How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
To adjust the direction of flame move with the square in the direction of the narrow shown in the picture below.
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To apply the changes press Enter on your keyboard.

Step 8 - More Flames

Use the process described in the previous step and add more flames. To make the whole picture more realistic try to add variation to the flames. You can achieve that by using all stock photos of flames listed in the beginning of the tutorial, not only one even if it's quicker. You can also change shape of the flame by using the Warp tool. To activate the Warp Tool go to Edit > Transform > Warp. The grid appears. You can adjust its shape and the shape of the flame.
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To apply changes press Enter on your keyboard. On the picture below you can see where you can place the other flames.
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To make working with all the layers easier merge all layers with flames into one layer and name it FLAMES.

Step 9 - Smoke

If there is fire there is usually also some. You'll add it in this step. Download the smoke brushes listed in the beginning of the tutorial and install them into Photoshop. If you don't know how to install brushes you can read this tutorial, where it's explained well. Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it SMOKE. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and select one of the brushes you've just installed. Lower its Opacity on about 80% and select some dark grey (not black) color. Now simply paint the smoke. Keep in mind to paint it in the same direction as flames are burning. To add more variety to smoke change the brushes. You can also change the Master Diameter of each brush to make different size and also if you want use Warp tool same as in the previous step to change shape of some flames. Below you can see how your picture should look like so far.
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Step 10 - Helicopters

To have more details in your photo manipulation you'll add some helicopters in this step. Download the stock photo of the helicopter and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place in under the layer FLAMES. Resize it on proper size and name the layer e.g. HELICOPTER. To blend it properly with the rest of the image cut out the background. To do that use whatever method you're comfortable with, e.g. the Lasso Tool (L). After that duplicate the layer three times. To duplicate it right click on in and simply select the option Duplicate layer. Place the three other helicopters on the same place as you can see in the preview picture. Resize them similarly as you've already done it in this and previous step. And flip two helicopters horizontally. To do that go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal. On the picture below you can see the result of this step.
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Step 11 - Mist

To create bit more enigmatic atmosphere you'll add mist above the river in this step. Download the mist brushes. I used the ones listed in the beginning of the tutorial but feel free to use any other which are free. Install the brushes into Photoshop. Add new layer on the top of all layers and name it MIST. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select some of the brushes you've just installed, set the Opacity on 100% and pick some light grey color from the sky.

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5 comments on “How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop”

  1. Amazing photo manipulation tutorial in Photoshop. Local adjustment, global adjustment, fire and light effects are raeally art work.

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