Creating dramatic moody effects in Photoshop

In this video tutorial in this tutorial, you’ll discover how to make a stunning atmospheric effect using Photoshop. In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basic of compositing techniques, by changing the image of a sky sample. Also, I’ll teach you how to create bleak tone and HDR in a short time by using a magic filter within Photoshop. We’ll get started!

Step 1: Download the sample Image

The image I came across via Unsplash. It appears dark, gloomy and has a depressing color. The picture also looks striking and moody, so we could further enhance it in Photoshop by including a sky, and give an edgy look. If you’re interested in following through, download the photo.

The image can be opened within Photoshop by clicking the File menu, then Open and as you see, I’ve opened it within Photoshop.

Step 2: Create the Sky Image

If you observe that the sky you have seen is suffused with fog, and there aren’t any clouds in the picture. I would like to create the sky, and then reshape the sky later in order to create gloomy clouds that cover the home.

To download it, simply take the sky 2 picture by visiting Deviantart. Navigate to the File menu and choose Place embedded for the image using to use the Transformation Tool (CTRL + T) scale the image in a horizontal manner so that it fits to the primary document. It is also possible to resize the image based the parts of clouds you wish to see within the image.

In order to blend the sky image, I set the blend mode into multiply. This blend mode will not only blends the sky image into the background image, it will provide a darker look to the images which I would like.

I created a mask for the sky 2 through the Add the Layer Mask icon located at the top of the layer panel. Then, I covered the undesirable areas at the bottom using a round brush in black colour. Instead of using a brush, apply a gradient of black and white on the layer mask, to hide portions in the picture.

Step 3: Redesign the sky

The sky will be reshaped with the Warp Tool however, to accomplish this, we must have the sky layer to be smart Object and without layer mask. Then, I duplicated the sky layer using CTRL+J and then converted it into a the Smart Object by clicking right on the layer and choosing “Convert to Smart Objects”. The layer will be merged that masks the sky into the layer’s layers, creating one sky layer that has masking parts.

I have kept the original layer but hidden the layer’s visibility to create a duplicate while maintaining the original.

After you’ve duplicated your sky layer, head on to Modify > Edit, then Warp to turn on the Warp Tool..

Then, use the Warp Tool handler in the best method that you are able to imagine. The clouds were moving in a curved shape that was turning right from bottom towards the top right (see the red curving lines).

Take a look at the image below to get a an example.

Step 4. Paint Mist

Download the brushes available on Deviantart and use Cloud brush (Cloud 1 modified) to create mist. I chose a gray shade for mist.

I decreased the opacity that the layer of mist down to 58 percent. I added a little masking with the cloud brush in order to reduce the impact that the layer has. The whole thing depends on what level of intensity you would like the mist layer’s effect to be on the picture. Masking and Opacity are crucial roles in the layering process to reduce the impact of every layer.

Step 5: Adjusting Vibrance and Saturation

Click on layer > new adjustment layer Vibrance. I decreased the vibrance to -54 and raised the intensity to 12. The result is a stark sound effect in the photo.

Step 6: Highlights Boost with the Color Lookup

The image is unnatural and is lots of mist the picture. For a more vibrant look to the highlights in the image I applied color lookup adjustments and used Kodak 5218 Kodak 2383 Lut File.

Step 7: Preparing the image to be used to HDR Toning

For an HDR tone effect, we’ll apply to apply the HDR Toning Filter. However, there’s a drawback with this filter. It reduces the thickness of all layers you’re working with and results in a loss of the work that you’ve done up to now..

In order to avoid this We’ll create duplicates of all layers of a document and apply this filter to ensure any work loss. To accomplish this, you must select each layer by choosing the highest layer and holding down the Shift key, and before selecting the lowest layer.

Right-clicking on the layer panel and select the option to duplicate Layers.

Click New from the document which will instruct Photoshop to copy all layers of a new document. The name field is where you assign your document a different name like HDR Toning and Applying the Filter.

After you hit OK Photoshop will create a new document that contains all the layers. Check this out the document by looking through the document tab at the top.

Press CTRL + Shift + Alt + E to create a new layer. Name the layer “merged layer” to prepare the image to be used for HDR toning.

Step 8 Step 8 – Install HDR Toning Filter

Click Images > Settings HDR Toning to enable the HDR Toning filter.

Click Yes to continue, and it will not harm the original layer because we’re trying to duplicate the layers.

When you click yes, Photoshop will automatically try to produce the highest quality HDR effect. However, you can modify it as you wish to. On the Advanced Tab, I decreased highlights because they were high in brightness. I increased the shadows in order to give more details. It is possible to play with the the Tone and Details tabs, but I wouldn’t have to do it unless there’s some issue with the lighting in the photo.

Take a look at the photo in high resolution right here:

I hope you liked the tutorial. Let me know via the comment section, did the tutorial assist you? Keep on Photoshopping!

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