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

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

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

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

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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:

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

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

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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):

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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":

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

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

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

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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 comments on ““The Controller” - Create this Floating Superhero Scene with Sci-Fi Lighting Effects in Photoshop”

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 )

  6. @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! :)

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