
step3h_dodge_tool_application
end} After that, we would need to create some reflection on the metal part of the tack to make it look more realistic. Activate the Clone Stamp tool (S) and input the following settings:

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