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Digital Tutors Creating an Abandoned City Scene in Photoshop

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Digital Tutors Creating an Abandoned City Scene in Photoshop

When it comes to creating beautiful, believable environmental photo-manipulations, many artists either don’t know where to begin or simply don’t understand how atmosphere affects their scene. In this Photoshop tutorial, we will walk step by step through creating an abandoned city scene and learn not just how to perform each task in Photoshop, but why each step is important. We will be using a workflow that allows for both the integration of multiple images into our composition as well as hand painting other elements. While many of the techniques we will look at are specific to this project, you can still apply them in different forms to your own work.

After completing this tutorial, you will be well equipped to begin creating your own environmental photo-manipulations utilizing the new techniques you’ve learned here.

Lessons in this tutorial

Introduction and project overview
Image preparation and planning
Sky removal and skyline improvement
Correcting lens distortion and adding big damage to the building
Adding base decay textures to the building
Painting overgrown foliage on the building
Painting additional dirt, decay and damage on the building
Adding a wrecked automobile to our scene
Populating the mid-ground of the image with foliage
Painting the base for a body of water
Blending the colors of our water together
Blending and blurring the mid-ground foliage
Adding spot vegetation to the mid-ground
Blending the road signs into our image
General color correction
Integrating the buildings into our scene
Adding damage to the skyline buildings
Atmosphere, lighting and final touches

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