How to Create a Mysterious Floating Box in a Desolate Land

How to Create a Mysterious Floating Box in a Desolate Land

Step 6: Add the Wanderer

In this step, we will be adding the woman who is staring and captivated by the box. To start, open "394 Look up" by WolfcatStock. We would need to create a selection area around this woman and for that we will need the Magnetic Lasso Tool.
image083
Once activated, just drag it around the woman to create the selection area.
image084
Activate the Move tool (V) and drag this image to the canvas. Once on the canvas, rename this layer to "woman". Position it as shown on the image below:
image085
Now, we would need to reduce the size of this woman so activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and resize it as shown on the image below:
image086
Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) once again and then right click on the canvas and then choose "Flip Horizontal" from the contextual menu.
image087
The result of that:
image088
Now, let us activate the Move tool (V) and drag the image to its new position which is a little under the floating box. See image below:
image089
Next, let's fix the brightness/contrast of our woman. To do that, first select the woman and then go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast: Once it has opened, input the following:
  • Brightness: 22
  • Contrast: -12
  • Use Legacy: Check
image090
The result:
image091
Next, let's adjust the lightness of the image; to do that, select the "woman" layer and then go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Once open, input the following:
  • Edit: Master
  • Hue: 0
  • Saturation: 0
  • Lightness: -30
image092
The result:
image093
Now, to make her blend more seamlessly with the rest of the images, we would need the Eraser tool (E).
image094
Once the Eraser tool (E) is activated input the following:
  • Brush size: 200px
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Zoom level: 400%
image095
To change the zoom level, simply go to the Navigator window and change the zoom level to 400%
image096
Now, use the Eraser tool (E):
image097
The result:
image098

Step 7: Add the Wanderer's Shadow

In this step, we will be adding the shadow of the wanderer. To do that, simply select the "woman" layer and duplicate it by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J. Once duplicated, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and right click on the canvas; click on "Flip Vertical". The result:
image099
Activate the Move tool (V) and drag it down to make it look like the woman's reflection:
image100
Now, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd + T), right click on the canvas and then press Distort. Next, distort it as shown on the images below:
image101
image102
The result should be similar to this:
image103
Now, we will turn it into a real shadow; first, go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and input the following:
  • Brightness: -100
  • Contrast: -100
  • Use Legacy: Check
image104
The result:
image106
Next, we will blur this shadow to make it look real. To do that, make sure that the duplicated layer is selected and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Now, when it is open, input the following:
  • Radius: 1.0 pixels
image107
The result of that:
image108
Now, we'll reduce the duplicated layer's opacity. To do that, just go to the Layer window and change the Opacity from 100% to 70%.
image109
Next, select all the layers from Step 6 and group them (Ctrl/Cmd + G) and name the group to "Woman".

Step 8: Enhance the Overall Look of the Image

Now, let's enhance the look and feel of the image. To start, let's create a Solid Color adjustment layer from the "Create New Fill/Adjustment layer button" from the Layer window.

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

Dark Conceptual Portraits Course (71% Off)
Sponsored

Discover how to create stunning photo manipulations in Photoshop. In this course, you'll learn everything from photographing models to creating dark conceptual artworks. If you enjoy our photo manipulation tutorials, you will absolutely love this course.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

cross