MASKING, COMPOSITING, AND COLOR EFFECTS IN THIS PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL!
In this Photoshop CC tutorial, we’ll use a few stock photos to create this complex and cool geometric photo manipulation effect. We’ll cover creating a channel-based mask, transformations, working with layer masks, brush tips and tricks, compositing multiple objects into a photo, cool ways to create grain and vignettes, LUTs, adjustment layers, and more! Enjoy!
Tutorial Recording Notes:
Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.
- Resources are linked in the bio!
- Duplicate background layer
- Channel based selection of sky
- Mask OUT the sky for the new layer
- Split the layer in two and duplicate mask to new layer
- Select both layers and Rotate them
- Resize and position the new layer to get it lined up just perfectly
- Merge both rotated layers together
- Unlock background and add layer below all the stuff
- Draw a black to white gradient to create sky base
- Clean of edges of the buildings by applying all the layer masks
- Then defringe the edges 2px for each of these layers
- Select the channel that we created to select the sky and apply this as a mask to the rotated layer
- Use a poly lasso tool to trim up edges and black/white the mask to clean up and make desirable edges
- Add a new layer and clip it to our sky and Render>Clouds and add a 100px Motion blur at 90º and reduce opacity to 20%
- Cut out the airplane and darken it a lot with Levels & Desat it
- Resize and place it in the sky where it should go
- Drag in the moon and rotate and resize that as well and set to Screen
- Create a simple rectangular selection and fill with white to create trails
- Blur by 10px until they look better
- Perspective adjust to widen the trails
- Mask away any other bits of the trails that need to be
- Reduce image contrast with Curves
- Add a TealGreen LUT
- Add a Rich V dark aqua/blue to beige gradient map
- Add a Color Balance layer to pull it all together
- Create a vignette with camera RAW
- Add a Grain layer with grain from Camera RAW
- Call it a day! BOOM!