Welcome to the Photoshop tutorial. In this simple lesson I will use the technique I used in my other lessons, but the end result will be different. Download stock images and let’s get started.
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STEP 1. Open the stock image of the landscape in Photoshop. Next, create a new adjustment layer. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) on top of the background image and change the blending mode to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge). For Gradient Cards (Gradient Map) apply color shades, as in the screenshot below.
STEP 2. Open the image of a woman in Photoshop and use the tool Pen (pen tool) circle the contour around her body. I suggest creating a mask instead of removing the background. When highlighting hair, you can use highlighting with Color range (Color Range). If you are working with the CS5 version of Photoshop, it is easier to use the new feathering function. Mask Edges (Mask Edge feature), which works great when highlighting hair. When you have separated the woman from the background, move it to our document and place the layer with the woman on top of the layer with the gradient map, scale if necessary.
STEP 3. Next, we have to drown the legs of the woman in the grass of the background layer. For this useful technique, which I explained in another lesson.
For this technique, you will need a grass brush (you can download a sea of brushes from the deviantART or brusheezy website). Download the brush.
Create layer mask for a layer with a woman and apply a soft brush, first, to hide the rough edges, as in the screenshot below.
Next, select the grass brush, set the brush color — black and black brush — walk over the layer mask we just created to create the effect as if the woman were sitting on tall grass. See screenshot below.
STEP 4. Add inner shadow using yellow color, blending mode Lightening basics (Color dodge) with opacityyu (opacity) 75%. You will add light at the edges because there is a sun behind. Once you have finished, right-click inside the shadow in the layers palette and select Form a layer (Create Layer). This needs to be done, because you only need light from the back and arms and as soon as you use the effect as a layer, you simply hide the rest of the parts.
Once you have created a new layer, apply a layer mask to the layer created and on the layer mask remove the light in the frontal part of the body.
Before applying the inner shadow:
This is how a woman should look after applying the effect of the inner shadow:
STEP 5. Next, apply adjustment layers to adjust the color of the woman’s body. I used Color Balance (Color Balance) to enhance shades of blue and green.
Note: Apparently the author made a mistake, because The screen shows the shadow setting twice.
Next, I applied Curves (Curves) to increase the contrast. Both adjustment layers are used as clipping masks.
STEP 6. Download the owl image, cut it and move it to our document. I reduced the scale of the owl to 17%. Duplicate Color Balance (Color Balance), which you created for a layer with a woman and paste it to the layer with the image of an owl, also as a clipping mask. I also used Curves(Curves) to enhance the contrast.
STEP 7. The time has come important Lightening / Fading (Dodge Burning). Create a new layer on top of all layers. Next we go Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill) and apply the fill. Gray (Gray) 50%. Change the blending mode of this layer to Overlap (Overlay) and call it lightening / darkening (dodge / burn). Next, select the tool Clarifier (dodge tool) and install Exposure (Exposure) at about 10% and Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones) and go through all the bright areas of the image. Do the same with the tool. Dimmer (Burn tool), but with shadows. When you’re done, duplicate the layer to enhance the effect and play around with the opacity of the layer.
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STEP 8. In order to make the image more interesting, I added a highlight. Glare will add zest to the image. Create an empty layer on top of all layers and name it a highlight. Fill this layer with solid black and then go Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter> Render> Lens Flare). Add a flare, approximately in the place where the sunlight comes from in your image. I will transform the flare layer into a smart object before adding a flare, so I can change the flare location if necessary. Further. I changed the color of the flare with Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen) and reduce opacity (opacity) layer, if you want to about 80%, in case the light is too saturated. See screenshot below.
STEP 9. In order to compress everything and add an artistic look to the image, I created a stamp and converted it into a black and white image, then changed the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light). You can create a stamp by selecting the topmost layer in the layers palette and pressing the Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E keys. With these hotkeys, you will create a new layer with all the layers merged. Next, convert the stamp to a black and white image in Image – Correction – Black and White (Image> Adjustments> BlackWhite), because this correction more controls each color channel. I created a bright version of a black and white image and then changed the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduced Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 45%.
STEP 10. As a final step, I created another stamp and applied Light / shadow (Shadows / Highlights) to reduce shadows. This is a small change, so decide for yourself whether or not to apply this effect.
You have reached the end of the lesson. I hope you enjoyed the lesson.
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Author: Andrei Oprinca