Creating a background in the style of space glamor

While listening to MaryAnna’s “Purple spaceship” jazz singer, I wanted to create something cosmic in glamor in Photoshop. Then I went to the Internet in search of photos of the performer. Revising a lot of resources, I finally found what I needed – a photo provided by photographer Alina Magdalyuk. To complete the lesson, you can use your photo or take from the archive that which I found.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. So, open our photo. In order to create a new background for it, let’s first get rid of the existing one. I cut the girl with the tool Pen (Pen), hair using function ColorRange (Color range) and tool Background Eraser (Background Eraser). You can do this in any other known and convenient way.

Step 2. Now we need to understand what gives us an idea of ​​space … The first thing that comes to mind is different planets, many stars … Yes! Stars are exactly what we need! On the Internet, I found a photo provided for free using Skywalker79. Open the photo with the stars in Photoshop. Now, since our composition will be vertical, we will turn the photo into a vertical position. To do this, selecting the layer with the stars, go to the menu Image> RotateCanvas> 90o (Image> Rotate canvas> 900). Now drag this background into our main document and place it under the layer with the girl (name it “Stars”), you should have this:

Step 3. So, now we have something cosmic on the background. But he looks somehow separate from the girl, and she is still in weightlessness, which, you see, does not look very nice. Since our task is to create a glamorous background, let’s change the color of the stars, for example, to purple. Make sure that the “Stars” layer is active, then press Ctrl + U to open the window Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), check the box next to Colorize (Toning). Please note that the background color with stars has changed, which means that our function is ready for use, now it is enough to move the sliders to select the desired color, saturation and brightness, and then click OK. For my work, I set the following values:
Hue (Color tone): 302
Saturation (Saturation): 44
Lightness (Brightness): -41
Here is what happened:

Step 4. Beautiful color turned out, is not it? The only thing that I don’t like is that our dress seems to be transparent, and in some areas it shines through the old background:

Using tool Pen (Pen) select the required sections, right-click inside any created contour, and select in the menu that appears MakeSelection (Create selection), Featherradius (feathering radius) set to 1. Now press Ctrl + X to cut the selected areas and then Ctrl + V to paste them in a separate layer (note that it’s better to place the layer with the cut out details above the girl’s layer) If the pieces have moved after insertion, return them to their original position with the tool Move (Move). Now change Opacity (transparency) layer with pieces of cloth to about 50%. This is how it should turn out:

Step 5. Well, what a star we can have without a scene! To make it, let’s go back to the “Stars” layer, activate it and press the key combination Ctrl + J to create a duplicate. You should have two layers with a starry background, working with the top one, for convenience name it “Scene”. Then we will reflect the “Stage” layer vertically, for which we will go to the menu Edit> Transform> FlipVertical (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertically) and, with the tool Move (Move), move it halfway down. Then go to the menu Edit> Transform> Perspective (Edit> Transformation> Perspective) and transform it as shown in the image below (I removed the main background so that you can better see how to apply the perspective).

Step 6. It seems to me that if the scene is oval, it will look better. In order for our scene to take an oval shape, let’s use the tool Elliptical marquee (Oval selection area). Apply it like this:

Now press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the selection, and erase the tool Eraser (Eraser) Surplus (better to take an eraser with soft edges). Here’s how it should turn out:

To make the scene not look harsh, apply a bit of Gaussian blur to it (Filter> Blur> GaussianBlur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur)). The value of 0.4 was enough for me.

Step 7. To be realistic, add some shadow and reflection on the stage. To create a reflection, we need to make an active layer with the girl and duplicate it (Ctrl + J) (I had to reduce the size of the girl a little before duplicating in order to place the reflection at the bottom and leave a place for the inscription above). Now we are working with the layer that will be located below (that is, with the original). Make it active and go to menu. Edit> Transform> FlipVertical (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertically). Place the resulting image as shown.

As you can see, the reflection is not very realistic. Go to menu Edit> Transform> Warp (Editing> Transformation> Deformation) and warp our future reflection so that it fits in with the entire foot. Then, when everything is ready and you are happy with the result, set Opacity (Transparency) layer about 55% and wipe off with the tool Eraser (eraser) with soft edges unnecessary details. You should have something like this:

Step 8. Look at the original photo, the shadow is barely noticeable and diverges to the side of the girl. We will try to depict the same thing in our work. To do this, create a new layer above the layer with the scene and call it “Shadow”. When creating a shadow for my image, I used a black brush with soft edges with a diameter of 50px, then set Opacity (transparency) of the “Shadow” layer by 39%. This is what should be approximately:

Step 9. It seems to me that the composition lacks some dynamics. Let’s do this: go back to the “Stars” layer and duplicate it once (Ctrl + J), call this layer (upper) “Shine”. Now go to the menu Filter> Blur> RadialBlur (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur) and set the settings as in the image below:

We have the following:

Now apply the mask to the “Shine” layer:

Choose a black brush with soft edges, and erase the area behind the girl and a little around her. This is what my mask looks like:

But what we have with the image:

Step 10. Attention, if you work with a different photo and a different scale, then these settings must be set individually, otherwise, a similar effect will not work.
We now turn to the layer with the girl. Double click on it to open the window. LayerStyle (Layer styles). Activate the parameter OuterGlow (External Glow) and set the following settings:
Blendmode (blending mode): Screen (Lightening)
Opacity (Transparency): 46%
Color (Colour): 4e174e
Size(The size): 46

And here is the glow we get:

Step 11. Not bad enough, in my opinion, but a bit boring. Let’s dilute this composition with an interesting light effect. For this we need to use the tool Rectangle (Rectangle), set it to ShapeLayers (Contour layer). No matter what color you draw the rectangle, then anyway we will change the color for it.

Draw something like this rectangle (do not forget to place it above all layers):

Click in the layers palette on the icon of the resulting rectangle with the right mouse button and select ConverttoSmartObject (Convert to smart object). Name this layer “strip”. Install Fill (Fill) for this layer at 0%. Double click on it to open the window. LayerStyle (Layer styles). Select option GradientOverlay (Gradient Coating) and set the following settings:

Here is what your rectangle should look like with these settings:

Again, convert the rectangle to a smart object. Well, here already give free rein to your fantasies! You can duplicate this rectangle several times, change some copies of the size, transparency, blending modes and arrange as you like. Finally, rasterize the layers with the rectangles (right-click on the layer > Rasterize (Rastrirovat)) and erase their edges with a soft eraser so that they are not so rough. That’s what happened with me:

Step 12. Attention, if you work with a different photo and a different scale, then these settings must be set individually, otherwise, a similar effect will not work.
Now add the inscription at the top. I chose the font Ekaterina VelikayaOne. The font is very beautiful, but in order for it to fit our composition, let’s give it a style. To do this, double-click on the layer to bring up the window LayerStyles (Layer styles). Set the following settings:

This is what should happen in the end:

Step 13. In conclusion, you can add a few more stars on the letters, on the girl and around her. Create a new layer above all layers. Select the standard Star 70 brush, set its size to 50 and in a random order arrange a few stars. Then create another layer, also arrange a few stars, but set the transparency of this layer to about 60%. After I applied all these effects, it seemed to me that the edges of the scene, still sharply on the general background, I chose the tool EllipticalMarquee (Oval selection area), set in its settings Feather value (Feather) for 30, and then repeated in step 6.

That’s all! Thanks for attention. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I would be glad to see your options in the comments to the lesson!

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