Create this awesome sci-fi photo manipulation in Photoshop! You will learn how to combine stock photos and apply sci-fi lighting effects to create this artwork. This tutorial is recommended for intermediate-expert Photoshop users.

Preview of Final Results


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a new document and fill it with white. You can choose the size you want but in this tutorial I choose the width larger than the height.

Open background stock. Press C to active Crop Tool and make selection of background as shown below:


Right click this selection, choose Crop to complete this action:


Use Move Tool ( V) to drag it into white canvas, remember to resize to fit the background:


Name it as “land”.

I want to remove the pile on the right side so on land layer, use Polygonal Lasso Tool ( hit L to active it) to make a selection on the left side with feather = 20:


Right click this selection, choose Layer via Copy and we have it on a new layer. Go to Edit-Transform-Flip Horizontal then move it to right side to hide the pile:


Hide background layer ( white canvas) then press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E) to merge all visible layers ( “land” and “remove pile” layers). Call the new layer as “land 1” or whatever you want.


Step 2

Open sky stock. You can use another image if you can’t download this sky from Photoxpress but a dark one with dramatic look is a good choice.

Use Retangular Marquee Tool to make a selection for the part you want and set feather as 20 ( depends on the size of your picture):


Use Move Tool to drag it into our document, downsize and place this layer under “land 1” layer but above “land” and “remove pile” one. Name it as “sky 1”:


On land 1 layer, add layer mask and use soft black brush to remove sky part of land:


Duplicate sky 1 layer, apply Flip Horizontal for it then move it to the right like the image below shows:


Name it “sky 2”. Add layer mask to remove some parts to make this sky blend better with background:


Step 3

To make color of the land fit sky, I use a new adjustment layer for land 1 layer with Clipping Mask. On land 1 layer, go to Layer-New adjustment layer-Hue/Saturation:

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22 responses to ““The Controller” – Create this Floating Superhero Scene with Sci-Fi Lighting Effects in Photoshop”

  1. roser faulk Avatar
    roser faulk

    Thanks for your tutorial

  2. barney bear Avatar
    barney bear

    it was a little long winded

  3. lluvia Avatar

    Thanks four your tutorial, and I wish I can make it. But something is lost, I can’t find the background and crack.

  4. carloz Avatar

    Wow amazing technique . I didn’t understand how to create firing motion blur effect ………. can you explain it ………??

  5. sahebrao Avatar

    Hi, I am a Sahebrao photo manipulator though I tend to focus more on a “pin-up” style of work. Great to see some I like, so I want more vedio tutorials. thanks!

  6. Mark Hearn Avatar
    Mark Hearn

    Hi, I am a superhero photo manipulator though I tend to focus more on a “pin-up” style of work. Great to see some quality tutorials in the field!

  7. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    I like the idea of this tutorial, it’s very creative and the result looks great.Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

  8. harjinder singh Avatar
    harjinder singh

    ohhh awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Abbasali Avatar

    guys please hepl me! i cant get the pics. pls email them to me

  10. Dave Avatar

    hello the link to the rocks psd is broken.

  11. John Avatar

    I’d just like to say great tutorial – I have a crack for part of my one a week project and this was my result –

  12. ard Avatar

    Wowww..i like it so much. I will try it at home. I hope i can create it..thanks

  13. lindhung Avatar

    wish i can make it. I try to make it for my national examination

  14. LeoBravo Avatar

    Amazing Tutorial really

  15. khanjee754 Avatar

    Dearest Sir…………Wonderful work done. Thanks for uploading,i hope u will be  carry on yrs work. for us ………
                                        Thanks a lot…..
                                         Learner …..   Jehan zeb Khan …..( PAK )

  16. tutvid Avatar

    @FazilZuhaib Thanks, buddy! I’m so busy with web work right now, but I promise I’ll have some new exciting web and PS stuff soon! :)

  17. Krishnaa Avatar

    Really amazing, gonna try this out.

  18. jojoboi Avatar

    oh wow haha

  19. VirgilSuteu Avatar

    Very nice tutorial, thank you!

  20. photocat Avatar

    Thanks Jenny! Your tutorials are awesome as always! :)

  21. conceptflow Avatar

    I cant wait to try this out. I know it will be major help for me especially with blending.

  22. Mamun Avatar

    Superb graphic design tutorials. will be too much helpful  and thanks for share…

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