Google Map Parody Photo Manipulation

Google Map Parody Photo Manipulation
  • Brush size: 40 px
  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
To clone a region, press Alt + Left-click on an area and apply it on a specific region by holding the left-mouse button and dragging it on that area.
step3i_clone_stamp_tool_applied
Now we are finished with the first tack, now it is time to create more of them. Click on the “giant tack” layer and press Ctrl/Cmd + J to duplicate it. Upon duplication, rename that layer to “giant tack 2”. Activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + J) and right click on the image to bring up the contextual menu and then once the menu is shown, click on Flip Horizontal. See image below for more instructions:
step3k_giant_tack_2
Duplicate that tack again and rename it to “giant tack 3”, and then activate the transform tool and click on Flip Horizontal from the contextual menu, and then this time reduce its opacity to 50%.
step3L_giant_tack_3
When you’re finished, group the layers that we created in this step and rename that group to “giant tacks”.

Step 4 - Give the image a retouch

In this step we would be retouching our whole image to give it a more picturesque output. So let’s start by creating a Solid Color adjustment layer from the Create New Fill layer/Adjustment layer button.
step4a_solid_color
When the box opens, input the following value:
  • #: 001135
step4b_input_this_solid_color
Now the canvas is filled with a dark blue color, to apply that color to the image, change its Blending mode to Exclusion and change its Opacity to 40%.
step4c_solid_color_blue
Then let’s create another Solid Color, but this time input the value below:
  • #: 695231
Change its Blending mode Soft Light and its Opacity to 25%. Let’s create another Solid Color and input the following value:
  • #: cf9541
The Blending mode should be set to Soft Light and the Opacity to 15%. The image should be similar to this at present:
step4d_at_present
Next, let’s add a Gradient Map adjustment layer from the Create New Fill layer/Adjustment layer button.
step4e_gradient_map
When the Gradient Map box opens, pick the Black and white gradient; see image below:
step4f_bw_gradient
After that, change its Blending mode to Luminosity and its Opacity to 70%. Next, let’s create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer.
step4g_bc
Input the following values on their respective boxes:
  • Brightness: 7
  • Contrast: 0
end} Next, let’s saturate or increase the color of our image to liven it up. Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the Create New Fill layer/Adjustment layer button.
step4h_hue_saturation
Input the following settings when the Hue/Saturation box opens:
  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: 0
  • Saturation: +13
  • Lightness: 0
Before we proceed to the next steps, it is recommended to save your image first as a PSD file so you may reload the image again if you see the need to edit some areas.
step4i_save_as_PSD

Step 5 - Soften the contrast of the image

What we are going to do here is that we would be softening the contrast of the image to make it look a bit dreamy. Before we move on, make sure you have saved the file as a PSD. Now we will be flattening the layers, to do that, right-click on any layer to bring up its menu and click on Flatten Image.
step4J_flatten
Once it is flattened, duplicate (Ctrl/Cmd + J) that single layer then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian blur on the Menu bar and input the following:
  • Radius: 16.0 pixels
step4k_gaussian_blur
Now your image is blurred, now this is a bit too dreamy, to achieve the dreamy effect, change its Blending mode to Lighten and the Opacity to 20%. Once you’re done, Flatten the image. After that, let us sharpen the image to bring out some details but still maintaining the soft contrast. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and input the following values:

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