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Bended Image in Photoshop

Posted on 25th June 2019
For this tutorial, you will need the Image of a Landscape to work with and one of the sun in a clear sky.

1 - In Photoshop, open the Image you chose. Unlock the “Background” Layer by double-clicking on top of its Thumbnail. Give the Layer a name if you want.





2 - Go to Image > Auto Color (Shift + Command/Control + B) to adjust the image if needed.





3 - Enter “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T), right-click on top of the image and choose “Flip Horizontal”. When you are done click on the Checkmark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit Transform”.





4 - Right-click on top of the Thumbnail and choose “New Smart Object Via Copy”.





5 - With the Copy selected, enter “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T), right-click on top of the image and choose “Flip Horizontal”. Then, right-click again and choose “Rotate 90° Clockwise”. When you are done click on the Checkmark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit Transform”. Move the bottom-left corner of the image to coincide with the one of the Document.









6 - Use the “Polygonal Lasso Tool” (L) select a triangle that covers the Top-Left portion of the Top image (the vertical one). Hold the “Shift” key to create straight lines and angles.







7 - Create a “Layer Mask” of your selection by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. You should end up with 2 reflecting images that meet each other at the Bottom-Left corner. In the “Properties Panel” and making sure that the “Mask” Thumbnail is selected click “Invert Mask”.







8 - Unlink the Image and Mask by clicking on the small chain icon between their Thumbnails and momentarily hide the Bottom Layer by clicking on the small eye icon to the left of its Thumbnail.





9 - Select the “Move Tool” (V) and drag the “Mask” to the right until the right-most end of the triangle reaches the Top-Right corner. Then, move the image too. Unhide the bottom Layer and check if you need to fix something so the images look.







10 - If you see a line where the image overlaps, use the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) and select the entire left portion of the image. Finish where the gap is. Make sure you have the “Mask” Thumbnail selected and fill it with Black.







11 - You can use the “Crop Tool” (C) to trim the edges of the image if needed. When you are done click on the Checkmark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit Transform”.







12 - Relink the Image and Mask by clicking on the small chain icon between their Thumbnails again and then double-click on top of the Layer’s Thumbnail to apply the following “Layer Styles”:



Gradient Overlay: (Foreground to Transparent)



Fix the placement of the gradient so it goes from Transparent to Black starting from the center and finishing at the bottom.





13 - Right-click on top of the Effect and choose “Create Layer”. The resulting Layer should be clipped down.





14 - Create a “Layer Mask” of your linked Layer by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. In the “Properties Panel” and making sure that the “Mask” Thumbnail is selected click “Invert Mask”. Use the “Paint Brush Tool” (B) with a Large and Soft brush (500 px and 0% “Hardness”) and using Black as “Foreground” color fill the left side of the image until you get to the point where the two images meet and soften the edge. Lower the “Opacity” to 75%.











15 - Zoom in to the “Edge”, make sure that the “Mask” Thumbnail of the image in the middle is selected and in the “Properties Panel” change the “Feather” value to 1.0 px. Lower the “Opacity” of the Top Layer to 45%.







16 - Use the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) to make a selection of the top portion of the image. Make a “Copy” (Command/Control + C) and (Command/Control + V) and make sure its placed on top of everything. Then, create a “Layer Mask” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.







17 - To fix the area of the Sky where the Clouds meet and bend. Make sure that the “Mask” Thumbnail is selected and use the “Paint Brush Tool” (B) with a Large and Soft brush (500 px and 0% “Hardness”) and using Black as “Foreground” color, erase all the unwanted parts. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Linear Burn” and lower the “Opacity” to 70%.







18 - Bring in the image of the “Sun”. Resize it and/or Rotate it if needed and lower the “Opacity” of the Layer to get a better idea of the placement. Click on the small check mark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit” the changes. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Lighten”.







19 - Create a “Layer Mask” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Select the “Gradient Tool” (G) and choose “Foreground to Transparent” making sure that Black is your “Foreground” color. Drag your cursor starting from the corner closer to the Sun and release where you want to end the visible part of the image. Repeat as many times as needed.









20 - Create a “New Layer” between the first duplicate of the “Background” (the vertical one) and the one created by the “Gradient Overlay”. It should be clipped too. Use the “Paint Brush Tool” (B) with a Small and Soft brush (30 px and 0% “Hardness”) and using White as “Foreground” color, draw a Highligt on top of the diagonal line between the two images. Change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light” and lower the “Opacity” to 70%.







21 - Select the Top Layer, head to the “Adjustments Panel” and create a “New Vibrance Adjustment Layer”. Set the “Vibrance” to 80.



22 - Back in the “Adjustments Panel”, create a “New Color Lookup Adjustment Layer” on top of everything and choose “Fuji F125 Kodak 2393 (by Adobe).cube as “3DLUT File”.





23 - Your Artwork should be similar to this


by @lornacane

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