Learn how to create photo manipulation of a house in a gloomy yet panoramic scene with Photoshop. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn ordinary house image into dreamy scene by adding some dramatic lightning and subtle rays of light. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create better photo manipulations.
On this tutorial we will create a gloomy scene of a house with dramatic lightning. We will use some essential techniques in doing photo manipulation. We will use masking, brush tool, some filter, color adjustments all through the steps in this tutorial. Use Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher, don’t forget a glass of coffee and optionally a pack of cigarette for your companion. Ready..?
First of all, open the house image in photoshop. This image will be the background layer in the layer panel. Duplicate the house image (Ctrl+J) one time. Rename this duplicate layer house.
We can resize the document into smaller size by going to image > image size. Set the size as the one indicated in the screenshot below.
We will do some editing on the house by hiding some parts unnecessary like the twigs in front of the house. To do this purpose, we will cut out some part of the lawn and use the cut out to cover the front twigs. The screenshot below shows the part of the lawn to be cut out. It is indicated in red part.
Take the cutting tool that is familiar to you (I myself usually use the pen tool (P) to do this) and make selection to the part to be cut out. After selecting the part, duplicate (Ctrl+J) to cut out it into a new single layer.
Now give this cut out layer a layer mask by going to layer > layer mask > reveal all. Mask the edges of the layer to make it well blended. Use a very soft (0% hardness) round brush (B) with low opacity to do this purpose. Here is the result:
Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the cut out layer one time. Move the duplicate to the part where the twigs are still visible.
Mask some the edges of this layer to have the result as the one below:
Again cut out the other lawn on the house image.
Move the duplicate to the areas where needed.
Mask out some part of the cut out. Here is the result I created.
In the next few steps, we will proceed to clean up the twigs in front of the house. We just do repeating the same simple steps as in previous steps like cutting out some parts, moving and masking. This time we will cut out the terrace in front of the main door. Move the cut out to the front of the second door. Remember to mask some part where needed.
Do the same ways to cover the twigs in front of the wall. Cut out the brick of the wall. Use the cut out to cover the other brick where the twigs are visible. Mask some part of the cut out to make the transition of the images well blended.
Do the same way to cover the other brick.
Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the cut out and use the duplicate to cover twigs on the other bricks.
Proceed to clean the rest of the twigs in the second door. We can simply cut out the main door and use the cut out as the replacement of the second one.
Here is the result I created after cleaning the twigs on the roof, replacing the lower window with the upper one, adding some shadow on some areas where needed. To add some shadow, we can paint over the part where the shadow should fall. Follow the original house image to define it. Use black color stroked with a very soft round brush with low opacity of 10-15%. After finding desired result, select all the house layers and hit Ctrl+E to merge them into a single layer. Name the layer house.
Now we will add background for the scene. Firstly we should erase the cloud background of the original image as indicated in red lined part.
Again to do this purpose, take the pen tool (P). Select the mentioned part to be erased. After selecting the part, hit del on the keyboard to delete it. Here is the result for your inspiration.
We will give the house more sharpening look. To do this, give this layer some filter: unsharp mask. While being active on the house layer, go to filter > sharpen > unsharp mask. Set the filter as the one shown in the screenshot.
We have this result.
Proceed to add some cloud texture for the background of the scene. Open the cloud image in the document. Position the cloud layer below the house layer.
Take free transform tool (Ctrl+T). Scale the image to the size needed. We will take the brightest part of the cloud used as the cloud texture for the background. After scaling, place the brightest cloud in the upper position behind the left part of the roof’s house. Here is the result we have for inspiration.
Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the cloud layer. Move the duplicate to the position where the brightest cloud of the image is in the upper position behind the right part of the roof’s house.
Here is the result we should have:
Duplicate (Ctrl+J) the cloud layer once again and place the duplicate to cover the blank part with cloud texture. This is the result I created. Select all the cloud layers and hit Ctrl+G to group them into a folder. Name this folder/group cloud BG.
Next we will fix the tree beside the house. We will add leaves for the tree.
To add the leaves for the tree, we will paint them for it using brush (B) provided in photoshop. Take the brush tool (B) and open the brush panel to set the shape the brush shape. Follow the setting as below: