Create Photo Manipulation Inspired By “Quantum Break” Game Box Art in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process I took to create this “Quantum Break (Source)” Game Box Art inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop. Along the way, you will learn a number of tricks such as clipping masks, layer blending, and how to define a brush using shapes you draw in Photoshop.

 

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky. Have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6 or above.

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

quantum-break-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Model by PhelanDavion

C4D Render

City Stock

War Scene Stock

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440x 810px with white background. Load the model stock into Photoshop and select the model, copy and paste it onto our document. Place it on the right side of the canvas:

1 paste

Add a layer mask for this model, use a big soft eraser to fade the top left of the model:

1 mask

You will have the following effect:

1 effect

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this model layer:

Black and White

1 bw

On the black and white adjustment layer’s layer mask, erase the facial area of the model:

1 bw mask

Levels

1 lvs

Curves

1 curves

and there is the effect so far:

1 effect 2

Step 2

Load the following C4D render into Photoshop:

2 par

Copy and paste the render and place it on the feet area of the model, compress it with the free transform tool:

2 paste

Add more render around the model’s body as shown below, make sure you adjust their size accordingly:

2 paste 2

2 paste 3

Step 3

We will define a brush in this step. Create a new document size 300px * 300px, create a new layer and draw a shape as shown below, then turn off the background layer:

3 draw

Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset:

3 define

Name your brush:

3 name

Press “F5” and bring up the brush options, apply the following settings:

3 shap dy

3 sc

3 tr

Use this brush to paint a pattern as shown below:

3 paint

Step 4

Load the city stock image into Photoshop. Select the following area:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, place it above the custom brush paint layer in the previous step, then set it as clipping mask:

4 create

You will have the following effect:

4 effect

Step 5

Load the war scene stock into Photoshop. We will use it to add some dramatic effect for our design:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, set the layer blending mode to “Screen”:

5 sc

Move this layer over this previous city layer in order to mix both layers together:

5 paset

Grab another piece from the war scene stock image:

5 sel 2

This time we apply it over the legs of the model, still using the “Screen” blend mode:

5 paste 2

Step 6

Optional: you can use some grunge/watercolor Photoshop brush to paint some pattern around the model:

6 paint

Final touch:

Flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following Unsharp Mask filter on the duplicated layer to sharpen the image slightly:

6 uns

Add the following adjustment layers to fine-tune its colour:

Color Balance

6 col sha

6 col mid

Photo Filter (Untick Preserve Luminosity)

6 pf

Here is my final result: (click to enlarge)

quantum-break-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

Tags:

  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

  • Show Comments

  • Willian Ferreira

    Very cool!!!

  • Wow! It’s magic. Your tips and tricks really effective.

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