In this training lesson on Photoshop we’re going to learn how to change the size of the desert landscape, stones and mix images together to create a dynamic perspective in the style of “fish eye”, and use different adjustment layers to change color and photo manipulation in General. Let’s get started!
This lesson was originally published on 5 January 2012.

Preview of the final result

Resources lesson

How to create a scene with the effect of “fish eye” and a Spartan in Photoshop

Rock Formation – RGB Stock
Desert – RGB Stock
Statue – rick–hunter

Step 1
Open or create a new file in Photoshop. It should be about 7200 pixels wide by 4800 pixels in height and 300 dpi resolution.(You can reduce the size by half if you work over it hard to meet the requirements of the computer).

Step 2
Drag the image with the stone into the document and turn it slightly to one side. This will help us to create the future.

Now put the photos from the desert straight to the top of the layer with the stone and rotate it to align the position. You can reduce the opacity of the layer if you have problems with the combination.

Add layer mask to the desert layer and using a soft brush (B) hardness of 0% erase the top part of the image so that the horizon coincides with the stone and they merged with each other:

Step 3
Now we are going to work on blending those two images. To begin with, we need to compare the color of the sand in the desert and stone. Go to menu Image>Adjustments>Levels (or press Ctrl+L), then apply the following settings for comparison of light:

Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue and Saturation to change the color and shades:

Go to menu Image>Adjustments>Brightness and Contrast to do the final setup:

That should look like the:

Step 4
While we combined both images in color, they are not yet consolidated and to them to apply the soft transition. To fix this, we’ll use the Cloning tool Stamp Tool (Stamp) (S) to soften the edges of the dock. Create a new layer at the top of the image with the desert, and using the Stamp with 0% hardness, make a brush stroke with opacity around 45% and put a tick next to “Current and Below” (current and below). While holding the Alt key, click on the image, selecting the point of cloning, paint the edge of the photo.

Stamp new sources as much as you need. Drain images together.

Repeat this step until, until you get the following picture:

Step 5
Select all layers and merge them together – keys (Ctrl+E). You can duplicate them and save them for later actions, if you want to make a save before the merger. We need to make them one as we are going to change the overall plan and perspective. After merging the layers, go to Edit>Transform>Warp and move the photo as indicated in the figure:

Try to make the experiment a success, it will take time to get a good result.

Step 6
Some changes can leave on the pattern of white spots and some bad blending between the pictures that we need to fix. Using the pen (Pen tool) (P) or lasso tool (Lasso Tool) (L) draw a selection of parts that needs to be filled in or indented. Use the threshold (feather) is about 5 pixels to make the matching process faster. As you can see in the image below, you need to fill in some parts of the sand and sky. First you need to make the selection to part with sand, as shown below:

Create a new layer at the top of the layer with the desert and go back to the clone tool. We will use the same settings, but this time put the opacity of the brush to 100%. Just as before in step 4, we clone areas on the blank field.

Do not use a threshold (feather) in the secretions, as we need a clear outline on the edges, as shown below:

Watch out for borders and mixing:

The sky will go faster because you can use contrast and shadows, try to apply a color that is close to the previous one taken from the filling point.

Step 7
Now we need to add vignetting to enhance the focus point, which will be a statue in the middle of the track. Upstairs, create a new layer on top of all the others, select black color as foreground. Drag a large round brush with hardness 0%, establishing 40% opacity, and paint around the edges of the pattern as in the example:

Set the layer blending mode to “Overlay” (Overlay).

Create 1 more layer and set the brush to about 25% opacity on the edges again, but now the blending mode should be “Multiply” (Multiply).

Step 8
Take a photo with the statue and open it in Photoshop. Go to the Image menu>Image Rotation>Flip Canvas Horizontal to flip the photo horizontally. Then using the stylus, select the statue from the background, leaving as many details as possible and drag it into the document, resize if necessary.

Step 9
Now for the statue you want to add a shadow on the sand. Duplicate the layer with the statue and take out menu Hue/Saturation (hue/Saturation) (Ctrl+U) set the Lightness to -100:

Move the layer below the layer with the statue. Now we need to transform it to fit the perspective of the lower part of the image. Press the Ctrl key while in the mode of movement (Move tool) (V). Hold and drag the anchor points of shapes to create a perspective effect. Use as the instructions in the following image.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and apply blur with a radius of about 21 pixels:

Now we need to slightly change the shape for the perspective of the floor:

Take the eraser (Eraser tool) (E) and select soft round brush with opacity of 70%, erase the upper part of the shadow.

Step 10
Here we will create all the adjustment layers that allow the picture to obtain the desired contrast and color. I propose to group them into a new group inside (Ctrl+G) and place at the top – above the layers with the statue and the desert, we will make things more organized. Start with changing the settings of the curves in the photo (Curves). Go to menu Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves and put options to increase the contrast:

Now use a few adjustment layers with color to fill in different blending modes and opacity. Behind the layer with curves and create a new layer with filling color, go to Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. For the first layer, use a dark blue color #070d5f the blending mode “Overlay” “Overlay” and 25% opacity. For the second layer use red #d30c0c in “Overlay” mode and 15% opacity. The third layer will be dark green #007711 in the “Color” with an opacity of 20%. The last layer – orange #cb4105 in the imposition of a “Color” and opacity to 20%.

Experiment with the order of layers, opacity and color to obtain different results.

Step 11
Go back to the main statue and highlight one of the arrows.

We’re going to duplicate this layer several times and place them around the statue to expand the composition. To get started, add an arrow to the body of the statue:

Don’t duplicate place arrows on the sand. Increase the size of arrows at the front of the body and reduce the size behind it.

“Dilute” the arrows of the gradient – use the filter Gaussian blur (the Gaussian blur). Increase the blur radius according to the size and convergence:

Add shadows for each arrow. This can be done simply by duplicating the arrow and rotating it in the future, on the ground (use the link on the shadow of the statue). Apply a Gaussian blur of about 10 pixels to the shadows and erase the ends.

Step 12
The last item we are going to add flash to the left of the picture. Take a stock photo of fireworks and drag them to the document. Using a lasso (Lasso Tool) (L), scroll to the section of the photo and paste it on a new layer.

Use Hue/Saturation (hue/Saturation) to add red color and the following settings:

Use Warp tool (Distortion) to change the shape:

Change the blending mode to “Lighten” (Clarification). You can duplicate this layer and resize or blur it to get the other items in fireworks.

The end result

How to create a scene with the effect of “fish eye” and a Spartan in Photoshop

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