View Full Version : HELP turning day2night

03 March 2002, 11:42 AM
yeah befor anyone asks...this is a real picture
i'm trying to turn this image into a night scene for an animation I intend to create if i can figure this out.

anyone have any good stratagies for this in for photoshop?
this is my attempt so far...i only spent a few minutes on it because it's pi@s#ing me off :-)

thanx for any advice friends.

03 March 2002, 12:50 PM

here is a really crappy picture just to show you what i lntend to composite in there. thanx again
recent changes...

03 March 2002, 01:10 PM
I dont see anything wrong with what you have. You might want to make the area at the top (were its just sky) a little blacker and add some small stars. Add a moon, that will give the viewer what his mind needs to confirm he is looking at a night time scene.


Joel Hooks
03 March 2002, 01:15 PM
Probably want to turn on some lights in windows too... The eye wants the power on! ;0

I think its a hella good start. Keep us posted!

03 March 2002, 01:16 PM
your on the rght track but you need to illuminate windows in the buildings...randomly, and you need to illuminate and add a glow to the street light on the bottom...

also i would bring down the light projecting on the left most building it seems a little too bright blue..

03 March 2002, 01:27 PM
yeah this is what i need :-)
thanks for the good advice i'll post a pic with some of those changes tomarrow...i will light some of the windows up. I wasn't really thinking about a moon but now that you mention sounds like a pretty good idea thanx alot
any more advice would be great guys.

whats your take on the two buildings in the back...the light from the sun casts a glare on the building that wouldn't be there in the dark...

03 March 2002, 01:31 PM
also the antennas on the top of the buildings prolly have some kind of beacon lights on them so local air traffic can see them at night

03 March 2002, 02:32 PM
you need to take into account how long people will see the shot for.... the less time the shot is up the more you can get away with. I'd say you can get away with the glare on the back building. But then again, the focus of yoru composition strongly points to that region... is that intended?

GOod suggestions about the building lights and moon... might also have to consider the effects of street lighting on the surrounding buildings for added realism.

anyway, i'm really interested in this shot, i'm doing a music video soon which requires a futuristic city shot so i'm trying to decide whether i'll do it all cg or comp some of it.

03 March 2002, 03:51 PM
i remember i saw a tutorial on or at where they turn a dessert into a snowscene. maybe this is helpfull.

gr. dwiemer

V-A Rautiola
03 March 2002, 04:45 PM
in the night image, sky looks too blue. Too much saturation..
if you add stars and moon, make reflection of them also.


03 March 2002, 01:12 AM
Is this more of the look you were going for?

I did this in photoshop with about 16 layers. It took about 10 - 20 minutes to get to this point. Mainly I desatured the buildings a little, added a slight blue glow to the upper parts and then darkend the other buildings in front of the moon. Added some lights and small glows and that's about it.

Let me know if this helps you any...


03 March 2002, 02:21 AM
I just wanted to mention that the shadows are falling funny on both of the Night scenes. Not too bad, but not right either. Also, most big cities have reddish skies at night. Can't wait to see what it looks like when its done.

Joel Hooks
03 March 2002, 04:12 AM
I think that looks really cool personally. Still needs more windows lit up, ect, but you definitly are on the path to nailing it.

03 March 2002, 04:29 AM
I think just the windows need lighting.. here's a shot I took in Hong Kong last year if it helps as reference.


03 March 2002, 06:49 AM
damn...thats a cool picture
thanx alot guys all of this is a big help i think i've got the lighting of the windows down so i will post that tomarrow.

Pixarman I like what you did with the street lights and the going to take it into consiteration but as for the feel of the pic --- i'm trying to keep a blue feel.
thanks for all your help guys i'll post an update shortly

03 March 2002, 09:48 AM
here is an update thanks for the pic i stole the windows right out of the shot :-)
have any more?
thanx guys

03 March 2002, 01:45 PM
Hiya, glad the reference was useful.

I do have other shots yes, but this one's the most pertinent for your image (the rest are skyline shots from across the harbour)

The full res original would be much better for you to grab windows etc from (and no Jpeg artifacting). I don't want to hog the bandwidth here so if you send me an email: I'll reply/send it over to you.
It's 1200/1600 at 600k.



03 March 2002, 01:32 AM
hey sure man send it, that would be cool thanx alot. I posted more changes up at the top

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