Today's Photoshop Tutorial is about how to create futuristic city landscape. We will learn some important steps dealing with combining and manipulating photos to create a landscape featuring a fantasy city with strong feels of futuristic atmosphere on it.
Next I added the building to the main document.
To enhance the background, I added some cloud. I place the cloud picture above the gradient background layer and set its Blending to Overlay at 100% Opacity.
In this step we will give adjustment layers to the scene: Brightness/Contrast. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. I added two Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers. Mask some parts of the adjustment layers:
Create a new layer. Fill this new layer with #020227 and take Brush Tool in the tool panel. Now set the foreground color to #fefefe. With a very soft round brush, stroke the area around the city. Set this layer to Multiply Blending at 54% Opacity.
To add more dynamic feel of the scene, I decided to add some crafts. Here is the craft I created. The way of how I created this is almost similar way of creating the doom building. I use much layer styles and some painting.
I also added some "people" on the scene. I did this by using the default costume shapes.
Next, we will give more adjustment layer to the scene. Please see the illustration below to see the setting of each adjustment layer.
Now we will set more lightning to the grass hill we have created in step 15-16. Go to the grass hill layer. Duplicate this layer. Give this duplication layer a clipping mask. Now fill this layer with 50% grey. Then paint some white color on this layer. After that, set this layer Blending to Overlay at 100% Opacity. Finally, create an adjustment layer: Channel Mixer. Remember to give this adjustment layer a Clipping Mask.
Finally, create another new layer above all the other layers. Fill this layer with black. Set it to Color Dodge Blending at 100% Opacity. With this new layer still selected, paint some color on the city and the building to give them light. Use a very small hard round brush to paint the light.
Hit Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E to merge all layer into a new single layer. Then, go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Set the high pass at around 2-4 pxl radius. Paint soft pink color to this layer and then set it to Multiply Blending at 100% Opacity.
To finish this work, we will give the scene final adjustment layer: Level. Go again to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Level. When the level command box shows up, just click Auto. There we have this result:
As addition, I gave nuance to the scene by adding stars derived from the nebula picture. I placed the picture above the cloud (step 22) layer in the layer panel and set this nebula layer to Overlay at 100% Opacity.
I hope you learn something today and happy photoshopping!