The Shooter Photoshop Tutorial

\In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create a shooter photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to achieve dramatic rainy, lightning and awesome black/white effect in Photoshop. You’ll also learn how to keep the original shadows of an image, create a reflective or soaked effect for street and for shooter using filters. Read on and enjoy!

Tutorial Resources

Preparing Background

Step 1

Create new document in Photoshop with the following settings :


Adding Street

Step 2

Place the street into newly created document by selecting File > Place Embedded and place the street image as shown below.


Create the Depth

Step 3

Convert the street layer into Smart Objects. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius value to 3 pixels.


On the layer mask of Gaussian Blur filter, mask the blur effect on the selected parts as we are going to place the shooter there. And I want to more focus on shooter rather than the background. Use a soft, basic black brush with opacity and flow around 30-40%, and mask the blur effect.


Results after masking:


Create the Reflective and Soaked Effect

Step 4

When it’s rain the rain drops are barely visible and what is visible is reflective and soaked ground.
Since we are working on rainy photo manipulation so we should create a reflective and soaked effect for the street. To do this, first, duplicate the street layer and delete the existing Gaussian Blur filter. To delete a filter, just right-click on it and choose ‘delete Smart Filter’.


Now, go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Base Relief and give the following values to this filter.


On the layer mask of this filter, mask the effect on street’s uppers parts as I only want to keep the effect on the street’s floor. Use a soft round black brush for masking.


Results with reflective or soaked floor:


Step 5

I noticed that street image has some colors and I don’t want that. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (above all layers) and reduce the saturation by dragging the Saturation slider to -100.

To add an adjustment layer go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Saturation or click the third icon at the bottom of layer panel.




Step 6

Add a Curves adjustment layer and reduce the brightness of the street. Use it with following settings :




Step 7

On the layer mask of Curves, mask the effect on the middle of the scene to maintain light there. Mask the effect on the highlighted area using a soft round black brush.




Step 8

I used a Level adjustment to further darken the scene with more contrast.


I masked the effect on the right side of the street (little bit). Results:


Add the Model

Step 9

Extract the model from the background and place him to main document.



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