The Making of Air Temple Inspired From Avatar The Legend of Aang

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The Making of Air Temple Inspired From Avatar The Legend of Aang

In the “Avatar, The Legend of Aang” Cartoon serial, Air Temple is the place of monks, located on the mountain. Now let’s create our own Air Temple panorama using Adobe Photoshop from several images and a bit of manual drawing.

Resources Used In This Tutorial

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.

Step 1

Before start to compose, take a look of this sketch. This is a scene we’re going to create.

Air Temple Sketch

Step 2

Create a new 1600 x 1150 px document. Take the “Rocky Mountain National Park 3” and put it on top of canvas. Resize it with “Cmd / Ctrl + T” in order to get right proportion.

Rocky Mountain National Park 3

 

Step 3

Then add the “River Krka Waterfalls” in front of previous image. Place it on bottom right of the canvas.

River Krka Waterfalls

Step 4

Now do masking on “River Krka Waterfalls“, hide the unnecessary space. We just need the waterfall and a small tree. Click on “Add layer mask” icon then use brush with black color to make mask. The unnecessary space is shown below with red color.

River Krka Waterfalls hide the unnecessary space

And here is the result of masking.

result of masking

Step 5

Now import the other waterfall stock.

import the other waterfall stock

And place it behind the “River Krka Waterfalls” layer.

River Krka Waterfalls layer

Then create mask on the “Waterfall“, like this.

create mask on the Waterfall

Step 6

Take the “Wahington Coast” and cut out the hills.

Wahington Coast

Put it behind waterfalls. Arrange the proportion and place.

Put it behind waterfalls

Step 7

We need Dodge Tool to add bright side, then Burn Tool to add dark side. See this image below for reference.

Dodge Tool and Burn Tool

Step 8

Next is “Grand Canyon Scenic 4“. Use Pen Tool (P) to make path of selection we need. After selection change (Ctrl+Enter), bring it into the composition

Grand Canyon Scenic 4

Step 9

Now we need Color Balance Adjustment in order to get color matching between canyon and waterfall. Click on adjustment icon at the layer pallet and select “Color Balance“. Then create clipping mask (Cmd + Opt + G / Ctrl + Alt + G) so this adjustment just influences the “Grand Canyon” layer. Set like this:

Color Balance Adjustment in order to get color matching

And the result of adjustment is:.

result of adjustment

Step 10

Then we will correct the wrong lighting of this object. In our project, the light source is from left to right, so use Dodge Tool to increase the brightness of left side and use Burn Tool to increase the darkness of the right side. Set the range to “Midtones“, Exposure 30% and Hardness 0%.

Dodge Tool to increase the brightness

Step 11

The darker side should be increased again. Create new layer (Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + N), then create clipping mask (Cmd + Opt + G / Ctrl + Alt + G) and set the blending mode to “Multiply“. Activate Brush Tool (B), set the opacity 30%, hardness 0% then paint carefully.

darker side should be increased

Step 12

Import “El Tajo” then use Pen Tool (P) to make a path on it. See this image below for reference, we will create a place to build the temples. While the path has done, right click and select “Make Selection“, then drag it to our canvas.

El Tajo Make Selection

Place it behind the waterfalls.

Place it behind the waterfalls

Step 13

Add “Color Balance” adjustment by clicking layer adjustment icon on the layer pallet and select “Color Balance“. Then press Cmd + Opt + G / Ctrl + Alt + G to create clipping mask.

adjustment by clicking layer adjustment icon

Input the following setting:

Input the following setting

Step 14

Import the “Bagan Temple“, crop it from its background then drag it to “El Tajo“.

Bagan Temple

Step 15

Add “Color Balance” Adjustment and create clipping mask (Cmd + Opt + G / Ctrl + Alt + G). Input the following setting:

Color Balance Adjustment

Step 16

To adjust the light and shadow, give dodge and burn to “Bagan Temple“. Use low exposure and hardness.

dodge and burn to "Bagan Temple

Step 17

Now add layer mask and hide same unnecessary parts of “Bagan Temple“.

unnecessary parts of Bagan Temple

Step 18

Activate Pen Tool with “shape layer” setting. Set color to #ffdeac and draw the road. For more realistic result, add more curvatures.

Pen Tool with shape layer

Step 19

Then click menu Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Before proceeding, the shape layer will be rasterized, just click OK.

shape layer will be rasterized

Step 20

Now take “Temple Joss Paper Furnaces“, crop it from the background then drag to the composition. Place it behind the road and clone it using Cmd+Opt+Drag / Ctrl + Alt + Drag. Also add behind “El Tajo

Temple Joss Paper Furnaces

Step 21

For each of “Temple Joss Paper Furnaces” give a clipping masked “Color Balance” adjustment layer, and use the following setting.

Temple Joss Paper Furnaces give a clipping masked

Step 22

Create layer mask on “Temple Joss Paper Furnaces” that placed behind the “Road“. Hide the unnecessary parts.

that placed behind the Road

Step 23

Now we back to “El Tajo” layer. Press Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + N to create a new layer in front of it. Name it “Shadow” select “Multiply” for layer blending mode. Then create clipping mask (Cmd + Opt + G / Ctrl + Alt + G). Activate Brush Tool (B), use 0% hardness and 20% Opacity.

El Tajo Shadow Multiply

Paint the dark side with black carefully.

Paint the dark side

Pay attention to these parts, the road’s curvature affects the dark side.

curvature affects the dark side

The way we paint dark side complies the curvature of the road.

paint dark side complies the curvature

Also add dark side to these parts:

Also add dark side to these parts

Step 24

For the other layers, the “Road“, each of “Temple Joss Paper Furnaces” and “Bagan Temple“, create new clipping masked layers with “Multiply” blending mode, then paint the dark side. If needed we can also add the highlight side on new clipping masked layer with “Screen” blending mode and paint with soft white.

Road each of Temple Joss Paper Furnaces

Step 25

Now take bird image, choose “Kite in Flight“. We can use Quick Selection Tool to separate the object from its background. Then drag it into the composition.

Kite in Flight

Step 26

Add clipping masked “Color Balance” layer adjustment and use following setting.

Add clipping masked Color Balance

The bird before and after adding adjustment shown below.

bird before and after

Step 27

Duplicate the “Kite in Flight” layer and give motion blur.

Duplicate the Kite in Flight

Step 28

Add layer mask and hide the body, so the wings look like flapping.

Add layer mask and hide the body

Step 29

Take “Seagulls in Flight“, grab one of the birds, drag into the canvas.

Seagulls in Flight

Step 30

Use Burn Tool to darken the wings and tail.

Burn Tool to darken the wings and tail

Step 31

Now create clipping masked “Color Balance” adjustment layer and use following setting:

clipping masked Color Balance

Step 32

Take the bird brush and create “Flock of Birds“.

Flock of Birds

Step 33

Press Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + N to create a new layer. Then activate Brush Tool (J), set color to white, paint the “mist” with low opacity and 0% hardness.

paint the mist with low opacity

Step 34

Create new layer again. Set the background and foreground to default. Then click menu Filter > Render > Clouds. And set blending mode to “Screen“.

blending mode to Screen

Step 35

Add layer mask and hide several parts.

Add layer mask and hide several parts

Step 36

Add adjustment layer above all layers and don’t create clipping mask.

Add adjustment layer above all layers

Step 37

Add black line at top and bottom. Create selection with Marquee Tool then fill with black.

Create selection with Marquee Tool

Final Image of Air Temple

And this is the final image of the tutorial.

Air Temple Tutorial Final Result

Click on Image for Enlarge View

 

Author: Mokhtaar Faqeeh is a visual art lover and of course graphic design, especially Adobe Photoshop. Also likes to examine traditional and ethnic culture. He lives in Indonesia, connect him on twitter @faqeehmokhtaar.

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