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Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Floating, Burning Stone Monument

Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Floating, Burning Stone Monument

In today’s lesson you’re going to learn how to create a floating, burning stone monument, in this advanced photo manipulation tutorial.

Despite the complex outcome, you can follow along a series of practical, easy-to-follow steps to create this piece.

You’ll learn how to blend various photographic elements together seamlessly, how to create stunning fiery light effects, how to convert a regular person into a stone monument and much more!

Let’s get started!

Final Image

Step 1

Create a new file with a width of 2800px and a height of 3500 px at 300 dpi (Dots per Inch). Background Contents should be White.

Step 2

First off, let’s open Stormy Sky 3 in Photoshop. We will be using sky from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas and change it’s layer name to “Sky”.

Next, activate the Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd +T), then while the “Sky” layer is selected and then resize it as shown below:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 3

Now create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (sky layer and Curves) to make a mask.

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Now create new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (sky layer and Hue/Saturation) to make a mask.

When the Hue/Saturation box opens, input the following:

Now create new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette .Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Sky layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Now activate new layer and name it “back light” .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #ffffff

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Step 4

Now activate a new layer and name it “Mountain 1″ .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Proceed to randomly paint a mountain shape.

First off, let’s open our ‘Lava’ image in Photoshop. We will be using lava texture from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Create a clipping mask. See as below :

The result should be similar to this:

Now add more layers of Lava texture.

Step 5

Now Create new hue/saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and hue/saturation) to make a mask:

When the hue/saturation box opens, input the following:

Now Create new Color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and Color balance) to make a mask.

When the Color balance box opens, input the following:

Now Create new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

Select the mask for your Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer.

Activate the Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

Create a new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and Curves) to make a mask.

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

Now select mask layer of Curves.

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings:

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

Now we can see we get somthing like a lava rock mountain:

Step 6

Now activate a new layer and name it “Mountain 2″ .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now randomly paint a mountain shape.

Use Lava texture and make a mask with mountain 2 layer like we have done in previous steps .

Step 7

Now Create new hue/saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between the 2 layer’s (Lava layer and hue/saturation) to make a mask:

When the hue/saturation box opens, input the following:

Now create a new Color balance adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and Color balance) to make a mask.

When the Color balance box opens, input the following:

Now Create new Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette. Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava layer and Brightness/Contrast) to make a mask.

When the Brightness/Contrast box opens, input the following:

Now select mask layer of Brightness/Contrast .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Step 8

Now activate a new layer and name it “Mountain 3″ .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now randomly paint a mountain shape.

Now,let’s open the Lava Texture 5 in Photoshop. We will be using the Lava Texture 5 from this stock image so we will need to transfer it to our main canvas.

Click the Lava Texture 5 and press V to activate the Move Tool. Left-click the image and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Lava Texture 5″.

Use Lava texture and make a mask with mountain 3 layer like we have done in previous steps .

Now Create new hue/saturation adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette.Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava Texture 5 layer and hue/saturation) to make a mask:

When the hue/saturation box opens, input the following:

Now Create new Curves adjustment layer from the bottom of layers palette.Press Alt+left click in between 2 layer’s (Lava Texture 5 layer and Curves) to make a mask:

When the Curves box opens, input the following:

The result should be similar to this:

Step 9

Go back to the “Sky” layer and select it with it’s adjustment layers then make a right click on sky layer and select duplicate .Then move all duplicate layer above mountain layers.See as below :

Now add vector mask from the bottom of layers palette .

Now activate Brush tool (B) with these settings :

Brush size: 400px

Hardness: 0%

Opacity: 40%

Flow: 100%

Color: #000000

Now paint over the highlighted area.

The result should be similar to this:

Step 10

First off, let’s open the ‘Turque’ image found in the resources section for this tutorial in Photoshop. We will be using the woman from this stock image so we will need to transfer her to our main canvas.

Use the pen tool to extract the woman from her background and drag the image to the main canvas and change layer name to “Girl”.

That’s the end of the preview!


About the Author:

Vikas Singh Adhikari (Vik aadi) is a 20 years old self-taught digital mixed media artist and a photographer from New Delhi India. The themes that are mostly seen on his work revolve around surrealism, pseudo-realism, nostalgic sentiments, and human emotion.You can contact him on his deviant art account: http://vikaadi.deviantart.com/ and his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vikas.theanimater

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