This tutorial highlights key visualisation principles needed in-order to create a basic Architectural Illustration from differing image assets. Image hues (colours), shadow castings and saturation may differ based on the time of day or location of the shoot.
Step 1: Document Set-Up
Start by creating a document size of 1920px x 1080px, Resolution 150dpi for the purpose of this tutorial. Remember to name your document appropriately.Tip: Remember to establish the intent of the project when working out document sizes.
Step 2: Path Tool
Use the pen tool to create a path around the building in the below image. Once complete; save the path and make a selection. Copy and paste the building selection into your document. Tip: Remember save paths and save selections. Jpg files can also carry these saved elements.
Step 3: Rectangle tool
Create a rectangle spanning the width of your document and around 150-200px in height. This can be changed later. This will act as your grass area. Tip:
Step 4: Grass
Create a grass pattern from the grass in the same image. Once created make a new layer and fill with the pattern. create a clipping path so the pattern layer clips to the rectangle. Tip: Use clipping paths as masking options.
Once you have done this you can use the patch tool to clean up the grass pattern.
Step 5: Water
Add another shape underneath your grass. This will act as your water. Follow the same steps as above. Tip: You can also use a copy and paste section of water if you do not want to go through all of the above steps.
Insert your water image into the rectangle. See image below.
Step 5: Buildings - Scale and Free Transform
Follow step 2 and create a building to the right and to the left of your main image. Tip: Position the bottom of all buildings and proceed to use the > free transform > scale (use lower reference points)
Step 6: Trees - Extract
Use the Extract Tool, Refine Edge Tool or Colour Range tool to extract your Tree from your image. Place one Tree to the left of the last building and one as a Feature image overlaying the right Building. Tip: Use the Multiple layer style for the right sided Tree.
Left Tree (normal)
Right Tree (overlay)
Step 7: Sky - Gradient Tool
Add another shape underneath your grass. This will act as your water. Follow the same steps as above. Tip: Use the layer mask and gradient tool to lessen the impact of the sky
Step 8: Reflection - Flip Vertical
Select all of the elements except the sky and water. Make a group from these layers and duplicate the group. Merge this group cmd-e (mac) or ctrl-e (pc) and goto the edit menu > transform > flip vertical. Lower the opacity of the layer and line up the bottom of the buildings. Tip: Look at how reflections work to help with the above.
Group the layers, merge and Flip
Align building bottom edges
Step 9: Reflection - Retouch
Clip the layer to the water image and add a Soft Light blending mode. You can duplicate it twice for impact. Tip: Learn how to use blending modes.
Step 10: Final Touches - Colourise
Add a layer of colour over the top of your image with a 50% opacity and Colour blending mode. Tip: Add or take away depth by varying the opacity
Cool tone Final Image
Warm tone Final Image