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Add the Moon to Photo

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Creative Project: add the Moon to photo

Plus “Color Look Up”: another PS Hidden Gem

Photo Tip Friday October 26, 2014 

Have you seen those images with the moon in a landscape and wondered how it was done? In this tutorial you will learn how to add the moon to a photo so that it looks natural; I’m also going to talk about another Photoshop Hidden Gem for turning a day time photo to night scene picture.

There are several different tools you can use to achieve the desired effect. Thanks to the new Photoshop CC “COLOR LOOK UP” tool you can easily convert a daytime scene into a night time picture.

In this example I want to add the Moon to this photo and turn the daylight into a night shot.

I want to add moon to this photo and make it like a night scene

I want to add moon to this photo and make it look like a night scene

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

For this exercise you need a photo of the full moon. If you don’t have a picture of a full moon, contact us and we will send you a picture to use in this project.

1-Open the background photo

 

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Open the background image that you want to add the moon to it

2- Open the Moon photo

 

Open the Moon photo

Open the Moon photo

3-Select the back ground Layer and then go to IMAGE>Adjustment> Color Look Up. And from the drop down menu select MOONLIGHT

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4-Now your background will look like this

Using Photoshop Color Look Up to make a night scene

Using Photoshop Color Look Up to make a night scene

5-Go back to Moon layer and select the Moon by using Quick Select tool and refine the edges. Move the Moon onto background image. Select the Free Transform tool to resize the moon to the background.

Add moon to the background Photo

Add moon to the background Photo

6-Create a new layer from the moon and place it under the Moon layer. I called this Layer “Halo”. Open the Layer style panel and select Outer Glow. Choose White as your colour, for Blend mode select “Normal”, and for Opacity set it around 90%, and for size set it around 100 Pixels. This will create a natural looking Halo around the moon.

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

7-Select the Moon layer and set the layer opacity to around 30%.

8-Copy the Effect from Halo Layer to Moon Layer by pressing and holding Option/ALT key and dragging the effect to Moon Layer. Double click on Effect to open the effect panel and set the Opacity to 100% and the size to around 20 Pixels. These adjustments make a natural looking moon and halo.

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Add moon to the photo and adjust the Halo by using Layer Style

8-Select both Moon and Halo Layer by holding down the shift key. Press Command/Control + G to group these layers into one group.

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

Adjusting the Outer Glow Layer Style to create a natural looking Halo

9-In this image I wanted to add some clouds to my Moon. To do this I clicked on the Layer Mask icon to add a Layer Mask to this Group.

im0710-Select the Brush tool, adjust the brush size, choose black and brush in (reveal) some of the background texture to the Moon. And now you have the final image. Your creative options don’t stop here! You can use different effects to make the picture even more dramatic. In this example I added some street light effects by using the Layer Mask and Brush tool.

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

I added the Moon to this photo by using Photoshop

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