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Create This Gorgeous Moonlight Poster of a Girl Walking on a Railway

Preview of Final Results


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Step 1

Create a new document which has a trasparent background.


  • Width 1500px

  • Height: 2000px


Step 2

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Railway’ Stock.


Step 3

Go to Edit > Free Transform and judge ‘Rotate’. Rotate a little the image to through right to fix the Railway prospective.  Then choose ‘Scale’ to match the canvas size. Rename the layer to ‘Railway’.


Step 4

We will certainly select the sky and then we can change it with a different one. Go to Channel and find the channel containing more contrast. In this case the Blue one. The image will turn to Black & White but don’t worry, everything it’s normal. If you don’t begin to see the Channels then go to Window and select Channel.


Step 5

Now right click the Blue channel and choose ‘Duplicate channel’. Deselect the Blue Channel and pick the Blue copy.


Step 6

To select of the sky we will need to paint with black around the copy in the Blue channel. Before painting we can help ourselves owning a Level adjustment into it. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. We ought to give more contrast. Put the settings I set below and you will probably see that the sky will be white.



Step 7

Now we paint with black in the parts we don’t want. Brush must be 100% Opacity.


Step 8

Now were ready for our selection. Place the mouse on the Blue copy channel. Keep pressed CTRL and press left click on the mouse. The white part will be selected.


Step 9

We want to keep the part below so we have to invert the choice. Go to Select > Inverse. The selection is inverted.


Step 10

Delete the Blue copy channel and go back to the Layers panel. As you can see the picture isn’t black & white anymore and the lower part is selected. Now follow on the Layer Mask and the sun will disappear.



Step 11

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Sky 1′ Stock. Name the layer ‘Sky 1′. Put this layer below the ‘Railway’ layer.


Step 12

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Sky 2′ stock. Put it across the ‘Sky 1′ layer and name it ‘Sky 2′. Then set it up to Hard Light.



Step 13

Go to File > Place and open the ‘Moon’ stock. Name the layer ‘Moon’ and place it over the ‘Sky 2′ Layer.


Step 14

Set the ‘Moon’ layer to Screen.


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