As an enthusiast of both fantasy and science fiction, I couldn't resist delving into some ideas that have been quietly simmering. All element, backgrounds, overlays, special effect and synthetic models were created in MidJourney.
The first image, "The Birth of Chrysus," a portrayal of a Greek deity, Chrysus, the embodiment of gold, emerging from pool of liquid gold. This scene is further enhanced by a fantastical galaxy and an ornate cityscape, adding a touch of grandeur and opulence. Central to the composition is a halo that encircles the newly emerged deity, signifying this momentous occasion.
The Birth of Chrysus
In my second creation, "Silver Surfer," I unexpectedly ventured beyond Greek mythology and embraced the realm of Marvel superheroes with my own unique AI twist. Despite their distinct nature, both images in the collection share a common creative recipe and editing treatment that adds a touch of continuity to the collection.
I enjoy the creative process, and as such, I prefer a hands-on approach to crafting my compositions. Rather than generating complete images within an AI platform, I create individual elements, meticulously upscaling them, and then utilizing software like Photoshop to arrange, edit, and seamlessly blend them into a final composition. This method allows me to retain full control over the arrangement of elements and the fine-tuning of the image, resulting in a truly personalized and curated piece of art.
I have taken the elements from the above shown images and created a collection of elements, backgrounds and overlays called, Golden Silver Symphony. If you are interested, please follow the link below.
To make the most of overlays in Photoshop, consider the following helpful tips:
Layering: Place your overlay on a separate layer above your base image. This allows you to easily adjust the opacity, blending modes, and positioning of the overlay without affecting the original image.
Blending Modes: Experiment with different blending modes to achieve desired effects. Overlay, Soft Light, and Screen blending modes often work well for overlays, but feel free to explore other options depending on the desired outcome.
Opacity and Fill: Adjust the opacity and fill settings of the overlay layer to control its visibility and intensity. Lowering the opacity can create subtle effects, while increasing it can make the overlay more prominent.
Masking: Use layer masks to selectively apply the overlay to specific areas of your image. This gives you precise control over where the overlay is visible and allows for seamless blending with the underlying image.
Color Adjustment: Apply color adjustments, such as Hue/Saturation or Color Balance, to the overlay layer to match its tones and hues with the base image. This helps in achieving a cohesive and harmonious look.
Texture and Pattern Overlays: Explore using texture and pattern overlays to add depth and visual interest to your compositions. Experiment with different textures and patterns to find the ones that complement your image.
Experiment and Iterate: Don't be afraid to try different overlays, blending modes, and settings. Photoshop provides a vast array of possibilities, so take the time to experiment and iterate until you achieve the desired effect.
By following these tips, you can effectively utilize overlays in Photoshop to enhance your images and unlock new creative possibilities.