South Pole Effects

 
In this tutorial we will make South Pole design. This will be a fast one and I'm going to use Photoshop as my main playground.

So let's go.

Create a 1024 x 768 document in Photoshop. Fill the background area with pure black.

South Pole wallpaper

I'll take one of my custom brushes - #93 (STAR.abr).

South Pole wallpaper

Set it right - you'd better have a tablet.

South Pole wallpaper

The opacity and flow jitter are set to pen pressure.

South Pole wallpaper

Begin to paint: I will start from abstract shapes. Something I really have no idea what it's going to be.

South Pole wallpaper



South Pole wallpaper

Just dropping some values of blue-mids and shadows:

Now I found out that wave filter is really going to help my progress).

South Pole wallpaper



South Pole wallpaper

Now we have an even more abstract shape but I have an idea now. It's really looks like and iceberg or something like this.

Choose smudge tool and smudge the lower part of the layer to create some king of water sim.

South Pole wallpaper

Now it gives a tic to your eye that this surface is not really solid.

South Pole wallpaper

Create
  
a copy of this layer and create a real reflection by flipping in horizontally and then 180 degree.

South Pole wallpaper

Erase the upper part because we need a reflection not to spoil all the rest of the composition.

South Pole wallpaper

Now I'm using the same brush which I've use in the beginning of the tutorial to paint some start. This time brush settings are -like previous only scattering option is set on and set to pen pressure on the tablet.

I've also took a soft edge brush, set the flow to about 3% to paint the atmospheric light rays.

South Pole wallpaper

Apply wave filter to the atmospheric light to create and amazing sky surreal effect.

South Pole wallpaper

Now we need that horizon line to be seen. Use a reflected half transparent gradient to do this.

South Pole wallpaper

A little bit more atmospheric lights:

South Pole wallpaper

Flatten the image when you're done.

South Pole wallpaper

Create a copy of the layer. You did merge all the layers together before - right?

Correct the color using channel mixer. Do it on the upper part only. To blend the colors use mask or quick mask before applying color correction.

South Pole wallpaper

And this is it for our fast tutorial. Hope you learn something - t least figure out how the filter effects the transparent or opaque surfaces along with different blending modes.

South Pole wallpaper


   


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4 Responses to "South Pole Effects"

 
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said this on 06 May 2009 11:13:02 PM MDT
Wow, this looks really good! Love the techniques used like the use of wave filter and the smudge tool. Pretty easy to follow to achieve a wonderful artwork. Thanks for sharing this!

 
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said this on 08 May 2009 7:44:27 AM MDT
A nice and imaginative result. Thanks for sharing.

 
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said this on 08 May 2009 11:41:40 PM MDT
I love the amount of details you gave in your instructions through this tutorial. Great example. Looking forward to more from you.

 
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said this on 02 Jun 2009 7:17:17 AM MDT
simply super




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