Recently I have been having dreams of great flying jellyfish. I decided to photoshop up a concept for what became the first piece in a collection of a 9 conceptual compositing pieces around the idea of giant jellyfish and other sea creatures living in the skies of our world. In this tutorial I am going to explain the general tools I used, and the logic behind why I chose each processing technique. I am going to assume a basic familiarity with Photoshop and masking.
Starting with a photo of San Francisco from several years ago, I brought the image into Adobe Photoshop CC and combined it with another photo of some moon jellyfish from one of my favorite haunts, the Aquarium of the Bay, using masks and adjustment layers.