How to Create an Amazing Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create an Amazing Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
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Step 8 - Adding the Shadow under the Elephant

In the picture above you will see that the elephant looks likes it’s levitating above the ground. This is because it has no shadow under its feet. Add new layer under ELEPHANT and name it ELEPHANT SHADOWS. Select the Brush Tool (B) and choose a soft round brush. Pick a black color and paint shadows as shown in the picture below. (I put white underneath so you can them better.)
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The darker shadows are the shadows directly underneath the feet.
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Step 9 - Adding the Cube

Download the picture of cube and drag it into the manipulation. Name the layer CUBE and place it on top of your layers. Add some shadow between the cube and the elephant. Create a new layer under CUBE and name it CUBE SHADOW. Select the Brush Tool (B), and choose a soft round brush. Pick a dark grey color and set the opacity to about 80%. Paint a narrow line under the cube. Lower the opacity of the brush to about 30% and paint a dropped shadow.
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It’s very important to remember that every object you put into the scene should have some shadow. Make some minor color adjustments on the cube. First, lower the contrast by adding a new adjustment layer Levels above the CUBE and set the Input Levels on 0; 0,74; 255. Create a clipping mask from the layer. Then add the adjustment layer Hue/Saturation and set the value Saturation to -60. Create another clipping mask.

Step 10 - Adding the Belt

Download the picture of the belt and drag it into the manipulation. Put the layer on the top of all the layers and name it BELT. Go to Edit > Transform > Warp and then adjust the grid of the belt to fit the elephant’s body. If you’re not familiar with the Warp Tool you can take a look at this video tutorial. Press Enter when you’re satisfied with the shape of the belt.
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Step 11 - Adding the Shadows under the Belt

As mentioned before, every object in the scene should have some shadow. The belt looks like it’s just sitting above the cube so you need to add some shadow to it as well. Create a new layer below BELT and name it BELT SHADOW. Ctrl + click on the thumbnail of the BELT which activates the mask of the belt.
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Select the Brush Tool (B), pick a black color and paint the inside of the mask on the layer BELT SHADOW. Press Ctrl + D to deselect the mask. Select the Move Tool (V) and move the shadow slightly down to the left. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the value to about 0,2 px to blur the shadow gently. Press OK. You can see how the belt looks with and without the shadow below.
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Step 12 - Adding Lights to the Belt

When you’re doing manipulations it’s really important to choose where the light source is so that you can add light and shadow to the objects in your image properly. Let’s take a look at the picture below which shows where the light source is and how it affects the belt.
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To add light and shadow, create a new layer above the BELT. Name it BELT LIGHTS and create a clipping mask from it. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and pick solid #808080 grey color and fill the layer with it. Select the Brush Tool (B), choose a white color, and start painting the light. You can experiment with different opacities to get a more natural result. Then pick a black color and paint the shadows.

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3 comments on “How to Create an Amazing Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. hello Jarka Hrncárková thank you so much for this tutorial I've try it and I'll teach it to my students also thank u so much... :)

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