Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
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The style that we’re going for is this grungy, dark look, which has been pretty popular lately. back to the tutorial. In this tutorial, we’re going to use four images, and we’re going to composite them together and apply some adjustment layers to give them the grungy look we’re going for. And, as always, we’re going to be working on-destructively, so we’ll convert all of our images into Smart Objects. Anyway, guys, let’s gets started. We’re going to start out by using this document, here, which is 1980 by 1080 pixels, and we have these three files, here, that I’ve placed within this document. So I have the background, an image of Sony, and a rock. And all I did is I went to File, Place, and selected the images.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- So, I’m just going to go ahead and do that with the sky just so you can see how that works
- then, you place the image.
- the reason I’m doing that is so that the images become Smart Objects when we bring them in,
- you know they’re Smart Objects because in the thumbnail here, you have in the right bottom corner this icon,
- indicating that the layer is a Smart Object.
- So we’re going to start out with this image of Sony and I’m going to double click on the thumbnail, here,
- to open up the Smart Object, just press OK.
- And within this image, I’ve already gone ahead and created a Layer Mask that removes the background Lewis’s image,
- and I don’t want to take the time to show you how I did that because I’ve done it in other tutorials and
- I don’t want to waste the time on this one.
- And, all I basically did is I selected the Quick Selection Tool and I created a selection around Lewis,
- and then created a mask, and then I clicked on Mask Edge to refine the edge around him.
- I’m going to press Curl’s to Save that, so when I come back into my composition, the background has been removed.
- So we’re going to be working from here, and, as I said before, we have the rock, and the sky,
- and the background, but we’re going to shut the visibility of those off, so we can just work on
- Lewis’s image for now.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- the first step is to stylize the image of Lewis in that grungy, dark effect that we’re going for.
- So the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to create an Adjustment
- Layer that’s going to darken up the highlights little bit,
- another Adjustment Layer that’s going to darken up the shadows of this image,
- I need to find a way that I can select the shadows and highlights.
- And one of the easiest ways to do that is to go into
- the Channels panel and go through our channels and see which of those channels
- has more Contrast between lights and dark’s.
- So in this case, the blue channel has the most contrast. The darks are, obviously,
- much darker than the lights; something like red, everything’s sort of grayed out.
- You’ll only really see the dark speck here, so this wouldn’t work as well.
- So I’m going to choose the blue channel.
- Then I’m going to press Ctrl Click, and that’s Command Click on the Mac, to make a selection out of that channel.
- Then, I’m going to go back into my Layers panel. I’m going to click on the New Adjustment Layer icon and click on Curves.
- And this is going to create a Curves Adjustment Layer that ‘only going to target the light pixels in this layer.
- If I bring this down, you’ll see how it affects the layers. It’s only affecting the light pixels.
- So I don’t want to go that far.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- I just want to darken them up, just a little bit, maybe, something like that, so you’ll see the difference just a slight darkening of the light pixels. Now, I’m going to rename this layer “highlights.” Now I want to do the same thing,
- but I want to target the dark pixels. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to press Ctrl J to duplicate that layer. I’m going to rename the layer into “Shadows.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- ” I’m going to click on the Layer Mask icon and I’m going to click on this Invert button to invert the pixels, so you see the difference between the two layer masks here. I’m only targeting the dark pixels.
- So if I click on the Curves icon, here, or the Adjustment Layer icon, you’ll see that, now, if I make any changes, it only affects the dark pixels. So, I want to create a little bit more contrast between that, so I’m just going to create a Curve that looks something like this. Okay. So as you can see, this is our before and this is our after. So we’re already getting that grungy, dark look already.
- The next I’m going to do is I’m going to show you how to create more detail and definition on the face, the arms, and other areas by using a Burn and Dodge technique. I’m sure that you see me use burning and dodging before, and what you probably thought me do in the past is create a new layer, fill that layer with 50% grey, set it to Soft Light, and then use the Burn Tool to create shadows, and the Dodge Tool to create highlights. So, this is the before and this is the after. Well, instead of showing you something that I’ve shown in the past,
- I’m going to show you a little more advanced. That way you’ll learn something new, and I think that you’re really going to like it. So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to create a new Curves Adjustment Layer and we’re going to name this curve “Burn” and we’re going to set this to Luminosity, but let me show you why first. If I click and drag on this curve to an extreme,
- you’ll see that it blows out the saturation of the colors. You’ll see it in the yellow here, a little orange on the neck. We don’t really want that to happen and that also happens if we go to the dark.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- you can’t really see it too well on this image, but you can kind of see the red and a little bit of yellow there. So that’s not good for us. So what we want to do, instead,
- is change the Blending Mode to Luminosity so it only makes the colours lighter and it doesn’t blow them out. For this curve, we’re going to bring colors down so we can make this image dark as we would want it. So this is, probably, the darkest this image would go, so that’s where I’m going to leave my curve. Then, I’m going to click on that Layer Mask thumbnail and I’m going to press Ctrl I to Invert.
- That’s the same thing as clicking the Invert button here. I’m going to do the same thing, but this time I’m going to press Ctrl J to duplicate the layer, and I’m going to rename this Adjustment Layer “dodge.” I’m going to disable the Layer Mask so we can see what’s going on,
- and I’m going to lighten this image as well. And, again, I don’t want to go too high and I don’t want to blow out this image, so drag this up to the light as you would want this image to be.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- the lightest I would ever want it to be is, maybe, something like that. So that’s where we’ll leave it. So this is our curve here, and I’m going to enable the Layer Mask to hide that. Now, we’re going to click on the Burn Layer Mask icon. to set our foreground color to white. We’re going to click on the Brush Tool. We’re going to set the Opacity to 20% and the Flow to 25%. Then, I can start painting in some details here, like so. And you might not be able to see what’s going on just yet but just trust me on this. This is actually a much better way of doing it, okay? Now we’re going to click on the Dodge Layer Mask icon and we’re going to add some highlights. Okay. So, then, if we shut this off, you’ll see the before and the after. So although one at the time, so you can see, you see how much more shape it gives to the face. And if you’ve done too much, you can always bring the Opacity down or bring it up. And, also, you can take advantage of the curves that you created.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- So you can click and drag this down to make those darker, lighter, if you wanted to for whatever reason. It just gives you so much more control than just using a 50% grey layer set to Soft Light. So, this is just a more advanced way of creating dodging and burning. It takes a little bit longer to set up, but it gives you a whole lot more control. So I think I’ll leave this somewhere around here. Okay. So, now, I’m going to select all the layers that we are working on, press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, to put that into a group, and I’m going to rename this group “Lewis.” Okay. Now, we’re going to be working with the background. So I’m going to turn that layer on and I’m going to press Ctrl T, Command on the Mac, to access the Transform Tool, and I’m just going to increase the size. I’m going to scale this up a little bit and place this where I want this to go, maybe, somewhere around here, perhaps, then, I’m going to press Enter. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to try to match this dark, grungy look with this background image here. But what I’m going to do first is blur the image a little bit, since it’s a little too sharp; sharper than my foreground, and I don’t want that.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- So, I’m going to click on the background layer, go to Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and about 1.1 is fine, so I’m going to press OK, and this is a little bit blurry now. If I change my mind, I can always double click on the Adjustment Blur and change that if I want to. This is another reason why I like working with Smart Objects. Then, I’m going to add a Black and White Adjustment Layer, and this is going to saturated the image. So I’m going to bring the Opacity down to somewhere around 75% so I can still get some color but the image is still pretty saturated, as you can see. And the reason I like using the black and white adjustment layer is because I can change some of these tones. I can change some of the colors to affect the image differently. It gives you a whole lot more control. So I’m going to press Ctrl Z to Undo these changes so I can go back to the beginning. Oops, I went a step too far. I’ll just create it again, and set that to75%. Okay. And I’m going to make this into a Clipping Mask by holding Alt, that’s Option on the Mac, and clicking between the two layers. So this only affects the layer just below it, in this case, the background. And, you know it’s a Clipping Mask because you see the little down pointing arrow to the left of the Adjustment Layer icon. I’m going to create a Curves Adjustment Layer just to create more contrast within the image. So, maybe, something like that, I think, would work. And I’m also going to create a Clipping Mask here. There’s nothing else in-between these layers that would affect, but I just like doing it just in case I change my mind and I put something under it. It doesn’t affect that. It’s just a good habit to have. Now, this is, still, a little too bright,Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- so I’m going to use a layer with black to darken up the background, here, but I don’t want it to affect the sky. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to click on the Lasso Tool and I’m just going to trace around the mountains here, and, as you can see, I’m not being so perfect and I just made that weird turn there, but that’s okay. I’m just going to select everything. And if I need to go back and make some changes, I can always hold Shift and fix the mistakes I had, and I’m not going to worry about these cactus’s for now. And, I’m just going to create a new layer and click on the Layer Mask icon to create a Layer Mask. Now, this new layer I created I’m going to fill it with black by holding Alt and Backspace, that’s Option, Backspace on the Mac, and I’m going to set this to 5% Opacity so it darken sit up a bit, and, you know what? I might need a little more than that. Let’s make it 25%.Yeah, that’s much better. So, as you can see, it darkens that up. It doesn’t make any changes to the sky. And, by the way, this edge is a little too hard, so I’m going to click on the Layer Mask icon, click on Mask Edge, and I’m just going to Feather that, you know, something like 4.7 or 5 pixels should be okay, and then, just press OK. And I’m going to select all the layers that I’ve been working with.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- Press Ctrl G, and I’m going to name this “background.” Now, I’m going to work with the sky layer, so I’m going to turn that layer on and I’m going to press Ctrl T to Transform, press OK, and click on the sky layer, Press Ctrl T, move that up, and I’m going to scale its little bit, maybe, move it up a little bit more, maybe, something like that, and we could change this, of course, later, if we want to. Then I’m going to change the Blending Mode to Multiply. I’m going to Ctrl Click on the Mask of this darkening layer, and I’m just going to call this layer “darker” because it’s going to make everything below it darker. I’m going to click Ctrl Click on that Layer Mask icon, that’s Command Click on the Mac ,and that’s going to make the selection out of that. I’m going to click on the sky layer and add a Layer Mask. Then, I’m going to press Ctrl I to Invert that selection so it keeps the sky and then hides everything that’s within the mountain, like so. Okay. And things are looking pretty good, but this image is a little too saturated. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to add a new black and white Adjustment Layer and I’m going to set this to 60%, like so. And I’m going to make this into a Clipping Mask. I’m going to hold Alt in-between the layers and click.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- And I’m going to put these two in a group, press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, and I’m going to call it “sky,” and I’m going to bring that down above the background folder. And while we’re at it, I’m just going to put those two in one group, and I’m just going to call that “background.” Yeah, I know, it’s got the same name as the folder inside of it, but, I think, that’s okay. So, this holds the background, this holds the image, and this folder holds both. And this is the image of Lewis right here. And, you know what? I did not add Clipping Mask to these curve layers, so as you can see, it’s affecting the background, and I don’t want that to happen. I just want these layers to affect the Sony layer, so I’m just going to create Clipping Mask on all of these guys here. So, now, the Sony folder does not affect the background. Okay. The next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to work with this rock, and we’re going to replace this medicine ball that Sony’s holding with this rock, so it looks like he’s carrying this rock. So, I’m going to press Ctrl T to Transform. I’m going to move that into position, and I’m going to scale that down just a little bit, maybe, not too much, maybe, something like that; maybe bring this in a bit more. Try not to make the rock too distorted, maybe, something like that. Then, I’m going to right click on the image, there, and select Warp, so I can change the shape of this rock,Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- t, so, something like this. And you see this little edge here? It’s sort of a crack in the rock, and then, there’s little [00:18:19] there. I kind of want to place that in his finger, so it looks like it would be a good place where he would hold it from if you are really holding it, so, maybe, somewhere around there. So he’s carrying this big, huge rock and something like that looks like it will work. I’m going to press Enter. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to create Layer Mask. I’m going to fill it with black, so I’m going to press Ctrl Backspace as to fill with the background color, which is black, that’s Command Backspace on the Mac, and, now, I can start painting with white. And, by the way, I’m going to change my Opacity to 100%, my Flow to 100%, and I can just start painting with white. I’m going to select a Brush that’s got a hard edge. And I’m not really worried about the right side of the image that much. I’m mostly concerned about this side, so the reason I created a Layer Mask is so I could paint in and not go over his fingers. So I’m going to Zoom In by holding Alt and using the mouse wheel to Zoom In, and, actually, at this point, I do want to use a Soft Brush, so I’m going to change brushes here. And I’m just going to paint that in as best as I can, like so. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. Yeah, that looks pretty good. It looks like he’s actually carrying that rock. What I’m going to do now is create a new layer and I’m going to paint with black using a Soft Brush, to just create better shadows around his fingers, and, obviously, I’m painting over his hand, and that’s okay, for now; something like so, maybe, there’ll be a bigger shadow here, and, actually, you know what? I didn’t like that as much, maybe, something like that; maybe something like this. And I’m going to click Ctrl Click on this rock layer mask that I created and apply it to the new– I’m going to call this layer “shadow.”Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
- To this new Shadow layer, and as you can see, it adds a little shadow, and, obviously, that’s a bit too dark, so I’m going to bring that down, maybe, 60%or so. Next, I’m going to create a shadow that covers the entire rock, so I’m going to go into my Adjustment Layers and create a Gradient Overlay Adjustment layer. I’m going to press OK for now. But, as you can see, this Adjustment Layer is affecting the entire image, and I don’t want this. I’m going to drag that down and I’m going to place it on top of the rock layer,
- and make it into a Clipping Mask so it only affects the rock here. So I’m going to double click on this icon, here, to bring this gradient back, and I can sort of place this back in here. You know what? I’m noticing that I didn’t mask everything correctly, so I’m going to fix that as soon as I’m done applying this Create and Fill. And, by the way, notice that I’m clicking and dragging this,
- so I’m just going to place this somewhere around here, just to make the bottom part of the rock a little bit darker. Press OK. I’m going to come back into this Layer Mask and I’m going to paint with white. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to add one more Adjustment Layer. This time it’s going to be a Curves Adjustment Layer. I’m also going to create a Clipping Mask out of that, and I’m just going to create a Little more contrast within the rock, so, maybe, something like that. If it’s too strong, you can always bring the Opacity down,
- but it’s okay at 100% for me. And I’m going to select all the layers I’ve been working with and put them into its own group, and I’m going to call this group “rock.” So, now, we have our composition almost completed. What we need to do now is unify everything into one color scheme. So, as you can see, things are looking okay, but, you know, you can kind of tell that this and this don’t really belong just because of the color.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
There’s a lot of blue here, a lot of orange here. This doesn’t have any orange or blue,
it’s sort of grayish. So things are looking okay but they’re not matching, in terms of color.
So what I’m going to do now is I’m going toad a new Photo Filter and I’m just going to leave it at a Warming Filter,
and at the Default Density setting of 25%. That works for me.
Then, I’m going to add a new Adjustment Layer, and this time, it’s going to be a Gradient Adjustment Layer,
and I’m going to click on Radial, and you guessed it,
we’re going to create a Vignette. And we’re going to set this to about 390 or so; 387 should work okay,
actually. 387%, click on Reverse, press OK, and we’re going to change the Blending Mode to Soft Light,
so, as you can see the difference here.
Soft Light just sort of darkens the edges without really turning them into black,
so I really like that effect there. And we’re going to add one more Black and
White Adjustment Layer to sort of get rid of some of the color there.
So we’re just going to set this to25%, so that’s the before and that’s the after.
So, as you can see, you can still see color, but it’s still pretty muted
, which is an effect that I like.
And, I’m going to add one more Curves Adjustment Layer to create more contrast within this image.
Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
And I’m creating an S-curves you can see. So, there it is, the before and after. I’m going to select the top layer,
the bottom layer, press Ctrl G, and I’m just going to call this “final adjustments.”
So we have our final adjustments here–rock, Lewis, and the background. And all we need to do now is add some text. And that’s very simple.
You just click on your Text Tool and you create a text box and just add whatever text you would like in that text box.
I’m not going to make anything special. I’m just going to use white letters and I’m going to press Ctrl V,
since I already have the text I want to use, and my text is not fitting correctly, so I’m just going to increase the size of this text box.
And this is what the text I brought in says, I’m going to double click on the text layer and I’m going to add an Outer Glow,
and I’m going to set that Outer Glow to black. Set the Blending Mode to Multiply,
press OK, and, now, if I Zoom In, you’ll see that there’s sort of an outline in that glow. And,
you know what? I’m going to double click on that, again,
and Ijust going to increase the size of it,
just a little bit more, and, maybe, bring the Opacity down just a little bit, maybe, 50%.
to press OK. I’m going to Zoom Out.
also, in case you’re wondering, the font I’m using for this text is Trajan Pro, Bold, at 75 points,
. the reason everything was formatted for me is I copied it off camera and I pasted it,
got the font size that I was looking for, and I did it that way just to save a little time.
And talking about saving time, if you remember from the sample I showed you in the beginning,
there are a few more things we need to add to this composition to complete it,
but we’re going to cover those steps in another Article .In part two of this tutorial,
we’ll cover adding texture to his skin, creating more sweat on SONY face. I’ll, also,
show you how to make his muscles just a little bit bigger,
not that he needs it, of course,
and I’ll show you how to stylize the image just bit further to finish off the effect.
And, don’t worry; you can actually check that tutorial out right now.Aqua Man Photoshop Tutorial
Just go to my Channel Sony Jackson The part two of this tutorial will be on my “subscriber only” section. So, if you’re a subscriber to the Sony Jackson, you can go there now and check it out. If you’re not a subscriber, you can subscribe for free. There’s no charge. Just go to my website. Enter your email on the top right, and I’ll immediately send you an email to the “subscriber only” section,
and you’ll also be emailed anytime I put up a new tutorial. So that’s it for this tutorial. As always, I hope you enjoyed watching it and I hope you learned something new.
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