In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create abstract and fantastic photo manipulation with a immersive, 3-D and Radiation effects! You will learn how to working with Smart filters in Photoshop and use them, create your own brush from lightning’s, quick and simple work techniques and many other! Then complete it with a dark or color tone effects, as you wish. This tutorial directed to improve your skills of work in Photoshop. Read this tutorial and immerse yourself in the wonderful universe of creativity!
What you’ll be creating
We’ll start by adding the image of mine. Then add the spheres. The next step will adding glow and lightning. Create a special brush “exploding lightning”. We will continue to work on the texture to create the effect of radiation. At the end of the work we will work on toning. I will show you two options of coloring and you can make them. You need attentiveness, diligence and good humor as possible, all version of Photoshop.
Create a new document. Go to File > New or the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ N. A blank document with size of 3000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high, resolution 200 Pixels/Inch. I named the document “Omega”.
Now I have added a background picture. Go to File > Place and select the image “d3wd0057___Altitude_Chamber_by_d3wd”.
Use the Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform) to resize the layer like shown in the image. Increase the size of the image so that the outside of the working area remained mesh with the foreground.
Duplicate this layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or Layer > Duplicate Layer). Now make with the help of the duplicated layer, an effect 3-D. Go to Layer Style > Blending Options in a Layer panel.
Now to get a 3-D effect need to remove the checkbox from red channel. You can experiment with other channels and get unexpected results!
You have already seen the effect? No!? Do not worry! Now it appear. Set a Move Tool (V), using the arrow keys to move picture (My combination: down three times and twice to the left). That’s it! Can try to move image, but do not overdo it :).
Add a Layer mask to this layer. Take a Brush Tool (B) with there settings: Size: 500px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 100% (Click D then X on keyboard to set background color to Black). Edge of the brush, remove effect from shaft.
Time to add the spheres. In the resource that you have downloaded the 15 kinds of spheres. You can choose what you like. I used “tester sphere3” I liked it because of the interesting shape and unusual textures. Resembles a ball of energy or substance that changes its form. Go to File > Place and select the image “tester sphere3” in folder “3D_sphere_renders_by_in_the_skies”. Do not worry about the format “TARGA (.tga)”. Photoshop fully realizes its.
Resize the layer like shown in the image (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform). Place the sphere inside the shaft, (place it in the center, and then lift up a little).
Select a Magic Wand Tool (W) and click on white background of sphere. Then Invert selection (the short keys Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + I). Selected to become a sphere, and not background. Add a Layer Mask to remove background.
Duplicate sphere layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or Layer > Duplicate Layer). Change a Blending mode to “Linear Dodge (Add)”. This layer helps to give shiny effect to the sphere and make texture more “live”.
Back to the first sphere to create a small spheres. To make this easier, use a Move Tool (V) + hold Option/Alt. Drag the the sphere to the right place. So you can quickly duplicate the sphere and work with them.
To resize spheres use Free Transform tool (Ctrl/Cmd+ T or Edit > Free Transform). Reduce the size of spheres depending on the close to floor. Rotate the sphere so that the lightest part is directed towards the central sphere.
So I endeared sphere. You can try to make your own version and arrange them differently. To make the picture a little more interesting, I made a double sphere.
Merge all layers with the spheres (select layers and use Cmd /Ctrl+ E or Layer > Merge Layers…) except a central sphere and its additional layer.
Add a Layer mask. Use a Brush Tool (B) with there settings: Size: 200px – 100px, Hardness: 100%, Opacity: 100% (Click D then X on keyboard to set background color to Black). and remove part of sphere on beams. Apply the mask to this layer (click right mouse button on Layer mask, in list select “Apply Layer Mask”).
Create effect 3-D to spheres. Duplicate spheres layer once (use the short key Cmd /Ctrl+ J or go to Layer > Duplicate Layer). Go to Layer Style > Blending Options in a Layer panel and remove the checkbox from Red channel. Move it (My combination: down five times and six times to the left).
Set Opacity to this layer 85%.
Now add a Layer mask to this layer and used Brush Tool (B) (Size: 200px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 70%.), remove part of effect on spheres.
Now add some light on them and shadow. Start by adding light. Create New Layer used Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N, set Mode: Overlay, set the check-box to: Fill with Overlay-neutral color (50% grey). To fill the new layer of neutral gray. Such a layer, we will only for lighting. In the future, we will use only the usual layers.
Use a Dodge Tool (O) with settings like shown in the image. Lighten up the spheres where they are turned to main sphere, to make them glow effect. This layer must necessarily apply only to spheres without 3-D effect (Hold Option/Alt and click on lower layer).
Create a new layer without Overlay-neutral color (Cmd /Ctrl+ Shift + N). Take a Brush Tool (B) (Size: 200px to small spheres and 400px to big, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 70%.). Dot put under spheres a shadow.
Place the shadow layer under the layer with the spheres without effect and set Opacity of this layer – 51%. Merge all layers with spheres in the one group “Spheres” (select layers and use Ctrl+ G).
After we placed sphere, we can start creating lightning and the main lighting. Create a new layer under group “Spheres”. Take a Brush Tool (B) (Size: 1200px, Hardness: 0%, Opacity: 100%.).
Make a dot, a little below the main sphere, like shown in the image.