How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

How to Create Dramatic Sci-Fi Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
Avoid using pure white color because it's usually too harsh and doesn't look well in pictures. Try to use some softer alternatives such as light grey, light yellow etc. It's the same case with black. Below you can get the inspiration where to paint fog.
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Step 12 - Adding Rock and Woman

Background is almost done, let's focus on the foreground. This will be very quick step. Download the picture of stone and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place the layer on the top of all layers and name it ROCK. Do the same with the picture of a woman. Place it on the top and name it, surprisingly, WOMAN.
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Step 13 - Adding Hair

Because of all the wind woman's hair should be flying. You'll do it in this step. Download the hair brushes listed in the beginning of the tutorial and install them into Photoshop. Create new layer on the top of all layers and name it HAIR. Grab the Brush Tool (B) and select some of the hair brushes you've just installed. Press Alt on your keyboard to activate the Eyedropper Tool (I) and select some very dark brown color from woman's hair. Paint hair similarly as on the following picture.
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As you can see the painted parts are bit darker than the original hair. It's intentional because the overall hair should be bit more darker to look better. Add new layer and name it e.g. DARKER ROOTS. Grab the Brush Tool (B), pick some basic soft round brush and set its Master Diameter on 1 pixel. Lower the Opacity on 40% and paint hair on the top of the head. It would be easier if you have tablet but you can achieve the same result with mouse with bit practice. Below you can see what you should paint.
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Step 14 - Details on the Coat

If you look closely on the coat you may notice that its bottom part looks kind of weird. You'll make it better looking in this step.
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Download the stock photo of the clothing and drag it into your photo manipulation. Place it on the top of all layers and name it CLOTHING. Resize it on proper size by pressing Ctrl + T on your keyboard and rotate it if necessary. Add layer mask, grab the Brush Tool (B) and select some hard brush. Increase the Opacity on 100% and pick black color. Than hide carefully all parts of this layer except the parts which are above the woman's coat. Below you can see what I mean.
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To blend it better with the rest of the coat lower the Opacity on 70%.
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Step 15 - Changing Hand

The woman on the final picture is holding a sword. But right now if you look at the picture she seems holding something else. If you add the sword now it wouldn't look realistic. That's why you'll change the entire hand in this step. Download the photo of hand from the list in the beginning of the tutorial and drag it into your photo manipulation. Name this new layer HAND and place it on the top of all layers.
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You need to hide the original hand because right now it looks really weird. Add new layer under the layer HAND and name it e.g. REMOVE OLD HAND. Grab the Stamp Tool (S) and clone the trousers instead the old hand. Below you can see what you should get.
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Step 16 - Adding Sword

Download the picture of the sword and drag it into your manipulation. Place it under HAND but above REMOVE OLD HAND and name it SWORD. Resize it and rotate it to get the same look as on the final picture.

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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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