In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an emotional photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn how you can create an emotional post apocalyptic scene using effective photo editing techniques. This tutorial will also walk you through some basic essential blending techniques in photo manipulation. Find out more by right diving in!
Preparing Background for Emotional Scene
Start by creating a new document by selecting File > New and use the following settings or feel free to choose your own.
Open the sky image in Photoshop and then drag it into our main document using Move Tool (V). Place it as shown below.
Since we are creating an emotional post-apocalyptic scene then we should decrease the brightness and saturation of sky 1. To do this, make a Hue/Saturation (click the third button at bottom of layer panel) adjustment layer to sky1. Now reduce its saturation and brightness.
Place the sky 2 image to our main canvas by selecting File > Place Embedded and place it as shown below. The aim is to make the sky more dramatic using sky 2.
Set the blend mode of sky 2 layer to Hard Light.
Add a Layer Mask (click the second button at bottom of layer panel) to sky 2 layer. Activate the Brush Tool (B) . Set its opacity and flow about 30%. Now mask the selected upper parts of sky2 using soft round black brush (remember you need to paint on the layer mask in order to hide the upper parts).
You can notice that color of sky 2 not matching with rest of the background. To fix this, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to sky 2 as a clipping mask (click the red button for clipping mask).
Make a Photo Filter adjustment layer above all layers as I want to make some more color adjustment to both sky layers. Use the color #633a09 with density 100%.
Make a Color Balance to add some colors to both sky layers.