DarkSurrealStormyScene

Learn how to create a surreal stormy scene in Photoshop. In this tutorial I’ll show how you can achieve a dark, ghastly and lightning weather atmosphere in Photoshop. The main technique here is blending and making the scene more realistic and believable.

Tutorial Resources

Preparing the Background

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop by selecting File > New and then use the following setting or feel free to choose you own.

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Step 2

Place the road image to our main document by selecting File > Place and then place it.

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Adding Sky to Make the Scene Dark and Stormy

Step 3

Add a Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All) to road layer. Activate the Brush Tool (B) and set its opacity and flow about 30%. Now hide the upper parts of road by painting on the layer mask of road using soft round black brush.

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Place the sky 1 image to the main document. Use Move Tool (V) drag it under the road layer.

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Step 4

Now add sky 2 to our main document and place it between the road and sky 1 layer.

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Set the blend mode of sky 2 layer to Luminosity and reduce the its opacity to 50%.

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Step 5

It’s time for adjusting the sky parts of scene using adjustment layer. Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer above the sky 2. Use the color #071625 for Shadows and for Highlights use color #161830.

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Set the blend mode of Gradient Map to Soft Light.

Results :

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Step 6

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to add more colors to sky parts. Use it with the following setting:

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Results :

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Step 7

Make a Gradient Map adjustment layer again. Here are the values for Gradient Map .

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Set the blend mode to Color and reduce the opacity to 30%.

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Step 8

Now select the road layer, make a Curves adjustment layer to reduce the lightness of road and also add a Hue/Saturation to reduce the saturation. Don’t forget to clip (press the red button to clip it to road layer) these adjustment layers to road layer.

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Reduce the opacity of Curves to 80%. Here are the Results:

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Step 9

Continue colorizing it using Color Balance adjustment layer. Here are the values:

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Results :

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Step 10

To create more focus on the middle of background, we need to make the center section brighter. To achieve this, create a new layer by pressing (CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + N) on the keyboard. Fill this layer with black color by pressing ALT + BACKSPACE (make sure your foreground set to black, set it by pressing (D) on the keyboard). Now set your color to white one and using a soft round brush, with opacity and flow about 70%, make a brush stroke on the middle of it.

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Set the blend mode of this layer to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 30%.

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