Create a poster with Catwoman in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a picture with Catwoman using a variety of photo manipulation techniques. You will learn how to create a night city scene, using several original images, we will practice with the retouching technique, as well as enhance the lighting and contrast of the scene.

Stages of the lesson

At the beginning of the lesson we will combine the image of the sky and the city with the help of correction layers, a mask and a brush. Next, we add the moon, and then add glow effects to it. Next, we will add the walls, and then combine them using the previous techniques. Then we will add a model and retouch it. We will use the Bats brushes to enhance the dark atmosphere of our scene. Finally, we will create several adjustment layers to enhance the final effect. To complete this tutorial, you will need Photoshop SC3 or higher.

The final result:

Step 1

Open Photoshop and let’s get started! Create a new document with the following sizes: 1500 px wide and 1600 px high, set resolution (resolution) 72 pixel per inch (pixels / inch).

Step 2

Open the original image with the sky. Using tool Move (Move tool), move this image to our working paper.

Step 3

Add an adjustment layer to the sky layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the sky.

Step 4

Next, add a correction layer to the sky layer. Curves (Curves) as a clipping mask to darken the sky.

Step 5

Open the original image with the city. Move this image to our working paper. Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), rotate the image slightly.

Click the second icon at the bottom of the layers panel to add a layer mask to the city layer. Using a soft black brush, hide the sky on the image with the city so that you can see our created sky:

Step 6

Next, on the layer with the city, apply Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 6 px:

With this step, we will add depth to our scene.

Step 7

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to the city layer to reduce the blue hues of the skyscraper in the background:

Step 8

To change the color of the entire scene, add a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance).

Step 9

Open the original image with the moon. Move this image to our working paper, placing the image of the moon in the upper left of the sky. Use the layer mask to remove the background. Change the blending mode for the layer with the Moon to Lightening (Screen), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 4 px:

Step 10

To add a glow to the moon, double click on the layer with the moon and in the window that appears, select the following layer styles External glow (Outer Glow) and Internal glow (Inner Glow):

Step 11

To additionally add a glow to the image of the moon, create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # d5dae2, paint over the area of ​​the moon. Change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%:

Step 12

To create a reflection of moonlight in the environment, create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush the same color, paint around the area of ​​the moon, as well as the left part of the city. Change the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), layer opacity 100%:

Step 13

Open the original image with the wall 1. Position the image of the wall at the bottom of the workspace. Remove the background on the wall image using a layer mask. Next, with the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), rotate the wall in the same way as you rotated the image of the city:

Step 14

Add a correction layer to the wall layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the wall image:

Step 15

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to the layer with the wall so that the wall color matches the background:

Step 16

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the back of the wall. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction on the frontal plane, since moonlight hits her:

Do not worry about the frontal surface, we will work on it in the next step.

Step 17

Create a new layer, change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) layer 100% and then fill 50% gray (50% gray):

Choose a tool Clarifier/ Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool set Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones), and the value Exposure (Exposure) set at approximately 20-25%. With this tool, enhance light and shade on the wall. You can see the result of my processing in the screenshot below under the mode Normal (Normal) and the end result under mode Overlap (Overlay):

Step 18

Open the second original image with wall 2. Add this image to our working paper. Remove the background in this image using a layer mask.

Step 19

To this wall layer, add an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to reduce the saturation of the wall image:

Step 20

Add adjustment layer Color Balance (Color Balance) as a clipping mask to the layer with the wall to change its color.

Step 21

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the side surfaces of the wall. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction along the outer edges to keep these areas light:

Step 22

Add another adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to add brightness to the outer edges. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction on the inner areas so that they remain dark.

Step 23

Create a new layer with the same settings as in Step 17. Using the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool), add light highlights to the right edge to enhance it and make it more pronounced.

Step 24

Open the original image with the model. Duplicate the model image (Ctrl + J). Next, go Filter – Plastic (Filter> Liquify) and in the appeared window select the tool Deformation (Forward Warp Tool (W)), set the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below:

With this tool, reduce the waist, make the hips a little narrower, and the legs are thinner and longer. Do not overdo it, otherwise the model will look unrealistic. My result in the screenshot below:

Step 25

After applying the Plastic filter, move the model image onto our working paper. Remove the background in this image using a layer mask. Place the model on the wall 1.

Step 26

Create a new layer below the model layer. Using a soft black brush stiffness (hardness), approximately, 30-35% and opacity (opacity), approximately, 30%, draw a shadow from the model on a stone surface.

Step 27

Create a new layer as a clipping mask for the model layer. Using a soft brush, brush color # a17572, opacity (opacity) and pressure (flow) of the brush, approximately 29%, soften the skin below the corners of the lips, as well as on the forehead:

Step 28

To lighten some areas on the model’s face, create another new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # e3c7c3, with the same opacity and pressure settings, paint the chin, upper nose area, and also the forehead.

Step 29

To correct light and shadow on the model image, create a new layer with the same settings as in Step 23. Use the tool Clarifier (Dodge Tool) brighten the left side, which is illuminated by moonlight, and using the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool) darken the edges on the right side.

Step 30

Use adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to reduce the saturation of the skin of the model, including the lips.

Step 31

Using the adjustment layer Curves (Curves), additionally darken the right side of the model image. Next, go to the mask of this adjustment layer and use a soft black brush to hide the correction curves over the left side of the model, including the individual parts on the face and body, while maintaining the brightness in these areas.

Step 32

Create four new layers on top of the other layers. Change the brush to the Bat brush. Brush color # 0b0d11. Draw a few bats around the image of the moon:

To each of the bat layers, apply a filter. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur). Install radius (Radius) blur 3 px:

Step 33

Group layers with bats. To add light to the bats, create a new layer and then hold down (Ctrl + Shift) + click on some thumbnails of the bat layers to load the active selection around them:

Next, go Editing – Stroke (Edit> Stroke). Select the stroke color # d5dae2.

Add a layer mask to the created stroke layer and soften the opacity with a soft black brush.

Apply a filter to the stroke. Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), blur radius 3 px to make the effect more natural:

Step 34

Create a new adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) on top of all other layers.

Step 35

Next, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) to darken the scene and enhance the contrast of the whole picture. Switch to the mask of this adjustment layer and with the help of a soft black brush hide the correction of the curves in the area of ​​the Moon, and also paint over some parts of the model, keeping the reflecting light on these areas.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you!

The final result:

PSD lesson

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