In this tute we’re going to make meteorite craters on your desk! Here’s a preview of what you will come up with at the end:
Step 1. Go File->Open, and open up a picture of a desk:
Step 2. Go File-> Open, and open up a picture of a crater like the one below. Again I got it from Google by searching up “crater”. Drag it onto the image of the desk. A new layer should be created automatically when you drag it onto :
Step 3. While on the crater layer, make a selection like shown below. After you have made the selection, press Ctrl+Alt+D. A prompt will come up for feathering. Make the feather size 3px:
Step 4. Once you have done that, you probably won’t notice any change. Now drag the selection to the right and you should get this:
Now press Ctrl-D to deselect that selection.
Step 5. Use the eraser to erase the left over square on the left. We won’t be needing that anymore!
Step 6. Position the crater where you desire, then change the Layer Blending to Hard Light:
and you should get this result:
Step 7. The crater is a bit too large, so press Ctrl-T and size it down a little, to whatever you think is good.
What it does is give the crater a bit of a burnt look on the outside:
Step 9. Hit Ctrl-J 3 times while having the crater layer selected. This will make copies of the crater. Resize and arrange them so you get something like this:
And that’s pretty much it!
I highly, highly recommend that you play around with the blending of the crater. We used Hard Light in this tutorial. But try others. I found that in addition to hard light, vivid light, linear light and linear burn all work pretty well. It depends on the effect you are looking for! You can also use small (maybe 3px) natural brushes with it set on color burn to create extra textures around the impact craters.
Also, take a picture of your own desk with books and computers and stationary, and you! That would look a whole lot more interesting.
Finally, some creative ideas:
I hope you found this tutorial useful and enjoyable!