Photo Manipulation

How to Manipulate a Beautiful Sunset Matte Painting in Photoshop

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Here are the results.

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Time to create light effect using some basic lighting techniques. Create a new layer by pressing (CTRL + SHIFT + N) on keyboard then name it ‘Light’. Activate the brush tool by pressing (B) on the keyboard and change your foreground color to #4e2106. Paint a big stroke on the scene as shown in the image below.

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Change the blend mode of light layer to color dodge and here are the results.

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Paint some more light on bay water portions by creating new layer and using the same color in previous step.

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This time change the blend mode to Linear Dodge and reduce the opacity to 38%. Here the results.

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Add waterfall to the main document as shown in the image below.

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Using your favourite selection tool extract the selected part of the waterfall as shown in the image below.

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Here are the results.

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Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the waterfall.

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On the layer mask of Hue/Saturation adjustment layer hide the effect in selected part as shown in the image below because I don’t want to darker those areas of waterfall which is reflected by the light source.

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    Here are the results so far.

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Add a Photo Filter adjustment layer to the waterfall.

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Hide the effect of Photo Filter adjustment layer on selected parts of waterfall that will only effect the water parts of waterfall.

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Add the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the waterfall. Set the setting as shown in the image below and also hide the effect in selected parts of waterfall or leave it.

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Reduce the brightness and increase the contrast of waterfall by adding a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Reduce the opacity of Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to 70% and also hide the selected effects as shown in the image below.

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I want add fog to the waterfall because as the water falls from the waterfall it creates a fog or kind of white smokes. To add it, create a new layer and name it ‘Fog’ then activate the brush tool and set the opacity and flow of brush to 30%. Now change your foreground color to #494745 then start painting some fog like shown in the image below.

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Add a layer mask to the fog layer and then apply Cloud filter on the layer mask of fog layer by selecting Filter > Render > Clouds. That will properly turn it into the fog. Here are the results.

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Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the fog layer. Set the setting as shown in the image below.

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Extract the fisherman and place it to the main document. Also hide the water parts of fisherman as shown in the image below.

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Add a Photo Filter adjustment layer to the fisherman to blend it properly to the entire scene. Set the setting a shown in the image below.

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Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to the fisherman. Set the setting as shown in the image below. Hide the selected effect of Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer by painting with soft round black on the layer mask of Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. Also reduce the opacity of Brightness/Contrast to 80%.

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Here are the results so far.

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Step 26

Load the birds brushes in Photoshop then paint some birds as shown in the image below.

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In this step we’ll be enhancing the light effect more precisely. Create new layer then name it ‘light’ and paint some light as shown in the image below with color #532b03 using soft round brush tool.

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