Learn how to create this beautiful and emotional photo manipulation! This tutorial will show you photo manipulation techniques, photo retouching, how to work with layer masks, and apply lighting effects.

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Mystical Father and Son Scene Photoshop Tutorial


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Step 1: Create a New Image File

Create a new file with a width of 3500 px and a height of 3500 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

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Step 2: Create the Background

First off, let’s open the field in Photoshop. We will be using field from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

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Step 3

Now, go to select and click color range

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Step 4

Next, open color range and pick the color sample from highlighted area as shown below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 5

Now activate the magic pen tool (R):

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Fill these settings :

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Press Shift and click on the highlighted area to make them selected :

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The result should be similar to this.

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Step 6

Press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Ground”. The result should be similar to this:

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Step 7

Activate transform tool (Ctrl+t) as see below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 8

Once again activate Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) and rotate the encircled squares in the direction of the red arrow.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 9

Now activate transform tool as see below:

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 10: Fix Sky

Now, let’s open the desert sunset stock in Photoshop. We will be using the sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

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Step 11

Click the desert sunset and press M to Rectangular marquee tool and then make a selection around the sky and then click V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 12

Now activate transform tool by using activate transform tool fixed sky properly as see below:

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Step 13

Again Activate transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+T) and rotate the encircled square in the direction of the red arrow .

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 14

Now create a new color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .

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Fill values see as below :

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Step 15

Now Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (ground layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 16

Activate Ground layer. Create a new color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .

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Fill values see as below :

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Step 17

Now Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (ground layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

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The result should be similar to this:

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Step 18

Activate a new layer and name it “Source light”. Activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

  • Brush size: 400px
  • Hardness: 0%
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Color: #000000

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Fill values see as below :

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Now paint over the highlighted area.

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The result should be similar to this: