The Orange Sky

The Orange Sky

This lesson will explain to you in all details the process of creation of a collage. By means of simple actions we will create a fantastic landscape from several simple pictures.

Let’s find a suitable photo for a background. I used a photo with the pure sky in which the orange shade predominates. Just that is necessary!

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Now we make the duplicate of a layer, and we will change Blending Mode on Screen.
Merge Down the layers.

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We choose Dodge Tool (Highlights, 50%), and clarify the horizon.

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Then we take Burn Tool (Midtones, 50%) and black out the top part of a firmament.

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The sky it is too empty. We will insert on the new layer a planet. We’ll adjust its size and arrange in the necessary place.

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Let’s change the Blending Mode of a layer on Screen to make planet’s background transparent.

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One heavenly body, let at be the moon - is too stereotyped. We will make our collage more interesting, and we will add on the sky one more “body”, but smaller.

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Let’s change and its Blending Mode on Screen too.

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We choose a hard brush with a shade more darkly than background, and we paint over planets inside that planets did not seem like glass.

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Then by means of Eraser Tool we will mop up accurate the dark edges of a planet.

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To add a tree, I used brushes Tree Silhouette with ready trees. You can make it with any other way convenient to you.

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Branches must not cover the planet. So we have to change a few arrangement of the last on the canvas. We will displace them a little more to the left.

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We enter into Blending Options of the layer and changed them as it is shown on picture.

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Using Smudge Tool, we make some branches smoother.

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Let’s make the background softer. We will copy the layer with the background, and we will apply filter Blur – Gaussian Blur to a copy.

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We have to reduce Opacity of the layer up to 50 %. Now distant trees do not look more precisely, than near to us.

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Let’s add on the sky some shining stars. I used a simple brush of white color, changing the size with 1 up to 4 pixels. Do not overdo, all should be accurate and with taste.

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Now we make the duplicate of a layer with stars, and we will apply to it filter Gaussian Blur.

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Let’s find a suitable texture of clouds, and we’ll copy it on a new layer. It will add beauty to our sky; will make it more perfect and more interesting. We will put such the size, that the texture would lie down exactly a top of a firmament.

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We change Blending Mode of a layer on Soft Light.

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By means of Eraser Tool and Smudge Tool we will correct the area at mountains where the texture terminates.

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Let’s make little bit more fine boughs on the tree. We draw them by means of an ordinary brush, the size of 2-3 pixels.

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We change color on brightly yellow (almost white) and we will draw petals. Some petals in flight to the ground, others are on a tree.

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For the further work we have to save the collage in a format jpg, and to open it by Photoshop. In menu Image - Adjustments - Brightness/Contrasts we will put adjustments, as on picture

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We put last touches. By Dodge Tool (Midtones, 100 %) we will clarify the area of planets on which rays of light fall.

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By means of Burn Tool (Midtones, 50%) we will black out the top part of a firmament.

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We choose Dodge tool (the same adjustments), and clarify horizon.

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Well, that’s all. The collage is ready. Don’t afraid to experiment. I hope, you have learned something useful to yourselves.