Create in Photoshop a girl in a spray of water

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

In this tutorial, the author will show how to create a photo manipulation of a girl with water (using brushes with splashes) in Photoshop. This is a lesson of medium difficulty and some steps will seem difficult, but it’s worth a try. In the course of the lesson you will see how to use brushes with splashes on the photo, in order to create a splashing effect. You will also see several techniques of retouching a person. Can be used for advertising on brochures; it looks particularly good in the travel and tourism industry. The final image is shown below.

To get started, upload yourself the necessary images (registration required):


Step 1. Create a new document with the size of 800×1100 pixels with a black background, create a new layer and draw a gradient as shown below.

Using a cloud brush or filter Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds), add cloud cover around the canvas.

Step 2. Load the image of the girl in Photoshop, cut out the model (you can find methods for cutting out in the Photoshop Tutorial: Work Basics, Description of Tools section). Scale it and position it in the document as shown below.

Clean the edges of the hair using a small soft eraser.

Via Spot Healing Brush Tool (L) (Dotted Healing Brush tool) remove some dark dots.

It would be more correct if you use the brush size to match the size of the point, also by one click on the desired place.

With the help of the mask added to the layer , remove the bottom right part (thus, revealing the background clouds). Then on the same mask layer, paint with a brush in the area of ​​the feet.

The author also added traces of spray on the girl’s face with spray brushes.

Below is shown how it should look after the last manipulations.

Step 3. Now we will slightly correct the image and add water splashes. To begin, add the following three adjustment layers using a clipping mask (translator’s note: the clipping mask is done in such a way; between the layers, position the cursor and hold down the Alt key, the cursor will change, then right-click, so the adjustment layer will act only on the layer with which you connected it) with a layer of model:

Black and white (Black and White), Blending mode – Hue (Blending Mode – Color tone), Opacity (Opacity) – 90%.

Levels (Levels), Opacity (Opacity) – 70%.

Via mask layer Levels slightly remove the effect. The author used brushes with clouds, as well as a soft black brush.

Curves (Curves), Opacity (Opacity) – 70%.

It should turn out like this:

Create a new layer on top of the model layer and start painting as shown in the image below with a brush with a spray of water that you loaded. Use Free transformation to adjust the size of the spray.

Using a brush with blots, make a few clicks around the model’s legs.

The following shows how it should be:

Next, the author applies an interesting technique of drawing hair, which you can see in this lesson:

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones, add large streams of water from the archive with brushes, using free transformation, adjust the angle.

Step 4. For the final retouching, the author added a bit of sharpness to the image, he applied a filter High pass (Colour contrast). Merge the layers together, then duplicate the resulting one, then use the filter Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast).

Apply the following settings for the filter.

Next, change the layer blending mode to Vivid light (Bright light).

Now the details of our composition are highlighted better, like the dress of the girl, and the spray of water.

Step 5. To liven up the picture a bit, the author again duplicated the layer and applied a filter. Filter – Blur – Radial Bur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur), settings, see below.

Erase the top and bottom left of the layer with a radial blur using a large soft eraser Eraser tool (E) (Eraser tool), set Opacity layer at 40%.

So we created an interesting light effect and added some dynamics to our image.

The author darkened the back of the model with the tool Burn tool (O) (Dimmer tool), 5% exposure, brush soft 120 pixels.

Now everything is perfectly placed: light, shadow, movement.
We hope that this lesson gave you a good mood.

(click on image to enlarge)

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