Sunset Skyline Tutorial

Resources:

CityScapes Brushes from DeviantArt

Sunset Time Image from stock.xchng

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This will be the end result – click anywhere on the image to see full size

Sunset Skyline

Click anywhere on the image for full size view

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Open a new file 1280 x 1024, 72px resolution.

Create a new layer

Select the Brush Tool and the Cityscape brush set.

Select the Sampled Brush 2 and set the size to around 800px

Set the foreground colour to black

Click once on the canvas and place the image in the bottom left-hand corner.

Create a new layer

Select the Sampled Brush 5 and set the size to around 800px

Click once on the canvas and place the image in the bottom right-hand corner

If there is an overlap of the two images, turn off the visibility of the second image and using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, draw out a selection from the right edge of the first image towards the left side.

Make the second image layer active and hit the delete key.

Rectangular Marquee Selection

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Merge Down.

Select the Pen Tool and use the following settings:

Pen Tool Settings

Draw around the parts of the buildings where you do not want the sky to be seen – this only has to be done roughly:

Pen Tool Selection

Create a new layer above all other layers

Select the Gradient Fill Tool and set as follows:

Gradient Settings

Drag the cursor from the bottom centre about 3cms upwards

Ctrl + D to deselect

Set the layer mode to Multiply

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Merge Down

Open the Sunset Time image

Image>Image Size – set the width to 2000, auto height, click OK

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, draw out a rectangle of sky from the top left corner to just above the buildings and just left of the tree

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Back to the project, paste the sky between the 2 existing layers (Ctrl + V)

Ctrl + T for the Transform Tool and increase the height of the image to fit behind the buildings and to the top of the canvas.

Press the Enter key to accept the transformation

Make the buildings layer active

Select the Magic Wand and set the Tolerance to 15

Select some of the windows in the buildings:

Create a new layer

Make the foreground colour #E6DE57

Edit>Fill – Foreground Color – click OK

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – set to 1, click OK

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Outer Glow and Inner Glow settings:

Outer Glow Settings

Inner Glow Settings

Reduce the layer opacity to around 70%

Create a new layer

Select the Ellipse Tool using the following settings:

Ellipse Tool Settings

Drag out an ellipse on the canvas:

Ellipse

Select the Text Tool and hover it over the path of the ellipse. The guide line on the cursor will change to a wavy line.

Click in the centre of the top of the ellipse and with black as your foreground colour, and Bangle Wide font, type the first word.

Click on the layer in the layers palette to accept the text, right click on the layer nad click on Rasterize Type, then turn off the visibility of that layer.

Click on the centre of the top of the ellipse again and type the next word, click on the layer in the layers palette to accept the text, right click on the layer and click on Rasterize Type.

Delete the layer with the ellipse.

Restore the visibility of the text layers and move the text into place.

Right click on the top text layer and click on Merge Down

Make the background layer active

Select>All

Make the text layer active

Layer>Align Layers to Selection>Horizontal Centers

Ctrl + D to deselect.

Back to the Sunset Time image, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, draw out a rectangle of sky containing a lot of red cloud

Copy and paste the selection into the project (Ctrl + C/Ctrl + V)

Move the selection so it covers the text (use the transform tool to enlarge it if necessary)

Ctrl + Click on the text layer to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 1, click OK

Select>Inverse

Make the sky rectangle layer active and press the Delete key.

Delete the original text layer

Double click on the sky text layer to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow and Bevel & Emboss settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Sunset Skyline

The finished project - click anywhere on the image for full size view

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