Among the colors in Photoshop

The author of the video lesson: Elena Vinogradova

Welcome to another manipulation lesson. The main goal of this lesson is to show you how to use grass brushes and how to work with light effects.

Final result:

Resources required to complete this lesson:


Step 1. For this tutorial, the author used images from DeviantART. The site has a photo with images of such a dress, so if you want to choose a different image, visit the site.

So, open the model photo and use the tool Pen (Pen Tool (P)), To create a path around the model (activate the outline mode for the tool at the top of the panel).
After you have closed the path, you need to create a selection. To do this, right-click, and select the option to form a selected area, set the value of feathering 0.

You have a choice: you can either remove the background or add a layer mask. You can invert the selection using the Shift + Ctrl + I keyboard shortcut. If you create a layer mask Ctrl + I.

The model now looks like this.

Step 2 Now open the background image and paste the model on a new layer. Did the author use the original background image size of 2560? 1920, but you can scale it. So, the model layer should be above the background layer, name it Girl. Make sure that you have a girl layer active, click on the mask icon for the layer next to FX icon at the bottom of the layers palette. This will create a layer mask that will be used to create the grass.

Step 3 Having created a layer mask, use a large soft black brush and erase the edges of the dress, thereby merging it with the background.

Download the brushes at the beginning of the lesson. You do not need to close Photoshop in order to download the brush. Click on the arrow in the list of brushes; an option will appear in this list that allows you to replace or load new brushes.

After the brushes are loaded, you need to change some settings. Press the F5 key to bring up the settings panel and disable Color dynamics (Color Dynamics).

Take the black grass brush, and with a soft brush, draw the grass on the layer mask created in the second step.

Step four. Now you will have to restore the strands of hair that were removed, while highlighting the model. We can do this with a mouse or tablet if you have one.

Choose a tool Finger (Smudge Tool) with an intensity of 30%. Using a medium soft brush, you need to smudge the edges of the hair to make them smoother.

Now reduce the size of the brush to 1-2 pixels with a hardness of 100 and an intensity of 85-95%. smear some hairs. See the photo below.

Step five. In order to reduce the noise in the photo model, duplicate the layer with the girl. Next, click the right mouse button, select Create clipping mask(Create Clipping Mask). Change the name clipping mask on Soft and go to Filter->Blur>Blur on the surface (Filter> Blur> Surface Blur). Set the radius to 2-3 pixels and isohelium to 5.

After applying the filter Blur on the surface (Surface Blur), holding the key Alt, click on the layer mask icon. This will create a black layer mask that completely hides the blur effect.

You only need a soft effect on the skin, select the mask of the layer you just created, take a soft white brush and paint over the skin to bring out the effect of smoothness. The rest of the body should remain unchanged.

Step 6 Now it’s time to add adjustment layers to the layer with the girl. All these adjustment layers are added as clipping masks, so that they are reflected only on this layer. You will need to adjust the contrast and color of the layer with a girl so that it matches the color and contrast of the background.

In this case, the author has made only minor changes, but after completing everything, you will get quite significant changes. You can add an adjustment layer from the menu. Layer->New adjustment layer (Layer-> New Adjustment Layer) or the icon to the left of the folder icon at the bottom of the layers palette.

First of all, the author has increased saturation to +8, using Color tone/Saturation (Hue / Saturation) adjustment layer. After the author added a correction layer Photo Filter, in which he used colore2b696. Use the settings shown in the figure below.

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Next, add the weak tones of blue and green using the white balance setting for the color of the layer. See image below.

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Now you need to adjust the contrast using the adjustment layer. Curves (Curves). See image below.

Step 7 Let’s brighten / darken certain areas on the image with a girl. Create a new one clipping mask: create a new layer, call him Lightening/Blackout (Dodge / Burn) and set the blending mode to Overlap(Overlay), go to Menu->Editing->Fill (Edit> Fill) and select 50% gray from the drop-down list, then Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer – Create Clipping Mask). Nothing has changed in your image. This is because you use neutral colors, exactly 50% black and 50% white.

Now use the tool Dimmer (Burn Tool (O)), set the range Mid tones and shutter speeds up to 8%. Using these tool parameters Dimmer (Burn) choose a soft brush and start painting wherever there is a shadow on the girl’s body.

Then you need to do the same with the tool. Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O)). Make a few passes, as the changes are very subtle. If you want to see the effect, simply turn off and turn on the visibility of the layer to see before and after.

Mastering the process of darkening and lightening requires some practice, but as soon as you do this several times, you get used to it. See the image below to see what I did.

Move your mouse over the image below and see before and after. Lightening / Dimming process.

Smart objects.
The author mentioned in the introduction, a brief explanation of smart objects. You can turn a regular layer into (Smart Object) right-clicking and selecting a layer Convert to smart object.

These layers behave like normal layers, with the only difference that any changes you make on a smart object or filters can be undone or changed at any time.

For example, if you use the tool Distortion (Distort tool) for the smart object, confirm the changes and then you realize that you do not like the result, you can access the tool Distortion again, and see your previous settings, you can change them.

In other words, it will not destroy the original pixels of the image. All filters that are applied to smart objects will be automatically converted to smart filters, and they can be edited as adjustment layers. Two small circles if you do not know, these are applied filters for a smart object.

In the use of Smart Objects is another way to work. However, options located under Picture->Correction (Edit> Adjustments) not all are available. If you want to make changes to the smart object, you will need to use layers of regulation. See image below.

Step eight. Once the manipulation is done, all that is left to do is now a few final adjustments to get the final result. Make sure all your layers are active, select the top layer and use the shortcut key. Shift + Ctrl + Alt + E, to clone the contents of all visible layers into the active layer.

The active layer is nothing more than a new layer with all the merged layers. Now convert the layer to Smart object (Smart Object) (right click on the layer and select Convert to smart object). The author called this layer Final (Final manip) as you can see in the picture above.

The reason why the author used the smart object, because we will continue to use several filters that are destructive, but applying them on the smart object will act, not destructive, because now they are smart.

The first effect we apply EffectsLighting (Lighting Filter) for this go to Menu->Rendering>Lighting effects, to emphasize the face of the model and shift the direction of the light. Use the settings shown in the figure below. Notice the layers palette as the smart filter becomes.

Next, I applied the filter Glare (Lens Flare) to add more light and filter Diffuse glow (Diffuse Glow). See image below.

Here’s what the image looks like after applying highlights and lighting effects.. Mouse over image below.

Step 9. Now that the light effects are done, let’s make some color effects. To do this, create three adjustment layers: Gradient Map, Photo Filter, and again the Gradient Map. Notice the layers panel, which displays a sequence of adjustment layers. See image below.

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This is the change we received after the three adjustment layers. Mouse over image below.

That’s what we did!

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I hope you enjoy this tutorial and learn something new. Good luck!

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