Learn how to create this amazing apocalyptic photo manipulation with Photoshop! You’ll learn how to blend elements such as water and moon, create seamless structures with the Clone Stamp tool, and finish it off with a cold movie photo effect.
Preview of Final Results
Intense Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation Photoshop Tutorial
- Wall – Pelleron Art
Step 1 – Preparing the Wall
Create a new document in Photoshop. Set the width on 600 pixels, height on 764 pixels, then press OK.
Now download the picture of the wall and drag it into the manipulation. Name the layer e. g. BACKGROUND WALL. As you can see the picture of the wall is too bright. To make it darker add new adjustment layer Levels above the BACKGROUND WALL. The button Create new fill or adjustment layer can be found on the bottom part of the palette Layers. If you don’t see this palette simply press F7 on your keyboard.
I would recommend you to use adjustment layers instead of the direct adjustments (from Image > Adjustment > …). Thanks to adjustment layers you will be able to redo all the steps no matter if you did them on the beginning or at the end. Set the Input Levels as shown below.
Right click on the Levels adjustment layer and select the option Create Clipping Mask. This way the layer affects only one layer below not all of them. Below it’s shown the result of this step. Some parts of the wall are too dark but don’t worry about that. They will be covered with another layer.
Step 2 – Bending of the Wall
In this step you will bend the wall. It gives the picture bit claustrophobic feel which will evoke the mood of the picture better. Click on the layer BACKGROUND LAYER. Grab the Marquee Tool (M) and select the left part of the wall. Press Ctrl + C to copy the selection and Ctrl + V to paste it. Then press Ctrl + D to deselect it.
Place the new layer on the top of the layers and name it e.g. LEFT BENDED. Now go to Filter > Distort > Shear… and set the dialogue as you can see below. Move the line very gently. Otherwise it won’t look much realistic.
Click on the BACKGROUND WALL once again. Grab the Marquee Tool (M) and select the right part of the wall. Copy and paste that selection. Place the new layer on the top of the layers and name it RIGHT BEND. Now bend it the same way as it’s described above. Your image should look similar to the one shown below.
Step 3 – Adjusting the Left Wall
The wall is too bright again. You’ll fix it now. Add new adjustment layer Levels above the LEFT BEND. Set the Input Levels as it is shown below and create Clipping mask from this layer.
As you can see there is one really dark area because of the adjustment you’ve just done.
To fix it grab the Brush Tool (B), select some soft round brush and pick the black color. Now click on the thumbnail of the Levels layer and start painting over the circled area. The adjustment becomes invisible.
Step 4 – Adjusting the Right Wall
The right part of the wall should be darker too. Add new adjustment layer Levels above the layer RIGHT BEND and set is as shown below.
Create Clipping mask from the layer. You may notice that the adjustment layer adjust also bottom part of the wall.
You need to hide the adjustment from this part because we will take care about the bottom part in next step and it would not work if one part is darker than another. You hide the adjustment same way as in the previous step. Grab the Brush Tool (B), select soft round brush, pick the black color, click on the thumbnail of the adjustment layer you’ve just added and paint over the areas you want to make lighter.
Step 5 – Adjusting the Bottom Part
The bottom part is still too bright. To fix it add new adjustment layer Levels and set it as on the picture below.
Grab the Gradient Tool (G), pick the black color and fill the thumbnail of the layer. Then grab the Brush Tool (B), pick white color and paint over the areas of the bottom part of the wall to make there the adjustment visible. Your image should look like the one below so far.
Step 6 – Retouching of Vertical Lines
As you can see on the picture above it’s necessary to blend parts of the wall correctly. There are three main parts which need to be fixed – vertical lines, horizontal lines and the stone itself. To do that you will use Stamp Tool (S). If you’re not familiar with this tool I would recommend you to take a look e.g. at this video tutorial or write “stamp tool” in google or youtube and you’ll find tons more. It’s a really powerful tool in Photoshop and it’s a pity to don’t use it.
Before you start I’d like to recommend you one think – change the clone source quite often. If you won’t do it you get repetitive pattern which doesn’t look realistic. As I said before first of all you will fix the vertical lines. They are badly visible and unclean in the upper parts of the wall. Create a new layer and name it VERTICAL LINES. Grab the Stamp Tool (S), pick some soft round brush and set the Opacity and Flow on 100%. below you can see what you should retouch.
I recorded the sample of the retouching. Let’s take a look at it and then do the same on both parts of the wall.
Step 7 – Retouching the Horizontal Lines
Now it’s time to add and clean the horizontal lines. On the picture below there are highlighted parts of the picture where you should add the lines.
Let’s take a look at quick video showing the process of retouching. Create a new layer HORIZONTAL LINES and do the same with your manipulation on all highlighted places.
Step 8 – Retouching the Stone
There are still visible transition between each layers. You’ll fix it in this step. below there are circled areas which should be retouched. Look at the quick video again to get the idea how to retouch these parts. Create a new layer RETOUCH STONE and do it.
Step 9 – Cleaning the Lines
There are still some lines which need to be fixed. You can see them on the picture below. To clean them up use the same process like during the Step 7 – Cleaning the Horizontal Lines.
Step 10 – Sharpening the Retouch
Sometimes when you retouch big parts of the image the final result can become bit blury and dull. You can easily fix it by gently sharpening. If you think it’s necessary to sharpen your retouche click on the layer you want sharpen. Then go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask … and set it as it’s shown below.
And here you can compare how the retouch looks with and without the sharpening.
After all the steps you’ve done so far your image should be similar to the one shown below.
Step 11 – Adding Texture to the Floor
Download the Grunge Textures pack and drag the texture number 4 into the manipulation. I chose this texture because it has lines which help to highlight the focal point of the manipulation – the man. Name the layer FLOOR TEXTURE and place it on the top of the layers. Rotate and resize the texture as you can see below.
Now go to Edit > Transform > Distort and move the left and right bottom corner as it’s shown below.
You’ll get something like this.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer on Screen.
After this step your image should be similar to this one.