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In this tutorial, you will learn to how to design Urban City with “The Matrix” movie effect. This is an intermediate level tutorial.

We will practice a number of photo manipulation techniques such as layer blending, image adjustments, free transform and filter effects.

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Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:




Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 780px, copy and paste the city image onto our new document as shown below:

Apply the following image adjustment layers on top as clipping masks to the new city layer:

Black and White

Use this layer mask on the black and white adjustment layer:


Use this layer mask on this levels adjustment layer:

Create a new layer, select the sky portion of the city image and fill it with Black Colour:

Use a soft eraser, fade the bottom of the sky as shown below:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

Load the Matrix image into Photoshop, select the following portion:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, use the Free Transform to distort this layer as shown below, covering the street:

Change the layer blend mode to “Color Dodge” for this Matrix layer:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 3

Copy and paste the Matrix effect once more, this time we cover the entire image with it. Set the layer blend mode to “Color Dodge”:

Apply the following layer mask to this new layer:

Place this standing man in the middle of the street, as shown below:

I further enhanced the colours with a Selective Color adjustment layer, and this is the final effect: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Till next time, have a great day!

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