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Play with perspective (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 16, 2015

Part two of our city-scale tutorial!



10. Dodge and Burn


Create a new layer (Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N) and name this layer Dodge and Burn. Go to Edit>Fill and full this layer with 50% grey, set the blend mode to Soft Light with 50% Opacity. Now you can paint on this layer with a black or white brush to enhance the highlights or shadows.

11. Add some noise


Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask then create a new layer and name this layer Noise. Go to Edit>Fill and fill this layer with 50% grey, set the blend mode to Soft Light. Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and add 3% of Noise. Clip this layer in the same way as before.

12. Add a flare


Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N) and name this layer Flare. With a large soft white brush selected, paint a large flare where the light source is coming from. Then go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask and reduce the Opacity of the layer to 50%.

13. Add a shadow


Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels and drag the layer below the subject layer. Set the shadow input level to 53, midtones to 50 and the highlight output level to 175. Select the Levels layer mask and press Cmd/Ctrl+I to invert it. Now paint in the shadow effect using a soft white brush.

14. Reduce shadow saturation


Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. Set the Saturation to -100 and the Opacity to 50%. Go to Layer>Create Clipping Mask to limit this effect to just the shadows on the ground.

15. Cartoon effect


Create a new layer on the top of the layer stack. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt/Opt+E to create a stamped layer and create a duplicate of this. On the first layer go to Filter>Noise Reduce Noise, set the strange to 10 and all other settings to 0. Press Cmd/Ctrl+F to repeat the filter.

16. Bring back detail


Set the Opacity of the cartoon layer to 75%. Select the second stamped layer and go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Now, go to Filter>Other>High Pass. Use 1 pixel for the Radius and click OK. Set the blend mode to Overlay.

17. Add a lens flare


Create a new layer and fill it with black, name the layer Lens Flare. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare. Move the centre of the flare to where our light source is and select the Lens Type of 50-300mm Zoom. Click OK and then set the blend mode to to Screen. Finally reduce the Opacity to 60%.

18. Add a vignette


Create a new layer and name this layer Vignette. In the mode box, select Soft Light and tick the box to fill the layer with 50% grey. Go to Filter>Lens Correction. Click the Custom tab and enter a Vignette Amount of -100 and a Midpoint of 0. Click OK.

19. Colour adjustments


Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Change to the blue channel, set the midtone input level to 0.75 and set the shadow output level to 30.

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